IEG-CLSU CONDUCTED CLUSTER 3 OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TRAINING
Cluster 3 of the Environmental Governance Training for Local Government Officials of Zambales was held on January 16 to 19, 2018 at Sea Urchin Hotel, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. This training is part of the Environmental Justice Reform Project (EJSRP). The Institute of Environmental Governance – Central Luzon State University (IEG-CLSU), through the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), and the Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. (TKI), US Department of Interior (DOI), US Department of State-Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) worked together to make this training a realization. Participants came from the municipalities of Cabangan (7) and Subic (16) and Olongapo City (17). Existing environmental conditions and future aspirations were shared by the LG officials. Olangapo participants envisions cleaner and safer place for tourists and residents, more diverse ecosystems, bigger fishes to catch, and more livelihood opportunities for the people. Subic representatives imparted their problems on dynamite and cyanide fishing, waste dumping and illegal logging. They, however, aspire for strict implementation of environmental laws and effective monitoring of marine protected areas. The Municipality of Cabangan has almost the same problems with Subic. Participants from the town focused on the coral restoration foreseeing higher fish yield.
Knowledge exchange took place as resource speakers imparted technical information on the following modules: 1) Basic Concepts in Ecology (Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto); 2) Climate Change Adaptation Strategies – DRRM Concepts and Actions (Dr. Gella Patria Abella and Prof. Roberto Pelayo; 3) Biodiversity and Physical Monitoring and Assessment of Zambales Coastal Ecosystems (Dr. Paz-Alberto); 4) Coastal Resource Valuation of Mangrove, Coral Reefs, Sea grass Ecosystem and Livelihood Opportunities (Dr. Judith Teaño); 5) Watershed Management and Agroforestry (Dr. Abella); 6) Environmental Law and Rules of Procedure on Environmental Cases (Atty. Ma. Generosa Mislang); 7) Solid Waste Management Program (Ms. Grace O. Ravarra); 8) Mangrove Management and Rehabilitation (Ms. Catherine Oyzon); and 9) A Brief History of the Hundred Islands and Alaminos City (Mr. Reynaldo T. Livarra).
After the knowledge exchange and the study tour, the Zambales LG officials prepared their Area Specific Action Plans (ASAPs). Group 1 – Brgys. Cawag, Calapandayan and Wawandue, Subic, intends to do coral reef clean up drive in Scuba and Pamana and Calapandayan Island and mangrove planting in Sitio Sampaloc. Group 2 – Brgys Matain, Calapacuan, Ilwas, Subic, wants to have strict implementation of RA 9003 for solid waste and RA 8550 for dynamite fishing. Whereas, mangrove planting and strict implementation of the law against illegal fishing are the action plans of Group 3 – Cabangan. Group 4 – Brgys Pag-asa, Kalaklan, Asinan and Barretto, Olongapo City wishes to craft ordinance for protecting the mangrove, identify sites for material recovery facility and rehabilitate coral reef. Another group from Olongapo City listed implementation of RA 8550, particularly fishing boat registration, dredging of river and construction of the Phase II of the sanitary landfill for their activities.
During the closing ceremony, participants expressed their sincere gratitude for gaining knowledge from the training and wished to apply them in their areas of jurisdiction.