Sunday, May 20, 2012

“CV generally peaceful” with 
Noted few sectoral activities 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 18, 2012 (PIA) –Central Visayas continues to be peaceful following what the military called a failure of the Communist Party of the Philippines New Peoples Army National Democratic Front (CNN) to realize their five-year plan of recovering their operations in Cebu and Bohol. 

Military authorities however noted few sectoral activities associated with the left focusing on instigating unrest by capitalizing on conventional and socio-economic issues. 

The Army Central Command (Centcom) in Central Visayas proved this by showing a chart that showed a decline in the activities in Central Visayas. 

During the recent Regional Peace and Order Council meeting in Cebu last week, the military authorities also said that the provinces of Cebu and Bohol remain peaceful with no CNN related activities monitored. 

Negros Oriental however still continues to bear the scourge as the CNN continue exploiting political and soci-economic issues to rouse unrest, according to the military presentation during the meeting. 

At the meeting, Centcom said political cadres and leaders of the legal front organiozations continue its presence in Visayas urban center. 

Mass protest actions will continue to be carried out in urban centers as legal fronts continue to exploit local issues and elevate them to the national level to gain media mileage, its assessment for the region states. 

Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor compose Central Visayas. 

Since 2010, when declared insurgency free, the military has relinquished its position as lead in internal security operations for both Cebu and Bohol and had turned over the task to the police and the local governments. 

Since then also, the military stressed that partnerships, participation and cooperation among LGUs could prevent the re-entry of the fleeing insurgents. 

There is a need for aggressive legal actionb to counter these sectoral undertakings and above-ground agitations, according to Centcom. 

Bohol then forged a strong partnership with the local government units, local government agencies, the army and the police to address the problem, points out Lt. Col Romeo Brawner, commanding officer of the Army special forces here. 

Beyond that, Bohol also unleashed its peace and prosperity teams to address the issues now being capitalized by instigating sectors, explains Col John Bonafos, during a forum with the media at the Mansion recently. 

Convergence strategy used… 
Four provinces ink MOA 
To co-manage Danajon 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 18, 2012 (PIA) Visayan stakeholders intent on conserving and protecting one of the world’s rarest double barrier reefs ink a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which formalized the creation of a management council for Danajon Double Barrier Reef. 

Some 16 town mayors, three city mayors and four governors of the Central and Eastern Visayas signed the MOA Friday, in fitting rites May 18 at the Bohol Tropics Resort, Tagbilaran City. 

Governors Edgar Chatto (Bohol), Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu) of Central Visayas and Carlos Jericho Petilla (Leyte) and Damian Mercado (Southern Leyte) of Eastern Visayas represented their respective provinces as they share parts of the extensive Danajon reef as within their common administrative jurisdiction. 

Along with the four governors from two regions signing the MOA are City Mayors from Lapu-Lapu City (Cebu) represented by Paz Radaza, Baybay City (Leyte) represented by Carmen Carl, and Maasin (Southern Leyte) represented by Maloney Samaco. 

Bohol town mayors Willam Jao (Tubigon), Allen Ray Piezas (Clarin), Jose Jono Jumamoy (Inabanga), Ronald Lowell Tirol (Buenavista), Cary Camacho (Getafe), Restituto Auxtero (Talibon), Roberto Cajes (Trinidad), Nino Rey Boniel (Bien Unido), Eutiquio Bernales (Ubay) and Tessalonica Boyboy of CPG also signed the MOA. 

For Cebu town sharing Danajon, signing was Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy while from Leyte and southern Leyte, putting up their commitment for the double barrier reef are Mayors from Matalom Eric Pajulio, Hilongos; Jose Emery Roble, Bato; Nathaniel Gertos, Hindang; Elpidio Cabal, Jr., and Inopacan; Silvestre Lumarda. 

The inter-provincial agreement is for one of the six double barrier reefs in the world, Danajon or sometimes known as Dawajon is the only documented double barrier reef in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. 

It is composed of an inner and an outer reef extending to over 271 square kilometers and 381.5 kilometers in length, which serve as breeding and nursery grounds for centuries and has helped ensure food security for the tow regions and present itself as with a considerable eco-tourism potential, according to Boho Gov. Edgar Chatto. 

But with over a million people living in the fringes of the reef and heavily relying on the resources for sustenance and livelihood, there has been a noted decline in the past decade, marine authorities studying Danajon noted. 

Dynamite fishing, habitat degradation, poor fishery and environmental laws enforcement remain as top issues and with coastal communities bordering Danajon among the densely populated communities in the country. 

The MOA for the Danajon stipulates that an integrated resource protection, conservation, rehabilitation and management that incorporates population management, climate change adaptation and mitigation are correct strategies for a sustainable development in the area. 

The management of this precious resource requires an ecosystem based management strategy that needs convergence of local governments resources in the adoption of an overall plan to ensure an integrated approach for the Danajon, Ellen Gallares, an NGO organizer in the area said. 

Without a collaborative governance framework leading to a coordinated management of Danajon, there is always a gap in law enforcement resulting to more destruction, and an inter-town, inter province and inter-region participatory and coordinated approach is the only way this can work sustainably, she added. The MOA formalizes the creation of the Danajon Double Barrier Reef Management Council which works towards the over-all attainment of the goals of integrated eco-system based management of the Danajon Double Barrier reef for the benefit of the present and future generations that would eventually rely on its resources. (30)

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