talim bay coastal resources management project

by De La Salle University
Recognizing the local MPA efforts
Recognizing the local MPA efforts

Presence of marine protected area (MPA) is a test to all community members regardless of their affinity, connection, and position.  In one of our informal conversations with Mr. Ariel Casihan, President of the Lian Kingfisher Association, he shared to us that one of his relative was caught fishing within the MPA.  Even if it was hard on his part, he dealt with the situation as responsible manager of the KayReyna MPA.  This is just one challenging circumstance being experienced by community members and even Barangay officials as they pursue genuine protection of the remaining marine life in Talim Bay.  In the case of Barangay Binubusan, Kagawad (councilor) Efren Padua had expressed how the Barangay council is dealing with everyday challenges in managing MPAs versus resources users.  Striking a balance between strict policy implementation and fair access to marine resources is not merely a responsibility as public official but it is more of an obligation to the next generation. 

Such conservation efforts gained recognition at the 2nd Batangas Recognition Awards for Verde Passage’s Outstanding (BRAVO 2015) Marine Protected Area and Best Bantay Dagat. Barangay Binubusan was awarded 2nd place while KayReyna MPA as 3rd place under Category 1 of Best MPA Initiatives.  This recognition is a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Conservation International, First Gen Corporation, and USAID. 

Partners of the Lian MPA are continuously pouring in as support to marine life and community implementers.  The Br. SHORE (Br. Shields Ocean Research Centre) of De La Salle University conducted scuba diving training to selected Bantay Dagat members and officers of Lian Municipal Environment and Natural Resource unit as continuing capacity for coral reef check monitoring in all MPAs along Talim Bay.  On the other hand, the College of Law of De La Salle University is exploring possible collaboration with COSCA to assist community members in terms of legal aspect of the MPA. 

getting coordinates from the GPS
getting coordinates from the GPS

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. 

attaching sinkers
attaching sinkers
hoisting the demarcation flags
hoisting the demarcation flags
report author explaining value of activity
report author explaining value of activity
reef species
reef species
reef residents
reef residents
local official explaining conservation efforts
local official explaining conservation efforts

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 joseph.rosal@dlsu.edu.ph. 

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 joseph.rosal@dlsu.edu.ph or through +6302-525-4267.


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De La Salle University

Location: Manila, NCR - Philippines
Project Leader:
Lourdes Melegrito
Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
Manila, Philippines

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