MAFAR JOINS MENRE IN COASTAL CLEAN-UP DRIVE

Wearing tops in colors of nature and health (green), and sky and sea (blue), more than 200 workforces of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) actively participated in the coastal clean-up spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENRE).

Along the coastline from Barangay Badak to Barangay Kusiong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao went the groups from MAFAR and other ministries and offices of BARMM yesterday morning and picked up garbage and debris brought ashore by the waves.

With their hands, brooms, rakes, and shovels, the employees have collected bags of rubbishes mostly water hyacinths, plastics, and pieces of woods and trunks that they transported to ensure proper disposal.

As per Memorandum Order No. 296 from the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM), all the ministries, agencies, and offices were enjoined to do their part in the coastal clean-up recognizing the need to lessen the serious problem on water pollution owing to ocean and waterway trashes. Accordingly, these marine wastes threaten human life, wildlife, communities including economies not just here but around the world.

In the short program conducted by MENRE, it was emphasized that it is everyone’s duty to keep the environment including the coasts clean, green, and beautiful. Thus, the directive from the OCM aimed at empowering people especially the government employees to take an active role in the protection and conservation of the ocean.

Meanwhile, MENRE Minister Abdulraof A. Makakua expressively stressed out the significance of connecting any activity to one’s faith and worship. He said that cleanliness in all aspects is very essential in Islam and should be ensured in oneself, in performing daily activities, as well as maintaining the environment. Furthermore, Minister Makakua said God makes everything very easy if it is done in all cleanliness.

The clean-up activity was still in line with the environment month celebration and was also participated by other organizations such as MSS, MLG, MFB, MTIT, BPI, LTO, Darul Ifta, MST, and RPDO.

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