Now on its second year, the UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office, together with the UST Human Resource Department organized the Community Service Day that consisted of a Coastal Clean-Up and Nature Walk Activity held at the Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA). Attended by 50 participants, the activity was a proactive response to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and in support of the University’s goal of involving the administrators, faculty members, support staff and alumni.
Before embarking on the actual clean-up, a brief introduction about the area was given by UST SIMBAHAYAN Director Assoc. Prof. Mark Anthony
D. Abenir, DSD, as a way of formally starting the program. Asst. Prof. Melanie D. Turingan, Ph.D., gave the participants some reminders in order to carry out a successful coastal clean-up.
The group comprised of administrators, faculty members and support staff were able to gather 75 sacks of garbage after the clean-up activity. A nature-walk activity followed, in which the participants were able to see the Philippines’ sixth wetland of international importance but is at present under the threat of reclamation and environmental degradation