The interim general director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), Héctor Porcella, declared that the coastal clean-up day carried out by some 50 public and private entities and more than 2,500 volunteers, exceeded expectations and proved to be a benchmark of civic responsibility that should be replicated and multiplied in the future.
Porcella, who headed a large contingent of public servants of the institution that worked in different points of the East coast, specifically in La Caleta, Andres-Boca Chica, Guayacanes and Juan Dolio, congratulated all the volunteers integrated to the operation and proclaimed the commitment to institutionalize the initiative as part of the IDAC’s social responsibility policy.
“This is, according to data we have received, the most extensive coastal cleanup day that has been carried out in the country in a long time”, said the head of the IDAC.
The day called “A Beach for the Homeland” was carried out in 17 previously selected points and had the support of the Association of Public Servants of the IDAC (ASP-IDAC), several ministries and general directorates of the Government, as well as airlines, the Dominican Red Cross, the Volunteers of Public Servants and the aeronautical sector, mayors of the impacted communities and groups committed to the defense of the environment, such as Vida Azul and Donato Ambiental.
The president of ASP-IDAC, Antonio Beato, confirmed that the cleaning plan was extended to different points of Puerto Plata, Sosúa, Cabarete; San Rafael, La Casita and Guarocuya, in Barahona; Najayo in San Cristóbal, Playa Gringo in Haina; La Playita in Nigua; La Garita and Los Cacaos in Samaná; Playa Managua in Sánchez; and other coasts and beaches of Juan Dolio, Guayacanes; La Caleta in La Romana; Uvero Alto in Punta Cana.
He thanked the enthusiastic participation of the collaborators of the Administrative Ministries of the Presidency, Tourism and Environment; the National Council for Climate Change, Procompetencia, Fundación Grupo Punta Cana, the Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESAC); the senatorial offices of San Cristóbal and Barahona, the Civil Defense, the governors of Higüey, Puerto Plata, Barahona, the Air Force of the Dominican Republic; as well as the Vida Azul Foundation, the Associations of public servants of the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Library, the Airport Department, Supérate, HODELPA Hotels, Politécnico de Barahona, CB Foundation and the Najayo Arriba Municipal School, as well as several fire departments.
Meanwhile, the IDAC’s Director of Planning and Development, Sarah Estévez, valued the enthusiastic and voluntary integration of the entity’s personnel, including representatives of the different sectorial directorates and coordination offices from all over the country.
She said that the social responsibility team of her department will start working immediately, in coordination with the IDAC Public Servants Association and the Sustainable Development Directorate, for the next day, which should multiply the number of participating institutions and volunteers.
He highlighted the institutional and personal contribution of General Director Héctor Porcella, who not only was actively present during the day, but also gave valuable contributions to continue the work of social responsibility to the fire departments of several impacted communities.
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