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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.

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Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9512, also known as the “National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008”, declared the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month to promote awareness, especially among the youth, on the importance of protecting the environment and natural resources and the sustainable growth and development of our country.

Signed in December 2008, R.A. 9512 specifically called for the “integration of environmental education in school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, non-formal, technical vocational, professional level, indigenous learning and out-of-school youth courses or programs”.

The law defined “environmental education” broadly as to include environmental concepts and principles; environmental laws; the state of the international and local environment; local environmental best practices; the threats of environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being; the responsibility of the citizenry to the environment; the value of conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources; and, the environment in the context of sustainable development.

It also said that the method of teaching should cover both theoretical and practicum modules comprising of activities, projects, programs that include, among others, tree planting; waste minimization, segregation, recycling and composting; freshwater and marine conservation; forest management and conservation; relevant livelihood opportunities and economic benefits.

More than a decade or so after the passage of the law, the need for continuously educating and engaging the youth and general public on environmental issues has become all the more urgent. Our country, to name but one of the many pressing environmental issues of the day, has been tagged as the world’s third-largest source of plastic leaking into the ocean and has among the highest trash collection rates in Southeast Asia. This, surely, is a cause of concern, stemming mainly from the lack of awareness on the part of the public on the impact of their decisions and actions on our environment.

The increasing frequency of super typhoons devastating the country is also a cause of concern, unaware as most of us are, if not vehemently resistant to increasing scientific evidence that the way we live—our simplest of decisions like what to eat, wear, and use—contribute a lot to climate change.

In response to the challenges posed on environmental education, DENR National Capital Region is stepping up its efforts by maximizing the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The regional office, in particular, is expanding its use of popular social media platforms to communicate its message and information and to encourage the public as well through its ENR Ambassadors program to create environment-themed content.

DENR National Capital Region is also strengthening its partnership with schools, barangays, and organizations from both the public and private sector at the grassroots level in the conduct of environment-related webinars and activities to build awareness and appreciation of our role as stewards of nature’s creation.

Our environment needs care and protection now more than ever. Let us all work together in changing views, attitudes, behaviors, and practices of people that are damaging to the environment. Help us promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and to remind each and everyone that we are an integral part of nature.

Ano man ang mangyari sa ating kapaligiran at kalikasan ay tiyak na may epekto sa atin. Dahil Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan.

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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) will lead the observance of the 2021 International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) in Metro Manila this Saturday, 18 September 2021.

Dubbed “ICC in a Bubble”, this year’s cleanup activity encourages volunteers to organize “cleanup bubbles” instead, i.e., cleanups are done in their home or community while observing minimum public health protocols and avoiding the gathering of no more than ten (10) people per team.

The cleanup bubble set-up, according to DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, is in keeping with the recent IATF guidelines on restricting the movement of people outside their homes to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Due to health and safety concerns, we will be limiting the participation of the public to our cleanup activities in our coastal areas and major waterways during ICC day”, RED Caancan announced.

DENR National Capital Region is set to conduct cleanups at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP); Tanza Marine Tree Park and the shorelines of Barangays Tangos North and the South Coastal Area in Navotas City; Baywalk area in Roxas Boulevard, Manila; and the Gloria Maris area at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City. The participation of the public in these cleanups, however, will be restricted.

As an alternative, RED Caancan calls on those who want to take part in the ICC to conduct cleanups in their homes, backyards, or immediate surroundings instead.

“Volunteers can still participate in the ICC, only this time we ask them to do their cleanup in the safety of their homes and company of their immediate family members”, RED Caancan said.

“We have done this last year, although we did not call it ‘cleanup bubble’ at the time”, she explained. “Our volunteers collected, segregated, and recorded each type of trash they’ve found inside their homes and submitted the same to us online.  We will just be repeating the process actually, under the GCQ Alert Level 4 issued by the IATF this time around”, RED Caancan added.

Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, DENR National Capital Region was able to mobilize 3,729 volunteers spread out in different locations in Metro Manila. They were able to collect and record a total of 1,169,832 items of trash with a combined weight of 29,183.45 kilograms based on records from www.coastalcleanupdata.org.

Food wrappers (candy, chips, etc.) topped the list of items collected at 65,141 pieces. Discarded PPEs, such as gloves and face masks, on the other hand, reached a total of 6,029.

Proclamation No. 244, S. 1993 declared the month of September as National Clean-Up Month, while Presidential Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003 designated the 3rd Saturday of September as ICC Day. Both observances seek to encourage citizens and communities to support efforts intent on protecting the environment and addressing pollution.

The celebration of the ICC is also in line with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) with the message, "The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want."

“Our participation and continued vigilance amid the threat of COVID-19, is a testament to DENR’s commitment in upholding the people’s right to a balanced and healthful ecology”, RED Caancan declared. “We at DENR need to step up in our efforts to protect the environment and complement the sacrifices our medical front liners are making in their battle against the virus.  We have a battle to win in Manila Bay.”

DENR National Capital Region is leading efforts in Metro Manila to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay and its tributaries.

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 DENR National Capital Region will take part in the celebration of International Youth Day (IYD) 2021 on Thursday, 12 August 2021, through the conduct of online activities.

First in its line of activities is a webinar entitled “EnviYOUTHment: DENR-NCR Youth for Environment” to be participated by youth employees of the regional office.

The regional Youth Desk Office (YDO) and Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) of DENR National Capital Region will facilitate virtual learning activities in collaboration with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and GREENducation Philippines.

The activity aims to inform and increase the involvement of young employees of the regional office in environmental advocacy. 

According to Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, it is important that DENR employees, especially the young, are aware of their important role in environmental protection and conservation. “We must continuously educate and inspire our young employees and convince them that our work in DENR is important, not because it is our source of income but because we contribute to efforts to make life on earth sustainable and worth living”, Director Caancan explained.

In line with this, Director Caancan appeals to Filipino youth, especially here in Metro Manila, to be active stewards and protectors of the environment.

“I call on the youth—the millennials and Gen Z out there—to continue and intensify their involvement in environmental activities. And they can do so by simply practicing proper waste management and wise use of our resources like water and electricity at home. These acts will go a long way, especially in the ongoing cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Likewise, we call on them to be active in sharing their passion for the environment, to utilize social media in informing and educating other people on the state of the environment and what we can collectively do,” she added.

Aside from the upcoming webinar, DENR National Capital Region has also entered into an agreement with the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Muntinlupa City on Urban Greening and Gardening as part of the program of activities for the celebration of IYD. Part of the agreement with SDO Muntinlupa is the conduct of environmental webinars with the students and parents of public schools in Muntinlupa, along with teaching and non-teaching personnel.

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. It was first celebrated in 1985 following the designation of its designation as International Youth Year by the UN General Assembly. Here in the Philippines, Section 30 of Republic Act No. 10742, the Sanggunian Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 mandates the observance of Linggo ng Kabataan in every barangay, municipality, city, and province on the week when the 12th of August falls to coincide with the IYD. ###