The campaign will improve the health of coral reefs and associated species by engaging the communities in the management and enforcement of the Marine Protected Area.
— Anabele Barillo, Siswa Konservasi Rare
Success means achieving 3 C's: Capacity, Constituency, Conservation - capacitating our organization to run the campaign and sustain its impact; encouraging more people to foster behavior change for conservation; thereby improving biodiversity health.
Simbol Pride .
On June 8, 2012, the SM Lite participants of Region 6 came to visit Amlan and learn SM experience of Pride campaign of the Municipality. They met Carmen Tan, Vice-Mayor (OIC Mayor), the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, the Pride campaign TWG, the PO Officers, Bantay Dagat members, the MFARMC and the LAP Supervisor (ENRD Chief) Mrs, Mercy Teves and my colleague (TWG member), MENRO staff and of course the Pride of Amlan, "Lappy." The Vice-Mayor gave some words of welcome. The TWG members also rendered a song ("Lami gyud ang dako," the Pride campaign song) as a means of expressing their happiness of receiving visitors of the neighbor province (Negros Occidental) and as a way of showing how grateful they are to Rare and GIZ-ACCCoast for the support. After my presentation on the Pride campaign "focusing on SM," Ms. Dolores Fabunan of GIZ-ACCCoast also gave her presentation as sort of orientation about GIZ.
A group composed of Mayor Jaime Villanueva, Municipal Agriculturist, Tourism Officer, Bantay Dagat, MFARMC Chairperson, Education Coordinator, MENRO and other Municipal Staff and partners from the Municipality of Tiwi, Albay visited Negros Oriental from May 7-11, 2012 to gain insights in Coastal Resource Management best practices. These visitors went to the Municipality of Dauin, Bais City and the Municipality of Amlan, among others. They were able to witness the continuation of the boat painting activity in Tandayag and interact with some of the PO members and Barangay Officials. Mayor Bentham dela Cruz proudly gave the Pride campaign mug to each visitor.
The Massive Boat Painting activity started on May 8 & 9, 2012 in two Pride campaign sites Barangay Tandayag and Barangay Bio-os, respectively. This is funded under the Rare Small Grants Program as support to SM. This activity was announced over the radio a week before through Ms. Lanie Infante of DYWC. This activity was designed to increase visibility of Pride campaign in Amlan. The fishers painted their boats according to the color codes in the Municipal Ordinance. The scheme was: the Local Government Unit will give free registration or renewal of permits to those who will paint their boats based on the color code for each Barangay (Tandayag RED and Bio-os BLUE) and with the Pride campaign design.
The municipality of Amlan hosted the five-day "Gawad Kalinga 2012" Bayani Challenge with a theme "Pilipinas, Ngayon Na." (Gawad Kalinga means to give care). This activity is designed on building the community, sharing, giving, helping each other in restoring human dignity. The 5th day of the series of activities was alloted for the kids, hence, called "Paraisong Pambata" (or Paradise for the kids). There were many games for the kids. This was also the day when Lappy joined and added joy to the kids.
I just wanted to share some photos taken during the said activity. Congratulations to Mayor Bentham P. dela Cruz of the Municipality of Amlan. Thanks to the GK organizers and volunteers.
I am sharing with you some photos taken during the round 2 community/ participatory biophysical monitoring of two Amlan MPAs in March 2012. Mr. Job D. Tagle, MENRO of Amlan, led the monitoring team--- from the review of monitoring protocols, to actual data gathering and analysis. We trained him twice, so this time he led the team. There were two teams, those who used snorkels (for monitoring at the shallow part of the reef) and SCUBA (both shallow and deep zones). We plan to hold another session perhaps in the last quarter of this year to capacitate the monitoring team to compare two data sets and be able to interpret/ correlate data with other information. And of course, I can already make my own analysis and compare the data and use this as input to the workplan--- monitoring conservation results (but it is still good that the team should also know and do this thing by themselves and report back to the community).