Moalboal Community Action Day
Trash, particularly plastic waste, is becoming a problem in Moalboal. Some immediate, and some long term action is needed to deal with it. For the first of our Community Action Days Savedra Joined forces with the teachers and students of Basdiot Elementary School. Four of our instructors Maribeth Balane, Jaime Sabanate, Mat Severance and Francois Burg held a presentation at the school for grades 5 and 6. The Topic was Community Pride and the need to defend our Environment.
The Cleanup & Dive Against Debris action
Saturday March 4th at 07:30, the meeting point Basdiot Elementary School. A plan was made to disperse the teams over several areas seen to be most in need of clearing. Each participant was given a numbered bag, some gloves and a ration pack (most of which was drunk and eaten during the safety briefing :0). Each team, led by two teaching staff, were given a map and some instructions. A few walked to their starting point, the rest went out by jeep and tricycles.
To be honest, we expected a good effort from all teams, they were quite competitive (probably helped by the prizes on offer), but they were also keen to do something good. But what happened went way beyond all expectations.
The first sign that something special was happening was when the call came from the first team for more bags, each of these kids was given a 20KG rice sack, most of them probably do not even weigh 20KG themselves, and they had already filled these up.
As the truck and tricycles started to arrive back at the school the bags started piling up, we honestly couldn’t believe our eyes, what they achieved in just a few hours is nothing short of amazing. I had the job of weighing the sacks, my luggage scales were often unfit to task and we had to bring out the big scales.
Moalboal Ambassadors, 917 Kilograms of trash removed
Whilst the trash was being weighed and segregated we had a BBQ lunch with the participants. It became clear there were some incredible individual and team efforts, one bag came back with 37KG alone. In just a few hours an incredible 917 KG of trash was collected, THAT’S NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN KG!!! This went way beyond what we expected, a truly incredible action by these children and their teachers, we were blown away by the effort.
Once all was recorded and everyone fed we were able to announce the winners, and congratulate our first Moalboal Ambassadors. Their open water training and discover scuba dives are scheduled for April school holidays, following that they’ll be invited back to participate in regular cleanup dives and activities. Who knows, maybe i’ll see some of them on a Divemaster course, or an Instructor Development Course in the not too distant future.
The winners are
Top 4 heaviest garbage collectors and winners of the Open water courses
1.Vensil Gabato 2.Jorenz Sabay 3.Sam Domosmog 4.Marjun Villahermosima
The two best team efforts and winners of Discover Scuba Dives
Teachers: Ma Leonora Er-Er and Horamabel Padilla
Students: 1.George Patoc 2.Kim Daniel Tapales 3.Lourdes Cindy Lamosao 4.Elisha Eve Caballero 5.Karyle Amporado 6.Jay-Ar Sabanal
Teachers: Elizabeth Tacoloy and Maria Riza Domosmog,
Students: 1.Gerald D. Villordor 2.Princess Jemima Timonio 3.Lhovely Pajane Gargar 4.Joshua Nemenzo 5.Sam Domosmog 6.Aliana Jane Deniega 7.Rustom Abenido
From the teaching staff the winners of the Open Water Course are
1.Wilfredo Salocot 2.Marivella Salocot 3.Carmen Trinidad 4.Lea Anne Redoble
Other Community Actions
On the same day a town and reef cleanup was organised by a local group BBTO and the Mayors office, they managed to remove approximately 200 KG from the reef and beach, taking the daily total to well over a ton. Thank you to all involved there for your hard work and commitment to a cleaner Moalboal.