BORONGAN CITY, October 12, 2017–Eight marine protected areas in Eastern Samar were endorsed by the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) regional advisory board for rehabilitation.
These protected areas that are all in the southern part of the province were damaged by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Tha Manapag Reef Marine Sanctuary, and the Lupakon-Bilang Bilang Fish Sanctuary in Guiuan, Panoloytoyan Fish Sanctuary in Quinapondan, Minonbonan Reef and Sanctuary and Banabasalan Marine Sanctuary in Salcedo, Bulusao and Can usod Fish Sanctuaries in Lawaan, and the Canigaran Fish Sanctuary in Mercedes will be rehabilitated at a cost of P27.7M.
Funding for the project will come from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) part of the package under PRDP.
The GEF is backed by a financial grant from the World Bank. The project aims to protect and preserve coastal and marine biodiversity.
The RPAB has also endorsed for funding support the Coco Geonets Production and Trading Enterprise Of Eastern Samar by the San Eduardo Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Barangay Dao, Oras Eastern Samar, under the regular enterprise subproject. It has a project cost of P13.7M.
According to Dr. Judy Paano, Provincial Agriculturist, implementation of the project will hopefully start next year.
He also made the assurance that the provincial government will allocate the financial equity or counterpart needed for the project.
There are also four small livelihood projects for implementation, funded by the PRDP in the amount of P5M.
These are the Inapolangan Homonhon fish catching and trading, two groups in Santa Margarita, Quinapondan who will engage in mud crab fattening and fish catching and trading.in Benogawan, San Policarpo.
Dr. Paano expressed high hopes that these interventions will boost the economic condition of local fisherfolks, while ensuring the protection of the marine resources. (Eden Cidro/Este News)