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RED CAANCAN RENEWS CALL FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF MANILA BAY ECOSYSTEMS

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan of DENR National Capital Region renewed the call for public participation in the protection and restoration of Manila Bay ecosystems on Tuesday, 10 May 2022.

RED Caancan appealed in time with the celebration of May as the Month of the Ocean under the theme “Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity”.

“Protecting and restoring the ecological diversity of Manila Bay will only be successful if, apart from government organizations, people’s organizations are willing contributors to the effort, either by volunteering or initiating cleanup activities of their own in their respective communities”, RED Caancan explained.

A ‘whole-of-nation approach’—one that integrates and coordinates activities of all stakeholders in relation to the cleanup of Manila Bay—is needed to mend the ecological damage Manila Bay has so far sustained because of human activities, the director added.

For the past two years, the regional office has limited the participation of people’s organizations in the cleanup of Manila Bay because of the pandemic. But as Metro Manila eased back to Alert Level 1, DENR National Capital Region has been getting more and more requests from different organizations to join cleanup and tree planting activities.

“It’s good that people are more aware nowadays of their responsibilities as co- stewards of the environment and are more than willing to partner with DENR”, RED Caancan said. “We need to harness this renewed spirit of volunteerism and patriotism, to advance a people’s movement that embodies the ideals of #MANILABAYanihan”.

“We invite organizations to sit down with us and discuss how we can help each other in protecting and restoring the ecosystems of Manila Bay”, RED Caancan appealed.

Manila Bay, according to RED Caancan, is a microcosm of our global ocean ecosystem. “All the essentials of life—water, much of the food we consume, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe—are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea”, she explained.

As our ocean ecosystems suffer from multiple stressors, RED Caancan stressed that our responses be as varied as well, using integrated both nature and science based- solutions and with citizens as prime movers.

The regional office will be organizing coastal cleanups and other activities to celebrate ocean month and raise public awareness and participation in the protection and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems. ###

ESTERO DE SAN MIGUEL IN MANILA AWARDED AS GRAND WINNER FOR GAWAD TAGA ILOG 2.0

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its National Capital Regional Office (DENR-NCR), was awarded the grand prize for being 2022’s “Most Improved Estero” to Estero de San Miguel in Manila during the Gawad Taga-Ilog 2.0 Awarding Ceremonies.

In his speech, DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna commended the search and added that it should be “replicated in other regions, specially selected areas of the Manila Bay regions.”

“This should be done to recognize the efforts of local government units, partners, stakeholders, and communities in cleaning, restoring, and protecting our waterways,” Sampulna said in his speech delivered by Undersecretary for Field Operations - Luzon, Visayas, and Environment Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA on March 22, 2022, which is also in time for the celebration of World Water Day with the theme "Groundwater: Making the Invisible, Visible."

Aside from Estero de San Miguel, the winners also include the 1st Runner Up, which is Estero Tripa de Gallina from Pasay and Makati; the 2nd runner up is Park Creek 23 from Marikina; 3rd Runner Up from Polo River in Valenzuela, and the 4th Runner Up is Zapote River from Las Piñas.

Meanwhile, citations were given to the different esteros in Metro Manila, namely: Estero de Maypajo in Navotas City; Sucol River in Malabon City; Ermitano Creek in the City of San Juan; Estero de Maypajo in Caloocan City; Maytunas Creek in Mandaluyong City; Lanuza Creek in Pasig City; and Tipas River in Taguig City.

Judges for Gawad Taga-Ilog 2.0 include DENR officials and partners who are professionals in the field of environmental protection, possess independence, which means being free of any loyalties, duties, or interests that might inappropriately influence the performance of a judge’s functions, manifest impartiality and have a sense of perspective.

For her part, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan said that Gawad Taga- Ilog “was launched in 2020, not to promote competition but to inspire cooperation among our partner barangays.”

“Indeed, Gawad Taga-Ilog is built on the premise that Manila Bay is a watershed. All rivers and esteros within the watershed drain their waters—together with all the liquid and solid wastes from our households, offices, factories, etc.—to Manila Bay. Cleaning the historic water body, therefore, necessitates an integrated or ecosystem-based approach, from ridge to reef,” Caancan said.

Gawad Taga Ilog aims to recognize the efforts of local governments in Metro Manila—barangays in particular—in keeping their waterways clean and trash-free, as well as their active participation in the ongoing rehabilitation of the Manila Bay.

It also aims to encourage change in the attitude and outlook of Metro Manila residents on their role in keeping and maintaining waterways clean.

The second Gawad Taga-ilog—the search for the most improved estero in Metro Manila—was conceived out of necessity in November 2020.

In 2020, a total of 33 waterways were nominated, with three barangays emerging as winners, which include Barangays NBBS Dagat-dagatan and Bangkulasi in Navotas City for 2nd runner-up; Barangay Marikina Heights in Marikina City as the 1st runner-up; and Barangay Lingunan in Valenzuela City as the champion for the year. ###

DENR NCR SCPW AND ASEAN CENTRE FOR BIODIVERSITY CONDUCT PHOTO EXHIBIT AND FORUM ABOUT THE LPPWP

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) partnered with the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW) and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity on the conduct of a photo exhibit about the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) on Tuesday, 22 February 2022, at the Wave Activity Center in LPPWP.

