DENR IX kicks off the Month of the Ocean with an Agos ng Buhay Dance Contest featuring the mascots of its different marine protected areas: Elly the Friendly Jellyfish of Great and Little Sta Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape, Totong the Kitong of Dumanquillas Bay PLS, Momong of Murcielagos Island PLS, Selin the Bagis of Selinog Island PLS and Ali D. Sulid of Aliguay Island PLS.
 
The MOO is celebrated pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1998.