Lauching and Blessing of Proposed Barangay Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park

 

In line with the annual observation of the International Earth Day , the DENR-NCR participated to the launching activities for the BASECO Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park in Brgy. 649, Port Area, Manila on April 21, 2012,  . This event was initiated by the Brgy. Baseco Council and the Archdiocese of Manila and was fully supported by Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim, DILG-NCR Dir. Renato S. Brion, RTD Donna Mayor Gordove of PAWCZMS, and DENR-NCR.

 

A Holy Mass officiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, DD kicked off the event and  was followed by simultaneous clean-up and tree planting activities with the theme "Kalikasan ay pangalagaan, para sa Kinabukasan ng Kabataan". The participants were mostly residents from said area and representatives from PNP, PCG and Archdiocese of Manila. Some 47 pcs. of Nilad, a mangrove species which used to inhabit the coastline of Manila, previously, were ceremoniously planted through the efforts of the Archdiocese of Manila. This was complemented by initial planting of 50 pcs. of bakauan propagules and beach type tree species e.g. coconut and Talisay seedlings from DENR-NCR.Lauching and Blessing of Proposed Barangay Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park

 

April 23, 2012Beforehand, the participants were oriented with the relevance of that day's event as well as on the ecological importance of mangroves as nursery grounds for marine organisms, CO2 sink, soil erosion control and specifically as a natural shield/buffer during typhoons and storm surges similar to that of typhoon Pedring. The participants were also oriented on proper planting and nurturing of mangroves.

 

The DENR-NCR furtherly expressed its recognition of local initiatives on environmental protection such as this by awarding 2 certificates of appreciation to Brgy. 649 and to Kgwd. Kervin Camacho. The first is for initiating the establishment of the BASECO Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park and the latter for authorizing/sponsoring the needed ordinance. This marine park is an approximately 3 ha. area with mud flat, beach and lagoon in between mouth of Pasig River and Manila Bay.

 

The launching program ended up with signing of commitments by the participants for the successful establishment of the BASECO Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park.

 


 

 

DENR AdviceRegister Your Pets

 

Register your pets, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) cautioned pet lovers.

 

In the wake of the intensified campaign being waged against illicit trading of wildlife, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin reminds the public to buy only from registered pet shops and have the newly purchased pets registered with the DENR. "You won't get into trouble if you buy from legitimate wildlife traders and have them registerd," Andin said. Acquisition, possession, transport and trade of species are subject to permit from the DENR in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, she added.

 

For non-threatened species (any species that is not at the brink of extinction) numbering to 50 heads, the Certificate of Wildlife Registration is issued without registration fee except for the minimal fee Php 50.00 to cover administrative cost and services. There is a fee pf Php 500.00 for the registration of 51-100 heads, Php 750.00 for 101-200 heads and for 201 and above, the registration fee is Php 1000.00. Processing of CWR takes three (3) days.

Transporting of newly acquired pets from Metro Manila to the provinces requires a permit called Wildlife Local Transport Permit (LTP) which can be secured also from the DENR. Having transport permit on hand will spare the owner from inconvenience while in transit, Regional Technical Director Donna Mayor-Gordove of the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) explained. For endemic (native or unique to a place), indigenous (native but not unique) and exotic (non-native but deliberately or accidentally introduced to a new habitat) species, a Php 100.00 processing fee is required. Processing time is one day.

 

Bringing wildlife outside of the country also need a Wildlife Export Certification (WEC) for Non-CITES (classification under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and CITES Export Permit (CEP) for CITES species. For non-commercial (1 to 2 pairs of pet), Php 250.00 is paid for CEP while WEC costs Php 50.00 plus Php 150.00 inspection fee. Export fee for commercial purposes of fauna and its by-products is computed as 3 percent of export value plus Php 300.00 inspection fee.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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