KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kiamba celebrated the month-long event of Month of the Ocean 2021 through the conduct of various environmental activities.
CENR Officer Abdul D. Cariga said that his office led the simultaneous coastal clean up drives in several barangays of Maitum town on May 22 with the support of the local government unit (LGU).
“We had our simultaneous clean up in the coastal barangays of Kiambing, Mabay, Mindupok, Maguling and Pinol in the Municipality of Maitum. Despite the different community quarantine measures, we’re proud that we were able to accomplish this activity and felt the full support of LGUs and the people on this endeavour,” Cariga said.
An information, education and communication (IEC) campaign on proper waste segregation was also conducted in different barangays to encourage the residents in promoting a clean and healthy environment and to enhance the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity.
Forester Ammar H. Sangcopan, CENRO Kiamba chief of monitoring and enforcement, said that: “Solid waste management is not only a way of life but also a team work. Through the IECs, we are able to prevent environmental violations by raising the people’s awareness and helping the people to do it.”
Meanwhile, in order to enhance the mangrove forest of Maitum town to provide a habitat for marine turtles, the CENRO Kiamba together with the Municipal ENRO of Maitum has planted almost a hundred mangrove propagules on May 7 at Barangay Kiambing of the said town.
Aside from mangrove planting, the office also led the releasing of hundreds of sea turtles in Sarangani Bay.
Stephany Kaye M. Hassan, chief of conservation and environment section, said that they were able to document the release of 289 Olive Ridley sea turtles from the marine turtle hatcheries of the LGUs of Maasim and Maitum on May 6 and 7, respectively.
“We can do more in terms of environmental conservation, let us do our part in saving these endangered species,” she said.
The Proclamation No. 57 dated January 9, 1999 declares the Month of May as the Month of the Ocean (MOO) in the Philippines. It aims to highlight the importance and significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and marine resources.
CENR Officer Cariga said that this year’s theme “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want” highlighted the principles the public needs to have in order to sustain the oceans for the generations to come.
“As we are advancing our technology, we should also be able to use it in addressing our present environmental concerns,” he said.
“The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. If we destroy it, we are affected. But if we conserve and protect it, our future generations will get to enjoy it, including its resources. Let us help save our seas and protect our oceans,” Cariga added. | With reports from Aileen D. Tenio – CENRO Kiamba Information Officer Designate