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First-ever SBPS week launches

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (March 2, 2020) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII in collaboration with the Protected Area Management Board of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB-SBPS) has launched the first-ever SBPS week.

On March 1, the event was formally inaugurated at Veranza Mall and was attended by some PAMB members, private sector representatives, schools, and coastal communities around Sarangani Bay.

Cornelio Ramirez Jr., executive director of Sarangani-based Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), said this year, the SBPS is celebrating its 24 years as a declared protected seascape.

“The week-long celebration will be done in commemoration of the SBPS' 24th anniversary since its proclamation on March 5, 1996 by the virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 756 establishing Sarangani Bay and a portion of the municipal waters of Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim as a protected seascape” Ramirez said.

The celebration was also a way to edify people the importance of Sarangani Bay including the conservation and the protection of its remaining resources.

ECPC being the research center of Sarangani has also contributed in realizing the SBPS week.

“May malaking participation ang Sarangani in this undertaking. The ECPC is engaged in the environmental researches in Sarangani Bay where we are also promoting our advocacy in protecting and conserving the beauty and bounty of the whole seascape,” Ramirez added.

In support, the SBPS Protected Area Management Board en banc passed the PAMB-SBPS Resolution No. 2019-013 declaring the 5th day of March as the yearly celebration of the SBPS Day.

The resolution directs the involvement of the Local Government Units (LGUs) together with the major stakeholders of SBPS, and partnering organizations in managing the protected seascape.

Joy Ologuin, SBPS area superintendent, said the celebration will not be fruitful without the support of the PAMB members, other stakeholders like the private sector, the academe, and the community.

Ologuin also stressed the contribution of Sarangani Province to the whole activity.

“Malaki talaga ang tulong ng Sarangani lalo na kay Governor Steve Solon. Ang laking bagay nung kanyang support documentation sa monitoring ng ating mga megafauna. Si Governor po yung nag-approve for the additional fund. Yung fund allotted quarterly, ginawa nyang monthly,” Ologuin added.

Ologuin also said Solon started his support last 2019 and will continue supporting this year up until the end of his term.

From March 1 to 5, the SBPS week has lined up a series of activities to highlight the protection and conservation of Sarangani Bay’s coastal and marine resources.

From March 1, the activities are Dive Safari Underwater Photography exhibit; Trash to Art, Mass Dance Competition; Logo-Making Contest, Environmental Forum (March 1-4); Enforcement Summit (March 3-4); and Ambassadress of SPBS (March 5).

During the culmination of the SBPS On March 5, there will also be a bay-wide coastal cleanup which will be simultaneously carried out by all the 68 coastal barangays around the SBPS.

Ologuin appealed for everybody’s participation for the protection and conservation of the seascape because “this is the only seascape na we have here in Sarangani and in the whole region so kailangan natin tulong-tulong mag protekta para mapanatili yung ganda ay yaman ng ating seascape na sa bandang huli, tayo-tayo din ang makikinabang.”

This movement aims to be the symbol of a broader commitment towards the Sarangani Bay that serves as a shelter, source of living and life to all the areas surrounding the bay. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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