In line with the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) under the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 of 1999, the office of Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Sciences (VIP CORALS) in cooperation with Greenpeace- Southeast Asia, Philippines conducted a seminar on protecting and saving the ocean last May 30, 2018. Students, faculty members and officials from the Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment- AMEn, Ilijan Community Development Foundation (ICDF) and the Batangas City Ecumenical Council (BCEC) on Environment participated in the said event.
The seminar commenced with the welcoming remarks of Engr. Cristina Amor M. Rosales, the Asst. Director for Architecture, Engineering and Technology Research where she emphasized the need for marine conservation.
The event featured key lectures on VIP CORALS, Human Impacts on the Ocean’s Health, and Saving the Ocean Campaign expounded by Dr. Jayvee A. Saco, Head for VIP CORALS, Mr. Joshua M. Vacarizas, Marine Biologist for VIP CORALS, and Mr. Vince Cinches, Oceans and Political Campaigner for Greenpeace- Southeast Asia, Philippines, respectively.
Part of the program is an ocean pledge and an open forum which aims to raise awareness on marine preservation. The participants were also asked to post their insights on Facebook using the hashtag, #VIPCORALS as they share the importance and significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of our coastal and marine resources.
With the theme “Stand up, Save our Reefs”, the seminar was joined by over 30 participants at the 7th Floor, Multi-media Room, CIRTC Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.