CENRO Cadiz turns-over tour guiding tools to SIETAAS and MIRRA

 

30 Jan 2019 Guiding Tools

 

 

                  The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Cadiz City recently turned-over to Bantay Dagat teams of Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA) various tools for their use in support to their sustainable and biodiversity-friendly livelihood anchored on eco-tourism.

                  SIETAAS and MIRRA are both beneficiaries of the Sagay Marine Reserve, a protected area in Negros Occidental.

                 As part of their livelihood, both SIETAAS and MIRRA are engaged in giving eco-tours, guided water sports and other tour guiding activities within the Reserve. Thus, CENRO Cadiz’ provision of tools such as snorkeling gears, rash guards, flippers, flashlights, megaphones and even lapels for use during the tour are a big help to both associations.

                  The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) followed after the turn-over of the tour guiding tools, held at the office of Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon, III. Also present to witness the event are Vice Mayor Narciso S. Javelosa, Jr., PENR Officer Edgardo M. Rostata and CENR Officer Rally L. Cagayanan.

      “The various tour guiding tools will greatly help the beneficiaries in their livelihood and to make them better tour guides,” said Edgardo M. Rostata, DENR 6–PENR Officer of Negros Occidental.

     The event was also in line with the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

       CMEMP also aims to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations. Part of the components of the program is the Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) which aims to 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 through the People’s Organization (POs) and/or Local Government Units’ (LGUs) Multi-Purpose Cooperative by providing micro, small and medium enterprises.

        Partnership meeting regarding the Himoga-an River Rehabilitation was also held after the tools were formally given to officers of the association. /DENR 6-PENRO-Negros Occidental

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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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