Management of Coastal and Marine Resources CY 2012

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Implementation of Executive Order No. 533 and National ICM Program (Regular and Central-funded Activities)

  l Provision of Technical Assistance in the Development and Operationalization of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan

 

Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) is a mechanism that involves a systematic process for managing competing issues in marine and coastal areas, including diverse and multiple uses of natural resources. It puts into a practice effective governance, active partnership, practical coordinating strategies, sustainable financial resources and strengthened technical institutional capacities.

 

ICM purpose is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of coastal governance in terms of its ability to achieve the sustainable use of coastal resources and of the services generated by the ecosystem in the coastal areas. It aims to achieve this by protecting the integrity of these natural resources systems while allowing economic development to continue.

 

The signing of Executive Order No. 533 “Adopting Integrated Coastal Management as a National Strategy to Ensure the Sustainable Development of the Country’s Coastal and Marine Environment and Resources and Establishing Supporting Mechanisms for Its Implementation” by the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on 6 June 2006, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) spearheaded the development of a national ICM program and becomes a major milestone in the history of ICM in the country.

 

In response of the region, the Coastal and Marine Management Division (CMMD) included the Implementation of Executive Order No. 533 to its General Program of Action for FY 2011-2016.

 

For this year, preparations of Initial Coastal Strategy (CS) and Coastal Land and Sea Use Zoning Plan (CLSUZP) for the Lamon Bay Region in the province of Quezon were targeted. In addition, the preparation of Municipal Integrated Coastal Management Plan (MICMP) and Municipal Coastal Land and Sea Use Zoning Plan (MCLSUZP) of the four (4) coastal city and municipalities of the Quezon Province were targeted namely: (1) Lucena City; (2) Tiaong; (3) Macalelon; and (4) Pitogo. Preparation of Coastal Environmental Profile for the Municipality of Calauag, Quezon was also initiated this year.

 

E Development of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan

 

ð Resource Assessment of Coastal and Marine Areas

 

Participatory Coastal Resource Assessment (PCRA) was done to effectively gathered information from local residents in the communities in data collection and the result is an important input to Integrated Coastal Resource Management (ICM) Plan.

  

PCRA workshop in Calauag, Quezon was conducted last May 20, 2012 at Villa Paraiso Resort and Restaurant at Brgy. Sta. Maria, Calauag, Quezon and participated in by representatives from Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Brgy. Officials and People Organizations of Calauag, Quezon and CENRO Calauag CMMS personnel.

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ð Integrated Coastal Management Planning for Coastal Municipality

As per Executive Order No. 533, ICM shall be implemented in all coastal and marine areas, addressing the inter linkages among associated watersheds, estuaries and wetlands and coastal seas, by all relevant national and local agencies (Section 1 & 2). Furthermore under Section 6 of the said Order, the LGUs shall act as the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of ICM programmes in their respective coastal and marine areas while the DENR is mandated to develop and provide ICM Training programmes to LGUs.

 

As mandated by the said Order, the CMMD had provided technical assistance to LGUs by conducting orientation training and workshop on ICM. The workshop aimed to provide a venue for comprehensive, systematic and integrated approach among stakeholders for the development and preparation of Integrated Coastal Management Plan, Coastal Strategy (Framework Plan) and Coastal and Marine Waters Zoning Plan. Specifically, it aimed to: (1) convene a planning group composed of representatives from different stakeholder; (2) appreciate participatory planning as a fundamental strategy in the development and preparation of ICM plan; (3) identify the roles of different stakeholders with regards to the management and protection of the coastal resources; (4) discuss the Integrated Information Management System; (5) identify and analyze priority management issues and at the same time formulate strategies to address these issues; and (5) identify coastal resources within the municipality, its importance/uses, threats and actions needed to address these threats. Hence, the ICM Orientation, Planning and Consultative Workshops for the Preparation of Integrated Coastal Management Plan and Coastal and Marine Water Zoning Plan were conducted in Lucena City, Quezon under the regular funded activities and municipalities of Tiaong, Pitogo and Macalelon, Quezon funded by the supplemental allotment from the Coastal and Marine Management Office (CMMO).

 

u ICM Orientation Workshop

 

1. Lucena City, Quezon

 

The ICM orientation training for Lucena City, Quezon was conducted on June 26, 2012 at Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Brgy. Gulang-gulang Lucena City, Quezon. The afore-cited activity was attended by a total of seventy four (74) participants composing of barangay captains, city department heads and representative of NGO, PO, Academe and business/private sector.

