In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a heightened awareness to the critical issue of littered personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and gloves, on the ground and in waterways. The national and local authorities and the general public to effectively implement the RA 9003 Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 that intends to mainstream effective waste management practices—such as segregation of garbage at source, segregated transportation, processing, treatment, and proper disposal of solid waste—into the people’s daily consciousness.
To comply with the community quarantine guidelines in response to COVID-19, the public are encouraged to do individual or small cleanups throughout their entire home or neighborhood if they’re able to safely do so, even if it just means picking up one piece of litter, as these small actions can equate a large positive change. Wear gloves, practice social distancing, and perform robust sanitation practices.
May this celebration inspire youths, local government leaders, policymakers, businesses, to do their fair share of keeping a healthy and climate-resilient environment to achieve a more sustainable future for all.