Educational Outreach Activities at Barangays San Bartolome and Sta. Lucia

World Wetlands Day was celebrated this year by the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Biodiversity Management Bureau by conducting Educational Outreach Activities or Learning Events with the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future – Making Cities Liveable”.  Held simultaneously on 02 February 2018 at Barangay Sta. Lucia and Barangay San Bartolome in Quezon City, the activities were participated by local organizations, community leaders and officials.

Attendees at Barangay San Bartolome

The event was designed to increase the awareness of local government units, schools, and other stakeholders about the importance of urban wetlands (i.e. reduce flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste and improve water quality, improve air quality, provide livelihood, etc.).  It was targeted to draw commitment from the community to join the campaign in the conservation of urban wetlands, given that one of the major rivers in the Metro Manila, the Tullahan River, traverses Quezon City which is one of the largest cities with more than 160 square kilometers and holds about a quarter of Metro Manila’s total population.  The said river runs from La Mesa Reservoir in Quezon City and flows through Malabon and Valenzuela and empties into the Manila Bay.

The lectures comprised topics about Seven Environmental Principles, Urban Wetlands and its importance, and Waste management.  There were also activities that were conducted relevant to the lecture sessions.  AVPs on Ramsar and current physical state of Tullahan River were shown.   The activity ended with planning and commitment setting on what the stakeholders can do and contribute to rehabilitation of the Tullahan River.

This activity was successful in reaching out to more stakeholders in terms of educating them about the importance of urban wetlands in making the city livable and more resilient.  Through this event, the community and youth were able to conceptualize and plan for activities and initiatives to help and promote wetlands conservation.

More events in celebration of World Wetlands Day 2018:
>> Picnic at LPPCHEA

 

Registration at Barangay Sta. Lucia

More events in celebration of World Wetlands Day 2018:
>> Picnic at LPPCHEA