Members of the Filipino Canadian Association of Cochrane Alberta (FCACA) once again participated in the Alberta Highway Cleanup last May 1st.

FCACA President Mike Bautista said that it is only the second time they joined the program and plans to do it every year.

Baustista added that the group’s designated area was from the intersection of highway 1A at Horse Creek Road and up to Ghostlake.

FCACA Vice President Edwin Aguanta echoed Bautista’s statement and added that they plan to add more areas for clean-up so that they can have more funds for their group.
Aguanta says that last year, volunteers were able to clean 11 kilometers of roadside and raised it to 17 kilometers this year.

For his part, FCACA secretary Milo Prout says 20 volunteers picked up trash from more than 16 km of Highway 1A roadside on May 1. They went on the highway from Heritage Gates to east of the Ghost Lake bridge to pick up trash.

Prout says it’s not only a good community builder but an important fundraiser, not only for our own Filipino community locally, but also abroad like in the Philippines.
Last year, FCACA were able to support three provinces during the typhoon, Prout gladly shares.

The group hopes the next events will not be cancelled because of COVID-19 and have carefully put in place measures to surpass the province’s health guidelines.
The FCACA Secretary said each team leader handed out orange vests, garbage bags, hand sanitizer, masks, and bottled water before going.

Prout explained that with traffic travelling at high speed along that stretch of highway, visibility is important. That is why the group wore hi-visibility safety vests and the bags used are bright orange.

Signages were also provided by Alberta Transportation to draw the attention of motorists. FCACA is just one of many groups that participates in the clean-up in Cochrane area every year.