Dalaw-Turo for Mommies
The Battle for Manila Bay continues.
The BMB conducted its second Dalaw-Turo for the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system last May 25 - with a twist. We had children participants during our first Dalaw-Turo, this time we invited their mommies instead.
But the message is still the same: if we want to clean-up Manila Bay, everyone should do their part. That’s why the BMB-CEPA team decided that since mommies are usually the managers of their households, they should be properly informed and capacitated on appropriate solid waste management practices. Our aim is that by sharing environmental knowledge, values, and best practices, the families living along the Tullahan-Tinajeros Rivers will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for our rivers and seas.
Before the start of the program, the CEPA team distributed a short questionnaire to assess the mothers’ awareness on three topics: (1) proper disposal of solid waste; (2) efforts in their barangay towards the Manila Bay Clean-up; and (3) waste segregation.
Unlike the children, the mommies of Brgy, Bayan-bayanan were shy at first and needed some ice-breaker to help them warm up. Also, the CEPA team did not foresee during the planning workshops one important consideration when inviting mothers to a Dalaw-Turo - their little ones will be tagging along since they don’t have anyone else to leave them with.
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Protected Area Development and Management
This Program covers the main in-situ measures to conserve biodiversity within and adjacent to protected areas pursuant to Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrate Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992 as amended by Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded NIPAS (ENIPAS) Act f 2018. The passage also led to the legislation of additional 94 Protected Areas, making a total of 244 Protected Areas composed of about 7.8M hectares (107 legislated; 13 proclaimed; 124 remaining initial components). It will ensure that the current NIPAS and ENIPAS coverage is rationalized by maintaining and prioritizing those with high biodiversity values while providing appropriate governance regime for the protection of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) such as through Local Conservation Areas (LCAs) with the LGU concerned and through Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs).
Management of Coastal and Marine Resources/Areas
This program focuses on the sustainable management of coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove stands, soft bottom areas (mudflats), plankton community, and water quality of coastal areas. These coastal ecosystems are important in the completion of life cycles of a wide variety of commercially and ecologically important marine life which support livelihood for nearly 60% of Filipinos. Under this Program is the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) pursuant to DENR Administrative Order 2016-26 which aims to achieve the effective management of the country’s coastal and marine ecosystems thereby increasing their ability to provide ecological goods and services to improve the quality of life of the coastal population particularly ensuring food security, climate change resiliency and disaster risk reduction. It also contributes to the achievement of the PDP and PBSAP targets including international commitments such as the Aichi Targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 14 – Life below Water).
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This program deals with the conservation and protection of wildlife, and/or maintenance, restoration, and enhancement of their habitats pursuant to Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. Priority activities under this program are the following: (i) Sustainable wildlife resource use; (ii) management of invasive alien species (IAS); and (iii) Enforcement of wildlife laws, rules and regulations which include the operations/mobilization of Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Units (WTMUs); deputation and mobilization of Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs); operations and maintenance of Wildlife Rescue Centers (WRCs); establishment and management of Critical Habitats; and conservation of threatened wildlife species such as, but not limited to, the marine turtle, dugong (Dugong dugon), tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), freshwater and saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus mindorensis; Crocodylus porosus), tarsier (Carlito syrichta), Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), and Visayan spotted deer (Rusa alfredi).
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