Cimatu to Pinoys: Be stewards of marine life, cut down plastic use

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has called on Filipinos to cut down on the use of plastics that end up in the ocean and pose threat to marine life.

Cimatu noted that plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide as an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste finds its way into the oceans every year.

“The task of reversing this issue is as big and wide as the ocean, but small actions can make a huge difference,” Cimatu said, as he urged people to become “stewards of marine life” by reducing plastics use.

The environment chief made the appeal as the nation joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Wildlife Day 2019, which carries the theme: “Life below water: for people and planet.”

According to Ocean Conservancy, 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year on top of the 150 million tons of plastic that already circulate in the ocean, contributing to loss of species and contamination of food chain.

Based on the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup report, cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, straws and stirrers, among other kinds of plastic bags, were some of the top items found.

The report also indicated that such wastes could harm 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish annually due to ingestion and entanglement.

Citing a United Nations report, Cimatu said the Philippines is one of top 5 contributors of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, accounting for about half of the total plastic leakage.

“We produce 2.7 metric tons of plastic waste every year,” Cimatu said. “Following this trajectory of plastic production and mismanagement, UN reports predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)—gave out 44 medals during the 6th Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards to the men and women who defended the “voiceless wildlife species” against illegal collectors and traders.

The awardees consist of 21 officers from the National Bureau of Investigation; 14 from the Bureau of Customs;  six from the Philippine National Police; two from the City Government of Cebu; and one from the Department of Agriculture–Bureau of Animal Industry.

BMB Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez said that annually, the DENR “bestows official recognition to partners who have valuable contributions in the enforcement of wildlife laws, rules, and regulations.”

“For the past five years, the DENR has conferred the Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards to at least 365 men and women,” she said.

The WWD 2019 also featured a formal awarding ceremony for the recipients of grants from the United States Agency for International Development or USAID for graduate students pursuing further studies that are aligned with the project’s research priorities in conserving the biodiversity in the Philippines.

Among the students and their research topics which received grants include Mr. Adrian Luczon (University of the Philippines – Diliman) for his study on the Philippine fruit bats; Ms. Amelita Luna (University of the Philippines – Los Baños) for her study on metallophytes or plants which can thrive in metal-rich soils and how it can be used for mined-out areas; Mr. Adriane Tobias (University of the Philippines – Los Baños) for his study on Rafflesia or a parasitic flowering plant which can be found in the Philippines and its other species; Mr. Yñigo Luis Del Prado (University of Santo Tomas) for his study on the Philippine pit vipers; and Mr. Jayson Caranza (University of the Philippines – Los Baños) for his study on the Capisaan Cave System in Nueva Vizcaya.

The celebration also featured a quiz bee for the Grade 9 students in a bid to encourage the next generation to appreciate the biodiversity and marine wildlife even more. ###
_________________________________________________
Cimatu sa mgaPinoy:

Limitahan ang paggamit ng plastic, maging tagapangalaga ng marine life

Nanawagan si Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu sa lahat ng Filipino na limitahan na ang paggamit ng plastic na napupunta sa mga karagatan at nagdudulot ng panganib sa marine life.

Ayon kayCimatu, ang plastic pollution ang isa sa nagbibigay ng panganib sa mga karagatan sa buong mundo.  Umaabot sa 8 milyong tonelada ng plastic waste ang nakukuha sa mga dagat kada taon.

“The task of reversing this issue is as big and wide as the ocean, but small actions can make a huge difference,” sabi pa niCimatukasabay ng paghihikayat sa mga tao na bawasan ang paggamit ng plastic at maging tagapangalaga ng marine life.

Ang apela na ito ng kalihim ay kasabay ng pakikiisa ng bansa sa buong mundo sa pagdiriwang ng World Wildlife Day 2019 na may temang “Life below water: for people and planet”.

Base sa Ocean Conservancy, umaabotsa8milyongtoneladang plastic ang napupunta sa mga karagatan kada taon at dumaragdag sa 150 milyong tonelad ang plastic na patuloy na nagpapalutang-lutang sa mga karagatan.  Dahil dito, nauubos ang mga nabubuhay sa tubig at nagkakaroon ng kontamina sa pagkain ng mga ito.

Ayonsa 2017 International Coastal Cleanup report, kabilang sa mga pangunahing basura na nakukuha sa dagat ay ang cigarette butts, plastic bottles/cups, straw/stirrers at iba pang plastic bags.

Sinabi rin sa report namaaaringumabotsa1 milyong seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles at iba’t ibang uri ng isda ang maaaring mamatay kada taon dahil sa ingestion and entanglement.

Saulat pa ng United Nations, sinabi ni Cimatu na isa ang Pilipinas sa top 5 contributors ng plastic waste sa karagatan.

“We produce 2.7 metric tons of plastic waste every year. Following this trajectory of plastic production and mismanagement, UN reports predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish,”sabi pa ng kalihim.

Samantala, nagkaloob naman ng 44 na medalya ang Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) ng DENR sa ginanap na 6th Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards kung saan ay binigyan ng pagkilala ang mga taong patuloy na lumalaban upang mapangalagaan ang “wildlife” o buhay-ilang,laban sa mga iligal na kolektor at nagbebenta nito.

