Month of the Ocean: “STAND UP, SAVE OUR REEFS”

 The Month of the Ocean (MOO) is celebrated annually in the Philippines during the month of May. This year marks the 16th year the country is celebrating the “Month of the Ocean” (MOO). By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999, the month of May was declared as the MOO. Activities to be conducted in observance of the MOO aims to highlight the importance and significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and marine resources.

Pres. Proc. No. 75 mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to spearhead the activities of MOO in collaboration with the different sectors of the society.

This year’s theme, "STAND UP, SAVE OUR REEFS" emphasizes the cause and effect relationship of our actions towards the environment and the ecosystem services and goods that the oceans provide to create a flourishing community. In light of the current issues in our coral reefs, we are also highlighting the need to make a stand and save our front line barriers against coastal calamities.

This year the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) though its Conservation and Development Division is set to conduct activities to promote ocean conservation and marine resource sustainability as well as increase the appreciation and understanding of the public about DENR’s programs and projects especially on the coastal and marine environment.

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





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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