𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – Around 5,000 people in various areas of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) have benefited from the activities initiated by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) during the SBPS People’s Day on March 8-9 in commemoration of the protected seascape’s 27th proclamation anniversary.
Atty. Felix S. Alicer, regional executive director of the DENR-12 and concurrent SBPS-PAMB chair, said the SBPS People’s Day is one way of giving back to the stakeholders to recognize their collective efforts in the protection and conservation of the SBPS. “We want to let them feel that we care for them and they are included in the management of SBPS,” he said.
Several activities were simultaneously facilitated by the local government units (LGUs) of General Santos City and six Sarangani municipalities such as the distributions of school supplies, groceries, and hygiene kits; feeding programs; parlor games; medical missions; short environmental lectures; film showing; raffle giveaways; free haircut, manicure and pedicure; free ice cream for all; and “Pista sa Nayon” which were availed and joined by local communities and other stakeholders.
Maria Elvira V. Lumayag, PENRO of Sarangani said “The SBPS People's Day is our way of appreciating the joint actions of the local communities, LGUs, and organizations in protecting and conserving the protected seascape. This celebration is a reminder of the importance of everyone’s participation in protecting and conserving our natural resources for our present and future generations.”
SBPS Protected Area Superintendent Joy C. Ologuin emphasized that the local communities play crucial roles to maintain the abundant resources of the bay. “We celebrate everybody's efforts through this People's Day. We rejoice the success of the conservation efforts and continually advocate environmental integrity,” she said.
The People’s Day is one of the activities lined-up for SBPS Week 2023 which started on March 5. This year’s celebration carries the theme “Love for Life.” (With reports and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani and PAMO-SBPS)