Length of beach for collection ~ 1km
Sacks collected – 60 sacks
Personal collection – 3 sacks
Volunteers – 113 registered, with more unregistered volunteers on the other side of the island.
Breakdown of the trash –
50% Plastic snack packets/sachets/bags/soft plastic,
16% Plastic Bottles
4.1% Plastic Cup
4.1% Fishing Net
8.3% Other Miscellaneous
A big thanks to the Ananyana Resort and Felix Fudolig for facilitating this clean up, cooking a fabulous banquet feast for volunteers (plastic free of course), and for getting the locals involved.
While there were challenges with this clean up, we had to change the date last minute due to International Coastal Clean Up Philippines pulling pin on this years activities for political reasons, we managed to pull together a fantastic day on Sunday the 18th September. Emma Gomez of Ananyana is doing such great and altruistic things for this area, well beyond these clean up efforts. She did a lot of work following the Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda. Her resort is tasteful and fits into the landscape unlike other mass tourism resorts now prevalent in the Panglao area. I really recommend staying in this place! If it’s good for the environment, it’s also good for you.
I learned a lot on this day about trying not to make last minute changes, about going with the flow on the day, and about letting others organise the details of the event. 60 sacks is a huge effort, and I was so happy to see so many of Purok 7 represented at this event.
Robin and I have spent a lot of time with this community, and I know that they supported this clean up effort for us as well as the cause. I’m so grateful to all the beautiful people in Purok 7, to Emma, to Felix, to all the volunteers. Maraming Salamat!
Total Sack count – 97
Personal sacks collected – 7.5