Tandag City (11 May 2016) – In line with the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) 2016, the employees of Surigao del Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) initiated an environmental activity dubbed as “coastal clean-up for aquatic biodiversity and food SeaCUREity” on May 6, 2016 at Mabua-Rosario shoreline, this city.
Surigao del Sur OIC PENR Officer Raul A. Rosales called all Surigaonons to help save and protect the seas and coasts from any environmental degradation which significantly affect our vital sources of aquatic wealth and natural resources for food security and sustainable livelihood.
“We encourage everyone to join our environmental initiatives in saving our coasts and seas by simply participating the coastal clean-up or adopt aquatic clean-up drive to beach, river, lake, wetland and underwater areas,” Rosales said. “Maintaining the cleanliness of the aquatic bodies in our areas of responsibility by refraining disposal of waste, plastic and dangerous chemicals to rivers and seas is everybody’s concern in saving our marine biodiversity,” he added.
To give the meaningful celebration of this year’s MOO with theme “Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity”, Rosales explained the need to save the aquatic zones for human survival. “Aquatic and marine areas such as rivers, lakes, wetlands, oceans, seas and underwater are the home of biological diversity of aquatic flora and fauna which are essential aquatic resources for human food consumption and sources of income”, Rosales said. “Aside from eco-tourism and shipping of goods and services, our marine and aquatic resources have wonderful benefits in ensuring the health and safety of our communities and the future. Our oceans and seas regulate climate, feed millions of people every day, produce oxygen, and provide with important medicine are among of the promising advantages. Therefore, we must secure and protect the aquatic biodiversity from any illegal and unsustainable fishing practices, pollution, and poor eco-tourism and shipping management practices which destroy our precious aquatic biodiversity,” OIC PENRO Rosales said.
The whole month of May is declared as the “Month of the Ocean” (MOO) in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 dated December 11, 1998. The decree directed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) formerly Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to spearhead the observance of the Month of the Ocean every month of May in partnership with the various sectors of society. The MOO activities shall highlight the conservation, protection and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and ocean resources. (Johny S. Natad/ PENRO-SDS)