On September 15, 2003, the Philippine President signed Proclamation No. 470 declaring every third Saturday of September of each year as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.
International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) was established in the United States in 1986 by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to help protect the ocean from the challenges it faces every year. The objective of the ICC is to engage people around the world to remove trash and debris from beaches, waterways, and other water bodies; to identify the sources of the litter; to change behaviors that causes pollution; and to raise awareness on the extent of the marine debris problem.
Aside from the simultaneous global execution, ICC puts emphasis on organized scientific data collection. Volunteers are requested, to identify and record the rubbish they pick up. The debris information jotted down on a data card is then encoded in a database to be analyzed by pollution specialists who are racing against time to develop solutions to the marine debris problem.
True to form as a fervent advocate of environmental protection, COWD, on the third Saturday of September, energetically participated in the simultaneous cleanup around Cagayan de Oro City. The activity was organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with numerous other agencies also taking part.
At 6 o'clock in the morning last June 23, 2023, COWD participated in the celebration of National Arbor Day's TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Misamis Oriental at Mapawa Nature Park located in Barangay Malasag Cugman CDO. This is in line with the District’s advocacy on ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION as part of COWD’s Corporate Social Responsibilty and for the implementation of the strategic initiative on creating value added partnerships with other government agencies and organizations.