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DENR to set up endowment fund for ‘environmental heroes’ from CSC Fun Run proceeds

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will set up an endowment fund for ‘environmental heroes’ using as seed money the proceeds generated from the In a R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, Effective) to Serve Fun Run held last Sept. 4, 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City in celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje made the announcement during the turnover of a check amounting to PhP314,241.00 from Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco T. Duque in Monday’s (Sept. 12) flag raising ceremony at the grounds of DENR in Quezon City.

“We deeply appreciate the concern and generosity accorded by the Civil Service Commission led by Chairman Duque to our co-workers in the DENR, who have to sacrifice their lives in defense of our forests, our seas and other natural resources,” Paje said.

Duque said the amount was raised from the registration fees paid by the runners, totaling 2,831, composed mostly of government employees.

No less than Vice Pres. Jejomar C. Binay led the Fun Run highlighted by two events, 3K and 5K. Among the government agencies that supported the event include the Philippine Sports Commission, Pasay City Government, Metro Manila Development Authority, Pasay City Police District, Small Business Guaranty and Finance Corp., Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippine Information Agency, and DENR.

Duque stressed the commemoration of the birth of the civil service system in the Philippines serves not only as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the institution as one of the first modern civil service systems in Asia but also to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of Filipino civil servants.

“Amidst the politics and changing leadership in government, they are the people who ensure the stable and continuous delivery of programs and services to the public,” Duque said.

Duque also enjoined all employees of the DENR to participate in next year’s Fun Run as his agency seeks to target around 10,000 government employees to generate more funds for ‘environmental heroes.’

Paje said he will be forming a group who will be managing the fund. The group, he said, will also be responsible in laying down the mechanisms not only on the fund’s utilization to benefit the dependents of ‘environmental heroes’ but also on how to ensure the sustainability of the endowment fund. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

Paje directs PAWB to coordinate closely for proper management of ‘Lolong’

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje today directed the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) to work closely with the local government of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur for the proper management of the captured crocodile.

 

At the same time, he lauded the safe capture of ‘Lolong’ by a team of hunters led by Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde and technical experts from the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. “I would like to congratulate the team of Mayor Elorde and our technical people from Palawan Wildlife Rescue Center. The capture of ‘Lolong’ alive is certainly commendable as we were able to preserve the life of the largest crocodile ever captured in the country, and perhaps even the world,” Paje said.

 

In addition, Paje said the PAWB team is also expected to discuss with Mayor Elorde the need to assess the remaining crocodile population in the marshland.  “Our conservation effort should not end with the capture of ‘Lolong’.  While its capture comes as a big relief to the residents, some of whom may have experienced crocodile attacks in the past, we also have to take a look at the situation on how we could harmonize or promote the co-existence of the people and the crocodiles and other wildlife in the Agusan Marsh.”

 

Citing the Agusan situation as an “example of growing human-animal conflict,” Paje underscored the need for the immediate passage of the land-use bill by Congress.  “The land-use plan is an important policy instrument that would address increasing land-use conflicts, including wildlife-human settlements,” he said.

‘Lolong’, a saltwater crocodile, was the object of a hunt in the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary for the past two years, said Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim.  In fact, according to her, an enclosure has been put up for the crocodile by the local government in response to the reported killing of a 12-year old girl in March 2009. 

 

Last May, Lim said, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary gave its go-signal for the Bunawan municipal government to spearhead the capture of ‘Lolong’.  They have also entered into a memorandum of agreement that stipulated the procedural details and the manner of coordination among the parties for the capture of the huge reptile, listed as a critically endangered species under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).

 

The Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, which serves as Lolong’s natural habitat until its capture, was established as a protected area by virtue of Proclamation No. 913 issued on Oct. 31, 1996. 

 

According to the PAWB director, the Agusan Marsh was considered to be the most ecologically significant wetland protected area in the country, hence its inclusion in the list of Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.

 

“The Agusan Marsh serves as a wintering ground of migratory birds from Northern Asia, as well as a catch basin of the Agusan-Davao plain.  It provides ecological balance, livelihood support and other benefits to the local communities,” she said. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

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DENR gears up for full implementation of land management system, cadastral survey

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is gearing up for the full implementation of the land administration and management system (LAMS) starting next year in an effort to address land-related problems in the country.

