Soon off the press: State of the Coasts of Bataan

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  • Butch G.
  • 7 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bataan, Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Bataan Project Management Office (PMO), and the Bataan Coastal Care Foundation conducted here a month ago final data validation of the State of the Coasts of the province of Bataan.

It was agreed to finish the book of the State of the Coasts of the province of Bataan in time for the staging of East Asian Seas Congress 2015 in Danang City, Vietnam on November 16-21.

DENR Bataan, being the chair of the Technical Working Group of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project in the province is encouraging cleanup of the coasts of the province in line with the Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts.

“Coastal cleanup is important in rehabilitating the Manila Bay. We urge the participation of various stakeholders to stop waste at source before it reaches the bay and threaten marine life and resources of the local communities”, pointed out Mila Ramirez, DENR Bataan section chief and focal person of the Manila Bay rehab project in the province.

Personnel of DENR Bataan headed by Penro Raul Mamac recently in participating in the International Coastal Cleanup trooped to the coastline of Barangay Lusungan, Orion. The stretch of the coasts of the Bataan towns of Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Balanga, Pilar, Orion, Limay, and Mariveles is part of Manila Bay.

Earlier, Ramirez also pointed out that the State of the Coasts is vital to the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation program in the province of Bataan.

She added it is very important to assess the impact of local government units’ policies and programs as well as private companies and NGOs’ initiatives in the conservation and rehabilitation of the coasts in the province.

“There is direct link between the policies and programs of LGUs, private companies, and NGOs in the conservation of Bataan coasts and the effort to rehabilitate the Manila Bay area for obvious reason that a long stretch of the coasts of the province forms part of the bay”, she explained. “Even reforestation program in the mountains of the province has impact in the rehabilitation of the bay”.

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