SCREMP takes off in R-1

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The “Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program (SCREMP) is now taking off in Ilocos Region as it was introduced thru seminars  with various stakeholders in July, 2013.

In compliance with RED Samuel Penafiel’s instruction to have a blast-off activities to introduced the program with stakeholders, the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management conducted a series of meetings and seminars to discuss the SCREMP.

SCREMP is a national program with the purpose of rehabilitating and conserving the marine and coastal areas and its resources thru strategic , sustainable and ecosystem-based approach  of the marine Protected areas in the Philippines. 

In Region 1, one of the targeted areas is within the  Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape (ADPLS) covering the municipalities of Rosario, Sto. Tomas and Agoo in the province of La Union. A budget of Php13,772,423 has been allotted for the inventory of coastal resources and vulnerability assessment, of which are towards the formulation of an Integrated Coastal management Plan and Municipal Coastal management Plan of the said municipalities. Also other activities include rehabilitation of mangrove areas and provision/assistance to the development of sustainable alternative livelihood projects. .

Attended by about 60 participants from concerned LGUs in coastal barangays within ADPLS, the orientation last July, 2013  also highlighted with the MOA signing with LGUs and other stakeholders.  . .

In his message, RED Penafiel stressed that the budget allocated for the SCREMP is not the money of the DENR but it’s the money of the people, the stakeholders, for the management and rehabilitation of your coastal and marine resources., Honorable Marietta Carbonell, the Municipal Mayor of Sto. Tomas (La Union) together with representatives from Agoo and Rosario, manifested their supports towards SCREMP.

            The implementation of the SCREMP will be undertaken in tandem with stakeholders while also engaging the expertise of the academe from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).