Let’s Do It Philippines Kicks Off 2nd Year of Nationwide Cleanup and Tree Planting Day

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.

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This year’s official poster of Let’s Do It Philippines.

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.

This was the poster used last year by LDIPH as its introductory campaign, the same one I saw for the first time as posted on a Facebook group.

This was the poster used last year by LDIPH as its introductory campaign, the same one I saw for the first time posted on a Facebook group.

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.

This is Dann Diez, initiator in the Philippines, as copied from Let's Do It Newsletter.

This is Dann Diez, initiator in the Philippines, as copied from Let’s Do It Newsletter.

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.

A small group of Provincial Government and LGUs officials, together with representatives from the church, the school and private individuals plus NGOs (all environmentalists), gathered last year for a one-day symposium at the OFCI Multipurpose Center in Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique, Philippines to signify their intention to join the 1st Nationwide Cleanup Activity held September 20, 2015.

A small group of Provincial Government & LGU officials, together with representatives from the church, the school and private individuals plus NGOs, gathered last year for a one-day symposium at the OFCI Multipurpose Center in Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique, Philippines, to signify their intention to join the 1st Nationwide Cleanup Activity held September 20, 2015. LDIPH National Program Director Art Alvarez is seated second from R.

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!

OFCI Antique members and guests had a group photo after cleaning the beach last September 20, 2015, the 1st Nationwide Cleanup Day initiated by Let's Do It Philippines.

OFCI Antique members and guests had a group photo after cleaning the beach last September 20, 2015, the 1st Nationwide Cleanup Day initiated by Let’s Do It Philippines.

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!

Principal Alfredo Montalban of Mapatag Elementary School is seen leading the teachers and pupils for a tree planting activity today at the Mapatag Tree Park

Principal Alfredo Montalban of Mapatag Elementary School is seen leading the teachers and pupils for a tree planting activity today at the Mapatag Tree Park.

The Provincial Government of Antique, led by Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, again joined, but two days earlier as was done last year.

Employees of the Provincial Government of Antique, as they pose for a souvenir shot and after they have cleaned one coastal Barangay in San Jose, capital town of Antique.

Employees of the Provincial Government of Antique pose for a souvenir shot after they have cleaned one coastal Barangay in San Jose, capital town of Antique. This was done last year.

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Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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