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.



Ants Dominate in DENR CALABARZON's Photo Contest on Biodiversity

Strength in Numbers

"Experts say if we were to weigh all the ants in the world, they would weigh as much as all of the people, so if ants be gone there will be a big imbalance in our ecosystem," Gerson Kim Penetrante, 26, from Taguig City described his photo entry titled "Strength in Numbers", which won first place in the Photo Contest on Biodiversity organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON.

The photo contest and exhibit held on May 22-23, 2018 in SM City Calamba, Calamba, Laguna was the Department's creative way of observing and conveying to the public the very essence of this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) themed "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity".


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