Some 60 children, with ages ranging from four to 12 years old actively participated in a series of environmental education activities organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here to enhance their knowledge on the importance of protecting marine waters and become active partners in environmental conservation, environment officials said recently.

According to Rizza Villar, chief of the coastal and marine office of the DENR Central Luzon, the event was part of the 2019 Month of the Ocean (MOO) celebration with the theme “Free the sea from marine debris”, which underscores the impact of improper waste management on marine life and ecosystems.

She said the children learned about and experienced proper solid waste management through environmental games. They also competed in an eco-quiz bee and poster- making contest, where they tested their knowledge on marine ecosystems, she added.

Minerva Martinez, chief of the conservation and development division (CDD) stressed the important role of kids in the protection of the ocean and other water bodies.

“As kids, you may think that you are too small to make a big difference in cleaning up our oceans, but I am here to tell you differently. Your voices can be loud enough to free our oceans from plastic and save our marine life from the harmful effects of pollution in the water," she pointed out.

MOO is annually celebrated on the month of May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999 to raise public awareness on the protection of marine waters from degradation. ###