JVOFI joined World Water Day Coastal Cleanup Drive

March 22 is World Water Day with this years theme, ‘Groundwater: making the Invisible. visible”. In celebration, JVOFI joined a simultaneous Coastal Cleanup Drive held on March 26 spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) La Union – San Fernando City Chapter. JVOFI in partnership with the local PRC chapter held on information campaign on reducing plastic pollution during the event and joined the Clean Up activities in Brgy. Samara. Aringay; Brgy. Taberna. Bauang and Brgy. Son Agustin. San Fernando.

Solid Waste Management (SWM) training was conducted on March 29-31,2022 and April 13, 2022 in the municipalities of Bauang and San Juan. respectively. For the SWM training in Bauang, 128 sectoral representatives from 33 coastal barangays attended. For the SWM training In San Juan, 23 representatives from 2 coastal barangays attended. The training was an Important venue for the project to connect more fully with sectoral representatives from the coastal towns while teaching and encouraging solid waste management and diversion practices. Unique solutions and recommendations were also discussed and gathered from the participating communities which will be used for the Improvement and set-up of waste reduction and recycling programs.

The Plastic Recovery and Recycling for Clean Coasts project is a two-year project funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc. The project is in partnership with the Provincial LGU of La Union, the DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) La Union, municipal LGU of San Fernando, municipal LGU of San Juan Municipal LGU of Bauang, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMSU), Saint Louis College (SLC), Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga sa Kalikasan (LINK), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), La Union Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association (LUHRRA), San Juan Resorts, Restaurant and Hotel Association, Inc. (SJRRHASS), Bauang Tourism Council (BTC), Dragon Eight Junkshop and Sto. Nino Junkshop. It aims to improve plastic waste management along coastal barangays to ensure sustainable livelihood for residents and local businesses who are dependent on the bounty of the sea.