At the same time, the DENR is also set to fast track the cadastral survey of the remaining areas in the country.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said that LAMS is an information system designed to help the Land Management Bureau and the regional land management services of DENR in the management of land data and information, and other land records.

“With the installation of LAMS in all regional offices of the Department, the people can expect not only a more efficient delivery of land services, but also enhanced integrity of our land titles,” Paje said.

A product under the second phase of the Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP2), LAMS involved not only the build-up of database but also the installation of required hardware infrastructures.

Specifically, the project requires the computerization of land records but also scanning and encoding of maps, survey plans and public land applications.

Citing the on-going land row involving Wilfredo Torres, homeowners of various subdivisions in Quezon City, and the Land Registration Authority (LRA), Paje expressed optimism that land conflicts arising from erroneous data, duplication of records, multiple sources of land information and like will be minimized.

“I can assure you that with LAMS, every land transaction will be very transparent.   President Aquino expects us to ensure that all government transactions will be transparent,” Paje stressed.

According to him, not only information on land titles will be made available to the public but also cadastral maps and information to guide local government units and survey maps to land surveyors, including land applications,” he said.  “With LAMS,” he said, “we hope to address such perennial problems related to land administration like fake and fraudulent land titles, overlapping of boundaries and graft and corruption.”

 Alongside LAMS, Paje said that the DENR is also set to fast track the cadastral survey of the remaining unsurveyed and partially surveyed areas in the country next year.

The move, according to Paje, is in support of other government projects such as land disposition, land use planning, taxation and internal revenue allotment (IRA) program for local government units nationwide.

President Aquino has given the DENR a marching order to complete the nationwide cadastral survey before the end of his term in 2016.

DENR records indicate that as of April 2011, of the targeted 1,516 municipalities and cities (excluding areas belonging to the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao)  a total of 878 cities and municipalities have been completely surveyed cadastrally, 370 have on-going cadastral survey activities, 228 are partially surveyed and 40 other municipalities remain unsurveyed.

Paje explained that the exclusion of ARMM areas is due to inability of DENR personnel to conduct cadastral survey due to peace and order problem. 

Cadastral survey refers to the survey made to determine the metes and bounds of all parcels within an entire municipality or city for land registration and other purposes.

The conduct of cadastral survey comprises of the following phases of work: survey control establishment to determine the horizontal and vertical positions of points; political boundary survey to determine the metes and bounds of the entire municipality or city and the extent of barangays for comprehensive land use planning and computation of the IRA; and lot survey to determine the metes and bounds of every parcel of land in the city or municipality for titling purposes. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

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Paje urges public to refrain from catching wild birds

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje today appealed to the public to refrain from catching, handling, keeping and trading wild birds to avoid the risk of bird flu.

 

            At the same time, he reminded traders that the import ban on wild birds, their by-products and derivatives from bird flu infected countries remains in effect.

 

            Paje made the appeal in the wake of a recent report of the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) on the “possible major resurgence” of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) with signs of a mutant strain of the H5N1 virus. 

 

            The report also indicated that the H5N1 virus is already making inroads to Asia and other parts of the world with unpredictable risks to human health and the poultry industry.

 

            “We don’t want to be alarmist, but it is better to err on the side of caution and keep the country and our people safe from the virus,” Paje said, noting that the new mutant strain of the virus has been found in our neighbor countries China and Viet Nam.

 

            Quoting medical reports, Paje said that the deadly bird flu can be easily transmitted through inhalation or direct contact with discharges or feces of infected birds.  Thus, he advised the public to contend themselves with watching the birds from afar.  “Enjoy the sight of birds flying freely up in the sky or frolicking in seashores; do not touch them.”

 

            Likewise, Paje also warned communities in farms and coastal areas to keep away from any dead bird and to immediately report cases of unusual die offs of wild birds to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) at tel. nos. (02)-9258953, or to the nearest field offices of DENR, Department of Agriculture and Department of Health.

 

            Paje also said that the ban on the importation of wild birds from bird flu-infected countries based on the list of the World Organization for Animal Health is still in effect.  The import ban, which the DENR has imposed since January 2004, also covers wild bird by-products and derivatives.

