Learn about mangroves

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mga bakawan sa Davila

mga bakawan sa Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte

The importance of mangroves

Mangroves, or bakawan, the backbone of tropical and sub-tropical ocean coastlines provide more than 10 percent of essential dissolved organic carbon that is supplied to the global ocean from land. These plants with finger-like roots protect coastal wetlands against the ocean; provide protection from typhoons, storm surges, erosion and deadly flooding like tsunamis; and serve as fish habitats

Mangrove forests in the Philippines

According to a report by Haribon Foundation, in the past 100 years, the Philippine mangrove forests have been reduced from 500,000 hectares to around 100,000 hectares with only 5% primary or old growth forest left. Mismanagement of coastal resources, a manifestation of economic and political symptoms, is to blame. Conversion into aquaculture ponds, urban and agriculture lands, beach resorts; timber poaching; exploitation of resources; destruction of coral reefs continue to contribute to their rapid decline.

Also, according to Haribon, there is no rational mangrove forest conservation program in the Philippines. However, there are some noteworthy efforts being done by local government units (LGUs), academe, NGOs and People’s Organizations (POs). These initiatives have been properly recognized but remain mostly as reforestation projects with single species or monoculture stands due to scarcity of information on the mangroves’ economic, ecological and aesthetic importance and how to manage them properly.

boat sanctuary?

boat sanctuary?

The mangroves in Davila, Pasuquin

In Ilocos Norte, the mangroves in Davila, Pasuquin face treat as there is no agency directly managing the area. The old DENR office within the area was beaten-up by typhoons in recent years. According to RTD (for forestry) Remilio Atabay, DENR lacks funds for its renovation. The LEAD Movement found a  fishing vessel docked among the mangrove trees in May 2006. Upon close inspection, trees were cut to accommodate the fishing vessel. The sighting was reported immediately to the Environment Committee Head of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ilocos Norte and the PENRO. On Earth Day 2009, last April 22, part of the itinerary of the Earth Day Caravan, spearheaded by the DENR, in cooperation with various NGOs and the academe, was a visit to the Davila mangroves, as requested by the LEAD Movement. The same fishing vessel was still there on the same spot — an eyesore to the beautiful mangrove foliage landscape. The DENR officials announced it would immediately facilitate its removal.

DENR officials lecturing about mangroves

DENR officials lecturing about mangroves

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Green Thumbs-Up for Pagudpud’s Innovative Trash Bins

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Addressing proper waste segregation, one of the environmental issues of the times, the Local Government Unit of Pagudpud, headed by Mayor Marlon Sales, one of the young mayors in Ilocos Norte, is creating awareness among its citizens about their rights and responsibilities towards solid waste and cleanliness of their town. We are hoping other places will follow this admirable initiative for a greener environment.

Among the numerous benefits of waste segregation is that the segregated waste like plastics and paper has been a valuable commodity sellable to local and foreign markets. It encourages communities to adopt waste segregation practices for income generating activities.

a trail blazer in ecotourism and nature protection

a trail blazer in ecotourism and nature protection, Mayor Marlon Sales of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


Segregation of Waste

Waste can be segregated as

1. Biodegradable

2. Non-biodegradable

Biodegradable waste include organic waste, e. g. kitchen waste, vegetables, fruits, flowers, leaves from the garden, and paper.

Non-biodegradable waste can be further segregated into:
a) Recyclable waste – plastics, paper, glass, metal, etc.
b) Toxic waste – old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertilizer and pesticide containers, batteries, shoe polish.
c) Soiled – hospital waste such as cloth soiled with blood and other body fluids.

Toxic and soiled waste must be disposed of with utmost care.

(Source for Segregation of Waste: EduGreen)

Catch the Ilocos Norte Day at the Clamshell in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

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The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte

in cooperation with

The Department of Tourism Region I

celebrates

Ilocos Norte Day

April 26, 2009, Sunday (10:00 AM – opening)

LEAD Movement Ecotourism Presentation – 3:30 PM

“Adams, A Myriad of Colors”

An InvitationProgramme of Activities

Click to Read Related Post – Ilocos Norte In A Different Light

Earth Day 2009: Green It

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wind farm

Beat the drum! Today, April 22, is Earth Day 2009, the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign, an initiative of The Green GenerationTM, that will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. The guiding principles of the campaign are: a carbon-free future, based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal; an individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption; creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.

Do your share. Do green.

Let’s make every day earth day. Here’s an easy-to-do A to Z list of green ideas.

[image by blauearth]

Conserve Trees: No To Timber Poaching

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community projectLast Saturday, the head of the police group from Laoag that escorted a medical and dental mission arrived in Adams when we were about to start our service for indigents in the town. He came to where we were positioned and asked us what the LEAD Movement is all about. Curiosity, perhaps. We told him we are mountaineers from Laoag. We wanted to tell him more, but we had no time as the children were already in line.

We have been guided by the Core Values of our organization. It is known to us as the LEADERS TRAIL Leadership, Eco-consciousness, Altruism, Democracy, Equality, Respect, and Teamwork, Reliability, Action, Integrity, Loyalty. It is often that people ask us why we are doing what we do. It is hard to explain how we started looking beyond our simple dreams — enjoying nature and adventure. Our initial exploration was an awakening; it opened our eyes to the direness of the current situation of the environment. Establishing sustainable ecotourism projects, empowerment of the marginalized communities, promotion of environmental awareness are our long-term goals. As LEADers, we want to be a catalyst for change regarding responsible ecotourism and adventure.

