MANILA - Advocacy group Oceana launched Monday a photo exhibit at the National Museum for Natural History to raise awareness on the need to protect the Philippine Rise.
Gloria Ramos, vice-president of Oceana Philippines, said the Philippine Rise is probably the only pristine area in the country that can serve as a refuge for marine life amid coral bleaching caused by climate change.
She also warned against poaching and the use technology to monitor the area.
Ramos said they have also trained judges and lawyers on laws pertaining to Philippine Rise, as well as existing technology that may help identify boats fishing illegally in the area.
The exhibit, “The Journey Towards the Protection of the Philippine Rise," is a celebration of the declaration of Philippine Rise as a marine protected area.
Among those who attended the gala night were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Cynthia Villar, and maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal. - report from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News