TKDC/El Nido Resorts has been celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup since the 1990s. This year, the company decided to team up with the local government of El Nido to hold the first-ever municipal-wide International Coastal Cleanup celebrations. Schools, restaurants, resorts, dive operators, and residents of all 18 barangays of El Nido came together to clean up streets, coasts, and waterways.
You wouldn’t think there was a super typhoon, with a total of 2,055 people participating in the event. The morning’s haul totalled 4,594.4 kg of trash, which were then segregated and properly disposed of. El Nido Resorts’ Miniloc, Lagen, Apulit, and Pangulasian weren’t left behind as they took care of island clean-ups. A total of 138 staff from all four resorts joined in the event and were able to collect 157 kg of trash.
This year’s ICC celebrations had the theme “Healthy Seas = Healthy You,” highlighting the relationship between a healthy environment and overall personal fitness. In the resorts, guests and staff participated in kayak races, volleyball, water polo, and basketball. Those in town had their own games as well. Students from Potter’s Place School held a Frisbee tournament, which brought children from different schools together.
The adults, on the other hand, competed in an Adventure Race designed by celebrity fitness trainer Chappy Callanta. Teams of tricycle drivers, tour guides, market vendors and others ran through town, while completing different obstacles such as log carry, coconut shooting, beach hunt, and an eco-quiz.
Coincidentally, we had UAAP Women’s Volleyball superstar Gretchen Ho staying in Lagen Island Resort. She happily joined the locals during the morning cleanup and volunteered to hold a volleyball exhibition game in the afternoon!
The day did not end just yet! El Nido was treated to a night of music, dancing, laughter, games, and prizes in the town’s covered court. The local government also took the opportunity to launch two new ordinances that focuses on keeping the municipality of El Nido clean and green:
- Municipal Order No. 1 Series of 2013 which is simply known as the Plastics Ordinance. It is an ordinance regulating the use of plastic and promoting the use of eco-friendly materials as packaging alternatives; and
- Executive Order 029 declaring every first Saturday of the month as an official municipal-wide coastal cleanup day.
International Coastal Cleanup 2013 was definitely one for the books and will never be forgotten!