Photo courtesy of PCG/ctto.

Over 300 kilos of garbage were collected by a team of divers from the country’s national security forces in a synchronized underwater clean-up drive in Davao del Norte on Friday, April 30.

In a Facebook post, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the initiative, dubbed as “Scubasurero: Stand up, save our reefs,” was a synchronized underwater clean-up activity organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region XI held in Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.

The team of divers has collected a total of 378 kilos of garbage during the activity.

According to the PCG, the initiative advocates the preservation of marine biodiversity and the promotion of marine tourist destinations in Davao del Norte.

Aside from the PCG, the Philippine Naval Forces, Philippine Naval Reserve Center, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 11, PNP Regional Maritime Unit, Carabao Dive, Kostal Divers, Pro Dive, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) XI, Tourism Security Professionals Association of Davao, Inc., Hijo Resources Corporation, and City Environment and Natural Resources Office – Tagum also participated in the activity. (MB)