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Wetlands Center to start construction in LPPCHEA

February 8, 2019


Senator Cynthia A. Villar led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Wetlands Center at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Friday, 8 February 2019.

DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, together with her Assistant Regional Directors for Manila Bay, Dr. Eva S. Ocfemia and Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim were present to give the senator a hand in the ceremony.

The Wetland Center, made possible with the help of Sen. Villar, will house a training center, library, laboratory and museum in addition to being a field office for DENR National Capital Region. As such, it is envisioned as a site for learning and advocacy on coastal and wetland ecosystem conservation and protection.

In an interview, Sen. Villar said that she expects the completion of the two storey center within six (6) months.

Also present to witness the event and participate in the tree planting and coastal cleanup that followed the ground breaking ceremony are representatives and officials of the city governments of Parañaque and Las Piñas, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy (PN), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), and civil society organizations.

The activities were held in celebration of World Wetlands Day, an annual event observed on February 2 of each year to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

The theme of this year's celebration is “Wetlands and Climate Change". It aims to highlight the important role of wetlands like the LPPCHEA in mitigating the effects of climate change by acting as natural carbon sinks.

LPPCHEA is one of the seven internationally recognized wetlands of international significance in the Philippines and the only Ramsar site situated in a highly urbanized area.