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Philippine Government Agencies Get EcoDiver Certified
Submitted by Reef Check Philippines
A NATIONAL COASTAL MANAGEMENT TEAM
The PhilCore is a program of the DENR that serves as the preliminary stage for a national assessment of the status of Philippine reefs. This is a basic step towards better management of local reefs. In the months that followed, different parts of the training (e.g. buoyancy, classroom sessions, practical tests) continued at various venues such as a dive resort in Mabini, Batangas, as well as the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines. On January 24, 2014, the CMD-BMB team completed their training at De La Salle University’s Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station at Lian, Batangas, becoming only the second Reef Check Philippines team coming from a national government agency, the first is detailed below. With this kind of national effort, the future of reef conservation in the country is now more promising.
PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD SAVES LIVES BY SAVING THE REEFS
All twelve trainees successfully passed the three Reef Check EcoDiver modules, i.e. the reef fish, invertebrate, and substrate tests. This marked their certification as the very first Reef Check team coming from a national government agency as well as the first batch of PCG EcoDivers. According to Cdr. Rosario PCG, they look forward to having another batch certified in the 2nd quarter of this year.
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS - RC PHILIPPINES
For more information or to get involved with Reef Check in the Philippines, please contact Carina Escudero.