Implementation of Verde Island Marine Corridor Conservation Project CY 2011

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Technical Assistance in the Implementation of Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor Management Plan

Technical assistance in the implementation of the Batangas Provincial Management Plan for the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor was provided to municipality and city affected by this VIPMC and/or affecting the VIPMC. Resolutions were passed and approved for adoption, they are:

1. Resolution No. 35-2011 of Mabini, Batangas
2. Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance No. 16-2010 of Batangas City
3. Resolution No. 11-1719 of Lemery, Batangas City
4. Resolution No. 11-58 of Sangguninang Bayan of Calaca, Batangas
5. Resolution No. 2010-54 of Lobo, Batangas
6. Resolution No. 065-2010 of Lian, Batangas
7. Resolution No. 32-2010 of San Luis, Batangas
8. Resolution No. 127-2010 of Nasugbu, Batangas
9. Resolution No. 127-2011 of Tingloy. Batangas

Strengthening of Law Enforcement Along VIPMC

An Orientation Seminar on Environmental Laws was conducted last October 12, 2011 at BluRoze Farm at Lipa City in order to strengthen law enforcement along Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor.

Representatives from LGU’s within the municipalities along VIPMC and provincial government and some DENR staff participated in this undertaking. Topic discussed were Chain Saw Act, Ecological Solid Management Act, Toxic and Hazardous Waste Act and Philippine Fisheries Code.

Establishment of Monitoring Station

Three (3) monitoring stations were established to watch over the condition of the area. These are located in the municipalities of Tingloy and Ilijan and Batangas City. These areas were ideal to data and information gathering on marine biodiversity since they are surrounded by a marine protected fish sanctuary within the municipalities of Mabini and Tingloy.

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• Job Generation

Protected Areas and Wildlife was able to provide jobs to seven (7) technical and 1 laborer. Six of the technical personnel hired are based at the Region Office while the other one is based at the Kanan Watershed Management Project site. However, the laborer is the one maintaining the WRCat Calauan, Laguna. (see Annex –7).

• Support to the National Peatland Forest Project of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

Assessment of probable peatlands in Lalaguna Marsh, Lopez, Quezon and Balumbong, Perez, Calauan, Laguna was conducted by DENR and DABSWM personnel headed by Foresters Armida P. Andres and Zosaine Lumbres of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau; For. Emerito Evangelista of the Forest Management Bureau and Engr. Luisito Costelo of the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management. Personnel from Region and field office assisted the team on the said activity.

Results of the validation revealed that the marshland of Balumbong Valley in Brgy. Tan-ag Ilaya, Lopez, Quezon is confirmed to be a peatland. Soil samples taken from Lalaguna Marsh, Lopez, Quezon and Brgy.Perez, Calauan, Laguna Peatland are not organic or peat.