The Lian Municipal Environmental Resource Office (MENRO) together with COSCA, Barangay Council of Binubusan, Lian Fisherfolks Association (LFA), and Samahan ng Maliliit ng Mangingisda ng Binubusan (SMMB) held its 2nd No-Take-Zone MPA marking in Barangay Binubusan on June 10. Over 20 individuals assisted in the marking, including Barangay officials. Further, MENRO facilitated the Lian Marine Protected Area Council meeting held on June 11. The council meeting was participated by the following: Barangays Binubusan, Balibago, Luyahan, and San Diego, Municipal Administrator, Municipal HR, Municipal Budget, De La Salle Br. Alfred Shields Ocean Research Center, and COSCA. Among the major activities include coral reef appreciation, updates on Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management, and Marine Environmental Assessment (MEA). CRM issues arising include waste management, presence of “black bands” on corals, coral bleaching, and limited support to “Bantay Dagat” volunteers.
In July 2015, the Lian Municipal Council approved the 2013-2016 Management Plan of Marine Protected Area of Barangay Binubusan and So. KayReyna, Barangay Lumaniag through Resolution No.025 as support to the other existing conservation efforts of the Peoples Organizations and the Barangay Councils. Prior to this, the declaration of both Marine Protected Areas were approved on February 20 and 25, 2015 respectively.
On one hand, COSCA initiated tactic meetings and consultations with LFA, SMMB, and SMC-79 on their respective organizational status and PO activities. It is observed that there is a strong CRM implementation in Barangay Binubusan due to good partnership between SMMB and council members. However, the majority of the Peoples Organizations need further capacity building, including social entrepreneurship identification to manage and maintain the declared marine protected area.
Coordination meetings with Lian LGU were also conducted as part of the transition phase of COSCA to sustain the initiatives for the Talim Bay Marine Conservation. In light with the significant reforestation activities by various organizations and stakeholders, COSCA in partnership with LFA collaborated with Lumaniag Elementary School to establish school-based mangrove nursery as contribution to the project. Further, COSCA had initiated GIS mapping of the mangrove cover, including reforested sites from 2009 to 2015.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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