Management Zones of the Outer Malampaya Sound Formally Launched
As conservation of marine resources is concern, MSPLS has its General Management Plan (GMP) which indicates the allowable and prohibited activities within each zone. On 2013, the officials of Brgy. Liminangcong and Brgy. Tumbod proposed to declare the establishment of management zones on the waters in their jurisdiction to protect the marine resources from activities that may directly or indirectly harm it.
After a series of public consultations, the proposed management zones of the two (2) barangays were formally endorsed on May 11, 2015 through the joint session of their Barangay Councils. The same proposal was formally adopted by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB)-MSPLS on August 25, 2015 through Resolution No. 12 to form part of the GMP and in consistent with the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the PAMB, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Taytay and Malampaya Foundation Incorporated (MFI).
Last January 19, 2016, the Management Zones of the Outer Sound of MSPLS was formally launched in Bgy. Liminangcong, Taytay, Palawan. The event was made possible through the initiative and collaborative efforts of CENRO Taytay, MFI, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), LGUs, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), People Organizations (POs), other Non-Government Organization (NGOs), local residents who actively took in the process.
Prior to the launching activity, a mass was held at Liminangcong Catholic Church officiated by Rev. Father Neil Bacones where he emphasized the importance of protecting and conserving the marine resources. It was followed by a short program at the Covered Court of Bgy. Liminangcong. During the program, the barangay officials, representatives from other organizations and agencies affirmed their commitments to support the project. PASu Alexander Mancio explained that the management zones are divided into two, the strict protection zone and multiple use zones. The strict Protection Zone (SPZ) comprises natural area with high biodiversity value and will be closed to all human activities except for scientific studies and/or ceremonial or religious use by the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) /Indigenous Peoples (IPs) while the Multiple Use Zone (MUZ) comprises the settlement areas which allows traditional and/or sustainable land-uses including agriculture, agro-forestry, and other activities which are consistent with the protected area management plan. The zone will be harmonized with the MSPLS-GMP in conformity with the existing rules and regulations for protected area management. With this, CENRO Felizardo Cayatoc committed, its full support on the project and other sustainable programs and activities being initiated within the jurisdiction of CENRO Taytay.
MFI Executive Director Karen Agabin, on the other hand, extended her warm gratitude to all their partner organizations and agencies for the untiring support particularly on that particular event. Further, as part of their anniversary activities, Dir. Agabin awarded plaques of appreciation to the Local Government Unit of Taytay, DENR-CENRO Taytay, Local Barangay Officials of Liminangcong and Tumbod, Taytay Municipal Agricultural Office and other POs present as part of recognizing their support to the different programs of the MFI.
The event was highlighted with the ceremonial blessing of the site and the deployment of marker buoys at Sabino Reef, Bgy. Tumbod, Taytay, Palawan. (Lucila P. Garagara and Carolyn A. Esmenda)