Watson’s cleaning activity in support of the International Coastal Clean Up Day was attended by employees and supplier-partners

On September 17, a large group of Watsons employees and supplier partners traveled in troops to the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habits and Ecotourism (LPPCHEA) area for an ocean cleanup campaign.

The initiative, which took place on the occasion of International Cleanup Day, is part of Watsons’ commitment to do good for the oceans. It was a partnership between the health, wellness and beauty retailer and CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable programs to help solve global problems, including climate change and plastic pollution.

“We were surprised at the number of volunteers. Our supplier-partners said yes right away, as did our employees,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Philippines Director of PR and Sustainability.

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Ramil Horario, one of the volunteer employees, is Functional Finance Controller at Watsons. This is his first cleaning business with the company, but his fifth as an environmentally conscious individual. “I grew up in Cavite and have seen how the outdoor waters have turned from clean to moderately clean to polluted. I am very proud to work for a company that is committed to doing its part for the environment,” said Horario.

As a company that cares for the planet, leading health, wellness and beauty retailer Watsons is always looking for opportunities to positively impact their customers and communities. The activity hoped to raise awareness and inspire volunteers to change their lifestyles. For example, as some of the waste collected during the activity was plastic bottles, the volunteers noted how important it was to bring a reusable drinking glass.

Poorly managed waste ends up in our oceans and coasts, causing pollution and endangering marine life. Ocean litter is not only dangerous for animals, but also for humans. Plastic, for example, never completely disappears; they simply break down into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics. These microplastics can enter the human body by inhalation and absorption and accumulate in the organs. As a result of the pandemic, waste from plastic bottles, masks, plastic bags, polystyrene, cutlery and straws has also increased (source: United Nations Environment Program).

Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habit and Ecotourism Area, is a group of structures in Las Piñas that helps communicate to the public the importance of conservation and the wise use of mangroves and other wetlands in the 175 hectares that make up a protected area. “The coastal cleanup business is part of Watson’s DO GOOD efforts for the ocean. As with all of our sustainability programs, we’ve learned that we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with CORA and the local government and we’ve our Employees and supplier partners involved. We must help each other to DO GOOD, “said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Director of PR and Sustainability.

The #CORAcleanUps program helps remove plastic pollution from our Filipino seas and provides sustenance for Bakawan Warriors waste workers who recover marine debris from Manila Bay and surrounding areas, as well as maintaining the biodiversity of the LPPPEA.

Celebrity and humanitarian Antonette Taus is the founder and executive director of CORA. Designated a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Environment Program, she has dedicated her life to using her platform to defend hunger and poverty, climate change, mental health, plastic pollution and others. global issues. “We are very happy to see a retailer like Watsons being a responsible citizen of the planet and working with us on this cleanup campaign. Plastic pollution and poor waste management are serious environmental problems,” said Taus.

Attendees at the event included members of the media, bloggers and influencers, as well as Watson employee-volunteers and commercial suppliers. Attendees took part in a fitness dance warm-up as part of Watsons’ Get Active program before finally committing to cleaning, after which the garbage collected was weighed and prizes awarded to attendees. “The Get Active program encourages not only our employees but also our customers to get some physical activity and what better way to do it than with a weekend clean,” said Jared de Guzman, Director of Customers. by Watsons Philippines.

“The business is also Watson’s way of encouraging our customers to take care of their health and also the health of the planet. It’s really good for you and the planet,” said Encarnacion.