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Teaching em young

 

Teaching ‘em young

March 6, 2018

 

The Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO) of DENR-National Capital Region invited Grade 12 students of Claro M. Recto High School to the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Tuesday, 6 March 2018, for a day of fun and learning.

Accompanied by their science teachers, around thirty (30) students actively participated in the learning event which combined lectures about the environment and Manila Bay, bird watching and nature walk.

The learning event, according to MBSCMO focal person Forester Haidee D. Pabalate, intends to educate and engage the youth-students on environmental issues affecting Manila Bay. “Manila Bay is such an important natural resource to all of us”, Forester Pabalate explains, “and we need to involve all stakeholders—especially the youth—in the effort to counter the effects of decades of abuse and neglect the bay has endured”.

In 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a writ of mandamus directing the DENR, along with other national government agencies, to clean-up, rehabilitate and restore the waters of Manila Bay to Class “SB”, i.e., fit for bathing, swimming, skin diving and other recreational water sports. The Supreme Court tasked the DENR to lead and coordinate all clean-up efforts, implement the Operational Plan for Manila Bay Coastal Strategy (OPMBCS) and conduct Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities on Manila Bay.