In observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 273 s.1988 declaring the month of June of every year as Philippine Environment Month, with this year’s theme “Go Wild for Life, Combat Biodiversity loss”, 24 CMGC representatives headed by Ms. Myrna R. Salas, Environment Supervisor/PCO, actively participated in the coastal clean-up organized by the Department of Environmental AND Natural Resources- Environmental Management Board Region X11 (DENR-EMB XII) at Lion’s Beach. A Mangrove Planting Orientation for its Propagation and Nature’s Benefits was conducted at Tinoto Maasim, Sarangani Province last June 25, 2016 Saturday from 6:00am-3:00pm.
Participants coming from different institutions also joined the coastal clean-up. Among were the CENRO-LGU Gensan, Philippine Coast Guard, Petron, Brgy. West and Brgy. Lagao. They all exerted their effort in cleaning the shoreline of the beach. Most of the garbage collected were plastic bottles, plastic bags, foam, soft drinks cans, and clothes, metal containers, fishing ropes and net and other food/beverages items.
In an interview with Ms. Baisheigrid Pia B. Akmad, EMS1-DENR-EMB XII said “The main goal of this simultaneous clean-up activity is to protect and clean the water bodies, such as the beaches, rivers, waterways and oceans so that we can maintain the cleanliness of it for the benefits of mankind”. Engr. Bolawan M. Sambarani, Chief Ambiant Section-DENR- EMB XII also added and said “Kailangan natin ng ganitong activity in order to raise awareness to the people that there is a necessity to protect and preserve our environment for the next generation to enjoy the beauty of it”.
In the Mangrove Planting Orientation and Nature’s Benefits, Ms. Kathy Bitco, Environmental Management Specialist II-CENRO discussed the seedling preparation and ways of planting mangroves. She also highlighted the importance and benefits of the Mangroves Plants in our community. As Ms. Bitco said, we quote “Mangroves provide a broad array of goods and services to the local community. They play an important role in on-and offshore fishery, providing juvenile fish with nursery habitats and shelters, that leads to the increase of fish production, since fish na mao’y main product sa General Santos City, kay ilado man ta as Tuna Capital, through Mangroves naay puy-an ug mangitlog ang mga isda ug managhan na sila, kung magdaghan sila daghan pud makuha ang mangingisda na maoy ibaligya pud nila so dili lang pang protect sa storm surge and waves ang mangroves, kay naa pud siya ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL benefits”. Ms. Apple Joy C. Abulag, PSO-Benefit Representative for MGTRI said “It’s a privilege na naka-join ko diri ug nakatabang, ug nakahatag sa among time and effort sa pag preserve sa atua environment, kay dili tanan tao natagaan ug opportunity na maka-join. Ug nagpasalamat pud ko kay nakahatag ug information ang Gov’t, labi na ang CENRO on how to plant and take good care of the mangroves, as well as iyahang benefits”, when asked about her in sight to the activity.
The whole day activity aimed at fostering public awareness on the necessity of preserving and enhancing our environment was successfully concluded. This is just another way of showing our love and care for our Mother Nature.