DALUYONG 2.0: A Coral Transplantation and Clean-up Project
On Oct. 6, 2018, the Philippine Association on Underwater Activities (PAUA) hosted DALUYONG 2.0: A Coral Transplantation and Clean-up Project at the Philippine National Police Maritime Camp in Solo, Mabini, Batangas. The event was focused on educating the youth on the importance of our marine resources, actively engaging the locals in the custodianship of our shores, and assisting the recovery of the calamity-stricken reefs within the area.
The event’s participants included the Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Miriam College Higher Education Unit Family Council, Mabini National High School (local High School), University of the Philippines Scuba Divers, Philippine Finswimming Federation Inc. (PFFI), and the local community of Barangay Solo, Mabini Batangas.
The ceremony began with opening remarks from PAUA President and PCGA Commander Benedict Reyes, PFFI President Mary Ann Reyes, PCGA Commodore Leo Ocampos, and PNP Inspector Gerardo S. Balaba. They spoke collectively about the abundance of our marine resources, the different ways we can benefit from them, and the initiative and discipline we must imbibe in order to take care of them.
The Philippine Finswimming Federation Team proceeded to demonstrate various swimming techniques they had mastered through years of practice – including the bi-fin, monofin, and hydrospeed – that have allowed them to represent the country and win gold medals abroad. By showcasing their talents, they were able to inspire the students of Mabini National High School to engage in activities that require them to make use of the ocean through sports, livelihood, and education. The organizers were also able to equip the students with a basic knowledge of life saving through in-water demonstrations led by the PNP.
The Coastal Cleanup was a highlight of the program, wherein the congregation of students and members from organizations present were able to gather trash from the shoreline. Through lectures and activities in cooperation with the Miriam Family Council, it was aimed to inspire the students to return to the water and see life as it grows, and to encourage them to take responsibility for their environment – be it as simple as keeping your trash or educating a friend, as organizer Benedict Reyes shares.
“It should be instilled while they’re young,” explains Commander Reyes, who began Daluyong with his wife and co-organizer Mary Ann in April 1st of 2017 at the SWOS camp. The pair are hopeful that by nurturing a concern for the environment among the immediate youth, this love for nature and its conservation will carry over to the magnitude of a whole generation.
The Coral Transplantation activity was conducted by PAUA-certified divers from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It was led by PCGA’s newly-inaugurated 502nd Marine Search and Recovery unit of Southern Tagalog, and supervised by the PNP Maritime Group. The divers collected Corals of Opportunities that was planted at rock formations on the seabed.
DALUYONG 2.0 was supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission. The project was originally scheduled to take place on September 15 in the spirit of the International Coastal Clean-up day. Due to a strong typhoon, however, the event in Mabini, Batangas was rescheduled to October 6.
Watch the event highlights here!
Article written by: Jose Buencamino
Footage from: Joey Torres
Edited by: Tatjana Medina
Photos from: PAUA DiveRep Facebook Page