World Wetlands Day in the Philippines




The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Albuera, (CENRO Albuera), within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines, celebrated the World Wetland Day last February 2, 2006 with the theme Wetland as a Tool in Poverty Alleviation.

The highlight of the celebration was the identification of wetland species which was conducted by CENRO Albuera personnel. The event provides a tool for species utilization, protection and rehabilitation for those endangered species found in our wetland ecosystem.

The initial area chosen for said activities were wetlands in Brgy. Balugo 1 & 2 and Brgy. Mahayag, Albuera, Leyte. Identification of flora and fauna species was conducted through preferential sampling. Species of fauna encountered and identified were shrimps, mud crabs, and clams while floral species encountered are Bakauan (Rhizophora epiculata), Pagatpat (Sonneratia alba), Goat foot vines (Ipomea pes-caprea). Piapi (Avicennia lanata ) and Nipa (Nypa frauticans).

Brgy. Balugo 1 & 2 is abundant of seashells like suso, clamps, and crabs (saka-saka) and other flora species associated to mangrove and seashore species. Hereunder is tabular enumeration of species encountered and identified:





Balugo I, Albuera, Leyte

Fragile Shrimp, Fishes, Mud Crab, Saka-saka, Suso, Bajojo

Bakawan, Pagatpat, Nipa

Plastic waste, empty cans, empty shell, fallen debris, waste water from backyard piggery

Balugo II, Albuera, Leyte

Saka-saka – more
Suso – more
Bukgay – more

Mud crab

Nipa, Bakawan lalaki, Lapis-lapis, Pagatpat

Fallen debris, waste nipa strip, plastic waste

Brgy. Mahayag,

Albuera, Leyte

Fresh water shrimps, fishes species etc.

Young crab (Camwa)

Rocky with green algae

Agricultural debris

--Reported by : Sgd. Forester MERLYN G. BARTE, Planning Officer and Sgd. Forester DIONISIO T. MAGBANUA, OIC, CENRO Officer

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