Kabilang sa mga nabigyan ng award ay ang 21 opisyal ng National Bureau of Investigation; 14 mula sa Bureau of Customs; anim mula sa Philippine National Police; dalawa mula sa city government ng Cebu at isa ang nanggaling sa Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry.

Ayonkay BMB Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, taon-taon ay nagbibigay ng pagkilalaang DENR samgakatuwang ng ahensiyasamgaprogramadahilsamganaibibigaynatulong ng mgaitosapagpapatupad ng “wildlife laws, rules at regulations”.

“For the past five years, the DENR has conferred the Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards to at least 365 men and women,” sabi pa ni Rodriguez.

Bahagi din ng WWD 2019 ang awarding ceremony ng United States Agency for International Development (USAID) para sa mag-aaral na nagtapos at gusto pang pag-ibayuhin ang kanilang “research priorities” para mapangalagan ang “biodiversity” saPilipinas.

Kabilang sa mga mag-aaral na nabigyan ng tulong pinansiyal sa kani-kanilang gagawing research ay sina Adrian Luczon, tungkol sa Philippine fruit bats, University of the Philippines – Diliman; Amelita Luna, tungkol sa metallophytes or plants which can thrive in metal-rich soils and how it can be used for mined-out areas, University of the Philippines – Los Baños; Adriane Tobias, Rafflesia or a parasitic flowering plant which can be found in the Philippines and its other species, University of the Philippines – Los Baños; Yñigo Luis Del Prado, Philippine pitvipers, University of Santo Tomas; at Jayson Caranza, Capisaan Cave System in Nueva Vizcaya, University of the Philippines – Los Baños.

Bukod dito, bahagi din ng selebrasyon ang quiz bee para sa mga Grade 9 students upang maengganyo ang susunod na henerasyon upang mas pahalagahan pa ang “biodiversity” at marine wildlife. ###

 

 

 

 

News

RODRIGUEZ ASSUMES OFFICE AS DENR 9 RED

DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Western Mindanao Jim O. Sampulna, CESO III administered the turnover of the directorship of Department of Environment and Natural Resources 9 from Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar, CESO IV to For. Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, CESE on June 26, 2019 in DENR 9 Regional Office in Pagadian City.y.

Read more...

Photo Releases

RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez administers the oath of office for the newly appointed and newly promoted DENR 9 personnel at the Regional Office Lobby, Balintawak, Pagadian City, on July 16, 2019.

DENR 9 conducts 2nd Regional Management Conference in DENR Conference Room, Balintawak, Pagadian City on July 15-16, 2019.

DENR ASec for Field Operations - Western Mindanao Jim O. Sampulna, CESO III administered the turnover of the directorship of DENR 9 from Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar, CESO IV to For. Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, CESE on June 26, 2019 in DENR 9 Regional Office in Pagadian City.

RED Abubacar (in black shirt) and PENRO Kaing (in white with blue shirt) during the conduct of coastal clean-up in AIPLS

JAM FOR THE EARTH| Riverside Band, once again, emerged as champs in Jam for the Earth: Battle of the Bands Year 2!

ART FOR THE PLANET | Van Nikko G. Bahala of Tukuran emerged as Champion of the Art for the Planet: Inter-Town On The Spot Poster Making Contest held during Earth Day, April 22, in Pagadian City.

BAYAN KO, LINIS KO | On Earth Day, April 22, more than six hundred (600) stakeholders in Pagadian City took part of the coastal and river cleanup activity that started at 6AM.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Western Mindanao Jim O. Sampulna is guest of honor during the expanded execom meeting of DENR 9 in Mardale Hotel, Pagadian City last April 16, 2019.

PENR Officer Salahuddin A. Kaing giving his message during the Seminar/Workshop on Technical Writing, Information Design and Packaging of DENR Priority Programs and other activities.

DENR 9, together with various stakeholders, conducts river and coastal cleanups in various locations in Pagadian City last February 22, 2019.

Interface of Sec Roy A Cimatu with CENRO Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte personnel.

Secretary Roy A. Cimatu giving his message and updates on latest policies of the department to DENR region 9 personnel.

Visit of RED Sabdullah C. Abubakar to DENR 9 Field Office of Isabela City, Basilan Province and attendance to the 1st Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meeting for Basilan Natural and Biotic Area (BNBA) at the Provincial Capitol.

RED Sabdullah C. Abubacar attending the Protect Wildlife Implementation TWG Consultative Meeting with stakeholders and other DENR 9 officials at LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City.

In line with the celebration of the National ZERO WASTE Month and World Wetlands Day, the Regional Youth Desk Officer, Regional Public Affairs Office, CDD and the team from the EMB, MGB, PENRO Sibugay and CENRO Imelda conduct a Dalaw Turo Session in Diplahan NHS, Diplahan, ZSP.

The new DENR-9 Regional Executive Director Sabdullah C. Abubacar receiving the DENR Flag from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the turn-over Ceremony.

Other Links

  • office-of-the-president

  •   
  • official-gazette