ICC 2020 Celebration
The International Coastal Cleanup 2020 Celebration was held last September 19, 2020, at the two (2) coastal barangays of the Municipality of San Antonio: Brgy Pundaquit and Brgy San Miguel. There were three hundred sixty-six (366) volunteers coming from the LGU, barangay officials, Pundaquit Resort Campsites, Cottages, and Restobars Owners Association (PRCCROA), PNP, 4Ps, Bantay Dagat, Citizen Crime Watch (CCW), BHERT, Zumba ladies, and other civil society organizations.
There were able to collect one hundred thirty-nine (139) sacks of trash from the shoreline, mostly cigarette butts, plastic bottles, cans, and lids among others. The trash collected from a span. of 7.9 km weighed around 504.75 kilos.
The ICC 2020 celebration started at around 6 am. Registration, short program, actual cleanup, collection of trash, segregation, weighing, and recording lasted up to 10:30 am. Present during the cleanup drive were Hon. Mayor Preciliano M. Ruiz, Municipal Administrator Ms. Clavel C. Orallo, P.I.O./Asst. Tourism Officer designates Ms. Ma. Fe Acebedo, PENRO Iba representatives Mr. Burt Degollado and Mr. Angelo Quiambao, and the Brgy Chairman and Council of Brgy Pundaquit and San Miguel.
For this year, the Municipality wanted to hear the views of the residents of the two coastal areas regarding coastal cleanups. San Antonio was privileged to have for Brgy Pundaquit Ms. Lovern O’Hare, the founder of Greenhome Foundation, and Ms. Joanna Aglibot, correspondent of Phil. Daily Inquirer from Brgy San Miguel. Both reiterated the importance of doing our part in making our coastal areas clean. That it is our responsibility in maintaining the cleanliness of our environment as a whole and not just the seas. The trash that we irresponsibly throw away today will come back to us in the future, destroying the balance of nature in the process.
The other 12 Brgys. of San Antonio also did their part in the ICC celebration by cleaning their own areas simultaneously with the ICC 2020 activity of the two coastal Brgys.