PINOYS JOIN GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO CLEAN UP THE WORLD
Filipinos gathered together recently to clean up their communities as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. They joined millions of volunteers from 122 countries in the rapidly growing global campaign to help “clean up, fix up, and conserve the environment”. Australian Embassy First Secretary Quinton Devlin and Clean Up the Philippines (CUP) Chairman Roald Arcangel (in photo) participated in the litter collection campaign at the Nayon ng Kabataan to launch the Philippines’ contribution to the Clean Up the World weekend. They were joined by Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Nicola Beckett, Sophie Ford and Jacinta Brown, Mother Earth Foundation, and the children of the Nayon ng Kabataan, a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) residential facility which houses some 200 disadvantaged youths aged 7 to 17. Also seen doing their share in the clean up were students from the International Baptist College and staff from the Asian Terminals Inc.
Simultaneous clean up and tree-planting events were conducted in Mandaluyong by the Mandaluyong City Hall, residents of Welfare Compound in Addition Hills, Mandaluyong Jaycees, Special Children, FEU-Tamaraw Volunteers, Mandaluyong Fishing Club, and the Asia Pacific College-Explorers’ Club. Spearheaded in 1992 by Australian yachtsman and builder Ian Kiernan, the Clean Up the World global environment campaign is held in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has mobilised and empowered over 35 million volunteers from all over the world to undertake a range of environmental activities.