LPPWP is one of the 8 wetlands of international importance of the Philippines under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The treaty was signed on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian City of Ramsar.  The Philippines became a party to the convention on 8 November 1994.

The photo exhibit will feature LPPWP and its history and development as a nature sanctuary. It will also highlight the ecosystem services LPPWP provides and the threats it currently faces, and what we can do to help in its protection and conservation.

The exhibit aims to (1) promote awareness on the importance of wetlands and what actions stakeholders can do to help in its wise use and conservation, (2) showcase the rich flora and fauna resources of LPPWP, and (3) campaign for support in the implementation of the LPPWP Management Plan.

The activity will be attended by Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, the members of the LPPWP Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and representatives from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), and Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB).  

The theme for the exhibit is “Value, Manage, Restore, Love: Wetland Actions for LPPWP”. It takes after the theme of World Wetlands Day 2022.

World Wetlands Day is an annual environmental event held every 2nd day of February to raise awareness about wetlands and commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention.

DENR National Capital Region celebrated World Wetlands Day on February 2, also at the LPPWP, through the conduct of environmental lectures, cleanup, and nature walk. The celebration of World Wetlands Day in the Philippines is mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 74, series of 1999. 

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WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2022

DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan appealed to the public to value, manage, and restore wetlands ahead of the celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 02 February 2022.

Director Caancan made the statement during her interview in Eco Hour, a radio program aired over DZAR Sonshine Radio on Saturday, January 29, 2021.

“The theme of this year’s celebration –Wetlands Action for People and Nature – highlights the need for coordinated efforts in the conservation, wise use, and restoration of wetlands”, Director Caancan said.

“Metro Manilans, especially the youth, must learn to appreciate the life-supporting value of wetlands, and help in its management and restoration”, she added.

Wetlands, according to Director Caancan, offer multiple benefits and nature-based solutions to people. “They provide us with ecosystem services crucial to our survival and all of the flora and fauna supported by wetlands. Wetland areas are also one of our effective defenses against climate change”, she explained.

According to worldwetlands.org however, the world lost 85% of its wetlands since the 1700s. “Wetlands”, they add, “are disappearing three times faster than forests”.

“We need to reverse this alarming decline of natural wetlands”, Director Caancan said.

Here in Metro Manila, despite being highly urbanized, still managed to preserve some wetland areas. These are the La Mesa Watershed Reservation Area in Quezon City, Tagalag Eco Park in Valenzuela City, the Navotas Marine Tree Park (NMTP) in Navotas City, and the Las Pinas- Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP).

In line with the celebration of WWD, DENR National Capital Region conducted some Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) activities to inform the public on how they can help in efforts to save our wetlands.

“We’re organizing coastal cleanups, ecotours, photo exhibits, and webinars to raise awareness on wetland conservation”, Director Caancan announced. These activities, she said, are open to the public but with certain limitations due to prevailing IATF protocols.

“As of the moment, we only allow groups of no more than 10 vaccinated volunteers to do cleanups or mangrove planting in NMTP or LPPWP”, Director Caancan clarified.  Volunteers should also vow to adhere to strictly comply with minimum public health protocols to protect themselves and those they work with.

“The public, of course, can always participate in the webinars that we will be organizing in celebration of World Wetlands Day”, Director Caancan said.

Volunteer groups and individuals who want to take part in the celebration of WWD celebrations may send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can also follow and like the official Facebook page of DENR National Capital Region for announcements on the schedule of activities. Simply type @DENR.NCR.Official on Facebook to access its Messenger account.

WWD is celebrated by many countries around the world annually on February 2 to raise awareness on the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet.

The Philippines started formally celebrating the event in 1999, following the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 74 declaring February 2 of every year as National Wetlands Day in recognition of their immense importance to the welfare of the Filipino people and the protection of global biodiversity.

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Manila_Bay_Dolomite_Beach_Schedule
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pleased to announce that the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach will be open to the public from 28 to 29 December 2021; and, from 4 January 2022 onwards.
 
Entrance to the Dolomite beach, however, shall be in batches, with a maximum of 300 visitors per batch, following the schedule indicated below:
 
Morning Schedule: 
6:30 – 7:30 AM 
8:00 – 9:00 AM 
9:30 – 10:30 AM 
11:00 – 12:00 NN
 
Afternoon Schedule
1:30 – 2:30 PM
3:00 – 4:00 PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM
 
Those who plan to visit Manila Bay Dolomite Beach, however, are advised to register online one day in advance via the QR Code posted herein.
 
Guests are also advised to comply with the following:
1. Bring your Vaccine Card.
2. Wear your face mask properly at all times.
3. Observe physical distancing.
4. Do not bring food and drinks inside the beach area.
5. No pets are allowed either.
6. No swimming.
7. No vaping or smoking.
8. No littering.
9. Children below 11 years old are not allowed to enter.