Set To Sail: 2018 Philippine Month of the Ocean


Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources launched the Set To Sail: 2018 Philippine Month of the Ocean Kick-Off to officially start the month long celebration for the oceans in one of the country’s oldest and best community managed marine reserves the Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS), Dauin, Negros Oriental on May 4, 2018.

The kick-off celebration was participated and attended by the different stakeholders, partner communities, civil society organizations, academe, government organizations, local government units, and some key officials who are engaged in the operations in AIPLS.



DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu delivered his message during the kick-off program and lauded all key officials for the good and effective management of one of the country's best diving sites, “we will continue to strengthen the efforts of the Government and organizations and with every People’s Organization and community on all coastal municipalities and provinces on marine environment protection and conservation” he said. He believed that in moving together, everyone will surely be able to achieve the effective management of the country’s coral reefs and the associated coastal and marine ecosystems, thereby, optimizing their ability to provide ecological goods and services. The Secretary emphasized DENR’s effort, “we shall strongly promote sustainable fishing, ecotourism, good governance, science-based actions, ocean advocacy and capacity building for stakeholders.”

The marine waters of Apo Island is home to least 400 species of corals, teeming with approximately 650 species of fish and other marine animals, such as sea turtles or the pawikans. Considering the biodiversity in the marine ecosystem of the island, it has been a popular destination for diving and snorkelling. AIPLS is one of the 24 Protected Areas in Central Visayas declared under Republic Act No. 7586 or commonly known as National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).

MOO celebration during the month of May was created by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999. This 2018 then, marks the 19th year of celebrating the ocean in the Philippines. Our theme for this year focuses and adheres to the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) celebration, “Together for our Reefs” (“Sama-sama para sa Bahura”).

DENR’s main celebration objective strived to strengthen the partnership among the different sectors in protecting the reefs and other associated ecosystems for healthier ocean. It also aimed to present to the general public/communities the linkages of the coastal and marine ecosystems particularly the coral reefs to the sustenance of the basic needs of the Filipino people including the threats that currently contribute to the degradation of this ecosystem. With climate change, our reefs are threatened by the impacts of ocean warming and it has to cope with local pollution, overfishing and sedimentation.

In line with the celebration for the month of the ocean, a coastal clean-up and SCUBAsurero was done prior to the opening salvo which was participated by the local communities and some DENR staff. There was also a deployment of the Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) done by the BMB and DENR staff.

As the Secretary formally commence the celebration he I encouraged everyone to stand for the marine environment, “We all have the responsibility to restore and sustain our marine resources; we are the STEWARDS OF THE SEA. As we protect our ocean today, we are also protecting our future.” #MonthoftheOcean #TogetherForOurReefs #ApoIslandProtectedLandscapeandSeascape


Roll out of Tayo ang Kalikasan Advocacy

DENR Central Visayas conducts roll out of Tayo ang Kalikasan Advocacy in one of its pilot chapters in Tuburan, Cebu, this is to further promote convergence and sustainable development in one of the successful national greening program plantations in the province.

Present during the roll-out are RED Gilbert C. Gonzales, Cebu PENRO Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis, Tuburan Mayor Hon. Democrito M. Diamante, Regional TAK Focal Person For. Luisito Babaran, ProvincialTAK Focal Person For. Fedencio Carreon, representatives from Province of Cebu, DTI, DOLE, NEDA, NIA, DSWD, PSWD,PCIC, and people's organizations where they pledged to take part of the TAK and contribute in caring the environment. 


Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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