Coastal cleanup at Pooc, Talisay

Capitol employees and volunteers braved the rain for the coastal clean up activity at Barangy Pooc, Talisay City last May 25.

The bulk of trash collected is mostly plastics, according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office or PENRO’s data. The waste gathered totaled 1,184.50 kilos.

The information can provide and improve the waste management plan of the barangay or the city in a larger aspect.

Talisay Councilor and Chairman for Environment Antonio Bacaltos, Jr. urged the barangay folk to work together in keeping their place suitable for living and not just relying on volunteers to clean their place.

“Hinaot nga magmatngon kita sa atong kalikupan. Kamao kita nga motan-aw unsay angay nga buhaton. (We hope that everyone gets involve in the protection of the environment) Let us be responsible,” Bacaltos added.

Dennis Villavinez,43, president of Poocanong Mananagat sa Talisay or POMATA said they used to have abundant fish catch.

Nowadays, Villavinez said t sometimes their catch could not even support their own family and it has been very hard for them to make ends meet.He added that it could also be the reason why fishermen are hesitant to join fisher folk organization.

“Sa kalisod sa panginabuhi, unahon nila ang mangita og sideline aron maka-kwarta kay sa moapil og mga pulong-pulong,” said Villavinez.

To help them out, Villavinez said local government units are giving them support.

Fishermen from other barangays and organizations also joined the cleanup.

Julio Abapo, president of Pundok sa Gagmayng Mananagat sa Sawsawan from Brgy. San Roque said that the activities devoted for fishermen give them the encouragement to continue their cause.

Abapo also seconded Villavinez about their fish catch.“Tungod sa mga ilegal nga aktibidad ug mga dagkong fishing vessel, sobra gyud sa katunga ang nawala sa amoa.”

The organizations commit to campaign for the rights and opportunities of small time fishermen.