The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Catanduanes celebrates the 2021 World Wetlands Day with the theme, “Inseparable Wetlands and Water” through a cleanup drive and beach forest planting activity along the coastal Barangay of Bon-ot, San Andres, Catanduanes.

The activity aims to engage the community to remove and prevent trash from reaching the sea, which may harm marine lives and plant beach forest trees for protection against storm surge.

The event was participated in by the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Catanduanes, Local Government Unit of San Andres, Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Bon-ot, The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Catanduanes Chapter, Isla Amateur Communication (ISLACOM) Group, Inc., Catanduanes Chapter, local communities and PENRO Catanduanes personnel.

A total of five (5) sacks of trash with an estimated weight of 30 kilograms were collected composed mainly of plastic straws, fish nets, styrofoams, plastic bags, plastic bottles, wrappers, sacks and other non-biodegradable materials were collected. The collected trash were then hauled by the San Andres Waste Management Garbage Segregator for proper disposal.

On the other hand, some two hundred (200) Talisay seedlings were planted along the coastline of the same barangay during the said activity. Likewise, the BSP and ISLACOM both committed to adopt the area to make sure that the planted seedlings will be taken cared of. They also committed to conduct a monthly clean-up drive together with the community. With this, a tri-partite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be underway for the said undertaking.

The 2021 World Wetlands Day campaign highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater in our planet. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to life, our well-being and the health of our planet.