(Left photo) DENR Aklan PENRO Officer Ivene D. Reyes conducts brief introduction and demostration about mangrove and planting procedures among five ASEAN Foereign Ministers' Spouses during the tree planting activity. (Right photo) The ASEAN Foereign Ministers' Spouses during the activity proper.
Foreign minister spouses of Asian ministers from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and the ASEAN Secretary General go mangrove planting at Sitio Lugutan Mangrove Site, Brgy. Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, province of Aklan, recently.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) Aklan led by PENR Officer Ivene D. Reyes assisted the ASEAN ministers’ spouses during the conduct of a mangrove planting.
With the collaborative efforts of the Local Tourism Office of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay, Manoc-Manoc Barangay Council, and Spouses Program Committee from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the DENR- PENRO Aklan thru the PENRO Sub-office in Boracay Island, has successfully facilitated the preparation of materials such as the stakings, propagules, time of tides and briefing manuals for the activity.
The activity was conducted as a part of the Ministers’ Spouses Retreat Program for the ASEAN 50, Philippines 2017 with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”
PENRO Officer Ivene D. Reyes expressed his gratitude, and emphasized the importance of mangroves on the Philippine biodiversity during the orientation of the participants. “It is an opportune time for us to initiate tree planting activities in order to safeguard our environment against natural calamities. Mangroves are essential to our coastal areas because they serve not only as breeding ground for sea creatures and birds but also as primary barriers against storm surges and floods.”
In order to appreciate their initiative to protect the environment, PENRO Reyes promised to name the planting spot of the ASEAN Ministers’ Spouses in the Mangrove Park after them.
DENR 6 highlights significance of World Water Day 2017
On March 22, wherever you are and whatever you do, make it about water. - worldwaterday.org
In celebration of the annual World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is reminding everyone of the importance of wastewater and most especially not take for granted our water resources because water is life.
Cliché as it may sound, but did you know that today, there are over 663 million people living without safe water supply close to their homes, spending countless of hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water?
This year, the celebration’s theme is “Water and Wastewater” where it focuses on the importance of reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource in the economy. It also focuses on its safe management as an effective investment for the public.
World Water Day 2017’s main goal is to support the Sustainable Development Goals 6.3, “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”
Wastewater is all the dirty water from municipal sources, schools, restaurants, commercial establishments, hospitals, farms, floodwater such as feces, urine and faecal sludge and all of the possible dirty water that you can think of. Other wastewater may contain dangerous dissolved toxins and chemicals. The three types of wastewater are Black water, Gray Water and Yellow Water.
Why should I CARE?
In industrialized countries, everybody has access to safe water. But did you know that in developing countries, like the Philippines, only 86% of the people do?
Every day, most of the wastewater comes from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the surroundings without proper treatment or being reused. Therefore, it pollutes the environment most especially bodies of water and loses essential nutrients. Yes, we contribute in this pollution, we are just not aware.
Thus, to support the said celebration of World Water Day 2017, DENR 6 has prepared a series of activities such as Forum on Wastewater and Septage Management on March 17 at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU) among Engineering students, Orchestrated Clean-Up on March 18 and Tree Planting and River Clean-Up on March 22 in San Julian, Tapaz, Capiz to raise awareness among the youth and encourage local community involvement.
How can I HELP?
Make a change in your own little way by starting in your homes! Reuse gray water (wastewater originating from non-toilet and food fixtures such as bathroom sinks, laundry machines, spas, etc. not contaminated with human waste) by watering plants, flushing toilets, construction and concrete mixing purposes and many more.
This will not only help you save you from your water bill, you have also helped the water cycle work better for the environment.
“World Water Day is a unique event for all of us to be reminded of the importance of water in our daily lives. Right now, we may have enough water resources but what about in the next few years if we don’t know proper management of wastewater? Hence, I encourage everyone to practice reducing and reusing wastewater. This is not only for our own benefit but also for the next generation and for every living thing,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.