El Nido Resorts celebrated World Oceans Day 2012 last June 8 in grand fashion, with coastal and underwater cleanups, food, beach games, kayak races, swimming races, beach water polo, film showings, and a presentation on Responsible Tourism. Seventy-three staff and one guest from Miniloc and Lagen Island Resorts volunteered their off-duty or vacation hours to clean up seven beaches and one reef in El Nido: Natnat, Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Coves 3 and 4 in Lagen, Pinagbuyutan, Dibuluan, and the Miniloc house reef. In Apulit Island Resort in Taytay, 4 staff dove underwater to clean up the Apulit house reef. The total collection for the day amounted to 642.5 kg of trash.
The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.
Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.
El Nido Resorts has been a proud participant in World Oceans Day since 2008.