The head of the Davao Ancillary Services Unit team has called on Dabawenyos, especially residents in coastal areas to clean surroundings and throw garbage properly following reports of the increasing volume of garbage in the city’s shorelines.

Paul Bermejo, the head of the Davao City Ancillary Services Unit (ASU), was alarmed that more than 3,000 sacks of garbage were collected from the shorelines in August.

Bermejo bared that the ASU’s Bantay Dagat team collected a total of 3,147 sacks of garbage last month. This is the biggest volume collected compared to 2,066 sacks of garbage collected in July.

“Although the increase in garbage collection from the coastlines can be attributed to the (onset of hagabat, it is still an indication that people (continue to) throw their garbage anywhere and (these) ended up in the coastal areas,” Bermejo said.

Bermejo stressed it is high time for the public to go out of their homes and start cleaning to ensure that their wastes will not end up in the ocean.

“They should not wait for our coastal clean up every Saturday, they should make it a daily habit to clean their surroundings,” he said.

Bermejo also invited the public to join the Bantay Dagat team and volunteer for the International Clean Up Day on September 21.

“Let us all come out and start cleaning. This is not only the concern of the city government but by everyone,” he said.

Bantay Dagat is the team created by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte to clean the coastal areas of the city and organize volunteers for the regular Saturday clean up. CIO