Coca-Cola and Youth for United World join forces in clean-up drive for Manila Bay

August 07, 2018

Coca-Cola Philippines held a coastal clean up drive in Manila Bay.

Coca-Cola Philippines, a staunch supporter of youth empowerment, recently joined more than 7,000 members of the Youth for United World for GenFest 2018. The Youth for United World is a global organization that originated from the Focolari Movement in Italy in 1943 and aspires to develop the youth into stewards of the planet.

Coca-Cola and Youth for United World join forces in clean-up drive for Manila Bay

Coca-Cola Philippines volunteers in GenFest 2018 cleaning up Manila Bay

About Genfest 2018

GenFest 2018 is an event composed of various activities and advocacies that, as the saying goes, “bring back our faith in humanity.” 

The event is known for espousing societal consciousness among its participants; encouraging them to be mindful of the impact of their actions on the communities where they live, their families, and the environment.

Samantha Sanchez, Coca-Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Communications Manager said, “The youth of today are the future stewards of the planet, and it is a great opportunity to be partnering with them in sharing our vision of a more sustainable world. We hope that through partnerships like these, Coca-Cola becomes an ally of the youth as we contribute in finding better solutions to the various concerns of the communities and the environment.”

Coca-Cola Philippines' Manila Bay clean-up drive

Coca-Cola Philippines associates also participated in GenFest 2018’s clean-up drive, one of the major highlights of the event, which took place in a nature reserve off the coast of Manila Bay – one of the last remaining habitats for migratory birds as well as indigenous herons and kingfishers.

The said islands dotting the Cavite-Laguna Expressway are some of the few wildlife reserves in Metro Manila. Collectively, they are called the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) and were initially, part of a planned reclamation site but was eventually designated as a wildlife sanctuary. 

In there, one will find a mangrove forest that serves as home to birds. Unfortunately, plastic wastes that float in Manila Bay, the Paranaque River and the Estero de Tripa de Gallina eventually make their way to these islands.

“In line with our global goal to work towards a World Without Waste, we are supporting various organizations that can help us turn this dream into a reality. No matter how small the act may be, it’s one positive action that can create ripples as we continue to strive and find ways to solve the global problem of waste,” Sanchez added.

After the endeavor, 278 sacks of single-use plastics, laminates, and Styrofoam; 180 sacks of recyclable plastic bottles, 205 sacks of rubber; and 22 sacks of glass were collected according to the Bukas Palad Foundation, one of the partners of the project, and the GenFest committee.

World Without Waste Program

The Coca-Cola Company is also doing its fair share in reducing waste on a global scale through its World Without Waste program that it has announced early this year.

Coca-Cola acknowledges that it is a contributor to the worldwide problem of plastic waste, as such, it seeks to retrieve every bottle that it produces and then find ways on how to re-purpose the used bottles. To achieve this goal, Coca Cola is working closely with non-profit organizations, local communities, and government agencies.

Locally, Coca-Cola Philippines will continue to work with the youth as it pushes for the success of the World Without Waste program.
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  1. Nakakatuwa malaman na may mga tao pa rin na nagpapahalaga pa rin sa kalikasan. Lalo na yung sakop ng malalaking company tulad ng coca cola dahil hindi sila nakakalimot tumulong. Ang ganda ng goal nila sana magpatuloy at maging inspirasyon sa iba. ❤️

  2. Done reading this blog. I really love this World Without Waste Program talagang very nice program. It is very helpful din sa ating nature dahil sa panahon ngayon marami na Ang pollution sa Mundo kaya dapat ay maging isa Tayo sa mga tumutulong upang maiwasan ito. Kudos to coca cola dahil talagang tumutulong sila sa ating kapaligiran ❤️🥰

  3. You are all doing a great job po! Keep it up.

  4. A very nice scenario to begin with.
    Such a great effort to make.

  5. Kudos Coca-Cola Philippines and Youth for United World for this clean up drive. This was a great way to help our environment.

  6. So nice naman po ng Coca Cola. Hndi nila nakakalimot na tumulong. Napakalaking tulong narin po talaga nito sa kalikasan . Kudos po Coca cola. 🥰😍 Godbless po..

  7. Its really amazing that Coca-cola Philippines is there to help us achieve our goal towards a World Without Waste by supporting various organizations that can help is turn this dream into a reality. I really agree that no matter how small the act may be, it's one positive action that can create ripples as we continue to strive and find ways to solve the global problem of waste. I really support this kind program.

  8. Kudos to all Coca-cola Team Super ganda ng kanilang pagtutulungan para mapanatiling malinis ang Environment .. sobrang kindness po talaga .. super NakakaHanga at nakakaInspire ang Kanilang Pagiging Unity sa isa't isa ..