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The Online Magazine for Sustainable Seas
February, 1999 Vol. 2 No. 2

Local Action

   News About
the CRMP







CRMP’s 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 Vicente’s 20,000 residents depend on fishing for livelihood.

San Vicente pledges P1.5 million for SEP
The municipal government of San Vicente plans to allocate P1.5 million for the implementation of its Strategic Environment Plan, which also includes health and forestry, as well as coastal resource management (CRM). CRMP has submitted for the municipal government's consideration a proposal on what proportion of this amount should be allocated for CRM, says Provincial Coordinator Benjamin Francisco.

Meanwhile, following the completion of the CRM plan for Port Barton, CRM planning is well underway in the remaining nine barangays of San Vicente. The barangay plans will be consolidated into one municipal plan, which is expected to be completed in August. The plan is expected to be adopted through an ordinance by the municipal government and integrated into the municipality's medium-term development plan. "We don't foresee much resistance," says Francisco. "San Vicente has a high level of consciousness for the need to properly manage coastal resources."

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