First Mar­itime and Archipelagic Na­tion Aware­ness (MANA) Month kicks off in Mala­cañang

Manila Times - - MARKETPLACE -

TO “raise the level of aware­ness on our marine wealth and en­dow­ments as well as the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties in har­ness­ing the same cel­e­bra­tion of the Mar­itime and Archipelagic Na­tion Aware­ness

Led by Na­tional Coast Watch Coun­cil Chair Sal­vador Me­di­aldea, NCWC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Jose Luis Alano, De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana and Oceana Philip­pines Vice Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Estenzo-Ramos, the Mar­itime and Archipelagic Na­tion Aware­ness (MANA) Month was kicked off in Mala­cañang Palace on Sept. 4. (MANA) Month in Mala­cañang Palace on Septem­ber 4.

“The word Mana is of Aus­trone­sian ori­gin, which means power, ef­fec­tive­ness and au­thor­ity. On the other hand, Mana in Ta­ga­log means her­itage. Our seas are our Mana of which we are heav­enly blessed to pos­sess,” says Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary and Na­tional Coast Watch Coun­cil Chair­per­son Sal­vador Me­di­aldea.

Led by the Na­tional Coast Watch Coun­cil (NCWC) through its Sec­re­tariat led by Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Un­der­sec­re­tary Jose Luis Alano, plus global marine con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion Oceana, the event fea­tures a the Philip­pine Rise, bol­stered by

Twenty im­ages fea­tur­ing a daz - als, al­gae and other marine life are now on dis­play at the Mabini Hall of Mala­cañang Palace. The im­ages shal­low­est por­tion of the Philip­pine Rise, a 24.4-mil­lion hectare un­der­sea ter­ri­tory of the Philip­pines.

The 2016 ex­pe­di­tion was led by gov­ern­ment sci­en­tists from the Bu­reau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) and Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines, tech­ni­cal divers from the Philip­pine Coast Guard and Philip­pine Navy, plus un­der­wa­ter videog­ra­phers from Oceana.

- tion to raise the con­scious­ness of ev­ery Filipino on the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing our oceans. We are earth’s sec­ond-largest ar­chi­pel­ago and many Filipinos de­pend on the sea for food and liveli­hood. We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our nat­u­ral her­itage such as the Philip­pine Rise, in­clud­ing the Oceana Philip­pines Vice Pres­i­dent Atty. Glo­ria Estenzo-Ramos.

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