Church group volunteers in Marine Beach cleanup

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Volunteers from The Church of Almighty God braved the rains to join the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Cleanup Brigade pick up trash last Saturday at the Marine Beach in Kagman. (Contributed Photo)

Armed with raincoats, gloves, and trash bags, volunteers of the Cleanup Brigade, which was organized by the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, braved the heavy rains last Feb. 1, Saturday, to pick up trash at the Marine Beach in Kagman.

About 760 lbs of trash were collected during the two-hour cleanup, with volunteers from BECQ and 14 members of The Church of Almighty God and the Christian of Holy City church.

Majority of the trash collected were plastic bottles, broken glass, and discarded iron buckets.

One of the volunteers, Jill Esther Yan, said their participation was a way for group to give back. “We live [on] Saipan. We like the weather here, and the local people are very friendly. We want to do something meaningful for Saipan,” Yan said.

According to BECQ’s Zabrina Shai, the cleanups are a message to “respect and protect our land, in the ways that our ancestors did.”

Every first Saturday of the month, the Cleanup Brigade meets up with volunteers to clean up a pre-identified area for two hours. Last month, the group collected a total of 360 lbs of trash in Garapan.

To sign up as a volunteer, or for more information about volunteering, contact the BECQ office at 664-8500/1.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com

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