With the ocean holding about 97% of the Earth’s water and covers 70% of the planet, having a working knowledge of the ocean’s role on the global effect of climate change and other weather-related natural hazards is a must. More so, scientific research becomes imperative if we want to properly utilize the resources our oceans have to offer while conserving it,” says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., OIC-Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 8.

RED Parian issues this challenge as the country observes Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999. The theme for this year’s observance is inspired by the United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development which is, “The Science We Need, for the Ocean We Want”. This highlights the need to protect our oceans, seas, and marine resources while utilizing them sustainably. “Likewise, the continuing effort for discoveries for its better understanding remains important, if not, urgently needed”, says RED Parian.

The yearly observance of MOO mandates the DENR and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to spearhead the activities of MOO in collaboration with the different sectors of the society.