PH celebrates World Wildlife Day
Philippines has joined the global celebration of World Wildlife Day, which is being celebrated this year under the theme “Life below Water: for People and Planet”.
In a statement, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the theme could not be more timely in light of an ongoing rehabilitation of the heavily polluted Manila Bay.
“This year’s celebration reminds us of the importance of the marine life as one of the natural resources that we need to sustain, thus giving us more reasons to continue the ongoing efforts to save Manila Bay and other bodies of water in the Philippines,” Cimatu said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), together with other government agencies and local government units, launched the massive cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay last January 27.
Since then, several establishments have been issued cease and desist orders, notices of violations and show cause orders for discharging untreated wastewater into the bay.
Cimatu said that World Wildlife Day 2019 and the Manila Bay rehabilitation align closely with Sustainable Development Goal 14—Life below water, which focuses on marine species.
Meanwhile, the DENR, partnership with Save Philippine Seas and Marine Wildlife Watch Philippines, has lined up several activities to mark the local celebration of World Wildlife Day 2019 until March 5, which include a mural painting featuring marine wildlife, an art exhibit on Benham Rise and Tubbataha Reefs, film showings, awarding ceremonies, art workshops and fora on marine wildlife and their protection.