Negros DENR highlights World Wetlands Day

February 2 is globally known as the World Wetlands Day. Wetland - a place where the land is covered by water, either salt, fresh or somewhere in between. Swamps and ponds, the edge of a lake or ocean, the mouth of a river, low-lying areas—all examples of wetlands.

The theme for this year, “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”, this promotes the wise use of wetlands in urban planning and development. The wetlands should not be jeopardized in our pursuit for economic progress and urban growth because there are various marine life and water birds which are dependent on wetlands for their habitat and food sources.

DENR CENRO Bago City celebrates World Wetlands Day at Sitio Cavan, Brgy. Tapong, Municipality of Pulupandan with a coastal cleanup and mangrove planting. The employees led by OIC – CENR Officer For. Concordio M. Remoroza and representatives from LGU-Pulupandan had collected 15 sacks of garbage composing of glass and plastic bottles, soiled baby diapers, rubber slippers, worn bags, plastic spoons / forks and plastic food wrappers. After the clean up, the participants successfully planted 500 propagules of bakhaw.

The province is proud to have a duly recognized Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance) Site, the NOCWCA – Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area which covers 52 coastal Barangays in 10 Local Government Units, including the Cities of Bago, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, and Municipalities of Pulupandan, Valladolid, San Enrique, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, Binalbagan and Ilog.

The DENR CENRO - Bago City is urging the public to refrain from throwing any form of garbage in our wetlands and continue to protect the mangroves for biodiversity conservation and human well- being.*