DENR 11 strengthens coastal efforts with its new dive boat

With its new dive boat named MBCA Scarus, Department of Environment and Natural Resources–XI further strengthens its implementation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) as this will be used for the monitoring and assessment of marine resources within the Davao Gulf area.

CMEMP is a national program of the department, which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drives and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems in order to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security, and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.

The launching ceremony for MBCA Scarus was recently held at Sta. Ana Wharf, Magsaysay, Davao City organized by the Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of DENR-XI’s Conservation Development Division (CDD).

The dive boat was named after the genus of the Parrotfish commonly found in Davao Gulf and in other parts of the country. Its presence in the area is one of the indicators of having a healthy reef ecosystem as they help decrease the algae cover in coral reefs. Parrotfish’s diet includes algae extracted from corals.

Present during the launching and first maiden voyage of MBCA Scarus are: CDD Chief Myrna Erlinda D. Arbiol; CRFMS Chief Redentor G. Magno; Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) Chief Marigelaine Arguillas; PO2 Jerry A. Ong and PO3 Crisanto S. Dimalaluan of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); and Jonathan Villafuerte and Lorenzo Auxtero from the City Economic Enterprise.



Naboc River Clean-up Drive Commences

Approximately 1,600 kilograms of wastes, mostly non-biodegradable, were collected during the clean-up activity in Brgy. Mt. Diwata and Brgy. Naboc in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The clean-up activity is one of the phases for the Naboc River rehabilitation. It was successfully done through the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-XI through its Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) in ComVal. The activity was also participated in by various stakeholders composed of Barangay Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other volunteers from the province.

This is the second clean-up activity conducted since Naboc River Rehabilitation program kicked off in mid-March 2019.


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