 

            Since its first detection in 2003, the bird flu virus has already infected a total of 63 countries worldwide.  Recently, the affected countries include Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Mongolia, Romania and Viet Nam. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

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Paje links up with DILG, Ombudsman to enhance LGU compliance to waste management law

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the DENR has already linked up with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman to put to task local government units (LGUs) in addressing the burgeoning garbage problem in their respective localities.

 

At the same time, Paje also asked all provincial governors, through the League of Provinces of the Philippines, in providing the necessary assistance to the LGUs under its jurisdiction to enable them to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

 

“We are already working closely with DILG and the Ombudsman to resolve this issue of low, if not non-compliance of local chief executives, to the requirements of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” Paje explained to members of Ecowaste Coalition, a group of non-government organizations advocating the 3R’s in solid waste management, namely reduce, re-use and recycle.

 

The group staged a protest at the DENR Monday (Sept. 5) calling for the immediate closure and rehabilitation of all dumpsites in the country in light of the recent trash slide that occurred in the Irisan dump in Baguio City.

 

Paje, who also chairs the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), said that the DENR has already issued 435 final notices to LGUs nationwide that continue to operate open and controlled dumpsites, in violation of RA 9003 which has set the deadline for the closure of all open and controlled dumpsites in 2004.

 

Relative to this, Paje said the Office of the Ombudsman has also issued Subpoena Duces Tecum to LGUs that were sent with final notices by the DENR.

 

Paje said such twin moves is “a step closer to filing administrative charges against non-compliant LGU officials under RA 7160 or the Local Government Code, and send out a signal to those who continue to ignore the risks to their own constituents’ health and property.”

 

“Sec. Robredo has, in fact, issued already a memorandum to all local chief executives and Sangguniang president officers and members to observe the enforcement and implementation of RA 9003, warning them that failure to comply shall subject the officials to administrative sanctions,” Paje stressed.

 

The DENR has also written Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., who heads the League of Provinces of the Philippines, and all the country’s governors requesting that they provide the necessary assistance to LGUs to enable them to comply, particularly on the safe closure and rehabilitation of its open and controlled disposal facilities, as well as their final disposal facilities/technologies.

 

“We sought the assistance of the League of Provinces because, under the law, it is a member of the National Solid Waste Management Commission,” Paje said.

 

In his letter to the governors, Paje reminded them of their responsibility in putting up a Provincial Solid Waste Management Board whose functions include developing and implementing a provincial solid waste management plan; providing logistical and operational support to LGUs within their jurisdiction; recommending measures and safeguards against pollution as well as fund generation; and coming up with solutions to identified solid waste management problems. Ayda Zoleta, PAO-DENR

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September 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

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Paje links up with DILG, Ombudsman to enhance LGU compliance to waste management law

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the DENR has already linked up with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman to put to task local government units (LGUs) in addressing the burgeoning garbage problem in their respective localities.

 

At the same time, Paje also asked all provincial governors, through the League of Provinces of the Philippines, in providing the necessary assistance to the LGUs under its jurisdiction to enable them to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

 

“We are already working closely with DILG and the Ombudsman to resolve this issue of low, if not non-compliance of local chief executives, to the requirements of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” Paje explained to members of Ecowaste Coalition, a group of non-government organizations advocating the 3R’s in solid waste management, namely reduce, re-use and recycle.

 

The group staged a protest at the DENR Monday (Sept. 5) calling for the immediate closure and rehabilitation of all dumpsites in the country in light of the recent trash slide that occurred in the Irisan dump in Baguio City.

 

Paje, who also chairs the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), said that the DENR has already issued 435 final notices to LGUs nationwide that continue to operate open and controlled dumpsites, in violation of RA 9003 which has set the deadline for the closure of all open and controlled dumpsites in 2004.

 

Relative to this, Paje said the Office of the Ombudsman has also issued Subpoena Duces Tecum to LGUs that were sent with final notices by the DENR.

 

Paje said such twin moves is “a step closer to filing administrative charges against non-compliant LGU officials under RA 7160 or the Local Government Code, and send out a signal to those who continue to ignore the risks to their own constituents’ health and property.”

