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DENR National Capital Region provided training on Mangrove Production, Maintenance, Protection, and Rehabilitation for its Bakawan Warriors and farm workers last October 18-19, 2022 at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP).
The 2-day in-house learning event was facilitated by foresters from the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and attended by forty (40) Bakawan Warriors and farm workers of the regional office
DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., graced the event, encouraging the participants to continue learning about coastal and marine ecosystems and the important role of mangrove ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation, water filtration, protection of coastal areas, urban biodiversity, and ecotourism among others.
CDD chief and concurrent LPPWP Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Forester Aida E. Esguerra led the team of resource speakers which included CRFMS OIC Chief Justin Albert de Ramos and his staff.
The resource speakers lectured on the ecosystem functions and benefits of mangroves; mangrove seedling production; and mangrove forest establishment, maintenance and protection. They also led the participants in the conduct of field exercises on the topics discussed.
DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-South (MEO-South) Director Bobby Tagapan was present as well to provide his insight and experience on the care and maintenance of mangroves.
In compliance with the directive of Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, the speakers included Republic Act No. 11313 or “Safe Spaces Act of 2018” in the topics covered. The Bakawan Warriors of DENR National Capital Region are tasked with taking care and enriching the mangrove areas of Metro Manila, particularly those at the LPPWP, the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City, and Baseco lagoon in Port Area, Manila.
The office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the National Capital Region joined forces on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, in the conduct of a tree planting activity at the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City.
The activity, held in support of DILG’s campaign entitled “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan”, was attended by DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan and DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-North (MEO-North) OIC Director Nolan Francisco.
They were joined by Navotas City Mayor, Hon. John Reynald M. Tiangco, the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO-Navotas), and officials and employees of Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City. The DILG-Navotas and Philippine National Police-Navotas likewise sent their representatives.
The participants, according to the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS), planted a total of 144 mangrove propagules comprising 56 Bakawan Babae (Rhizophora, sp.) and 88 Api api (Avicennia sp.).
TMTP is one of the conservation areas of the DENR National Capital Region. It is a 36-hectare strip of land verdant with mangrove and other mangrove associated-trees that shields the residential areas of Navotas City and neighboring areas. The area is also known for sightings of rare migratory birds. DENR National Capital Region, in partnership with the Navotas City government and other groups, do regular environment protection and conservation activities in TMTP.


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. ###


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. ###



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.