Cagayan de Oro city steps up protection of marine resources.
The 18th City Council during its 19th Regular Session unanimously enacted Ordinance No. 13140-2016, authorizing City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 10, covering the provision of supplies and materials to support the locally established marine protected areas (MPA) in Cagayan de Oro city.
As stipulated in the MOU, the DENR-10 shall provide the City with the MPA supplies and materials such as the marker buoys, nylon rope and string to demarcate MPA boundaries for effective management and supervision of locally established MPAs.
It shall, likewise, provide guidance and technical assistance in the implementation of local ICM programs/ projects/activities such as ICM planning, coastal survey and resource assessments, coastal law enforcement and establishment of municipal coastal database.
Furthermore, it shall also provide a technical assistance in the conduct of coral rehabilitation and other protection advocacy program in line with the implementation of marine protected areas, nature reserves and sanctuaries, among others.
For its part, the City shall strengthen the management of established MPA’s at barangays Bayabas, Gusa, Cugman, Tablon and Puerto and build networks with the existing MPAs of Macajalar Bay to achieve connectivity and sustainability in coastal and marine management.
It shall also coordinate with the DENR-10 and provide logistic support in the implementation of the ICM project, serve as the overseer and steward of the MPA’s marker buoys to ensure its protection, support in the law enforcement pertaining to the protection of the coastal and marine resources within their territorial jurisdiction, among others.
The approval of the ordinance was sponsored by the committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Y. Daba and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively.