JULY 02, 2010
300 volunteers clean up coast, canals in San Fernando town
TAIHEIYO Group employees and the residents of central San Fernando retrieve plastics and other non-biodegradable wastes from the Luknay creek (left) and the town’s port Seawall (right)

NEARLY 300 volunteers trooped to the coastline and waterways in central San Fernando last May 29 and cleared these sites from trash and obstructions to prevent any peril.
It was the third time in three succeeding years that the community in the town's South Poblacion area conducted the drive dubbed as "Save Our Environment"

Normally done in the month of September to coincide with the international observance of "Save The Ocean," organizers did it earlier in anticipation of the dreaded La Niña after the long El Niño drought.
"As we will expect sudden downpour, we must ensure our waterways are clear so we could help prevent flash floods and save lives," explained Emylita B. Ortega, the project prime mover.

"More importantly, we get to keep our environment clean and healthy," added Ortega, human resources and administration sr. manager of Solid Earth Development  Corporation (SEDC) that co-organized the activity with Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI).

Some 200 employees of TCPI and its materials supplier, SEDC, joined some 100 residents in the activity.
The activity started with a briefing and discussions at the TCPI Recreation Center on the effects of garbage, especially plastics, to marine life and subsequently to human life.

"Our environment needs us to give our share in keeping her clean and safe for everyone. We should all be involved," noted Takahiko Imachi, TCPI SVP for Finance & Administration, who personally participated in and oversaw the activity.

TCPI and SEDC gave out souvenir shirts to all participants with print on the back that  reads "Basura Ko, Limpyuhan Ko!"