By: Danilo Adorador, III
SURIGAO CITY–Some 150 joggers collected some 2,000 kilos of trash during a “plogging” activity here Wednesday to mark the World Environment Day (WED).
Lira Poralan, corporate communications manager of Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) that organized the event, said they hope “plogging” would gradually decrease the amount of trash on the streets by showing responsible waste management practice.
“Plogging”–or picking up trash while jogging–is a portmanteau of the Swedish words “plocka” and “jogga.”
Now on its second year, the NAC-led “plogging” is simultaneously done by the company’s subsidiaries and partners in Surigao del Norte, Palawan, Dinagat Islands, Isabela, and Eastern Samar.
Anchored on the theme “Healthy Ka Na, Nakalinis Ka Pa”, Poralan said this year’s “plogging” activity seeks to amplify the message of this year’s WED commemoration that focuses on air pollution.
Last year, the United Nations-organized WED highlighted the problem of plastic pollution.
Numbering around 150, NAC “ploggers” in Surigao City consisted of personnel from its affiliates Cagdianao Mining Corporation, Hinatuan Mining Corporation, and Taganito Mining Corporation.
They were joined by members of the Surigao Runners Club, REACT Miners, Tri-Sur, Bugsay Marajaw, Emergency Service Corp. Alumni Association, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and other national government agencies.
Robert Francisco, NAC-Taganito Mining Corporation environment manager, said the company’s yearly “plogging” activity seeks to “get the attention and the support of the communities to get involved in the discourse on environment protection and sustainability.”
“We at NAC take these matters very seriously and our everyday work involves discussions on issues pertaining to serious environmental concerns such as plastic and air pollution and we want everyone on the communities to get in on the game,” Francisco said.
“Battling pollution as one way to care for the environment is a rough and tough challenge but not impossible if hurdled collectively as responsible communities,” he added. (PNA)