WHAT IS SAGIP BAYBAY PH?
Sagip Baybay PH is part an information dissemination project on coastal erosion under the Marine Science Institute of UP Diliman. Funding of the two-year project came from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology. The official project title is CEPA (Communications, Education and Public Awareness) and policy review towards improving coastal erosion management in the Philippines.
WHY SAGIP BAYBAY PH?
“Sagip” means to save, while “baybay” means coast in Filipino. The literal translation is “save the coasts.” Around 60% of Filipinos live on, and near the coastline. Coastal erosion affects the livelihoods and lifestyle of many communities. As a consequence of erosion, relocation, land loss and destruction of properties worth millions can occur. More importantly, rising sea levels and climate change in the future intensify the effects of coastal erosion. A dire future awaits us all if we don’t act now.
The campaign aims to foster understanding of the coastal erosion problems facing the country. Information materials developed for various stakeholders are available for free and are downloadable on the website. Senior high school and tertiary level teachers handling marine, earth or environmental science classes can use the MS Powerpoint lectures and field guides. Also, the three-volume primer discusses coastal materials and processes and their role in coastal erosion. Local government units and national government agencies can certainly use the strategies described in detail in the primers to address localized coastal erosion. Likewise, the poster series for the general public can be printed and posted in classrooms, resorts and even barangay halls in coastal communities.