Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement celebrated every 22nd of April by individuals from different backgrounds and walks of life to unite in a global effort to advance sustainability and climate action. Our world is at a pivotal moment, necessitating a collective call from citizens worldwide to encourage governments and the private sector to acknowledge and rectify their roles in the environmental crisis. Simultaneously, advocating for the exploration of bold, creative and innovative solutions.


This year, we rally behind the theme “Planet vs. Plastics.” Emphasizing our collective commitment to tackle the plastics crisis head-on aiming for a bold 60% reduction in plastic production by 2040 and aspiring to forge a plastic-free future.


In celebration of Earth Day and as our way of taking good care of our only home, our planet Earth, COWD through its PR/Information Division alongside Engineering visited barangays Igpit, 15 and Tablon to donate 3-units of trash bins and IEC materials to augment, utilize and transform plastics to a better usage to the society and the planet in general. It was an ample avenue to discuss pertinent matters regarding their water supply concerns.


This Earth Day, let us be reminded of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, encouraging us to come together and take action for a healthier planet and a brighter tomorrow.


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.