EVENTS FOR A BIG YEAR!
Visit this page regularly for the latest news on the Philippine celebration
of the International Year
of the Ocean in 1998.
sick about our seas?
Speak up and be counted!
Heart means you care:
A movement for sustainable seas
Blue Tapestry in the Making:
A community arts project celebrating the ocean and the Philippines’ rich
The Search is on for the
Coastal Resource Management Programs
blue hearts on Valentine’s.
We’re concerned. Concerned about how fast we are depleting
our ocean. Concerned about the millions of people who depend on the sea
for their very survival. Concerned about life on this planet.
This is why on February 15 we will launch the "I love the
ocean" movement, an organized action toward bringing back the sustainability
of our seas -- and our future. The movement’s symbol, the blue heart,
is our way of sounding off our concern, and of calling on others to help
save our troubled seas, before we all end up in deep, deep water.
In short, the blue heart is a call
to action, a call we hope you will heed. Touch base with our movement.
Join our Discussion Board. Get involved
in community projects for the environment. Take responsibility for ocean
issues and problems. Wear a blue heart to show you care.
The IYO Creed
I believe that the ocean harbors life, life that I must respect
I believe that the ocean is mankind’s greatest common heritage
I believe that the diversity of the ocean is important to sustaining
I believe that I am part of but one ocean, and that everything
I do affects the delicate balance of life on Earth
I believe that it is my duty to protect the ocean
I believe that, by protecting the ocean, I help protect the future.
Therefore, I pledge to always live in harmony with the ocean.
Coast to Coast -- On Fabric
The Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP) is calling on all local
government units in the Philippines to support the 1998 International
Year of the Ocean by contributing to the making of Ang Tapiseryang
Bughaw (Blue Tapestry). Ang Tapiseryang Bughaw is a social
mobilization project using group sewing techniques such as patchwork,
embroidery, applique and cross-stitch to bring together people and encourage
them to collectively express their appreciation of a common resource --
the ocean -- as well as their concern for their common future. The "patches
of blue" contributed by the different municipalities will be tied together
to form one long blue tapestry which will serve as a symbol of the many
facets of the Philippines’ 18,000-km coastline and the communities it
nurtures, and a fitting symbol of the unity and cooperative spirit necessary
to protect this diversity.
LGUs and other groups or individuals who are interested
in joining this project may contact Dr. Catherine A. Courtney, Chief of
Party, CRMP, J. Luna cor. Humabon Sts, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City,
Tel. (63 32) 232 1821 to 22; fax (63 32) 232 1825; E-mail o...s@o...n.org
Search on for Best
Coastal Resource Management Programs
The League of Municipalities of the Philippines
(LMP) launched last year the Search for Best Coastal Resource Management
Programs in Philippine Municipalities. The Search focuses on programs
undertaken or supported by municipal governments to promote sustainable
development and management of coastal resources. It is open to all municipal
local government units with coastal resource management programs that
have been ongoing for not less than three years.
LMP is conducting the Search in cooperation with CRMP, a
USAID-funded project implemented by the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), the Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG), local government units, non-governmental organizations,
and people’s organizations.
The Search will culminate in an awarding ceremony to be
held in Julyl 1998. Cash grants and plaques will be given to the Six Best
Coastal Resource Management Programs.
National Committee on Marine Sciences (NCMS) is the Philippine focal
point for all activities that concern the oceans. Recognizing in the IYO
the opportunity to promote the oceans, particularly the seas surrounding
the Philippine archipelago, the Committee's 13 member-agencies developed
a framework for an integrated Philippine contribution to the event. Dubbed
"Dagat... Buhay" (Sea... Life), this collective effort
- promote public
awareness and understanding of the value of marine activities, and of
the sea and its resources, to national welfare.
- ensure that the
government does all it could to promote the exploration, sustainable
use and conservation of the sea.
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