DENR-NCR strengthens biodiversity conservation in the National Capital Region

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) steps up its effort in the preservation of the most important conservation sites in the NCR.

According to DENR-NCR Regional  Executive Director Neria A. Andin, one of the significant sites is the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area more popularly known as LPPCHEA. It is the first ever declared critical habitat in the country. The area is located along the Las Piñas-Parañaque coastal area and part of the Manila Bay. It covers approximately 175 hectares consisting of mangroves, mudflats and diverse avifauna. Recognizing the ecological importance of LPPCHEA, it was recently included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance as critical habitat which require careful and sustainable land use planning.

The other is the 29.47 hectare mangrove area along the shorelines of Manila Bay in Sitio Pulo, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City which hosts the habitat of the remaining old stands of mangroves in the region. Mangroves serve as spawning, nursing and feeding grounds not only to fishes but wild birds as in the case of LPPCHEA. They also serve as buffer zone which help shield from wave action. More importantly, they filter harmful effluents and absorb and store carbon in sediments, hence, lessening the impact of global warming.

Regional Technical Director Donna Mayor-Gordove of the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWZCMS) reported that protection and rehabilitation are being consistently carried out to enhance their biodiversity integrity. These involved monitoring of water quality and conduct of replacement and enrichment planting. Coastal clean-up is also being carried out in partnership with different government and non-government agencies, local government units and the private sector.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

 

Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno

 

 

 

 Ako’y kawani ng gobyerno,

Tungkulin ko ang maglingkod ng tapat at mahusay

Dahil dito,

Ako’y papasok ng maaga at magtatrabaho nang lampas

Sa takdang oras, kung kinakailangan;

Magsisilbi nang magalang at mabilis sa lahat ng nangangailangan;

Pangangalagaan ko ang mga gamit, kasangkapan at iba

Pang pag-aari ng pamahalaan;

Magiging pantay at makatarungan ang pakikitungo ko sa

Lumalapit sa aming tanggapan;

At sa panahong ito;

Ako at ang aking kapwa kawani ay kailangan tungo sa isang

Maunlad, masagana at mapayapang Pilipinas

Sa harap ninyong lahat, ako’y taos pusong nanunumpa.

 

Magsasalita ako laban sa katiwalian at pagsasamantala;

Hindi ko gagamitin ang aking panunungkulan

Sa sarili kong kapakanan

Hindi ako hihingi o tatanggap ng suhol;

 

Sisikapin kong madagdagan ang aking talino at kakayahan

Upang ang antas ng paglilingkod sa bayan ay patuloy na maitaas;

Sapagka’t ako’y isang kawani ng gobyerno ay tungkulin ko

Ang maglingkod ng tapat at mahusay sa bayan ko

 

NEWS

 tokatoka award

February 20, 2019

LOOK: DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan and Conservation and Development Division Chief, Forester Aida E. Esguerra receive the Plaque of Appreciation awarded by Manila Water to the regional office in recognition of its role in the success of the company's Toka Toka Water Advocacy Program.

Toka Toka is Manila Water’s environmental advocacy on the proper management of liquid waste and the revival of waterways in Metro Manila by encouraging the public to practice the four "S", namely: "Sipsip Poso Negro" (regular septic tank desludging); "Sewer Line Connection"; "Segregation ng Basura (Solid waste segregation); and "Share and Spread the Word" (advocacy).

The award was given on Wednesday, 20 February 2019, at the Marquee Tent, Shangri-la EDSA, in Mandaluyong City.

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