 

“Sec. Robredo has, in fact, issued already a memorandum to all local chief executives and Sangguniang president officers and members to observe the enforcement and implementation of RA 9003, warning them that failure to comply shall subject the officials to administrative sanctions,” Paje stressed.

 

The DENR has also written Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., who heads the League of Provinces of the Philippines, and all the country’s governors requesting that they provide the necessary assistance to LGUs to enable them to comply, particularly on the safe closure and rehabilitation of its open and controlled disposal facilities, as well as their final disposal facilities/technologies.

 

“We sought the assistance of the League of Provinces because, under the law, it is a member of the National Solid Waste Management Commission,” Paje said.

 

In his letter to the governors, Paje reminded them of their responsibility in putting up a Provincial Solid Waste Management Board whose functions include developing and implementing a provincial solid waste management plan; providing logistical and operational support to LGUs within their jurisdiction; recommending measures and safeguards against pollution as well as fund generation; and coming up with solutions to identified solid waste management problems. Ayda Zoleta, PAO-DENR

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September 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

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Paje orders crackdown on illegal used lead-acid battery recycling plants in Region 3

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently raided four lead smelting plants and a used lead-acid battery (ULAB) recycling facility in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija in a crackdown on informal businesses handling pollutive and hazardous substances without appropriate permits in Region 3.

 

            At the same time, DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje has directed concerned provincial officials of DENR to explain “why they should not be charged administratively for inaction” on the illegally-operating plants.

 

Paje, who ordered a nationwide campaign against illegal ULAB recycling facilities and lead smelting plants, lauded the investigating team’s actions.

 

“These businesses, being run illegally, deprive government of revenues and give unfair competition to those operating legally. Most importantly, they cannot be monitored effectively and pose direct grave threats to human life and the environment because of their haphazard disposal of hazardous substances,” Paje said.

 

The one-day raid, conducted on August 18, 2011 by an investigating team organized by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Ernesto Adobo, Jr., also led to the arrest and filing of criminal charges against two Chinese nationals, namely Chen Tian Xi and Jiajia Chen, for violating Republic Act (RA) 6969, also known as the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990. The two were alleged to be behind the illegal operation of an unnamed lead smelting plant in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.  They were, however, released on August 20, 2011 by the Municipal Trial Court of Jaen, upon payment of bail amounting to P12,000.

 

Aside from the Chinese-run facility in Jaen, the lead smelting plants of Asia Pacific Resources, Inc. and Solid Lead, Inc., both in San Simon, Pampanga; and the ULAB recycling facility owned by a certain Roland Sumandal in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, were also each slapped with a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) for violating RA 6969.

 

The Oceanic Fishing Gear, Inc., another lead smelting facility in Meycauayan, Bulacan, was issued a notice of violation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

 

Based on reports, the two Nueva Ecija plants were found to be operating without any ECC, permits for transport and for operating coal-fired furnaces, or registered treatment, storage and disposal facilities. Their pollution control facilities were also found to be “inefficient and ineffective”, allowing the emission of lead oxide in violation of RA 6969.

 

Lead smelting involves recycling lead acid separated from used batteries. The finished product is then sold locally or abroad for various uses, such as material for building construction, bullets, weights and soldering processes.

 

The DENR investigation team was joined by Jaen Mayor Santy Austria, members of local police headed by Major Resty Reyes, personnel from the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and members of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, in the inspection of the Jaen plant.

 

Paje described the illegal operation of the recycling facilities as “classic examples of wanton disregard of responsible management.”

 

Samuel Carpio, head of the investigation team, noted that the plants have been operating without proper treatment and disposal of lead oxide during the smelting or recycling process. Lead oxide poses harmful effects to the human body and can even be fatal if swallowed or inhaled. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 2, 2011 at 6:54 am

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FUN RUN NG CSC ALAY SA MGA NASAWING BAYANI NG KALIKASAN

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Hinihimok ni Kalihim Paje ng DENR ang kaniyang mga opisyal at tauhan lalo na ang mga kawani na nasa NCR at Region 4B na lumahok sa darating na linggo sa isasagawang Fun Run na isasagawa ng CSC sa PICC.

