The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office turned over tour guiding equipment to two associations of Bantay Dagat in the island communities along the Sagay Marine Reserve in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, recently.
Tour guiding equipment were given to the Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA), from Suyac and Molocaboc islands respectively, to promote sustainability of coastal and marine ecosystems, a press release said yesterday.
A memorandum of agreement was signed by Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III with Vice Mayor Narciso Javelosa, CENR Officer Rally Cagayanan, and PENRO Edgardo Rostata to turn over the equipment to the associations.
The project is under PENRO’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program that aims to mitigate the degradation of coastal and marine ecosystems to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency, the press release said.
Under the CMEMP is the Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise, that will promote the sustainable use of coastal and marine biological resources and, at the same time, create wealth and equitable sharing of benefits to the community, it also said.
BDFE is a multi-stakeholder partnership between the people’s organization, local government units, or multi-purpose cooperative and the PENRO.
Meanwhile, a meeting on the Himoga-an River Rehabilitation Partnership was also held after the turnover and MOA signing, it added.*
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