Month of the Ocean 2017 Celebrated with a River Cleanup

Month of the Ocean 2017 Celebrated with a River Cleanup


          The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, through the Manila Bay Site Management Office Region 4 (MB-SMO4), has partnered with the local government of Liliw, Laguna and the concerned civic organizations in cleaning up the Mamalin River in celebration of the Month of the Ocean.

          The theme of this year’s Month of the Ocean is “Tayo at ang Karagatan” which emphasizes the vital connection of people and their activities with the ocean. In the same way, it seeks to present to the public the links of the coastal and marine ecosystems to the sustenance of the basic needs of the people such as food, livelihood, navigation and trade.

          “Napapanahon ang tema (na ito) kung saan kinokonekta natin ang ating gamit ng resources sa estado ng ating karagatan. Bilang mga taga-gamit ng resources, dapat akuin natin ang problema, at tayo din ang lulutas ng problema,” DENR CALABARZON Director Arsenio Tanchuling said, pointing out that the current filthy state of the sea and ocean waters was caused by the unsustainable way of living and use of resources of the people, and can only be resolved through collective action and behavioral change among the same.

         “Kung titingnan natin ngayong summer season, ang kadalasang pasyalan ay sa tabing-dagat – may nagsu-swimming, nagse-surfing, pero hindi nila alam na ang tubig na pumupunta sa dagat ay galing sa mga ilog. Kaya po tayo ay magtutulong-tulong sa paglilinis ng mga ilog para pagdating sa baba (sa dagat o sa karagatan), tayo ay may magagamit na malinis na tubig,” newly designated DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Laguna Roberto Oliveros said.

         The Mamalin River waters drain to the Laguna de Bay, and to the Manila Bay thru the Napindan Channel, and finally to the ocean. Its cleanup is part of the DENR’s ridge-to-reef approach to coastal and marine resources management, which has the core idea that whatever happens in the land affects the condition of the ocean or the marine environment, and vice versa.

         Mayor Ericson Sulibit of Liliw, Laguna conveyed that the local government is always one with the programs towards the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. However, he expressed his grief over his constituents who do not participate in the said programs, and instead, violate the laws.

         “Alam niyo ho, tayong mga nasa gobyerno, ang tanging iisipin lang po natin ay ang kabutihan ng ating mga nasasakupan – ng tao, paligid, at ang ating kalikasan. Minsan nga lang, talagang nagkakaroon ng problema, hindi nga lang sa gobyerno eh, minsan sa tao na,” lamented the Liliw local chief executive.

         During the stretch of the activity, the cleanup team, divided into five (5) sub-groups, witnessed the household wastes dumped in the river, and even the actual draining of human effluents into the same water body.

         “Pero hindi kami magsasawa na magbigay ng pangangalinga sa ating kalikasan, sa ating karagatan. Kami, kasama ang iba’t ibang sektor ng ating bayan, ay makikiisa po sa paglilinis… Kailangan po nating maipakita ang ating pagkakaisa,” Mayor Sulibit assured despite the challenges in the enforcement of environmental policies, especially on waste management.

        The DENR, on the other hand, shall continue their efforts to protecting and conserving the upland, lowland and marine environment by implementing the activities under the integrated area management plan, which include communication, education and public awareness (CEPA), among others.






          "To this end, we urge you to make a commitment towards building a climate-resilient community among yourselves," said the In-Charge, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON-Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, Melinda G. Gordo as she closed the lecture-forum held on November 18, 2017 at the Barangay Lalakay Covered Court, Los Banos, Laguna.

          The recently concluded activity was undertaken in celebration of the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month, and in anticipation of the Climate Change Consciousness Week slated on November 19-24 which, together, carry the theme "Kilos Para sa Kalikasan: Building Climate-Resilient Philippines".

          "It is but vital that we know the potential impacts of climate change in order for us to adapt to it," said DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling as he delivered his inspirational message during the lecture-forum, which serves as the office's share to the "Sama-sama sa K5: Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad Tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran" activity simultaneously conducted by various DENR offices nationwide.



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