Last February 8, saw the groundbreaking for the Wetland Centre Strata, the companion structure to the existing Wetland Centre Wave. The Wetland Centre Strata is the main structure at the Las Piñas – Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPCHEA).
Wetland Centers are spaces for learning, discovery, and inquiry into wetland habitat. They are a canvass for the conduct of communication, education, participation, and awareness (CEPA) activities and help showcase the local wetland to a larger audience.
Both structures are a donation of Senator Cynthia A. Villar, a lasting legacy for the environment and a visible reminder of our strong commitment to conserving the last frontier of Manila Bay.
The LPPCHEA is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The sixth of seven declared sites in our country. Wetlands provide an abundance of ecosystem services – provision, regulating, supporting, and cultural benefits to the immediate community and to society at large. Wetlands among all types of habitats are the most biodiverse places on earth, they also are the best sinks for carbon.
Tragically, more than half of all wetlands have been drained and destroyed to make space for human settlements and activities. Wanton reclamation along the Manila Bay threatened such habitats. Working together with key legislators and stakeholders can ensure that we turn Manila Bay into a space that nurtures God’s creatures and enhances the quality of life for all Filipinos.