The collective effort was opened to all ages and genders, with the theme, “Only humanity can save humanity”. During the opening program, National Events Director McJarwin Cayacap introduced the volunteers to the virtue of environmental Humanism and its embodiment in the nationwide efforts of HAPI as a non-profit organization. A pep talk by Chief Financial Officer Edwin Bulaclac, Jr. followed, encouraging participation in upcoming HAPI projects.
LPPCHEA is the first critical habitat to be declared in the Philippines. Covering around 175 hectares of wetland ecosystem, it consists of two islands — Freedom Island and Long Island — with mangroves, ponds, lagoons, mudflats, salt marshes, and mixed beach forest all over. Also recognized as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention because of the critical role it plays in the survival of threatened, restricted-range and congregatory bird species, LPPCHEA hosts around 41 species of migratory birds in the area, with some coming from as far as China, Japan, and Siberia. During the migration season between August and April each year, the area is transformed into a feeding and resting area for birds making their way to the warmer regions of the globe.
Watch this video blog of Manila Bayside Clean-Up by Bani Logroño:
After 4 hours of tiring yet fulfilling clean-up, the volunteers were awarded Certificates of Participation for their involvement with such a noble cause. Going forward, the Metro Manila Chapter has committed to awarding electronic certificates to its volunteers in order to help in reducing carbon footprint and paper consumption.
Watch the volunteers in action in this video documentation:
As of this writing, the Metro Manila Chapter has received notice of interest from certain organizations and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) teams for the 3rd Manila Bayside Clean-Up which will coincide with World Cleanup Day 2018 by Let’s Do It International. September 15th of 2018 shall see five million volunteers in the Philippines, standing up against the global trash problem and cleaning up waste. With simultaneous environmental activities happening in 150 countries in one day, World Cleanup Day is expected to be 2018’s biggest civic action.
Green Movement is the advocacy arm of HAPI that promotes human welfare and social reforms through small thoughts and doable acts of kindness for the environment. Pegged as one of the major and recurring projects of the Metro Manila Chapter beginning in 2018, Manila Bayside Clean-Up is a quarterly effort that hopes to attract bigger participation by humanists or atheists, and continued collaboration with stakeholders in the capital.
Humanism is a sound basis for genuine environmentalism; it prioritizes the mortal life and the ethical responsibilities that come with it. Not only human-centric, Humanism also seeks the preservation of all life and takes on the mission to expand the circle — the range of creatures who deserve respect and humane treatment. “Humane-ism” is absolutely among the top principles and priorities of Humanism. Through its Green Movement, HAPI is ever more active in protecting environmental resources and Earth’s fragile ecologies.