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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) pushes for the sustainable and preservation of ocean sources to boost the country’s economic progress, improve the livelihood of Filipinos, and achieve global competitiveness, DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento said Monday, 19 September 2022.

"Key words here are sustainable and preserve. Whatever programs we undertake, let us include the wise use of our ocean resources. Let us always be conscious of the health of the ocean ecosystem," Usec. Sarmiento said in a media briefing marking the celebration of the 23rd National Maritime Week from 19 to 25 September 2022.

Usec. Sarmiento emphasized the concept of 'blue economy' and the preservation of the oceans, while elevating the country’s transportation systems to global standards through safe, affordable, comfortable, and accessible transport.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will advocate banning single-use plastic among its personnel as one of its efforts to uphold marine environmental protection.

PCG Spokesperson, CG Commodore Armando Balilo, shared the directive with the media during the National Maritime Week 2022 Press Conference spearheaded by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) today, 19 September 2022.

According to CG Commodore Balilo, PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu shall direct fellow Coast Guardians to comply with the said order to lessen the negative impact of single-use plastic on the country's seas.

As one of its pre-anniversary activities, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)'s Maritime Safety Services Command (MSSC) spearheaded the planting of 3,000 mangrove propagules in Tondo, Manila on 13 September 2022.

Approximately 100 volunteers supported the said marine environmental protection initiative.

During the activity, MSSC Commander, CG Rear Admiral Joseph Coyme, emphasized the importance of mangroves in addressing global warming as they form a buffer zone or coastal defense during rising sea level and flash floods.

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