Sarbay evolution protects Mother Nature

04 Jun 2016
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GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (June 4, 2016) - The success of hitting again a huge crowd in Sarbay comes in as a modest challenge for organizers to evolutionize party people as keepers of Sarangani Bay.

After all, it is what Sarbay Fest is meant for.

Each year organizers felt the need to even strengthen environmental preservation activities in partnership with government and non-government organizations such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Provincial ENRO, and Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum, Inc. (Spectrum).

This year, Sarbay pursues the campaign with the theme “keepers of Sarangani Bay: we protect and conserve the environment for the next generation”

As way of enticing Sarbayers to take part in the campaign, Spectrum has given first 50 early birds a chance to purchase mangrove seedling at P25 that comes with freebies.

Concessionaires also got their share thru a mandatory contribution for a minimum of P200 and P500 for sponsors.

The funds Spectrum could raise will later be used to purchase seedlings of mangrove for the rehab of mangrove areas in Sarangani.

Conservation policies have been formulated by the provincial and local government units for the protection of Sarangani Bay.

In 2015, the municipality of Glan started to impose the collection of environmental fee to all Sarbayers thru Special Ordinance 20-016 of 2015 which provides for “a holistic and cohesive social intervention in the environmental management, development, protection and remediation” for the duration of Sarbay.

According to Sarangani and Region 12 tourism council president Michelle Lopez Solon, the P30 environmental fee collected will be for the advocacy of keeping the bay clean and in continuously keeping its natural wealth.

“This is for us to protect the bay. We need all individuals to really make a contribution,” Solon said alongside urging Sarbayers to participate in the conservation efforts.

All these pursuits support provisions of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and other environmental laws like the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Clean Water Act of 2004.

Sarangani Bay is a protected seascape by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 756.

In 2006, then Board Member Rommel Tomas Falgui authored a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution making Sarbay Fest a tool for environmental awareness until it has grown to become the biggest beach festival in the Philippines today. (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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