DENR-1 installs buoys in Hundred Islands National Park

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DENR-1 installs buoys in Hundred Islands National Park

 

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – To further protect coral reef resources in the Hundred Islands National Park, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region I through the Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program (SCREMP) strategically installed four (4) units of regulatory buoys in some parts of the well-known eco-tourism destination on December 10, 2015. Under this program, strategic, sustainable and ecosystem based approach are being implemented in protecting and rehabilitating coral reef resources. Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan leads the said installation in areas between Governor’s Island and Carias Island where coordinates of the buoys were stationed.


Earlier, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by DENR-1 and the Local Government of Alaminos to formally receive the buoys. Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste expressed his gratefulness on the support and partnership of the LGU and the DENR. In his message, Mayor Celeste stated that they are very determined to keep up with the protection and preservation of the environment, natural resources and biodiversity in Hundred Islands National Park, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (HINP) and as chairman of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) in Alaminos City, he informed the members that the Sangguniang Panlungsod has already endorsed and signed the Integrated Protected Areas Fund (IPAF) fee of 30 pesos in the said eco-tourism park.


Furthermore, DENR-1 also conducted related activities such as the launching of Vulnerability Assessment Phase 2 in 12 additional priority islands of HINP. This assessment will start this year and continue in the year 2016. A rubber boat for patrolling and protection of the HINP along with 2 unit freezers were also given by DENR-1 to the Local Government of Alaminos as a source of additional livelihood. (Felisandelle C. De Vera, RPAO)