𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 has continued its regular marine conservation efforts in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) during the coral tagging activity on Tuesday (March 14) at the Kamanga Marine Ecopark in Maasim town of this province led by two women officials of the department.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Maria Elvira V. Lumayag and SBPS Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Joy C. Ologuin led the coral tagging team composed of marine biologists and coral experts in tagging 60 corals in the 30 and 60 feet underwater area.
According to PENR Officer Lumayag, the activity will allow the SBPS Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) to monitor the growth of the corals on a monthly basis and provide valuable insights regarding their health and condition in the crown-of-thorns affected area of Kamanga Marine Ecopark.
PASu Ologuin said the data that will be collected from the growth monitoring of corals will aid in the development of effective conservation strategies for marine ecosystem.
PENRO Lumayag emphasized that the SBPS-PAMO continues to work towards the protection of the marine ecosystem and encouraged everyone to join in their efforts. She also highlighted the crucial role of women in marine conservation, especially in Sarangani Bay, where women make up a significant portion of the workforce in fishing industry. (With report and photos from SRCabildo, DENR-PENRO Sarangani IO Designate)