TAGBILARAN CITY, May 2, 2014 (PIA) – Environment advocates for coastal resource protection and seas conservation cast on the challenge for communities to unite and help make Ocean Month meaningful with their vigilance and active participation in the environment protection campaigns.
Presidential Proclamation 57 issued in 1999 amndates the country’s celebration of the Ocean Month every May.
This too as two vital information education communication topics highlight the kick-off activities for Bohol’s Month of the Ocean Celebration in May.
Aside from those, a kick off program led by key environment officials in Bohol calling for support to the most urgent need to mobilize communities to protect the earth as a finite resource which generations would be direly needing, gathered a decent audience at the venue.
During a two-part program which included the opening ceremonies, members of the Bohol Coastal Resource Management Task Force (BCRMTF) led the Boholanos in advocating for month-long activities that could elevate the condition of Bohol seas much better that it was last year.
At the kick off activities during the launching of the Ocean Month at the second floor of Galeria Luisa, May 2, police authorities discussed Coastal law Enforcement while an environment advocate talked about Pollution.
SPO3 Estrera discussed the nuances of the Fisheries Code and the Coastal Law Enforcement including Bohol’s award winning Coastal Law Enforcement Council (CLEC) and urged communities to help in safeguarding the islands coasts and municipal waters from illegal fishers, especially those using explosives and commercial fishers poaching in municipal waters.
On the other hand, Engr. Edgardo Petallar, Bohole Environment Management Office Pollution Officer presented pollution in the air and in water, two very important environment buster that contribute to the fast deterioration of the atmosphere and bringing about unpredictable changes in climate.
Both topics fit into the theme for the ocean month; Mangroves protect, protect mangroves, said Juliet Paler, of the local environment office.
In his opening massage, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nestor Canda pointed out the key roles of the mangroves in disaster resilient communities.
He said during the Yolanda days, he made ocular inspections and noted that areas unprotected by mangroves are easily vulnerable, citing the storm-surge washed areas in the Visayas.
Meanwhile, he also pointed out that Bohol towns with mangrove protection or with mangroves as natural barriers did not have problems, compared to some open areas in Anda and Mabini.