OCEANeS HOSTS TRAINING ON FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND MPA ESTABLISHMENT

The Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi, through the Office of Continuing Education and Extension Services (OCEANeS), together with the Local Government Unit of Bongao, and Philippine Maritime Group 1st Maritime Special Operations Unit conducted a Training Workshop on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and Marine Protected Areas Establishment in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on February 10-11, 2020. It gathered major stakeholders of the community from barangay officials, local government unit offices, line agencies and resort owners. 

Highlights of the activity were the updates of the status of marine resources of Barangays Pahut and Mandulan, and the target location of the proposed site of the Marine Protected Areas. Sangguniang Barangay Chairpersons Adjaip Salapuddin and Dalhadi Mukahil pledged their commitment and support for the establishment of the Marine Protected Areas as it will benefit the community while Councilor Tita Samsuya committed to deliver and support the establishment of the MPAs through Sangguniang Bayan resolution declaring the targeted areas as MPAs. 

Ms. Vema Gaticales, the focal person on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) of LGU Bongao, committed to support and assist the Barangay Chairpersons to fast-track the establishment of MPAs, while Provincial Agriculturist Radjendra Ticher pledged that the Provincial Government will continue to support the fisherfolks and assist the community. On the other hand, MSU-TCTO through OCEANeS will be the sole primarily responsible in conducting scientific surveys and providing technical assistance to the stakeholders.

Chancellor Mary Joyce Z. Guinto-Sali graced the event and welcomed all the participants and reiterated that the University is working hard to deliver, not just equip graduates, but for necessary research and extension services and projects for the community.

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