IN a bid to save Boracay and other beaches from waste disposal problem, a lawmaker is proposing a “coastline clean up” program.
Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has filed House Bill 7336 or an Act institutionalizing International Coastal Clean Up Day in the Philippines.
Vargas, a member of the House Committee on Ecology, said the looming closure of Boracay should be a wake-up call to Filipinos to protect and preserve the country’s coastlines and marine resources.
In filing the bill, Vargas underscored the need to increase the consciousness of the Filipino people on the importance of preserving the environment such as oceans, seas and other bodies of water.
The bill proposed declaring every second Sunday of September as “National Coastal Clean Up Day” which aims to remind Filipinos of protecting the environment and avoiding water pollution.
With this kind of program, Vargas said, the problem of solid waste management in Boracay and in other islands will be prevented.
“The country’s seas, lakes, and other marine resources are not spared from human destructive practices, especially the inconsiderate dumping of garbage, debris, and other wastes in our waterways,” Vargas said.
“It is of vital importance to have a National Coastal Clean Up Day to increase the awareness of Filipinos about water pollution,” he added.
Under the bill, the observance of the “National Coastal Clean-Up Day” shall be an annual program of activities that would promote water pollution prevention through coastal clean-ups.
It should be implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in support of the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Civil Service Commission, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the local government units (LGUs).