Batch 4 of Environmental Governance Training for LG Officials of Zambales conducted
The 4th batch of the “Environmental Governance Training for Local Government Officials of Zambales” was held on February 20 – 23, 2018 at Sea Urchin Hotel, Lucap, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. A total of sixty (60) barangay and LGU officials from the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Candelaria and Masinloc, Zambales participated in the three-day training workshop. The training was organized by the Institute for Environmental Governance of the Central Luzon State University through the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management and Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. with funding support from the US Department of Interior (DOI) and US Department of State – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
The training, composed of lecture-discussions, workshops and study tours, aimed to capacitate the local government officials on environmental governance for barangay level. Resource persons from Central Luzon State University and Tanggol Kalikasan Inc. provided knowledge and lectures on basic concepts in ecology, coastal resources valuation and biodiversity friendly enterprises, forest resources management, climate change impacts as well as adaptation strategies, disaster risk reduction, and relevant environmental laws. Key personnel from the City of Alaminos also shared their victorious stories regarding mangrove rehabilitation, solid waste management programs and coastal resources management, specifically protecting Hundred Islands National Park seascape.
After the knowledge exchange and the study tour, the Zambales LG officials prepared their Area Specific Action Plans (ASAPs). The main concern of Group 1 – Malimanga and Malabon, Candelaria was to rehabilitate the forest. Group 2 – Uacon and Sinabacan, Candelaria, Group 5 – Brgy. Bamban, San Lorenzo and Sto. Rosario, Masinloc, Group 6: Brgy. Bani, Taltal, Baloganon, and Collat, Masinloc, and Group 9: Brgy. Poblacion North, Lipay and Bolitoc, Sta. Cruz will work on the strict implementation of environmental laws, such as RA 9003, RA 7942, and RA 10654 primarily to maintain the cleanliness of the area, rehabilitate mangrove and restore fisheries and expecting to attract more tourists. Group 3 – Brgy. Binabalian, Dampay, Libertidon Panayunan, Candelaria would like to monitor the waste management of resort owners along the shoreline, stop dynamite fishing and plant mangrove trees, having the same visions as to the previous group. In addition to the mentioned action plans, Group 4 – Brgy. San Salvador, N and S Poblacion, Inhobol and Masinloc aims to strengthen Bantay Dagat Taskforce and conduct coral transplantation and manufacture boats for tourists. Aside from those mentioned above, Group 7 – Brgy. Pagatpat, Malabago, and Gama, Sta. Cruz, plans to form an association to manage mangrove trees. Group 8 – Brgy. Lucapon South, Lucapon North and Naulo, Sta. Cruz intends to build structures to prevent landslide.
The training was concluded by the participants having gained knowledge to properly implement their plans.