TSPS-PAMB Executive Meeting

 The Tañon Strait Protected Seascape held a Stakeholders’ Forum back to back with the Protected Area Management Board (TSPS-PAMB) Executive Committee Meeting led by DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales last April 12-13, 2018.

The Stakeholders’ forum was attended by partner agencies BFAR 7, DILG 7, PNP Maritime, Office of the Governor represented by PENRO Capitol, local chief executives, representatives from the Municipal Fishers Sector, non-government organizations, Commercial fishing operators sector with the Deputy Speaker for the Visayas Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia.

The forum aimed to harmonize all efforts on the on-going crackdown of establishments with structures encroaching within easement zone and reinforce monitoring and surveillance activities against illegal commercial fishing within TSPS. Also the group conducted a levelling off in the implementation of rules and regulations covering special uses within the protected area.



“While we pursue very strongly in the enforcement of our environmental laws, it is very important that all implementing agencies together with the local government should level off and harmonize our policies, rules and regulations especially in line with the implementation of the Fisheries Code and R.A. No. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 (NIPAS Act),” said RD Gonzales during his opening statement.

RD Gonzales with Deputy Speaker for the Visayas Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia


During the executive committee meeting, pressing issues were raised discussed by the key stakeholders especially on the concerns related to the alleged illegal commercial fishing activities within TSPS.

Local chief executives made a strong stand that commercial fishing is not allowed in TSPS, therefore a strong and serious enforcement should be jointly conducted.

Also discussed during the execom was the new process flow for SAPA Application which was explained thoroughly to the members in order to guide them in the process of deliberation.

TSPS-Protected Area Management Board general assembly is scheduled to be conducted on May 25, 2018 in time for the TSPS 20th Anniversary as a protected area with Fidel V. Ramos as guest speaker. #RO7 #TSPS



Roll out of Tayo ang Kalikasan Advocacy

DENR Central Visayas conducts roll out of Tayo ang Kalikasan Advocacy in one of its pilot chapters in Tuburan, Cebu, this is to further promote convergence and sustainable development in one of the successful national greening program plantations in the province.

Present during the roll-out are RED Gilbert C. Gonzales, Cebu PENRO Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis, Tuburan Mayor Hon. Democrito M. Diamante, Regional TAK Focal Person For. Luisito Babaran, ProvincialTAK Focal Person For. Fedencio Carreon, representatives from Province of Cebu, DTI, DOLE, NEDA, NIA, DSWD, PSWD,PCIC, and people's organizations where they pledged to take part of the TAK and contribute in caring the environment. 


Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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