Bago Aplaya’s top artificial reefs cited

DAVAO City Water awarded the winners of the inter-purok artificial reefs making contest in Brgy. Bago Aplaya during the culmination program of its 2Big Campaign on December 19, 2017 at NCCC Kadayawan Hall.

DAVAO City Water District awards the winners of the inter-purok artificial reefs making contest in Brgy. Bago Aplaya. Representatives from the five puroks receive their prizes from DCWD headed by assistant general manager for administration Alfonso E. Laid and Community Relations and External Affairs Department officer-in-charge Ruth G. Jabines (3rd and 2nd from L) during the 2Big Campaign culmination ceremony. Inset photo shows the artificial reefs of first placer Purok 14 Saavedra (middle), second placer Purok 13 Seaside (2nd from L), third placer Purok 19 Balai (2nd from R), and finalists Puroks Bliss and D’ Garden (extreme L and R, repectively).

DAVAO City Water District awards the winners of the inter-purok artificial reefs making contest in Brgy. Bago Aplaya. Representatives from the five puroks receive their prizes from DCWD headed by assistant general manager for administration Alfonso E. Laid and Community Relations and External Affairs Department officer-in-charge Ruth G. Jabines (3rd and 2nd from L) during the 2Big Campaign culmination ceremony. Inset photo shows the artificial reefs of first placer Purok 14 Saavedra (middle), second placer Purok 13 Seaside (2nd from L), third placer Purok 19 Balai (2nd from R), and finalists Puroks Bliss and D’ Garden (extreme L and R, repectively).

Purok 14 Saavedra was hailed as first placer followed by Purok 13 Seaside in second place, and Purok 19 Balai in third place. Puroks Bliss and D’ Garden ended up as finalists. The winners received plaques, cash prizes, and IEC materials while the finalists were awarded with certificates, cash prizes, and IEC materials.

 Launched during the Ocean Month celebration in May, the contest entailed each participating purok to fabricate one artificial reef with the aim to increase fish habitat. One month was allotted for the making of the entries to ensure that these were compliant to the standards set by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, City Agriculturist’s Office, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, all member agencies of Davao City Coastal Resource Management Technical Working Group.

After thorough evaluation based on functionality, concept, originality, compatibility, durability, and stability, the entries were installed at Brgy. Bago Aplaya’s Marine Protected Area in August with the assistance of DCWD’s partner agencies.

During the awarding, DCWD assistant general manager for administration Alfonso E. Laid thanked the barangay council of Bago Aplaya and the participating puroks for their enthusiasm and cooperation as well as the partner agencies.

The Artificial Reefs project is among the community-based projects implemented by DCWD this year to promote the protection of our marine resources and environment. Monitoring of the project will continue in 2018. (Shaira Angelica S. Magno)

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