DILG wants LGUs Tapped To Preserve Reef

LGUs Tapped To Preserve Reef

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) wants local government units (LGUs) surrounding the Danajon Double Barrier Reef to work to preserve the barrier reef and at the same time, join the meetings of the Danajon Bank Management Council.“The Danajon Double Barrier Reef, located off northern Bohol, is the only one in the country and one of six worldwide, and is historically known as the seed of marine biodiversity in Central Visayas with its vast expanse of coral reefs, sea grasses and mangrove forests. Yet this valuable resource is in great peril due to destructive and unsustainable resource extraction,” said Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.”To manage this resource, there is a need for a collective, determined, and sustainable action among 19 municipalities and cities within four provinces and two administrative regions that encompass this reef ecosystem,” he added.

Robredo said that an inter-local government cooperation is essential in ensuring stakeholder participation to adopt a management framework and plan on Danajon Bank. This was initially agreed upon during the Danajon Bank Summit, which was held last January 18-20, 2012.

“In line with the need to craft a feasible, practicable, and acceptable management framework and plan, a series of council meetings by the Danajon Bank Management Council and its technical working groups cannot be overemphasized,” said Robredo.

The target participants for the Danajon Bank Management Council meetings are the governors from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City. They will be joined by mayors from the cities of Maasin and Baybay, mayor from the municipalities of Cordova of Cebu, Matalom, Bato, Hilongos, and Inopacan of Leyte, Tubigon, Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, Talibon, Getafe, Trinidad, Bien Unido, Carlos P. Garcia and Ubay of Bohol.

By CZARINA NICOLE O. ONG – Manila Bulletin
June 29, 2012, 7:24pm

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