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

earthday

 

Hundreds join celebration of Earth Day in LPPCHEA

April 21, 2018

Close to 400 people representing different national and local government agencies, civil society organizations and volunteer groups joined the DENR National Capital Region as it celebrated Earth Day 2018 at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Saturday, 21 April 2018.

Heading the delegation of government officials who came to celebrate Earth Day 2018 in LPPCHEA is Sen. Cynthia A. Villar. She came with members and volunteers from Villar SIPAG Foundation. Other government offices that sent their representatives are the Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC); Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). The city governments of Las Piñas and Parañaque were represented by their respective City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENROs).

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Eco Waste Coalition, HARIBON Foundation, Manila Bay Sunset Partnership Program, Inc., Barangay Holy Spirit Entrepreneurs, United Civilian Volunteers Organization, Polystyrene Packaging of the Philippines, and Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA) represented the civil society sector.

Learning institutions were not to be left out either as students and instructors from the University of Sto. Tomas, San Beda University and Mapua University also joined.

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. meanwhile provided free drinking water to all participants.

The Earth Day celebrators were all met and welcomed to LPPCHEA by DENR National Capital Region OIC Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio Almira, Jr. and Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Forester Aida E. Esguerra.

The half-day activity, meant to drumbeat public awareness on plastic pollution, started early morning with participants from the Las Piñas Cycling Federation and Masarap MABUHAY Advocacy Group arriving on their bikes in LPPCHEA carrying placards containing environmental messages.

The program was hosted by actress/environmental advocate who introduced guest speakers from Greenpeace Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.

DENR National Capital Region also organized an exhibit that focused on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds in LPPCHEA, as well as products made from recycled plastics by environmental groups.

A mural painting and on-the-spot painting contest was also part of the day’s activities.

The program ended with a coastal cleanup and leaders of different groups pledging to contribute to efforts to stop plastic pollution.

Earth Day 2018 also happens to be the 11th founding anniversary of LPPCHEA, the first critical habitat declared in the country.

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