2018 poster making contest 7Raphael Antonio P. Mendoza of Francisco Bangoy National High School is this year’s Champion of International Coastal Clean-up Poster-making Contest organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI. Menodza’s artwork depicts the importance of coastal resources and the need for people to work together to protect it from destruction and pollution. Also highlighted in his artwork is the “pawikan”, an endangered marine species that needs conservation efforts from human beings.

With the theme “Bayanihan Para sa Karagatan”, DENR-XI conducted its first ICC Poster-making Contest in celebration of this year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day and National Clean-up Month. This event was participated in by eight (8) high school students from different public schools within Davao City. Most of the contestants are active members of the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization or YES-O.

Other winners are Leah A. Alfara of Davao City National High School (1st Runner-up) and Kyle Edward B. Manglicmot of Sta. Ana National High School (2nd Runner-up).

ICC Poster-making contest is one of DENR-XI's lined-up activities for September which aims to further heighten the level of awareness of the youth sector on the significance of coastal ecosystem and the need to conserve, protect and manage it.

The event is organized by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) and Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division.


Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.



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