The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between five municipalities that will establish Southern Palawan Marine Protected Area and Fisheries Law Enforcement Network (SPIDERMAN), yesterday, during the MPA Summit 2019 at Citystate Asturias Hotel Palawan. Photo by Stephen Karol Riñon of NFRDI-SmartSEASPH.

Municipalities of Aborlan, Narra, Sofronio Española, Brooke’s Point, and Bataraza signed an agreement to join forces in battling illegal fishing within their municipal waters, through the establishment of a network called
Southern Palawan Initiative Dedication for Environment Protection and Management (SPIDERMAN), yesterday, during the MPA Summit 2019 at Citystate Asturias Hotel Palawan.

Through this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), municipalities are empowered to “seek support from each other outside their jurisdiction” and unify their efforts in monitoring and conserving their coastal and fishery resources especially among marine protected areas (MPAs).

The establishment of SPIDERMAN will also help combat violators who escape apprehension by breaking their way from one municipality to another.

Meanwhile, the signing was held during the first day of the Palawan MPA Summit 2019, a convention where stakeholders convene to share knowledge that could help improve the management of MPAs.

It is organized by the Province of Palawan Office of the Provincial Agriculture and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development through DENR-SMART Seas PH, supported by United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility. It is co-organized with DENR-PENRO Palawan, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, WWF Philippines, Fish Right Program and Protect Wildlife, Malampaya Foundation Inc, Palawan NGO Network, Inc., and Western Philippine University.