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DENR National Capital Region proudly and successfully unveiled the Philippines’ inaugural Wetland Museum at the Wetland Centre Complex in Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) on 2 February 2024, in time with the celebration of the World Wetlands Day (WWD).

The grand opening ceremony, led by Honorable Senator Cynthia A. Villar, together with DENR-NCR OIC Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Henry P. Pacis, Parañaque City Mayor Eric L. Olivarez, and Atty. Antonio A. Oposa, Jr., marked a historic milestone in environmental conservation and education in the Philippines.

Pacis expressed his gratitude to all stakeholders, including government agencies, local government units, academic institutions, other civil society organizations and environmental advocates, who contributed to the realization of this groundbreaking initiative.

“The Wetland Museum serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of our natural heritage, strategically nestled within the renowned LPPWP, aims to serve as a beacon of awareness and understanding about the significance of wetlands in the ecological balance,” he said.

“Moreover, being situated at the heart of the National Capital Region, the country’s most urbanized region adds another layer of significance. Our actions in wetland protection will set a model for other urbanized areas with wetlands, showcasing the positive impact of conservation efforts in densely populated regions,” Pacis added.

The Wetland Museum is in its initial phase of development, DENR-NCR, through its Protected Area Management Office, is steadfast in its commitment to advancing the museum's capabilities. The regional office aims to transform the space into a vibrant hub for wetland education and advocacy, fostering a community that values and actively participates in the preservation of these vital ecosystems.

To date, visitors of the museum expect an immersive experience featuring interactive displays, educational exhibits, and captivating installations showcasing the diversity and importance of wetland environments. The DENR-NCR invites the public to explore and engage with this educational resource, fostering a greater understanding of the vital role wetlands play in ecosystems.

This significant undertaking aligns seamlessly with the global theme for WWD 2024, "Wetlands and Human Wellbeing." The event emphasized the critical role wetland ecosystems play in sustaining human health and overall well-being.

In the spirit of WWD, the DENR-NCR extends its appreciation to everyone who participated in making the grand opening of the Wetland Museum a resounding success. Together, let us continue to work towards the conservation and sustainable use of our wetland ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.