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IEG, ICCEM, CLSU and TK hold Training for Zambales LG Officials

A total of forty four (44) participants attended the Environmental Governance Training for Local Government Officials of Zambales held on July 26-28, 2017 at Vista de las Islas Resort, Lucap Boulevard, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The training was organized by the Institute of Environmental Governance (IEG) of Central Luzon State University and Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), CLSU and the Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. (TK) with the support funds from the US Department of Interior (DOI), US Department of State-Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Hon. Arthur Celeste (center, seated), mayor of Alaminos City, warmly welcomed the participants of the Training for Local Government Officials of Zambales.

The training was conducted to capacitate the local government officials on environmental governance for barangay level. The 3-day activity was composed of workshops, lectures, discussions and study tour. Barangay officials presented the current environmental situations in the coastal barangays of Zambales based on their knowledge, experiences and observations of their respective coastal areas. Lectures on basic ecology, coastal resource management, valuation and livelihood activities, watershed management, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, and disaster risk reduction were provided by the CLSU pool of experts.

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto presented the results of the Biodiversity Project in Zambales Coastal Resources conducted earlier this year. Whereas, focal persons from Alaminos City shared their best practices on solid waste management and mangrove rehabilitation. Participants had experienced island hopping in the famous Hundred Islands and learned many things in Mangrove Propagation and Information Center, Alaminos City thus appreciating the remarkable outcome of coastal management.

Towards the end of the training, the participants were tasked to prepare their respective Area Specific Action Plans (ASAPs) in complementary and/or supplementary to those made by their municipal mayors during latter’s training in Korea last May 2017.

Most of the participants came from the coastal barangays of San Felipe, San Narciso and San Antonio, Zambales and the other participants came from Palawan State University.