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Pinoy scuba divers join coastal clean-up in Saudi

Posted at | Updated as of 10/08/10 8:21 PM

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia – Filipino scuba diving enthusiasts and their families recently held a coastal clean-up in Dhahran.

The Guardians Reformists Group, Inc. and the International Scuba Diving Association (ISDA) converged to gather sacks of garbage, mainly plastic materials, from a coastal beach in Dhahran.

“Ginagawa po ito para suportahan ang Project Aware kung saan ay naglilinis po tayo ng dagat at dalampasigan para mai-report ang dami at mga klase ng basura meron po dito,” said Arnel Majano, Beach Clean-Up Organizer.

According to its website, Project Aware is an international organization that conserves underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.

“Part po ng aming program ay para ma-maintain yung past time na makita naming maganda yung ilalim,” said diving instructor, Reginald Reyes.

The Filipino scuba divers, numbering around 200 in Eastern Saudi, are also coordinating with diving groups from different countries to further promote their environmental projects.

They also participate in scuba diving sports competitions in Saudi Arabia.

The event also saw the support from the diver’s families who prepared food and drinks for the clean-up participants.

“Sumusuporta ako sa husband ko na isa sa mga divers dito sa Dhahran. Kasama ko na din family ko para family bonding na din,” said Gemma Caacbay. Dinan Arana, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau