To assess and maintain the cleanliness condition of the coastal area of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Multisectoral Composite Monitoring and Evaluation Team (MCMET) was signed by various stakeholders on September 29 through face-to-face and virtual platforms.

The MOU paves the way for the establishment of the MCMET and MCMET System for Challenge for Change Program (CCP): CDO Limpyo Dagat Initiative.

The signatories of the MOU are Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X), Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Reynaldo S. Digamo and Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr., City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro and barangay chairpersons of Barangays Bulua, Bayabas, Bonbon, Macabalan, Puntod, Lapasan, Gusa, Agusan, Cugman, Tablon, Puerto and Bugo.

The partners from National Government Agencies (NGAs) are Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Coast Guard, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police. Other signatories are Pepsi Cola Philippines and Couples for Christ – CDO City.

The CPP: CDO Limpyo Dagat Initiative is a continuation of the 2019 Challenge for Change: CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest spearheaded by the DENR X with the active support of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, partner NGAs and the private sector. The group agreed to institutionalize the clean-up challenge for Cagayan de Oro City through the creation of a Multisectoral Composite Monitoring and Evaluation Team and establishment of a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES).

DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said the DENR X continues to challenge all stakeholders to join in the campaign for behavioral transformation through religious compliance in managing household waste and engage in voluntary clean-up activities. He further said sustaining a government program and the opportunity to replicate the learnings from the successful Boracay clean-up is a challenge to DENR X.

For his part, Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said harmony and teamwork is needed to make the government more relevant and provide services to the people. He also congratulated all signatories to the MOU for working together for the success of the CCP.

Under the agreement, the MCMET will cover the whole coastal stretch of the City from the shoreline area to the shallow shore and the adjoining/adjacent river mouth/creeks outlet to the sea particularly the 12 coastal barangays. The MCMET is composed of representatives from the different organizations who are signatories of the MOU.

The DENR X is the chair the implementation of PMES for sustaining the clean-up challenge for Cagayan de Oro City. The Department shall designate a focal coordinator to oversee the implementation of the PMES and provide secretariat support to the MCMET.

Among others, the EMB X and MGB X shall assist the MCMET in the monitoring and evaluation activities through designated focal person. The EMB X shall assist the DENR X in capacitating LGU-CDO on water quality monitoring and its importance while MGB X shall capacitate LGU-CDO on coastal hazard vulnerability assessment and its importance.

The LGU-CDO shall co-chair the implementation of the PMES through the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office and designate a focal person to oversee the implementation of the PMES in coordination with the DENR X.

The Barangay LGUs shall ensure voluntary participation of its community people to all clean-up activities and support the implementation of the PMS. The Barangay LGUs shall designate a permanent Focal Person and Alternate Focal Person to join the MCMET Monitoring and Evaluation activities and create an Information, Education and Communication Team to educate the community and implement advocacy program.

The performance of each coastal barangay shall be assessed based on the following criteria: Cleanliness – 40%, Innovativeness – 40%, and Consistency – 20%. The M & E criteria was adopted during the 2019 Challenge for Change: CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest. (With report from Conservation and Development Division – Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section) #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG 10-237-2021