March 12, 2018 – a Memorandum of Agreement for the Integrated Coastal and Marine Resources Management Programme for the Northern Part of the Province of Palawan was signed between the Provincial Government of Palawan, the Malampaya Foundation Inc., and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development.
The signed MOA serves as a renewal of the same that aims to strengthen marine conservation programs in the province. The MOA is community-based, hence, the Information and Education Campaign (IEC) of the PCSDS shall play a crucial part in its implementation, according to Ms. Karen Agabin, Executive Director, Malampaya Foundation Inc.
Also according to Ms. Agabin, the period of 2013 to 2017 has seen the growth of the reef ecosystem from 25% to 64% that resulted better yield in fishing. This is due to the efficient and better management of the province’s marine protected area.
The newly signed Memorandum of Agreement shall be effective until 2021.
Photo credits to the Provincial Information Office.