DENR-Calabarzon on learning visit in Ilocos Region’s Pangasinan



DENR-Calabarzon on learning visit in Ilocos Region’s Pangasinan.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan and staff from the Manila Bay Coordinating Office-Site Management Office 4 (MBCO-SMO4) are briefed by Shiela Peralta-Milan of the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) on the ongoing projects such as the the culture of ecologically and economically important species—corals (in photo), giant clams, sea weeds and sea cucumber—at the Institute’s marine laboratory in Luciente, Bolinao, Pangasinan during the ‘learning visit’ in January. Juan requested UP-MSI’s expertise in determining the viability of giant clam seeding or coral culture or transplantation in the Calabarzon region, particularly Manila Bay’s Cavite coastline. He revealed that the endangered sea turtle or pawikan has returned to some shores of Cavite, such as in Naic, and is optimistic the Manila Bay coastal area can also be host to the giant clam. (Photo by Gaudencio Audie L. de la Cruz)