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UPV-CFOS, ASU-CFMS conduct forum on CRM initiatives in Batan Bay

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The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), U.P. Visayas through the College Public Service Program Office and the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Aklan State University (ASU) conducted a forum on “Revisiting CRM Initiatives in Batan Bay” on February 16, 2017 at the ASU New Washington campus, Aklan Province.

Local government officials and fisherfolks of the province of Aklan and municipalities of Altavas, Batan, New Washington, research development and extension personnel of ASU and LGUs of Balete, Aklan comprised the participants of the forum. Representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were also present during the event.

The forum was conducted to review and verify coastal resource management (CRM) initiatives implemented in Batan Bay; to determine strategies and approaches employed in promoting CRM among Batan Bay stakeholders; to describe responses of stakeholders to CRM initiatives in Batan Bay; and to identify issues that arose in the implementation of CRM initiatives in Batan Bay.

Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, Vice President for Administration of Aklan State University, gave the welcome message on behalf Dr. Danilo E. Abayon, ASU President. Hon. Emmanuel Soviet Russia dela Cruz, Sanggunian Panlalawigan Member read the message in behalf of Governor Florencio T. Miraflores of Aklan. They both expressed appreciation for the conduct of such an activity, which, according to them can help the LGUs of Aklan in the CRM activities in Batan Bay.

Prof. Liberty N. Espectato, faculty member of the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, CFOS, presented the rationale and objectives of the forum. Dr. Liah C. Catedrilla, faculty member of the Institute of Aquaculture, CFOS and Faculty-in-Charge for Extension of CFOS gave an overview of the CRM projects/programs implemented in Batan Bay from 1980s. Some of these initiatives include the Food System Development Project (FSDP) of UPV and McGill University of Canada (August 1988 – June 1994) with funding from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); a study conducted by Jose A. Ingles, et.al of the College of Fisheries, UP Visayas in 1992 entitled “Studies on the Fishery of Batan Bay, Banga Bay and Vicinities;” the Local Government Cooperation for Coastal Resource Management (LGC-CRM) Project (March 1993-April 1995); a Seminar-Workshop on Batan Bay Resource Management held on December 11, 1997; and the Sagibin sa Dagat Para sa Kabuhayan/Batan Bay CRM Phase 2 Project funded by LGSP-CIDA (February – October 1998).

The participants were divided into five groups during the workshop. The groups from Altavas, Batan, New Washington, Province, and DENR were tasked to list down the different CRM initiatives in Batan Bay and tributaries which their respective LGUs, institution or agency have implemented. They were also asked to include the strategies and approaches employed in the process including the responses of the stakeholders towards these initiatives as well as the issues they have observed n in the implementation of these CRM initiatives. Representatives from each group presented their output.

Ms. Genna D. Serofia, University Extension Specialist of IFPDS-CFOS, gave the synthesis of the group outputs before the certificates of participation were distributed. Dr. Catedrilla thanked the participants for their inputs and told them that her team will study the results and come back to present the report and some recommendations. Dr. Yasmin P. Tirol, ASU faculty member and Campus Director of ASU New Washington, gave the closing remarks.

The conduct of the forum is a public service project funded by the UPV Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension.


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