Areas in Marinduque, Palawan among list of ‘newly classified water bodies’

POSTED: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

 

CALAPAN CITY – Two areas from MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Region have landed in the newly classified water bodies list in the country, that is, the coastal waters that embrace Maniwaya Island of Sta. Cruz town in Marinduque (classified SB) and the marine waters surrounding Malampaya Shallow Water Platform of El Nido, in Palawan (classified SC).

And with these developments, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now urging private corporations, government entities and individuals to observe the classification of the water bodies located in areas where they operate.

DENR is mandated to categorize freshwater surfaces, coastal and marine waters based on its best use in accordance to quality, area, purpose and vulnerability to pollution.

With the recent issuance of DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01, the number of classified water bodies in the whole Philippines has been raised to 691 with the inclusion the newly classified 21 water bodies.

Coastal and marine waters are classified as “SA,” “SB,” “SC,” and “SD.”

The classification becomes the foundation for the development of proper water quality management programs and of the standards for the protection of aquatic life and for human use of specific water bodies.

SB classified water bodies are considered tourist zones and marine reserves where recreational activities such as bathing, swimming and skin diving (Recreational Water Class 1) are allowed.

These areas under SB classification may also be used to spawn Bangus or Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and related marine species (Fishery Water Class 1).

On the other hand, Boating (Recreational Water Class II) and commercial and sustenance fishing activities (Fishery Water Class II) are allowed on water bodies classified as SC.

Marshy places and mangroves in the areas under SC classification are declared sanctuaries for fish and wildlife.

Maniwaya Island is becoming a hideaway for vacationers on the look-out for new but least explored recreational spots in Marinduque province.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) described in its website that the powdery beach of Maniwaya  can rival that of Boracay Island.

Approximately 30-40 minutes away (by boat) from Buyabod port of Sta. Cruz municipality, visitors can experience adrenalin rush with jet-skiing, banana boat riding and snorkeling as observed by bloggers who been in the island.

The Palad sand bar, a huge heap of sand that rises from the sea especially during low tides, is one of the most frequently visited spots near Maniwaya.

Recidencia Palo de Maria is the only known resort operating on the island.

The Malampaya Shallow Water Platform, meanwhile, is located in North-Western Palawan where the Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) process wet gas collected from their wells.

SPEX runs the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project which produces natural gas. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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