The campaign will engage communities in the management and enforcement of Marine Protected Areas to the benefit of local people and biodiversity.
— Girley Gumanao, Rare Conservation Fellow
The Panabo City Pride Campaign will inspire the local fishers to change their current behaviors so that they will use only the allowed fishing gear, hook and line in the fishing area and fish only outside the non-fishing area of the Cagangohan Fish Sanctuary. This will be made possible if there is an increase in local fishers’ level of awareness, thinking and sharing about the location of Marine Protected Area boundaries for both fishing and non-fishing areas along with its rules and regulations as well as benefits of a well-managed Marine Protected Area such as improved fish habitat, increased fish abundance and fish catch.
Our symbol of pride is the White-spotted Spinefoot.
After more than 1 year of waiting, on March 13, 2014, the Executive Management Council (EMC) of Panabo City PMP headed by The City Mayor Atty. Jose L. Silvosa approved the proposed PMP Management Structure and creation of Fish Sanctuary Management Committee (MANCOM). through a Board Resolution.
The MANCOM which is mainly composed of Barangay constituents shall lead in the day to day operations of the Cagangohan Fish Sanctuary and in updating its MPA Management Plan in order to meet the objectives of establishment namely protection, breeding and spawning ground of fish and other marine organisms. This is a great management decision leading towards sustainable fishing.
On February 13-14, 2014, Fishers' Valentines Events were conducted at the focal communities of Barangay Cagangohan and JP Laurel, Panabo City. The activity features a heart-shaped photowall with the Panabo City Pride campaign logo at the center as photo-background where fishers and partners pose for their photoshot. Costumes and make-up were provided and later the photoframes too. These were conducted together with the giving of Valentines card together with the reading of message in it. The main message says "I will take care of the seas because of you" but this is together with their own valentines message. All Fishers' expressed their Valentines message to their partners with utmost sincerity. This is something that I discovered among fishers. Currently, we are searching for the best Valentine Photo among the 18 couples who participated in the event.
On February 28, 2014, a fishers' consultation was conducted was at the Senior Citizen's Hall, Cagangohan, Panabo City. The agenda includes Fish Sanctuary rules and regulation and the marking of Core zone and buffer zone anytime in the month of March. There was no objection from the fishers, in fact they said they should be invited during the actual marking of the Sanctuary Zones. Hon. Renante Bangoy (SP Committee Chair for Fisheries and Tourism Affairs), Hon. Russel S. Dumagil (Brgy Capt BLGU-Cagangohan) and Rolando B. Tuzon (Head - Fisheries Section of City Agriculture Office) were there to support and facilitate the event.
To know the current level of Knowledge, Attitudes and Interpersonal Communicationa among school children, a pre-test ( instructional point of view) was conducted to Grades IV-VI pupils of G.L. Dondoy Elementary School.
With the help of the Teachers, the Social Marketing Team (Arnold Duping, Analiza Pana, Mercedita Floro and CF) conducted the pre-test/Assessment prior to the first intervention, Roving exhibit at the school campus.
We thank the GL Dondoy Elementary School Administration for providing a channel for the Social Marketing to take place.