Preserving Philippine marine life
Save the Philippine Seas. A report on a US-based company that allegedly imported shells, corals, and other endangered marine wildlife from the Indo-Pacific region, which included the Philippines on April 9, 2011 sparked the independent movement now called the Save the Philippine Seas (SPS). Organized by concerned individuals, the group went public primarily online through the #reefwatchPH used in Twitter on May 26, 2011. According to a speech given by SPS member Anna Oposa at the Senate investigation on coral plunder in 2011, the rape of the Philippines’ rich marine resources was not just a national concern, but rather an international one because of its global significance. “We are here to help spark the political will to promote compliance. From a handful of individuals who worked together last month, our number has grown exponentially. We have created a movement called Save Philippine Seas, which is currently conducting a marine resource watch, actively lobbying and researching on the amendment of penalties, enforcement of law, and keeping citizenry aware through social media. We have received an overwhelming number of messages from Filipinos and non-Filipinos from here and abroad offering their help. The bayanihan spirit is very much alive,” said Oposa. In December of last year, Globe Telecom led an awareness campaign and partnered up with SPS and organized a marine biodiversity workshop to discuss the best practices on sustainability and biodiversity in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, where 30 business owners and a Department of Environment and Natural Resources representative attended. “The program serves as a tool to give proper education and awareness to every household and every barangay in order to solve our solid waste management problem. I would like to appeal to the local community and all business establishments here in General Luna that we help each other and work together for the success of our environment conservation efforts; for the prosperity and progress of our own municipality,” said Jose Wilbert L. Gorgonio, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, General Luna regarding the event. Waves For Water Founded by Jon Rose, Waves For Water (W4W) to date, has conducted 125 projects throughout 40 countries and provided an access to clean water for roughly 8 million people across the globe by providing water source creation solutions that include well digging, well restoration, rainwater harvesting, and custom-built water filtration and purification systems for different communities.
The organization has implemented more than 150,000 water filtration systems, 100 rain harvesting systems, and more than 100 wells constructed or restored as well. In the country, W4W partnered with the Land Bank of the Philippines, one of the largest banks nationally with branches in every district, to implement filtration systems for communities in need, especially in typhoon-stricken areas and for future typhoon preparedness. W4W is strongly rooted on disaster relief, starting with the devastating earthquake in Haiti where it still remains to have a strong presence. The organization’s major partnerships include those forged with the United Nations, Partners in Health, Compassion International, and Nike, which aided them in responding to every major natural disaster since 2009, including earthquakes in Japan, Nepal, and Ecuador; flooding in Pakistan, India, and Brazil; and storms in Mexico, Vanuatu, and Haiti.