(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 18 October 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TS "PERLA" was estimated @790km East of Basco, Batanes (19.7,129.5) w/ maximum sustained winds of 65km/h near the center & gustiness of up to 80km/h. It is almost stationary. Northeasterly surface windflow prevailing Luzon. Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies w/ scattered rainshowers & thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Lightt-moderate winds from SE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA/imbb

Monday, May 20, 2019

DENR-13 celebrates Month of the Ocean

By Hannah M. Morano

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga celebrates the 2019 Month of the Ocean (MOO) through a simultaneous region-wide coastal clean-up drive on May 24, 2019.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the MOO celebration with the theme “Free the Seas from Marine Debris.”

The theme for this year focuses the issues of marine debris and its emerging threats to the coastal and marine biodiversity.

DENR Caraga regional director lawyer Felix Alicer reiterated that the annual observance of the Month of the Ocean is mandated through Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1999.

As specified in Section 2, the DENR and Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are mandated to spearhead the observance of the MOO.

Other government agencies, private sector, academe, partners and other stakeholders pledged to become actively involved during the simultaneous region-wide coastal clean-up drive to show their support to the agency’s undertakings.

This environmental endeavor aims to highlight the conservation, preservation and sustainable management of the country’s coastal and marine resources.

The Department’s efforts and initiatives to help and protect our coastal and marine environment are unceasing and go beyond the MOO.

“Together, in many ways, we can help and keep our seas free from marine debris,” said Alicer. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)