NWRB joins the Philippine Environment Month Exhibit
June 6-8, 2016
The National Water Resources Board joins the nationwide celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June as the agency participates in the three-day exhibit in Robinsons Galleria Mall, Quezon City.
Being the agency responsible for taking care of the country’s water resources, NWRB showcased its advocacy on water use efficiency and water conservation. Representatives from the agency entertained queries from different individuals, agencies and organizations, mostly from the academe. Exhibit-goers were also informed about NWRB’s mandates and functions highlighting the most-coveted water permit application process. Information materials were distributed to all who visited the NWRB booth.
In the opening ceremony held on June 6, the mall passersby and shoppers alike were enlightened on several topics about biodiversity. The Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Atty. Roberto Oliva, vibrantly talked about the Philippines’ Biodiversity Status within South East Asia. It was followed by the message of DENR Undersecretary for Environment and International Affairs, Atty. Jonas Leones, on the Global and National Challenges of Climate Change: The Philippine Commitments in the Paris Agreements.
The crowd was alternately entertained by the University of the Philippines GuiGuil Ensemble and the famous ventriloquist, Mr. Ony Carcamo.
The program was capped by the message of Ms. Elenida Basug, Chief of DENR Environmental Education and Information Division, on how each Filipino protect and conserve the country’s biodiversity.
Considered as a mega-diversity country, the Philippines hosts more than 52,000 species, of which 50 % is not found anywhere in the globe. On the contrary, while Philippines is a mega-diversity, it is also studied as a biodiversity hotspot due to the alarming rate of destruction of the vital natural resources. Among the top causes of devastation are climate change, overexploitation, deforestation, land degradation, and pollution. (Source: bmb.gov.ph)