February 27, 2017
For some time now, the Philippine coral reefs have been deteriorating due to poor land-use practices, rapid coastal development, overfishing and other destructive techniques such as dynamite and cyanide fishing. To resolve this marine biodiversity issue, government agencies have partnered and established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that would help regain the growth of the corals and increase the number of fishes.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have pre-identified target areas for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) sites of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
To date, there are five on-going GEF sites in the Bicol Region coming from the Municipality of Magallanes, Bulan, Pilar and Matnog in Sorsogon and the municipality of San Fernando in Masbate. The Proponent groups(PGs) of the said municipalities together with their LGUs undergone series of trainings and consultations to come up with a proposal that would help preserve their MPAs as well as benefit the members of their community.