In observance of the International Earth Day 2022, DENR PENRO Cavite thru the Coastal and Marine Management Unit (CMMU), together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ternate, Coast Guard Station Cavite, Coast Guard Auxiliary District NCRCL, and management of Caylabne Bay Resort, tied up for the success of the week-long installation of Marker Buoys within the Core Zone of Ternate Marine Park (TMP). 

Eighty-eight (88) volunteers from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Auxiliary (102nd, 103rd, 106th, 107th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 125th and 126th squadrons) and volunteer professional divers participated in this endeavor highlighting the protection and conservation of marine resources of Cavite Province.

Out of the twenty-five (25) marker buoys targeted for installation, only 20 units were installed due to bad weather conditions and shortage of materials. Meanwhile, the remaining units will be installed once the weather gets better and necessary materials are all in place.

Ternate Municipal Mayor Lamberto Bambao expressed his warm gratitude to DENR PENRO Cavite and partner agencies for extending this kind of project in Ternate. “Ang pangangalaga sa TMP ay hindi lamang para sa pagtugon sa climate change at kalikasan. Higit pa riyan ang kritikal na pangangailangan para sa ating ekonomiya - para mapataas ang fish at seafood stock at masiguro ang kita para sa turismo at iba pang gawaing pang-kabuhayan”, he said.

General Manager of Caylabne Ms. Cathy Lee Tolentino also showed their support towards this endeavor. She mentioned that through the years, their staff and management have carefully protected the habitats of the wild birds, such as the forest areas and mangrove rivers lagoons, which serves as wetland sanctuary for the migratory birds. “If there is one thing, one clear conclusion today, it will be protecting the environment is everybody’s responsibility and must be taken into account and must be across to all sectors and at all levels.”, GM Tolentino reiterated.

Coast Guard Chief of Staff  NCRCL Auxiliary Captain Arnel Nocon commended all the volunteers for their dedication and for exerting their time and talents for the success of the activity. Captain Nocon stressed that environmental damages brought about by natural factors and human activities caused direct impact in the loss of coral reefs, the installation of marker buoys would be a great solution in the preservation and protection of the remaining patches of coral reefs in Manila Bay.

Chief, MSD Ma. Joy Grace S. Sazon and Chief, TSD Reynaldo A. Belen also graced the event as they acknowledged the vital role of the LGUs and other partner agencies towards coastal and marine conservation. They both further encouraged all the volunteers to continuously support this endeavor in the pursuit of sustainable development.

Cavite PENR Officer Januel R. Peras bragged that the municipal waters of Ternate is the only water body in Manila Bay that passed the water quality standards suitable for swimming and other recreational activities but with great challenge to maintain the standard. PENRO Peras further added that the protection and conservation of the environment cannot be executed by DENR alone, but it can be possibly done through unity in the pursuit of stabilizing ecological integrity. He ended his message with a call to raise environmental awareness and behavioral change as a response to the current environmental issues and problems.

“Ang mandato po ng DENR ay mula sa tuktok ng kabundundukan hanggang sa kailaliman ng karagatan”, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria emphasized the holistic mandate of DENR that encompasses all concerns in preserving the life support system of the environment, specifically, the biodiversity.

We encouraged the general public to take actions and be part of the solution contributing to environmental protection and conservation. Our simple ways of helping the environment could have an extensive ripple effect when we do it consistently. ###