Officials of the DENR National Capital Region, led by Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, tour DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Mindanao and Legislative Affairs, Joan A. Lagunda D.M. around the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) during her visit in the area on Friday, 2 October 2020.

Joining Director Caancan to welcome ASec. Lagunda is her Assistant Regional Directors Al O. Orolfo for Management Services and Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. for Technical Services, as well as Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Aida E. Esguerra and Protected Area Park Superintendent Rey M.T. Aguinaldo.

LPPWP is one of the two protected areas of Metro Manila under the Expanded NIPAS law (Republic Act No. 11038) and is recognized as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention. Considered as the “last coastal frontier” of the region, the 175-hectare wetland area is an important feeding and rest area for endangered birds that migrate south to escape the harsh winter in China, Japan, and Siberia. The lush mangroves that grow in the area also serve as natural barriers to storm surges, provide spawning grounds for marine life, and filter pollutants from the water.