Ms. Terteen Omana, Development Specialist for Environment/DRRM and Mr. Enrique Roa, UCED Liaison Officer in partnership with the Lian Kingfisher Association, and Samahan ng Mangtatangige ng Binubusan together with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Officer and Barangay officials of Binubusan conducted the No Take Zone (NTZ) plotting within the declared Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Barangay Binubusan in Lian, Batangas last June 10, 2015.
Despite limitations, the group still managed to calculate the coordinates based on existing data. Flag markers were installed in the estimated coordinates. This information will be used alongside the original data of the NTZ of Barangay Binubusan.
Mr. Dwight Lobhoy, Project Community Organizer and Mr. Ansel Astilla, Local Community Organizer also provided technical support to the group.
Employees and project scholars from the MSN Foundation joined the Mangrove restoration activities of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) at Talim Bay, Lian, Batangas last April 30, 2015. The foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility unit of Cherry Mobile Telecommunications Company, a popular cellular brand in the Philippines. The group was able to plant 500 saplings of the Avicennia spp. a frontier mangrove species. The foundation personnel and students also pledged a long term commitment to regularly monitor their planted mangroves.
The group was also treated to a wonderful experience of appreciating the coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems currently being protected by the local residents led by the Kingfisher Association. Using snorkelling equipment, the MSN Foundation personnel were introduced to the underwater beauty and were informed on its biological value and services.
The following personnel made this activity possible: Mr. Dwight Lobhoy (Project Community Organizer), Ms. July Nery (Development Specialist-Health), Mr. Ansel Astilla (Local Community Organizer) and Mr. Ariel Casihan (President-Kingfisher Association).
For information on how you and your friends can join this event, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, COSCA Coordinator for Community Engagement at +6302-5254267 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update on the Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project
COSCA Community Engagement Bulletin No. 4 (February 12, 2015)
The Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project is one of many Community Engagement (CE) initiatives by the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA). Started in 2004, the project uses a Community-based approach in the conservation, protection and promotion of sustainable use of coastal resources within the Bay. It is also a partnership with the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas, DLSU Departments and other academic institutions and continues to receive grant funds Globalgiving (US).
Last January 24 and 25, 2015, 90 local partners led by representatives from the LGU and Fishers’ Organizations, aided by Mr. Emmanuel Sambale (GIS point person) and Mr. Dwight Lobhoy (COSCA Project Community Organizer) conducted a re-mapping of the Marine Protected Area of Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. The information gathered was used as reference to the Proposed Municipal Ordinance sponsored by Lian Municipal Counselors Exequel Bonuan and Carlito Caisip in formalizing the MPA within Talim Bay during its Second Reading last January 28, 2015.
In recognition of its developmental efforts in Talim Bay, the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas led by Municipal Mayor Isagani Bolompo, awarded COSCA a Plaque of Appreciation last January 27, 2015 in simple ceremonies during the Municipality’s Foundation Day Celebrations.
Faculty members and students from De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSUD) and from the Far Eastern University (FEU) also joined the Project’s mangrove forest restoration activities in Brgy Lumaniag last December 2014 and January 2015.
For information on how you can volunteer for this CE project, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, COSCA Coordinator for Community Engagement via email@example.com or through +6302-525-4267.
The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) participated in the recent coastal clean-up in Brgy Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. Spearheaded by the Municipal Office of Lian, the activity involved several local Peoples’ Organization and other department of the Local Government Unit.
The project is currently strengthening several Peoples’ Organization in 3 coastal communities in Talim Bay. This is to ensure that these groups are still aligned in activities involving protection and preservation of the coastal ecosystem, more specifically, through the implementation of the marine protected area in Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. Related to this, the project also assisted officials from Brgy Luyahan in the approval of their brgy ordinance for the establishment of their fish sanctuary.
The project also provided a mangrove orientation to the canteen concessionaires of De La Salle Dasmarinas, aside from assisting them during their mangrove planting activity in Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian Batangas. The group planted 258 mangroves seedlings.
The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) conducted a mangrove training to Samahang Mangingisda (SM) 79 related to a grant for their manrgove nursery project. SM 79 received a substantial amount for the purpose of planting 10,000.00 seedlings within their brgy.
the center for social concern and action in partnership with the alfred shields fsc ocean research center and the philippine poluution prevention roundtable is sponsoring a learning session on vulnerability assessments of coastal ecosystems in batangas bay.
the one day event scheduled on oct 14 and to be held in de la salle lipa is designed to provide information to key local government unit representatives from the coastal municipalities around batangas bay on the critical link between ecological status of coastal ecosystems and vulnerabilities of coastal communities to the effects of climate change. second, from the information to be shared by our scientists, it is hoped that lgu and companies through their corporate social responsibility programs/projects work hand in hand to plan out adaption and mitigation strategies.
the ultimate aim of the activity then is to firm up a public-private partnership in sustainable development.
the event organizers are expecting 100 participants from the different stakeholders around batangas bay. this session is also in partnership with the provincial government environment and natural resources office (pgenro-batangas) and the batangas bay coastal resource management foundation.
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