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