We were scheduled for a group trek to Maligligay Falls on April 18, 2009, but we thought it was a good idea to give some love to the children of Adams, a postlude to their annual Tadek-Bagat Festival. We gave away used books, toys and clothing, and we delivered some to the month-old triplets — Ramy, Romy and Randy — in Sitio Maligligay. The 3 boys were in in the pink of health, and their mother too. She told us she has forgotten who’s who.

After visiting the famous triplets, we trekked to Maligligay Falls. On the trail, we saw cut trees and some abandoned wood boards. The ascent was tough because some areas were denuded. We felt bad that irresponsible timber poachers were at it again. It is very difficult to handle issues such as this one. Like a mob, there are big-league protectors, and it is usually the bush-league or small potatoes who get caught. Big money is usually involved — about 15,000 – 20,000 per load. The forest, where we trekked, is part of the Kalbario-Patapat Natural Park. How come the Protected Areas Management Bureau (PAMB), created by virtue of the NIPAS Act, and chaired by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) is not doing their job? The DENR initiated the proclamation of the area; and also the endorsement of the Proposed Northern Ilocos Norte Natural Park. The DENR Region I office, headed by Dir. Cora Davis, was in Adams to attend the fiesta celebration, a day before we were there. We hope she noticed something too.

volunteerism

making a difference

the triplets

telltale signs

landslide

For additional photos of Maligligay Falls trek, click here.

Save the River: A Song for Adams

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The LEAD Movement chanced upon this refreshing video with an inspiring relevant song from Fr. Dennis Despues at YouTube. We’ve seen this young Redemptorist priest just once — at the mining presentation of the Benguet Corporation at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol Auditorium several months ago. Still a fresh memory, Father Dennis stood up and said, “What do you (Benguet Corp. officials) want us to do just to convince you to stop mining and for you not to push through with the exploration? I am fascinated by the beauty of Ilocos Norte. I even composed a song about the beauty of rivers and mountains here. I feel that this beauty warns danger to us… “


Karayan ni Adan

Manipud natalna a biag daguiti nagkauna a tao

Nasirpatanda maysa a paraiso

Rumimatrimat ta danum ti karayan

Daguiti agayayam nga bulos nga ayos

Chorus:

Karayan ni Adan

Intay amin salluadan

Karayan ni Adan

Ikkan tayo ti biag

Karayan ni Adan

Patuluyen ti ayos

Agbibiag itti kinadameg itti aglaulau

Agragragsak itti kinabaknang kultura

Nadumaduma man ti naggappuan

Daytoy paraiso intay annadan

(repeat chorus)

Nagduduma tay man

Pateg tayo itti nataudan

Itti panagkaykaysa, padur-asen ti lugar

(repeat chorus 2 times)

Paraiso a lugar,

Karayan

English translation, (by the LEAD Movement):
River of Adam

Back in the olden days when life for people was all peaceful,

Discovered was a paradise.

Gleaming and glistening, the river water;

The merry bubbly heavy stream that flows.

Chorus:

River of Adam

Everyone, let us take care of it

River of Adam

Let us give it life

River of Adam

Let us keep the flow

Full of life and never dry, everything in the surroundings.

There is happiness where the culture is rich.

We are a diversity of ethnicities.

This paradise, let’s always take care of  it.

(repeat chorus)

We come from different worlds,

And we value our origins,

In  peace, let us make the place prosper

(repeat chorus 2 times)

This paradise of a place

The river.

The Shangri-La of the North: Adams

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Ilocos Norte’s best kept secret is out. Yes, paradise does exist, and it is named Adams. This little town, which used to be hidden from the rest of the world, is a study of superlatives. Located at the Northeastern end of the province, Adams has a population of 1400. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with a zero crime rate which makes it an ideal place to live. The following images will best describe this idyllic place:

paradise found

paradise found

ancient, but study hanging bridge

ancient, but sturdy hanging bridge

scarlet in bloom

scarlet in bloom

a broom maker

a broom maker

durable tiger grass "walis"

durable tiger grass "walis"

exotic baby rambutans

exotic baby rambutans

the charming Sitio Sinidangan

the charming Sitio Sinidangan

Barbados cherry

Barbados cherry

fresh from the wilderness

fresh from the wilderness

rare pitcher plant

rare pitcher plant

flowers of May

flowers of May

finding the lost horizon

... perhaps, the lost horizon.

wild bloom

wild bloom

Iyapayaos

Yapayaos

coffee berries

coffee berries

the art of tapuey making

the art of tapuey making

the wine maker and her product

the wine maker and her product

the friendly local dog, Argo

the friendly local dog, Argo

wild aba and cacao

wild aba and cacao

make my day...

make my day...

rubber-tubing adventure

rubber-tubing adventure

the Igorots

the Kankanaeys

the sweetest bananas ever

the sweetest bananas ever

downstream

downstream

blacksmithing

blacksmithing

the only modern structure in Adams, a cell site... paradise indeed!

the only modern structure in Adams, a cell site... paradise indeed!

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