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April, 1998 Vol. 1 No. 4

Local Action

   News About
the CRMP







CRMPís work in Palawan focuses on San Vicente, 180 km from Puerto Princesa. Known to the outside world primarily for its 14-km White Beach, San Vicente is, to CRMP, a rich ground for instituting programs in coastal resource management. This municipality northwest of Puerto Princesa City has four out of the 165 fishing grounds found in Palawan: Imuruan Bay, Caruray, Pagdanan and Jibbon Bay. With forest reserve areas covering 86.8% or 68,834 hectares of the total land area of nearly 80,000 hectares and a coastline extending to 120 kms, majority of San Vicenteís 20,000 residents depend on fishing for livelihood.

ICM Training Begins
Palawan was site of the second of a series of training courses in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) to be organized by CRMP. The intensive, ten-day course aims to provide mid-level decision-makers in the government and non-government sector with the necessary skills to appropriately manage the coastal zone.

The course was conducted at the Marina de Bay Resort in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, and featured a one-and-a-half day field exercise at Sitio Sabang, which is located adjacent to the famous St. Paulís Underground River Park. The first week featured introductions to the coastal environment and ecosystems, resource valuation, leadership training, and introductory strategic planning, as well as the participatory coastal resource assessment (PCRA) process; the field exercise then allowed the participants to put their new-found knowledge to use, bringing back data from an actual management area with major tourism, habitat and infrastructure issues. The second week emphasized hands-on planning, in which the participants analyzed and prioritized issues, and came up with management objectives, actions plans and strategies.

The highlight of the training course was a presentation of the draft ICM plans for Sitio Sabang to members of the city government. The guest panel included the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, the City Planning Officer, and the City Agriculturist. All the guest panelists were highly impressed with the draft plans, and asked for copies to be sent to them so that the cityís Task Force Sabang may incorporate them into its own development activities for the area.

There were 24 participants from different sectors in Palawan. Representatives from the Philippine Navy worked closely with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), International Marinelife Alliance (IMA), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Coastal Environmental Program (DENR-CEP), Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute Regional Field Training Center (ATI-RFTC), municipal government and US Peace Corps. In addition, a member of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), a city councilor, a representative of the Surigao Economic Development Foundation and a visiting Fulbright Fellow were included in the training.

The course includes 23 different sessions, covering a total of 100 hours of instruction and field exercises. It features a blend of international and national experiences, presents a variety of perspectives on coastal management in the tropics, and makes these applicable at the field level. The aim is to eventually have a coordinated pool of coastal managers all working together in the Philippines. Tom Bayer, ICM Training Coordinator, 04.21.98 (For more details about the ICM Training Course, please contact: Tom Bayer, ICM Training Coordinator, CRMP, 5th Floor CIFC Towers, J. Luna corner Humabon Streets, Reclamation Area, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines; fax (032) 232-1825; Tel. (032) 232-1821) 

Roxas Requests Inclusion in CRMP

The town of Roxas in the eastern side of Palawan has requested CRMP, through its Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO), to consider its inclusion as an expansion site of the Project. This development is seen as a natural progression of the ongoing cooperation between CRMP and the municipality.

"Roxas is the seat of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) covering San Vicente, the CRMP Learning Area," CRMP Community Organizing and Development Advisor Evelyn Deguit explained. "It has long been involved in CRMP training activities. A memorandum of agreement with the municipality will however formalize the partnership and at the same time forge closer ties between the Project and the local government unit." As an expansion site, Roxas will receive assistance from CRMP in the form of information materials and training on coastal resource management.

A similar agreement is being worked out with the town of Cagayancillo, which has also expressed interest in being a CRMP expansion site. Accessibility is a problem, however -- it is easier to travel to Cagayancillo from Manila than from San Vicente.

Meanwhile, Learning Area Coordinator Mel Corkum reported accomplishments in the following activities at the end of the first quarter of 1998:

  • Leadership training for the womenís group in Sitio Panindigan, Barangay Poblacion
  • Drafting and pre-testing of a travelersí survey for tourism activity in Port Barton
  • Development of linkages with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) for assistance in the analysis of San Vicenteís municipal fish catch data and the drawing up of Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) maps for San Vicente. With reports from Benjie Francisco, Palawan Provincial Coordinator, 04.21.98 §


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