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MARINE RESOURCES CONSERVATION – Personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Batanes, and members of the Imnajbu Fishermen Association prepare the permanent markers and buoys that will be installed at the Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the coastal zone of Uyugan, said province. The markers will not also serve as boundary of the MPA but will also enhance the conservation of reefs, seagrass beds and fish habitats in the area. In March 2018, the Sangguniang Bayan of Uyugan passed Municipal Ordinance No. 18-136 declaring the 259,386 sq.m. of the coastal area as Nameket-Mayrunguj Marine Fish Sanctuary and providing prohibited acts and corresponding penalties. Marine Fish Sanctuary is an area designated where fishing or harvesting of resources is prohibited.

Batanes Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office 8888 Focal Person Angelica I. Nuñez poses with Usec.  Benny D. Antiporda (left), DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and Supervising Undersecretary for Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service, and Usec. Ricardo P. Bernabe III, Head of the Strategic and Response Office, Office of the President, after receiving the Plaque of Commendation awarded to PENRO Batanes  for “exemplary public service performance in resolving/closing a Hotline 8888 complaint within 72 hours with concrete and specific action pursuant to Executive Order No. 6, series 2016.” Batanes is the lone PENR Office in Region 2 included in the nine offices that were given the commendation on Sept. 5, this year at Hotel Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, Manila.

Grades 3, 4 and 5 pupils of Macanaya Elementary School and Minanga Elementary School in Aparri, Cagayan actively participate in the Environmental Education Lectures conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 in partnership with Community ENR Office of Aaparri on July 22, this year.

The 150 students who participated were taught on the status of environment in the Philippines and also the threats to nature which include different human activities such as illegal logging and dumping of wastes to rivers. They were reminded to practice solid waste management since they are within the vicinity of the Apagonan River which is currently being rehabilitated.

Coloring books and other informative materials were distributed to the students during the lecture.#

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu navigates the heavily-polluted San Juan River as part his Technical Inspection of the Pasig Riveron September 25, 2019. San Juan Riveris one of the many rivers that flow to Pasig River which drains to Manila Bay. Cimatu, chair of the Manila Bay Interagency Task Force,has stressed the importance of the cleaup of esteros and rivers that drain to the historic bay because these are contributors to its water quality. ###