Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who is known as Mrs. Hanepbuhay served as keynote speaker in the celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 2 at the ERDB Auditorium. The event was titled “A Forum on Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.” 

In her speech, Senator Villar shared her advocacy, “Do not give a man a fish but teach him how to fish.” According to the Senator, the projects of the government should be sustainable and would support the livelihood of the community. This is to assure that the people would be encouraged to join government projects especially the environment-related ones.

Senator Villar recognized the importance of wetlands in humanity. She shared how the wetlands improved the livelihood of people in her projects. She ended her speech saying, “Let us make sure that our wetlands will never be wastelands!”

Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism- 4A, and other NGOs shared their success stories on how wetlands helped them. The event was concluded by an open forum, whereas the visitors were given a chance to ask questions with regard to wetlands. Questions were also raised on the people’s apprehension on the proposed construction of the Calamba-Bay bypass road which will affect the nearby communities. There were also attendees who commended the event.

Director Adornado expressed his hope that the event will help address some issues on the wetlands especially in the Laguna de Bay. Different government agencies, NGOs and students participated in the event. Ann Valerie V. Gillado, TTD