AdDU IS STILL MAKAKALIKHASAN ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY CHAMP

Ateneo photography champ resizede Davao University High School Department is still the champion of the MakakaLIKHAsan Environmental Photography Contest sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI). The contest was conducted today, November 23, at DENR-XI Regional Office in Lanang, Davao City.

AdDU was last year's MakakaLIKHAsan winner on both the essay-writing and photography categories.

The winning entry of Julia Arlene Arreola depicts the importance of practicing proper waste disposal. As captioned on her photo, the “continuous reminder to our youth on proper waste disposal is a simple act but can create a huge impact. It becomes a habit; a habit becomes a character; a character becomes a way of life.”

The photo of 1st Runner-up Leo Adrian Licayan of Mati School of Arts shows the significance of planting mangroves that will “surely protect us from storms, sea level rises and tsunamis.” On the other hand, “the wisdom of the innocent” is what 2nd Runner-up Chadie Bareje of Lupon National Comprehensive High School represents in his photo wherein a 5-year old girl is shown practicing container gardening “which she learned from her kindergarten teacher.”

All three winners received a cash prize, a plaque and a medal.

The event was graced by DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan who urged all the students/contestants to continue to care for the environment and become role models in their respective schools. She also emphasized that schools should always practice waste segregation inside their campuses and impart to the students its significance to the environment.

“I am also urging all the students as well as the teachers to continue to support all the Programs and Projects of the DENR and help us in our efforts in mitigating the effects of climate change and in making our environment clean and healthy,” she said.

MakakaLIKHAsan Environmental Essay Writing and Photography Contest is a yearly event of DENR-XI participated in by high school students from both public and private schools within Region XI. It is already on its 5th year as the event was launched last 2013.

This aims to showcase the talents of the students in writing and in photography as well as heighten their level of awareness with regards to the many environmental issues the world is facing today. This event is being conducted by DENR-XI’s Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) in line with this year’s National Climate Change Consciousness Week which is being celebrated from November 19-24, 2017.

Judges for this year’s photography contest are RPAO’s Communication Development Officer I Ronald N. Amacio, Information Officer II Christine E. Isip and Designated Information Officer Rodney Paul Arbiol of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Panabo. #TayoAngKalikasan

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Aboitiz to establish Pawikan Center in Davao City

Aboitiz Group of Companies will soon establish a pawikan rescue center and hatchery for marine turtles at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Aboitiz Group’s social development arm Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizPower business unit Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) and the City Government of Davao, the establishment of the Pawikan Center aims to provide temporary shelter to marine sea turtles where they can be rehabilitated, conserved and protected.

Signatories to the MOA are: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio; Aboitiz’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jaine Jose Aboitiz; and DENR’s OIC, Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao in concurrent capacity as Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan.

“Aside from the many nests and eggs that have been discovered and protected, the Park has also served as a venue to inform and educate more visitors about the importance of safeguarding the pawikan and its natural habitat,” Aboitiz said.

With the signing of the MOA, Mayor Duterte said that the city government reiterates its commitment to the protection of the various species of Pawikan found in Davao City.

“And so we commend the Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated and the Davao Light and Power Company for your pawikan conservation efforts at the Cleanergy Park that has released 3,482 turtle hatchlings to date since the start of the operation. We also thank the DENR for the technical expertise and guidance you provided to ensure that the conservation efforts being undertaken are appropriate and will lead to the best possible results,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Moreover, Tawantawan stressed that the 8-hectare Punta Dumalag is a very special area as it is home to pawikan and also to 89 bird species and 7 kinds of mangrove vegetation.

“This very area is so rich and unique that it became also a habitat of other important flora and fauna. That is why DENR is very blessed to be working with the Aboitiz, with Mayor Sara and other officials who sincerely care for the environment. Surely, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu will be very pleased and grateful,” she added.

Tawantawan also said that pawikan particularly Hawksbill are critically endangered. “If we check on the reproductive cycle of turtles, their survival is very nil. Only 1 percent. And it takes so long for them to mature. That’s 20 to 50 years. That means, if they are not protected, the probability of extinction is very high,” she said.

Apart from protecting the nesting areas at the park, the Pawikan Center aims to identify, document, and address threats to marine turtles and their habitats in Punta Dumalag; promote research, monitoring and information exchange; enhance public awareness on the conservation initiatives in the area; and fortify the collaboration between the public and private sectors for the long-term recovery of pawikan population in the area.

The DENR will provide technical assistance, facilitate information and education campaign on marine turtle conservation, and establish Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for marine turtles, among others.

Meanwhile, the Davao LGU, through local ordinance, will strengthen the enforcement of existing laws relevant to the conservation efforts, assist the DENR in the establishment of Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for the marine turtles, provide manpower support for the project, and furnish DENR with monitoring reports. #TayoAngKalikasan

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