LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 2 (PNA) –- The mayor of the coastal and tourist destination town of Sto. Domingo, Albay, some 20 minutes north of this city, has expressed his gratitude to the various sectors that helped in the cleanup of the municipality’s waters, especially its fish sanctuary.
“This improved state of our coastal areas will certainly attract more tourist, both foreign and local, to our town, which is famous for its black sand beaches and panoramic scenery. Thank you for your invaluable help,” Mayor Herbie Aguas told Department Environment and Natural Resources Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales in a letter received by the latter on Thursday afternoon.
Aguas has also written letters of thanks to the Philippine Navy – Naval Forces for Southern Luzon (Navforsol) and the Bicol Scuba Divers Foundation Inc. whose members helped the officials and residents of the local government unit of Sto. Domingo in the massive clean-up of the town’s fish sanctuary on Sept. 28.
The activity was in connection with the celebration of the National Clean-up Day and the International Coastal Clean-up Day as part of the annual participation of the Philippines in the worldwide clean-up of coastal areas and waterways.
About 80 divers of the BSDFI, DENR and the Philippine Navy joined in ridding the fish sanctuary of the crown of thorns and wastes embedded in the bottom of the municipal waters.
Aguas said the divers were able to fish out 163 crown of thorns and different wastes made of rubber and plastic as well as diapers.
The Navforsol headed by Commodore Franco S. Pan lent its inflatable rubber boats and Navy Special Operations Group personnel.
Gonzales said sea water pollution has a huge negative impact on the environment and quality of water, especially on the biological diversity of sea creatures, and on the economy.
He also thanked Aguas, Pan and the officers and members of the BDSFI for their commitment to the preservation of the sea’s biodiversity. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EPS/CBD/UTB