Environmentalist group, Let’s Do It! Philippines (LDIPH), kicked off today, September 17, 2016, its second year of Nationwide Cleanup and Tree Planting Drive in different parts of the country.
After the success of its first-ever simultaneous cleanup activity, held September 20, 2015, which saw 28K Filipinos going out to clean their local surroundings, LDIPH, has been relentless in its campaign this year and able to get the commitment and actual participation of quite a number of local government units, or Barangays, in the whole of the Philippines. With its #iam5million project, it continues to aim for more volunteers and eyeing 2018 to be that year for its success in hitting the mark! Year 2018, by the way, has been earmarked by the mother organization, Let’s Do It World, to be that once-in-a-lifetime target of having no less than a million volunteers from each of its 115 member countries.
Initiated by Dann Diez in early 2015, after having been inspired by Estonia’s lead in 2012, of a record 50K “trash warriors” participating in one day, LDIPH, despite its shortage in logistics, as well as manpower or movers, and time-pressed at that, successfully took off in September last year. Dan started in Cebu, where he hails from, and slowly the movement sprouted in most of the Central Visayas Region and some parts of Western Visayas as well as Metro Manila and the nearby provinces.
Less than a month before its initial kick-off date, I read a post by a co-blogger, Ms. Grasya Bangoy, via “Kapehan sa Antique” Facebook group, announcing the slated September 20, 2015 nationwide and simultaneous cleanliness drive by LDIPH and asking for volunteers. It immediately sparked an interest in me and I responded, volunteering myself to mobilize the members of my locally-founded NGO, OFCI (Overseas Filipino Council International), Antique Subchapter. Soon she added me to the organizers’ FB chat group and there I met Art Alvarez, LDIPH National Program Director and it started a series of instant decisions leading to a partnership between LDIPH and OFCI Antique, offering, at the same time, the privilege of being the lead convenor for the Province of Antique and sponsorship. Time-pressed, as the BIG day was already nearing, and seeing a good chance for OFCI Antique to shine, I readily said YES! Part of the sponsorship was inclusion of OFCI Antique in the tarpaulins and T-shirts, along with its logo, as well as that of its pet project Anita’s Kitchen.
And so the Province of Antique was represented, and the only province, in fact, in the whole of Panay Island, which got on board last year’s very worthy undertaking!
Today, OFCI Antique, again, led the cleanliness and tree planting drive, and with a bigger force this time, through participation of the Mapatag Barangay Council officials, the youth sector and the Mapatag Elementary School teachers and pupils!
The Provincial Government of Antique, led by Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, again joined, but two days earlier as was done last year.