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DENR-CMEMP Visits Sipaway

Around 40-45 members of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) went to Sipaway Island last Sept. 8, 2017.

Celebrity actress Ms. Antoinette Taus with Ms. Antoinette Taus smiles with Ermita ES pupils
San Juan ES pupils and DENR-CMEMP members with Fish Forever 'MolWay' hats

Said group’s visit was centered on learning the city government’s best practices in carrying out its marine resources conservation and protection especially in its joint project with the RARE Philippines, the Fish Forever campaign in the marine protected areas in Sipaway.

After a brief orientation by the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) at the San Carlos city hall and courtesy call with the city mayor said group together with United Nations Development Programme Ambassadress, actress Antoinette Taus headed to Sipaway Island for the actual site visit and interaction with the fisher folks in connection with said Fish Forever project.

One of the components of the CMEMP is social marketing and mobilization, hence, Engr. Arthur Batomalaque, CEMO’s Environmental Management Specialist II briefed the visitors regarding the city’s program giving emphasis on social marketing while Melvin Maglayon of the CEMO’s Coastal Resource Management Division who is the Focal Person on said Fish Forever project also gave an overview of said project and how it was carried out.

The CMEMP is a 12-year (2017-2028) program for the management of coastal and marine resources/area in the Philippines that aimed at comprehensively managing, addressing and effectively reducing the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems in order to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.

After the activity, a short program was conducted at Ermita Elementary Sch. in Brgy. Ermita, Sipaway.