Government and army assist with coral farming on Nogas coral reefs.
The 3rd Infantry Division together with the 301st Infantry and the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Miag-ao has entered into a partnership with the local government of Anini-y, southernmost municipality in the province of Antique. The partnership is in line with efforts to help restore the damaged coral reefs in Nogas Island in Anini-y, headed by Mayor Reynaldo Pollicar.The partnership was made possible with the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of San Carlos (USC) through the “Filipinnovation” on National Coral Restoration Program. This program aims to promote science-based coral reef management; establish technology pilot demo sites for coral restoration and propagation and establish innovative scaled-up model for coral reef enhancement using electric mineral growth (EMG) technology.
DOST Deputy Executive Director for Aquatic and Marine Resources Cesario Pagdilao said, “The project is very important not only for DOST but also to the people of Anini-y as well because it has a Nogas Island to be proud of. It can be a tourism haven in the future and we need to protect and preserve the beautiful coral reefs that you have.”
The DOST, through their partner agencies are conducting coral restoration in 11 other sites nationwide.
Pagdilao added that for one year, the DOST and the 3rd Infantry Division will assist Anini-y in the protection, preservation and restoration of the coral reefs. But it does not end there for as soon as tourism booms, there is more reason to protect and preserve the reefs through proper management.
Capt. Vicente de los Santos, civil military officer of the 301st Brigade said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the 3rd Infantry Division through the 82nd Infantry Battalion in Miag-ao and 310st Infantry Brigade in Dingle, Iloilo and DOST in October 11, 2012 wherein the army will take part in restoring two hectares of coral reef or 20,000 coral fragments in Anini-y, Antique. They will also monitor the growth of these coral fragments and plant them in destroyed areas.
The MOU signing showed the army’s commitment in helping the people of Anini-y boost their economic capacity by enhancing their tourism potentials at the same time protecting their marine and aquatic resources.
SAN JOSE, Antique, Feb. 19 (PIA)