IEG-CLSU conducts Batch 5 of Environmental Governance Training for LG Officials of Zambales
Last batch of the “Environmental Governance Training for Local Government Officials of Zambales” was finally pushed through on September 11-14, 2018 at Sea Urchin Hotel, Lucap, Alaminos City, after its postponement in July due to Typhoon Gardo (Maria). Although typhoon Ompong (Mangkut) almost cancelled the training again, participants from Castillejos (14), Olongapo City (2) and Cabangan (1) came to attend. LG officials of Alaminos City and students from Pangasinan State University were welcomed to join the worthwhile 3-day training. Zambales LG officials prepared their Area Specific Action Plans (ASAPs). The municipality of Cabangan, represented by the MDRRM Officer and was awarded as the Best ASAP, planned to update and enact the local fishery code, establish municipal mangrove nursery facility, rehabilitate of rivers and waterways, establish Material Recovery Facilities as inspired by the solid waste management in Alaminos City, advocate disaster preparedness and environmental protection and conduct environmental protection seminar among elected officials. Brgy Looc, Castillejos participants intended to plant mangroves at Brgy Looc Lake and maintain the ecosystem in the quarrying area. Whereas, the action plans of Brgy. Del Pilar include river clean up of Pamatawan River and Purok 4 River, drainage clean up and maintenance, and tree planting. Olangapo City, represented by the MAO and Municipal Tourism Officer, cited establishment of marine protected area and seaweed plantation at Myanga Island to Castle Island. In addition, they wanted to plant tribig and fruit-bearing trees at Brgy Gordon Height, Old Cabalan and New Cabalan.
Organizers tried to dutifully follow the training design, although there were modifications made in response to the bad weather. As an alternative to the study tour in the Hundred Islands, participants got the privilege of visiting the educational sites in Alaminos City, like, the Regional Mariculture Technology Demonstration Center, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 1, Lucap, and the Hundred Islands E-Kawayan Factory. They also had the chance to admire the aesthetic beauty of the mangroves at Brgy. Bued. Despite the changes, the aim of the training was still met, i.e., to capacitate the local government officials on environmental governance down to barangay level.