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Watsons Philippines volunteers picking up the trash in Freedom Island coastal stretch at Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism Area (LPPCHEA)

It’s no secret that mismanaged waste ends up in our oceans and shores, resulting in pollution and the endangerment of marine life. Ocean trash is not just dangerous for animals but also for humans.

Plastics, for instance, never fully disappear. They just break down into smaller, and smaller pieces called microplastics. These microplastics can enter the human body through inhalation and absorption and accumulate in organs. Because of the pandemic, there has also been a rise in waste coming from plastic bottles, face masks, plastic bags, styrofoam, cutlery, and straws according to the report of UN Environment Programme 

In line with this, Watsons Philippines partnered with CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable programs to help solve global issues, including climate change and plastic pollution, for a coastal clean-up activity in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habit and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA)–a 175 hectares of protected area of mangroves and and wetlands.  

(L-R) Antoinette Taus – CORA founder and executive director, Jared De Guzman – Watsons Philippines customer director, & Viki Encarnacion – Watsons Philippines PR & sustainability director

“The coastal clean-up activity is part of Watsons DO GOOD efforts for the ocean. As in all our sustainability programs, we learned that we cannot do this alone.  That is why we have partnered with CORA and the local government and we involved our employees and supplier-partners.  We need to help each other to DO GOOD,” says Viki Encarnacion, PR and Sustainability director at Watsons.

The #CORAcleanUps Program helps remove plastic pollution from our Philippine seas and provides livelihood for the “Bakawan Warriors” waste workers that recover marine debris from Manila Bay and surrounding areas, as well as maintain the biodiversity of the LPPCHEA.

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