 

2. Tiaong, Quezon

 

The ICM orientation training for the land locked municipality was piloted at Tiaong , Quezon, it was conducted on May 21, 2012 at Bulwagang Alcala, Quezon Agricultural Experimental Station (QAES), Brgy. Lagalag Tioang, Quezon. The activity was participated by the Barangays Captains, Head of Offices, NGO, PO and from the Business Sector of Tioang, Quezon.42 

3. Pitogo, Quezon

 

The ICM orientation training for the municipality of Pitogo, Quezon was conducted on June 13, 2012 at the Municipal Training Center of Pitogo. It was attended by fifty eight (58) participants that included some LGU Officials, Barangay Officials and DENR Employees.

 

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4. Macalelon, Quezon

 

The ICM orientation training for the municipality of Macalelon, Quezon was conducted on May 24, 2012 at the ABC Hall of Macalelon, Quezon. The activity was participated by the Philippine National Police, Local Government Units (LGUs) official, BFARMC, Barangays Captains, NGO and PO of Macalelon, Quezon.

 

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u Preparation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan and Coastal Land and Sea Use Zoning (CLSUZ) Plan

 

1. Lucena City, Quezon

 

The ICM orientation training for Lucena City, Quezon was conducted on June 26, 2012 at Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Brgy. Gulang-gulang Lucena City, Quezon. The afore-cited activity was attended by a total of seventy four (74) participants composing of barangay captains, city department heads and representative of NGO, PO, Academe and business/private sector.

 

      1.Tiaong, Quezon - May 21-22, 2012 at Bulwagang Alcala, Quezon Agricultural Experimental Station (QAES), Brgy. Lagalag Tiaong, Quezon

 

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2. Macalelon, Quezon - May 24-25, 2012 at ABC Hall of Macalelon, Quezon

 

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3. Pitogo, Quezon - June 13-14, 2012 at the Municipal Training Center of Pitogo.

 

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4. Lucena City - June 26-27, 2012 at Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Brgy. Gulang-gulang Lucena City, Quezon

  

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On October 17, 18 and 19, 2012, the 2nd Consultative Workshops/Writeshops on Preparation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan and Coastal and Marine Waters Zoning Plan for the Municipalities of Macalelon, Pitogo and Tiaong, Quezon was conducted at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City, Quezon. The workshop/writeshop discussed the activities identified in the next steps during the 1st workshop/write shop. The aforementioned activities reviewed the workshop output of each municipalities during the last workshop/write shop such as values, threats, desired outcome, vision and mission, finalization of vision& Mission (Workshop 1), Identification of strategies, Partners, Objectives and action program (Workshop 2). Presentation of Geographic Information System (GIS) generated initial zoning map per barangay of each municipality was presented for review, critiquing, confirmation and verification. Also the drafted/approved/ issued Executive Order regarding the creation of Technical Working Group (TWG) for Macalelon (for Sanguniang Bayan approval), Pitogo (Executive Order No. 2012-03) and Tiaong (Executive Order No. 2012-07), Quezon were presented by each Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO).

 

On November 8, 2012, the same activities were also conducted by the CENRO Pagbilao. The 2nd Consultative Workshops/Write shops on Preparation of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan and Coastal and Marine Waters Zoning Plan for the City of Lucena was conducted at Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Brgy. Gulanggulang Lucena City, Quezon.

 

 

u Drafting of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Plan

 

The series of workshops/write shops conducted identified the risk and challenges, trans-boundary issues, strategies, principles, partners, objectives and action programs regarding coastal strategy and coastal zoning of the four (4) coastal municipalities of Quezon. Various data gathered were used in the preparation of draft ICMP and CLSUZP.

 

The draft ICM and CLSUZP plans were indorsed to the concerned Local Government Units for their adoption and finalization. These plans will be used and integrated to the Final Draft Coastal Strategy (CS) and Coastal Land and Sea Used Zoning of Tayabas Bay region. As of this year a total of 10 municipalities/city ICM and CLSUZP plans were already prepared along the Tayabas Bay region, namely; (1) San Francisco; (2) Catanauan; (3) General Luna; (4) Mulanay; (5) Pabilao; (6) Sariaya; (7) Lucena City; (8) Macalelon; (9) Pitogo and (10) the landlocked municipality of Tiaong. The scope of Tayabas Bay includes the twelve (12) coastal municipalities/city, these are Sariaya, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Pitogo, Macalelon, Gen. Luna, Catanauan, Mulanay and San Francisco. It also includes the five (5) land-locked municipalities of Tiaong, San Antonio, Dolores, Candelaria and Tayabas that drain in the bay and which human activities in these municipalities could also affect the coastal and marine areas.