PH has major responsibility in protecting oceans — Paje


Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—As an archipelagic country rich in fish and other marine life, the Philippines has a major role to play in protecting oceans and ensuring the sustainable use of underwater resources, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Friday.

The official represented the Philippines at the second Sustainable Ocean Summit in Washington D.C. on April 22-24, which sought to strengthen cooperation and collaboration among countries in safeguarding the future of marine environments.

“The Philippines, especially, is a major player in the sustainability of coastal and marine resources, being an archipelagic country with 240 million hectares of water, and being at the center of the world’s marine biodiversity,” Paje said in a news release issued by his office.

The environment chief noted that the country was considered one of the world’s top producers of fish and aquaculture, accounting for 43 percent of marine aquarium fish, and 36 percent of marine invertebrates traded globally.

Organized by the World Ocean Council, the SOS is an international conference attended by policy makers and executives from different parts of the world. It was first held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2010, and brought together a wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources.

Paje said the country’s participation in the summit was significant in light of preparations being undertaken by the government prior to its hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in 2015.

The Office of the President has tasked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to host the Ministerial Meeting on Oceans or the Blue Environment, a side event at the APEC meeting.

The Philippines, he noted, was also involved in several key collaborations with Southeast Asian neighbors for ocean conservation, including with Indonesia and Malaysia for the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Conservation Program with Indonesia and Malaysia.

It is among six countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific found at the so-called Coral Triangle, which covers 5.7 million hectares of ocean and contains 75 percent of the world’s coral species.

About 85 percent of the reefs in the Coral Triangle are in decline, with the Philippines leading in reef degradation, according to a recent study by the World Resources Institute called “Reefs at Risk.”

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  • CommonSens6

    So what is this report all about other than highlighting the obvious and Pajes likely taxpayer’s funded excursion to Washington D.C.? How about letting the public know what has been accomplished under his leadership?

  • divictes

    Oh, my grandmother knew about that. She also knew that in order to do the job, you need a navy with fighting ships not swimming trunks.

  • turkak

    Hahahahaha di nga natin na maprotektahan na manatiling malinis ang Manila Bay, Laguna De bay at Pasig River, ocean pa ? hahahahahahaha yan ang gusto ni Abnoy na cabinete sinungaling na baliw pa tulad niya.

    • CmdrAdobo

      tumpak dre. Talk is cheap, you know . Good leaders are doers.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    How come ?

    They have already with DENR joined responsibility for the almost total destruction of the mother of the Seas, the inside Philippines Seas treasure.

    Please, don’t let them out of the country to destroyed what left in the Oceans !

  • Ommm

    I sit and watch children all day dumping garbage beside a creek that feeds into the Cagayan River… obviously the parents directed the kids to do it, although a garbage truck collects daily near their houses. The lot itself looks like a landfill site. Next heavy rain these tons of debris will be in the ocean within 30 minutes.

    The mayor or barangay captain do nothing…won’t even erect a sign…a city councilman drives by daily and does nothing yet his annoying fleet of trucks with loudspeakers parade by all day brainwashing us with his loud jingos to re-elect him….

    What is wrong with this country that we would have people so corrupted and ignorant yet have schools and churches to teach them the proper way?

    This nation is an ecological blight on the oceans of this planet and that is a huge embarrassment…

  • Ako_Hiking

    That is not even a question. It is obvious of the Philippines’ responsibilities. The only issue now is will those who are in power in the Philippines will make the correct and wise decisions in order to protect not only the oceans but also the country.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    i looked out my house today and there is islands of garbage floating by some over are over. hundred kilometers across and i live 70 kilometers from the nearest city.. the reefs are destroyed by dynamiting which still goes on every day.. last week in the cebu papers they caught one blaster.. he was the husband of the local brgy captain.. i see illegal fishing every day in front of the brgy hall.. they use nets that pull in from shore.. the nets alone are legal but they double and triple them up so they catch fish the size of a fingernail.. sometimes 10 or more men will pull them in but no fish. when they started doing it they had nets full of fish.. but not now so what they do is go farther out and and use more nets. usually they just bring in garbage which they dump on the beaches…

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The Radaza’s in Mactan and the Panglao Alcalaz are openly known as Dynamite fishing sponsors… More fun in the Philippines scuba diving, not any more for me, nothing left and its too dangerous, the country too !

      • Crazy_horse101010

        yeah they blew up a japanese tourist awhile back. the people in the dive boat were screaming he was down there but they threw the stick anyway.. last summer a fisherman seen a school of fish the fish swam away but he forgot he had the stick in his hand his fishing days are over. i had a expriest tell me they are worried about the big gas line in palawan getting blasted… according to the cebu papers most of the blasted fish lately are coming from there..

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Since Elementary I know already that our country is vast of resources from minerals,fish etc..but the problem here is our government who failed to resolved the corruption on our beloved country. Most of the Filipino people forgot the moral values and love for our country as a nation. Look at what happen to some of our territory it was being occupied by the Chinese because we don’t take responsibility we just ignore them. Our political leaders are racing for money that they can get from the people — they are bunch of useless “leaders”.

  • BoyBakal

    PH has major responsibility in protecting oceans — Paje

    So, what are you doing, Mr. DENR secretary.
    All talk, text and talk, no walk the talk.
    Or in local lingo….husto sa salita, kulang sa gawa.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Look no farther than in Manila Bay. When I was growing up, my father used to bring me to Roxas Boulevard letting me play awhile along a very clean coastline. Today, in case you have not seen it, you will be appalled looking at a mountain pile of garbage. This is another reason why government has to rid waterways of squatters. No matter how you articulate to these slobs the importance of managing their garbage, heeellle will freeze over a thousand times before they will start acting like human beings.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      For the superficial aspect you are correct, for the ground its much more complex.

      The Philippines isn’t yet out of 450 years of the ugliest religious colonialism, till moderne time the country was very isolated and under a tough tricky Clergy control.

      Every single piece of land was stollen by very few, to keep undue advantages, right is considered wrong and vis versa.
      Basic knowledges teach with intentionally fake text books to keep the masses mentally ramping, organized starvations to make them physically ramping, a tough killing slavery and justice system to teach them they have no values outside humility and ridiculously low, stop and go salaries, not enough to eat unhealthy food producing small brain, extreme greed and abuses are the rules, forget about health cares, housing, schools, clothes , etc.

      Should notice the OFW aren’t the same in a normal country, they become normal and well appreciated.

      The main pollutions responsible are the factories and the government intended irresponsible negligences and avoiding their duties, only interested by their own selfishness, robbery or corruptions.

      An endless list, but masses are obviously victims of a horrible failed system mostly run by horrible peoples.

      Close you eyes and imagine the Ampatuan’s, Ecleo, Palparan, Enrile’s, or Erap as neighbors or boss, good luck, enjoy !

      Masses following the political low class “elites” leadership,
      in that P-Noy is better than his predecessors, by far.

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