 

Ang nasabing Fun Run ay kaugnay sa selebrasyon ng 111 taon ng CSC na naglalayong na makalikom ng pondo para sa naiwang pamilya ng kanilang mga kasamang nasawi dahil sa pagtatanggol ng kalikasan at kapaligiran sa bansa.

 

Dagdag pa ng kalihim na ang nasabing Fun Run ay hindi lamang makabubuti sa katawan kundi ito ay isang paraan upang bigyang pugay ang mga kasamahan nila sa DENR na namatay sa pagpapatupad ng tungkulin sa bayan. Tama lang aniya na balikang alaala ang mga taong nagbuwis nang buhay maipagtanggol lang ang inang kalikasan.

 

Ang CSC Fun Run ay gaganapin sa Setyembre 4 na magsisimula ng alas-singko ng umaga sa PICC kinapapaloban ng 2 kategorya n 3-K at 5-K na tatakbo sa kahabaan ng Buendia Avenue sa Lungsod ng Pasay.

 

Inaasahan na nasa 2,500 ang lalahok mula sa hanay ng pamahalaan at pribadong sector. 100 dito ay nagpatala na mula sa tanggapan ng DENR. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila

 

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September 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

Paje enjoins employees to participate in CSC Fun Run to help families of ‘environmental heroes’

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje is enjoining his Metro Manila-based officials and employees to actively participate in the Civil Service Fun Run on Sunday (Sept. 4) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

 

Organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as part of the month-long celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Fun Run seeks to raise funds for the benefit of families left behind by government forest protection officers who died in the line of duty.

 

“I am enjoining the DENR employees, particularly those based in the central office, National Capital Region and Region 4B, to participate in this project.  Not only it is good for the health, but it is very noble as well as it seeks to raise funds for the families left behind by our co-workers in the department,” Paje said.

 

Paje added:  “We have always considered our fallen forest guards as ‘environmental heroes’, having sacrificed their lives for the protection of the environment.”

 

The CSC Fun Run will have two events: 3-K and 5-K races.  Both races will start at 5 a.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, and will run through Buendia Avenue, also in Pasay City.

 

Initial report indicates that more than 2,500 participants from different government agencies and the private sector have already registered to join the Fun Run. Of the number, a total of 100 registrants are from the DENR. Ayda Zoleta, PAO, DENR

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September 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

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PAGKILALA SA MGA NANGANGALAGA NG MPA IGINAWAD

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Ang mga nanalo sa ginanap na Ikatlong Parangal at Pagkilala bilang ‘Marine Protected Areas’ ay ang Tabunan Marine Protected Area sa Barangay Malim, Tabina, Zamboanga Del Sur  at Twin Rocks Marine Sanctuary sa Barangay San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas na kapwa nasa pangatlong puwesto sa mga nagwagi. Samantala, ikalawang parangal naman ang nasungit ng Bangrin Mangrove Marine Protected Area sa Barangay San Miguel, Bani, Pangasinan at Bangaan Marine Sanctuary sa Barangay Tigbucay, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay ang nakakuha ng pinakamataas na puwesto sa labing apat na lumahok mula sa iba’t ibang lugar sa bansa.

 

Ang Marine Protected Areas Support Network (MSN) ay isang nagsama-samang grupo mula sa hanay ng pamahalaan, samahang sibika at institusyon ng edukasyon kung saan naglalayon na patuloy na paunlarin at pangalagaan ang mga anumang nilalang na nabubuhay sa tubig kasama ang nasa kapaligiran o nasasakupan nito.

 

Taong 2007 nang sinimulan ang pagkilala sa mga kababayan natin na naptunayan ang patuloy na pangangalaga at pananatili ng Marine Protected Area sa bansa na tinaguriangParael Mar.

 

Ang MSN kasama ang Philippine Environmental Gvernance Project (EcoGov) ng United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ay magsasagawa rin ng isang pagtatalakayan ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at samahan na may kaugnay sa pangangalaga ng ‘marine life’ na idaraos sa University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute mula Agosto 31 hanggang Setyembre 1, 2011. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila 

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September 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

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