PENRO Cavite through its Coastal and Marine Management Unit provided technical assistance to the Provincial Government of Cavite during the conduct of a site visit by the Regent of Tangerang Regency of Indonesia. The visit aims to identify the best practices and other relevant data needed for effective implementation of the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in Cavite. It is also a part of the preparatory phase to the forthcoming forum on Partnership in Environment Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Network of Local Governments in October 2022 which will be held in Indonesia. 

The visiting team led by the country manager of PEMSEA Ms. Shiela Padayao, went to the Pawikan Conservatory Area in Brgy. Labac, Naic and had a brief assembly with Ternate Municipal Mayor Lamberto D. Bambao to showcase several projects concerning coastal and marine management of the municipality.

Development Management Officer II Andrea Panganiban presented the initiatives of PENRO Cavite on the establishment of Ternate Marine Park (TMP) as well as the provision of technical and financial assistance to “Buhay at Kabuhayan sa Nayon” (BUKANA) a beneficiary of the Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) project in Ternate engaged in shrimp paste and shrimp sauce making. DMO II Panganiban, emphasized that those initiatives were identified contributory to the implementation of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program pursuant to DENR Administrative Order 2016-26 “Guidelines of the Implementation of CMEMP” and anchored to DENR priority programs specifically the Scaling up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. 

Major accomplishments within TMP include the conduct of underwater and shoreline clean-ups in the Core Zone of the park; installation of marker buoys; discovery of Coral Gardens; and engagement in MPA Networking. Likewise, the salient information about the park’s management plan and its other relevant procedures were also showcased during the assembly. 

The Chief of the Conservation and Development Section Alipia Espiritu of PENRO Cavite mentioned that the cited initiatives were just a fraction of the possible success that might be astounded in TMP. She emphasized that there is still a need for a collaborative effort among different agencies and stakeholders to achieve the activities/milestones stipulated in the TMP Management Plan, specifically the provision of technical assistance; availability of funding agencies/institutions and other success factors.

Afterwards, the team headed to Caylabne Bay Resort to visit the Core-Zone or the no take zone of TMP to personally enjoy the nature as well as to appreciate several species of corals; fish; clams and other marine organisms that are co-existing in the area. ###