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Five-year MoU inked to keep Patong Beach clean

Five-year MoU inked to keep Patong Beach clean

PHUKET: The director of the Phuket Natural Resources and Environment Office (MNRE Phuket) has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 15 local organisations, including the Patong Development Foundation, to keep Patong Beach clean.

By The Phuket News

Friday 23 December 2022, 10:28AM

The agreement was marked by an event at Loma Park yesterday (Dec 22), with Phuket Vice Governor Danai Sunantarod presiding over the formalities. Preechawude ‘Prab’ Keesin was present as Advisor to Patong Development Foundation, noted an official report of the event.

By coincidence, and not mentioned in the official report yesterday, is that Mr Preechawude is also President of the Patong Beach Bed Umbrella Community Enterprise, which is the organisation that coordinates the operations of the sunbed rental operators on Patong Beach. Beach vendors have long been known to keep their own areas  on the sand clean.

The event yesterday promoted the campaign “Phuket White Sand and Clean Sea”.

MNRE Phuket Director Wattanapong Suksai noted, “The MoU marks a collaboration of a network of volunteers to protect natural resources and the environment of Phuket villages and the first generation of high-level natural resources and environmental administrators. 

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“There are also supporting agencies consisting of government agencies, local government organisations, educational institutions, and private and public networks, with the goal of organising activities and campaigns to clean beaches, canals and mangrove forests in Phuket four times with financial support from Patong Development Foundation and local government organisations in the area,” he added.

“This is in response to the government’s policy on keeping the city clean and the policy of Phuket to maintain clean urban areas and public beaches beautiful and pleasant to look at, as well as to raise awareness among youths and the public to help take care of, keep clean and reduce littering in public areas, and for the network of people and all sectors in the area to express their power and participate in the maintenance of cleanliness and restoration of natural resources and the environment in their locality,” he added.

Mr Wattanapong  pointed out five beach cleanups had collected 700 kilogrammes of garbage, which was separated into recyclable waste, general waste, organic waste and hazardous waste. A further two cleanups had been held in canals and mangrove forests, collecting in total 152kg of garbage.

“Today, the Phuket Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office marks its cooperation with local government agencies, private organisations and the public through community networks to jointly organise an exhibition to disseminate knowledge about the environment and climate change, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in organising such activities for the next five years,” he added.

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Capricornball | 25 December 2022 - 11:30:44

Perfect, so Prab the Benevolent has arranged to have volunteers clean his beach rather than creating a slew of permanent paid jobs to maintain the beaches all year long. This will also free up his massage and chair cartels so they can slave 12-15 hours a day to make him and his cronies more money. I guess anything to keep the beach clean is OK, even if it is a secondary concern.

Kurt | 25 December 2022 - 08:38:05

Well, 'observer khun Prab made sure his 'money making play grounds' are well taken care by Officialdom.

JohnC | 24 December 2022 - 09:34:19

Ridiculous!! What about the rest of the island? And the rest of the country for that matter. Or is Sin City the only place worth keeping clean? Ceratinly not the only place that needs cleaning....

tamvong | 23 December 2022 - 16:04:25

They need an agreement with the fisherman and strict enforcement.

Fascinated | 23 December 2022 - 11:40:22

I guess what the article is saying is that the scion is head of the Mafia in Patong. Is there no end to his 'generosity'?


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