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On Board Greenpeace Esperanza

Yesterday, my friend and I went to the Pier 15 South Harbor in Manila to be part of the Greenpeace Esperanza Tour. It is part of the South East Asia Ocean Defender Tour where Greenpeace opens its doors to everyone interested in becoming an Ocean Defender.

Esperanza is one of the three ships the group has that have been traveling the world to spread awareness as well as promote advocacy on the protection of our marine resources — for our oceans to recover so there would still be, to put it simply, fish for the future generations.

The tour started with a video presentation of where Esperanza had been, as well as more tidbits about Greenpeace’s advocacy, followed by a short talk from Miss Beau of Greenpeace Philippines, who shared their recent “adventure” of having led a campaign against illegal dumping of solid wastes in Manila Bay just a few days back. I thought it was very brave for them to have used their bodies as shield (as what hardcore activists normally do), it is just unfortunate that they failed in their mission (to stop the illegal dumping as guns were allegedly pointed at them) but nevertheless, succeeded in making it on the news (and thereby making more people aware of what’s happening there). I love her talk about having met with the government, particularly in the person of Sec. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, to talk about future programs to protect the oceans. I have always thought that Greenpeace Philippines hates the government and that, somehow, changed my perception. You see, I’ve always thought that it’s best to work hand-in-hand and not fight with each other (be it government or any sector, or even in our personal lives), when it comes to finding solutions to anything.

From the Top: The Tour Flyer; MV Esperanza; Being briefed inside the Control Room; Miss Beau of Greenpeace Philippines giving a short talk; Esperanza means Hope; With my friends on-board.

After the talk, we proceeded with the main tour where we were given access to some parts of the ship. We were introduced to Esperanza’s Third Officer, and to a lady crew who talked about some fancy buttons inside the control room — including the tiniest steering wheel ever (which was a funny part of the tour). There’s really not much to see on the ship, to be quite honest, but I felt that it would be helpful, just in case they would be opening their doors again to people, to have a gallery somewhere in the ship showing Esperanza in action — and all of Greenpeace’s accomplishments/milestones on board the said ship. It would help, especially for donors and for environmentalists, to be more connected to the advocacy knowing that they have been on board this ship which has been traveling all over the world, and has done this and that. I am sure that gallery will be a hit.

If you wanna be an Ocean Defender, please visit their website (http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/ph/ocean-defender-2013/).

AMKOR Philippines Adopts Palico Creek in Muntinlupa

AMKOR, a leading semiconductor company not only in the Philippines but the rest of the world, has officially entered into a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Muntinlupa government for the adoption of the Palico Creek.

The company has long been doing clean-ups of the said creek (as well as conducting IEC programs) through their Community Right-to-Know Program so this MOA is just a formalization of what they have been doing all along (which is nice and sincere).

Signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Palico Creek adoption were AMKOR President Mr. Jaesung Kwak, DENR Assistant Secretary Jeremias Dolino (for Line Bureaus) representing Secretary Ramon Paje, and City Councilor Atty. Raul Corro in behalf of Mayor Aldrin L. San Pedro.

I’m sincerely hoping that the residents would really, really be part of this program cause the clean up and rehabilitation of the Palico Creek is primarily for their own safety (especially since they have been affected by Ondoy). It’s true what Councilor Corro said during the MOA Signing, “walang batas, walang ordinansa, sa taong walang disiplina” (trans. “there are no laws and ordinances for people who have no discipline”). The Palico Creek underwent a major clean-up last Friday as part of the ceremony (and lots of garbage got taken off the creek — especially near the outpost!) and I hope the residents there would really consider not throwing garbage on the waterway.

I will post more pics of the event (just don’t have the photos I took on this laptop I’m using now), but for the mean time, here’s one my colleague took of the clean-up (and I’m in the photo taking a photo! hehe!)

I wish more companies, especially those with lots of franchises would join AMKOR — and San Miguel Foundation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, and Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association — and also adopt esteros/waterways. Let’s help clean the earth!

An Anvil Award for the MNTC Tullahan River Adoption

The Manila North Tollways Corporation won an Anvil Award for their adoption (and rehabilitation efforts) of a stretch of the Tullahan River.

This Project, if I remember it correctly, started last quarter of last year. The group initially surveyed the residents living along the Tullahan River (Malabon and Valenzuela areas) to get a pulse on how they view the water body then and now. The result of the survey revealed that the people there regret that the river, where they literally used to get “tulya” (hence, Tullahan), has now become really, really dirty — and that they are partly responsible for what had happened to the river — and that they are now ready to do something about it.

The MNTC gathered the leaders of their barangays/home owners’ association and made them “core group”; they were treated to a series of lectures on environmental management, were given vermi-compost kits (with training on how to handle them), and were trained on waste segregation. MNTC also installed a trash trap along Maceda Bridge, to make sure that the river will be cleaner. Clean-ups are still being done as scheduled.

This is a really, really delayed post as I have received word of them winning more than a week ago, but again, them winning kind of lifts the need for veralyze cream (hehe)… all the hard work’s recognized, and it feels great.

Congratulations, MNTC!

photo credit: Rose Razon

Clean Up our Esteros

The Seminar for Barangay Leaders turned out well — with barangay captains (and their Environment Committee heads) attending the event. This, again, forms part of the Linis Estero Water Body-Adoption Project of the government, in partnership with LGUs and private corporations.

The leaders were briefed about the Project, as well as on Water Quality Management and Ecological Solid Waste Management. They also had an Action Planning, where they scheduled activities linked to the environment, which they commit to implement.

From their report, they will be starting with the organization of environment teams, as well as their information campaign. We have given them publications that would sure help them with their campaign, but of course, I am sure they would be needing more. Maybe we have to look for a cheap flyer printing to make sure we print a lot for these barangays.

Anyway, here’s a funny quote from my friend, Kath:

“Walang ipis sa esterong malinis!”

Indeed! :D

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