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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Coastal Cleanup Day

The local and national communities will join their overseas counterparts in the observance of the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The ICC is set on Saturday.

In many parts of the country, particularly Luzon and Visayas, ICC has been reset to Saturday, Sept. 22, due to Typhoon Ompong which is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility today. “We have to think of the safety of our volunteers,” said Capt. Dannyl Yap of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday.

The Philippine Coast Guard and the PCG Auxiliary coordinate the ICC activities in the country.

The rescheduling of the Luzon cleanup was contained in a communication from ICC National Coordinator Geronimo Reyes.

Capt. Yap said the resetting of the local cleanup has been done in coordination with Commodore Jorge Lim, district auxiliary director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Southern Visayas.

Capt. Yap said he expects at least 20,000 volunteers from schools, local governments, government agencies and members of the civil society to join the cleanup in Negros on Sept. 22.

The cleanup day, now on its 33rd year, is initiated by Ocean Conservancy.

The theme of the event this year is, “Building a Clean Swell for Future Generations”.

The Philippines topped the list of ICC participating countries last year with 214,165 volunteers, more than the number of participant in the United States, which was 209,543.

Hong Kong registered the third highest number at 87,349 with Ecuador (38,728) and Taiwan (19,209) rounding up the Top Five.

The top item collected last year were cigarette butts – totaling 2.41 million pieces.

The number of pieces was enough to connect the distance of five marathons, Ocean Conservancy reported.

Other top items collected were 1.74 million food wrappers, 1.57 million plastic beverage bottles, 1.57 plastic bottle caps, and 1.09 million plastic grocery bags.

Ocean Conservancy urges people across the world to take action toward “trash-free seas.”

Over the years, this movement has created a family of almost 200 nations, that spans oceans and country borders, a network that works together for something bigger than us, Ocean Conservancy said, as it acknowledged its partners, “To our global network, we thank you.”*

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Global Walk

For at least P300, you can help a young person realize his or her dream of pursuing his or her dream for a better life.

This is what the ANCOP, or Answering the Cry of the Poor, Global Walk aims to accomplish anew with the activity scheduled on Sunday at 5 a.m.

ANCOP is the social development ministry of Couples for Christ. In partnership with some educational institutions and corporate organizations, said Jaime Basal, Family Ministry head and Area Governance team member of Couples for Christ.

The walk is held simultaneously in 79 provinces in the Philippines. It is also held in other countries.

In Negros, Basal said, other than Bacolod City, the walk will also be held in the cities of Bago, Guihulngan, Canlaon, San Carlos and Cadiz as well as in Hinigaran.

The Bacolod walk will be a 3K activity which will start at the BAY Center and will be followed by community zumba dancing and a mass, he added.

The Sunday activity, which will be held for the eighth year in the country, aims to raise funds for educational assistance to needy but deserving high school and university students.

We believe that education is one of the many factors which can help uplift one’s financial status and way of living, the Couples for Christ official said.

About 5,000, including government and military and police officials, students and members of other sectors, among others, are expected to join the activity. We hope to exceed the 4,000 mark last year, he said.

The program has 87 beneficiaries in Negros, including six seminarians, this year.

Nationwide, it is benefitting more than 10,000 this year.

Since the program was started in 2011, 25 beneficiaries have graduated from college, four of whom earned Latin honors.

Basal said the scholarship is open to children of both Couples for Christ members and non-members, adding that parents have a monthly income not more exceeding P10,000 and must have two children or more.

The program gives emphasis on the students’ focus on their study.

The scholarship covers tuition and fees as well as medical and dental fees, uniform and other funds or materials they need in school activities. Scholars are also encouraged to join social activities, like Youth for Christ, he added.

Basal said those who want to join the activity may register at the Couples for Christ office at Lopez Jaena Street in Bacolod City or call Tel. No. 4353959 or 09173190049.

Registration will also be held at BAYS Center on Sunday at 4 a.m.

Registration fee is P300.

With your P300, plus the assistance from corporate sponsors and generous donors, we can help needy young people to realize their dreams, Basal reiterated.*

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Global Walk
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