A group of volunteers spent time picking up trash that had been washed up by the tides at the Old Man by the Sea beach last June 28, collecting 125 bags that would be equivalent to 800 lbs of garbage.
According to Jingle Moss, who organized the cleanup, she and the husband, Mark Moss, were saddened by the amount of trash that had been washed ashore. “A lot of bags of trash piled up on one side of the beach,” she said.
An estimated 50 volunteers were there to help clean up. “We were only expecting 10 of our friends to show up. Surprisingly, when we arrived, we saw a group of friends whom we just met had already started cleaning up,” she said.
TanHoldings president Jerry Tan, who is co-chair of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, thanked and praised the volunteers for taking the initiative. “During this pandemic, beaches, hiking trails, and other sites on our island serve as refuge for residents looking for worthwhile activities while still observing safety guidelines set by authorities,” Tan said.
“Tourists speak highly of our islands, how they are in awe of the lush greens covering our jungles and the crystal-clear waters of our beaches. We are a proud tourist destination and tourism drives our economy,” added Tan. “We are very fortunate to have these beautiful places and we must do our part to maintain its cleanliness so we, and our visitors, will continue to enjoy Mother Nature’s creations. We hope that these volunteers’ work will inspire others to do the same to protect our environment. This is our island paradise, let’s keep it that way.”
“It is extremely important to keep our beaches clean, not only for the residents but to visitors as well to show how much we care for the environment. We keep our house clean, we have to keep our environment clean as well,” Moss added. (Chevy Alipio)