Hundreds volunteer for Micronesia-wide cleanup

Hundreds volunteer for the Guam segment of the Micronesia-wide cleanup Friday afternoon.

On Friday, a regional initiative brought hundreds of volunteers together from all over Micronesia to perform various cleanup projects.

The initiative is part of a larger vision to address issues in the region that stemmed from leaders participating in the Micronesia Island Forum that was held in Chuuk.

During the forum, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and other leaders agreed to tackle issues to include climate change and island beautification.

Today’s cleanup is the first part of the joint initiative between the islands of Micronesia.

Volunteers from Guam, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia were out performing cleanups simultaneously around their respective islands.

Tanguisson Beach was just one of the sites that volunteers focused on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Both Candice Aragon and Frances Aguon say they are happy to volunteer their time to show how much they love their home.

“This event was put together with Governor’s agreement with our region leaders to care for our island, to show how much we love our island, to show much we really appreciate where we live and where we find our home,” Aragon said.

“We actually are joined together in this task force to actually beautify our island and to continue doing it so. That’s why Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense joined with multi agencies with Government of Guam to support this event,” Aguon said.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio also proclaimed September 13th as Micronesia Cleanup Day to be in-sync with the regional initiative. Other cleanups included Tagachang Beach, Pagat Cave, and Marbo Cave.