Balanga City—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Bataan delivered a “State of Provincial Environment” report during the opening of the two-day Bataan Environment Summit 2018, highlighting the province’s environmental conservation and protection achievements.
Mila Ramirez, DENR Bataan Division chief, represented Provincial Environment Officer Raul Mamac, who was attending an official function in department’s regional office.
She reported on the National Greening Program, Manila Bay Cleanup, mangrove propagation, and coral protection, among others, in front of about 500 senior public high school students and other guests at Bataan People’s Center, capitol compound.
“In Bataan, we have successful National Greening Program,” Ramirez said, using visual aids showing maps and statistics as Gov. Abet Garcia and other participants listened approvingly.
“We are continuously implementing the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project,” she added, noting they have already conducted many mangrove reforestation projects “and we will do more” while showing the mangrove areas in the map.
“Let us exert more efforts to conserve, protect, and rehabilitate our corals in the province,” she urged the participants, particularly students.
The Provincial Government Environment Natural Resources office headed by engineer Vic Ubaldo spearheaded the environment summit.
“In sync with the thrust of Gov. Abet Garcia, we want all Bataan folks particularly the youths to truly understand and participate conserving and protecting environment,” said PG ENRO Ubaldo.
Ms. Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Ms. Earth Eco-Tourism 2017 Vanessa Mae Castillo, and Kate Gallardo from PEMSEA also attended the summit along with a contingent from DENR Bataan, representatives of companies in the province, and some capitol employees.
Earlier, Mamac vowed to work closely with the governor to conserve and protect the province’s environment.