Kapihan sa PIA


DENR 7 Chief Conservation Division Mario V. Aragon, Assistant Protected Superintendent for Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Forester Melchor Rhett F. Sarmago, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Forester Fercival Fiel and TSPS Legal Assistant Steve Vincent Larona in a Kapihan sa PIA session to highlight the Ocean Month Celebration with the theme “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin” held last May 4, 2016.


During the Kapihan session, DENR 7 officials highlighted the Visayas’ pride having extraordinary abundance and diverse assemblage of cetaceans (dolphins and whales), eleven or fourteen out of the twenty five species found in the Philippines, emphasizing the strong need for the continued protection and conservation of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).

Tañon Strait Protected Seascape is the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Philippines, known for its rich biodiversity. It is also one of the Philippines' major fishing grounds.

It was declared as protected area under Presidential Proclamation No. 1234 s. 1998 dated 27 May 1998. TSPS covers seven cities, 36 municipalities and 298 coastal barangays in the provinces of Cebu, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times


by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


Photo Releases

Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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