German Adviser of the Ministry of Environment visits Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary

German Adviser of the Ministry of Environment visits Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary

With the current success of the Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary project, the German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Building and Nuclear Safety, Mr. Marc Spiekermann, visited the site for inspection as the project received support from the GIZ-PAME, a German service provider worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
 
Together with Mr Stefan Schukat of the GIZ Berlin and Mr. Terence Dacles Jr., Adviser of the GIZ-PAME, Mr Spiekerman visited the JBLFMU Eco-Park where the IBMS is located. 
 
Mr Spiekerman said that he is visiting the Philippines to check the projects funded by German organizations, one of which is the GIZ-PAME. He commended the IBMS project for having shown a very positive evolution.
 
Dr. Ronald Raymond Lacson Sebastian, CEO of the JBLFMU, presented the background and profile of the IBMS. He also showed during the presentation the journey of the sanctuary and what it has become now. He said that 15 years ago before the project, the area was quite destroyed because of illegal fishing. The documentation has shown that through the project, the underwater ecosystem was revived. He reported that JBLFMU spent an amount of Php 1, 304, 374.18 ; GIZ-PAME Php 1, 217, 960.00; Nueva Valencia LGU- Php 383,450.00, BFAR  155,900.00, Province of Guimaras  79,700.00  and DENR  74,300.00. He hopes that there will be more support in the future as the project needs to be continued and sustained.
 
Ms. Mary Mar Esmana, CES Coordinator of the JBLFMU said that the biggest challenge they faced during the implementation of the project was the resistance of the fisherfolks who fish in the area. However, because of the creation of the Nueva Valencia Multi-purpose Cooperative, a livelihood alternative for them, they were able to adjust and accept the project. According to Ms. Esmana, today, it is the fisherfolks themselves who take good care of the IBMS.
 
The meeting was attended by the barangay captains of the six affected barangays, the BFARMC Chairmen, DENR Region VI officers and the JBLFMU administrators: Dr. Ralph L. Pador, Capt. Alfred Espinosa, Engr. Robert Neal Sobrejuanite, Mr. Robert Parcia, IMS Representative Ms. Leonora Saul, the CES Officers of the units: Dr. Shirley Hampac, Mr. Joemil Galve, Ms. Krisna Belencion and Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Research Director of the JBLFMU.