To further strengthen its seaborne patrol and surveillance of the areas under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) and 31 Marine Protected Areas, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camiguin launched its new fabricated watercraft in Mambajao, Camiguin recently.
The double engine watercraft was blessed by Reverend Father Ramon Francis Burlat early in the morning of April 5 and a launching voyage/test run was made from Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin to Medano Island more popularly known as White Island Marine Park. The motorboat has a capacity of more or less 10 passengers. The fabrication of motorized boat is one of target activities under CMEMP for FY 2018.
The said activity was graced by Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable, Environmental Management Bureau – 10 Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr, division chiefs of the regional office, other field officials and local government officials and PENRO Camiguin personnel headed by PENR Officer Merlyn O. Dumalahay.
The CMEMP is a program of DENR which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce 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. Collaborative partnerships with other National Government Agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, academe and other stakeholders is undertaken in the implementation of the program.
Its components include Marine Protected Area Network Establishment and Strengthening, Knowledge Management Platform, Biodiversity-Friendly Social Enterprise Development, Social Marketing and Mobilization, Capacity Building, Technical Assistance, and Monitoring and Evaluation. (From the report of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of DENR/Rose Ann C. Baron ) #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIS # 04-127-2019