Claudio Triño Jr.
Barangay Bula is one of the 26 Barangays of General Santos City with a mass area of 323.18 hectares of land and coastal seashores. The coast serves as habitat of many marine creatures and forestry of different Mangrove plant species. Bula belongs to a highly urbanized city, thus, making the area prone to various waste dumps by residents and some industrial factories.
With this environmental issue, the Safety, Health and Environment Committee (SHEC), in collaboration with Family Welfare Committee (FWC), Grievance and Codish (GRIEDISH), conducted a Coastal Clean-Up Drive at Mangrove Rehabilitation Center, Purok Pagatpatan, Zone 6, Barangay Bula, General Santos City last May 26, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The activity is in line with the celebration of Month of the Ocean (MOO), with the theme “Free the Sea from Marine Debris”. The theme this year centered on the rising issues concerning Marine Debris and its effects to coastal marine biodiversity. Annually, the Philippines celebrate this event every May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999.
During the said drive, Cheryl Galo, the President of the ZSSFA association talked about the importance of Mangrove Trees in our marine biodiversity as they are the one who maintained all the growing trees in the said coastal area. According to Mrs. Galo,, “Mangroves provide coastal protection because the dense root systems of Mangroves trap sediments flowing from rivers, oceans and off the land. It also helps stabilize the coastline and prevent erosion from high waves and floods. And by filtering out the sediments, the mangroves protect coral reefs and sea grass meadows from being smothered in sediment”.
Small organizations like SPECTRUM and TEMPHIL Group (TEI, MGTRI, and Philfresh) collaborated to conduct further environmental projects particularly in Reducing Effects of Destructive and Improper Plastic Waste Disposal through Upgraded Community Engagement and raising environmental awareness in different communities to promote waste reduction, and waste management.
TEMPHIL Group collected 15 sacks of wastes in the coastal area. The activity also helped employees to realize that their simple efforts and volunteerism would have a huge impact in our marine biodiversity not just only for today but for the future generations.
This clean up drive is just one of the many social, cultural and environmental programs of TEMPHIL Group as it is committed in its promise of giving back to the community through its corporate social responsibility.