More than 200 civilian volunteers and soldiers worked hand in hand to clean up Little Sta. Cruz Island on August 17.
Security and private sectors, including the youth and private organizations, joined organic personnel of Western Mindanao Command in collating garbage and marine debris on said island last Saturday morning.
“This convergence is towards strengthening our solidarity not only for peace but also for the conservation of our natural resources,” said Col. Gerry Besana, WestMinCom’s Assistant Chief of Unified Command Staff for Civil-Military Operations.
Participants included personnel of Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, City Government of Zamboanga, Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc., Philippine Regional Office 9, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Holy Trinity Open House Foundation.
“Waste management is a perennial problem in the entire Philippines, but we must address the issue on our level. On our end, we will initiate activities that promote the preservation of natural resources and ecological sustainability,” said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.
On the same day, 350 bikers joined the 32 kilometer- fun bike from WestMinCom headquarters in Barangay Calarian to Barangay Tulungatung- Cawit and back to the command headquarters in this city.
Participants included members of Infinity Bikerz Club, Police Regional Office 9, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Tactical Operations Wing, Joint Task Force Zamboanga, and Biker’s 101.
“This is a reflection of our solidarity, as Filipinos working for peace in our area, but this is also one way of reminding ourselves to maintain a healthy physique,” said Col. Leonardo Peña, WestMinCom’s Chief of Unified Command Staff.
Bikers joined the stretching exercises and boodle fight held in Camp Navarro on Saturday.
Said coastal clean-up drive and fun bike activity are part of the month-long celebration of WestMinCom’s 13th anniversary.