a partnership project between the center for social concern and action and the local government unit of lian batangas resulted in the declaration of talim bay, a body of water within the municipality as a marine protected area (mpa). mpa's are conservation mechanisms wherein a portion of the fishing ground is demarcated as no-fish zones and wherein the coastal ecosytem within are strictly protected and all forms of fishing are regulated.
as part of the program, local fishers instead of utilizing the area to gather marine resources, are now trained to become local tourist guides. since most of the visitors came to talim bay to look at the beauty of the marine ecosystem, the program was able provide skills training to the local resource users on how to handle tourists. knowledge and skills the were taught include: basic water safety; environmental awareness; climate change and rescue.
the trainers included louie mencias, naui dive instructor and chief lecturer for the buhay dagat program of the department of tourism philippines.
a total of 25 participants completed the course.
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