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Lakbay Manila Bay with SANAPA Federation

April 22, 2017

 

DENR-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) celebrated Earth Day 2017 by inviting officers of Samahan ng Nagkakaisa sa Palupa (SANAPA) Federation—an alliance of urban poor homeowner associations based in Quezon City—to a tour of SIAD sites in Metro Manila.

Dubbed as “Lakbay Manila Bay”, the educational tour took SANAPA officers to the La Mesa Watershed Reservation Arboretum, the Quezon City Engineered Sanitary Landfill, the National Ecology Center, and the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

The activity, organized by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) of DENR-NCR, in partnership with the Environmental Education and Information Unit (EEIU) of the Environmental Management Bureau-National Capital Region (EMB-NCR) and the Public Information Office of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), aims to educate participants about the state of environment of Metro Manila through a visit of ecologically important sites in Metro Manila. It also aims to inform the public of the actions taken by DENR-NCR to address issues like environmental degradation, air and water pollution, solid waste and climate change among others.

SANAPA officers were much surprised to learn that Metro Manila still has a dipterocarp forest (La Mesa Watershed) and a sprawling mangrove area (LPPCHEA).

Lakbay Manila Bay was organized to popularize the four (4) Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) sites of DENR-NCR. It has two components—a lecture and actual tour.

The regional office aims to develop and transform these areas into ecotourism destination and help generate job and income for local communities

(Photos by Lloyd Hatulan of EMB-NCR)