In a resounding testament to its commitment to environmental stewardship, the Philippines Annual Conference of United Methodist Church spearheaded the Coastal Cleanup 2023 at Baseco Beach, Manila, on September 16, 2023. This remarkable initiative brought together members of the church community, locals, and environmental enthusiasts alike, uniting under the common cause to Save Manila Bay, Save Mother Earth, and say a resounding “No to Reclamation.”

At the forefront of this movement was Bsp Rubynell, a dedicated member of the United Methodist Church whose participation underscored the church’s unwavering commitment to social responsibility and the protection of the environment. Bsp Rubynell’s involvement served as a beacon, inspiring fellow members and community residents to actively engage in the cleanup activities with enthusiasm and passion.

The Baseco Beach cleanup went beyond the traditional sense of community service. It was a holistic endeavor that aimed not only to physically clean the beach but also to raise awareness about the critical issues facing Manila Bay, particularly the harmful consequences of reclamation projects.

The PAC Coastal Cleanup 2023 at Baseco Beach emerged not only as a day of collective action but as a testament to the power of faith-based communities in driving positive change. It showcased the potential of religious institutions to serve as catalysts for social and environmental initiatives, emphasizing that caring for the Earth is an inherent part of caring for the community.