RESEARCH TITLE :BIOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE “ABBBAADI” AREAS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE REFORM PROGRAM (EJRP)
IMPLEMENTING AGENCY : Pangasinan State University
Institute of Environmental Governance
Dr. Rolando B. Cerezo – Project Leader
Dr. Shella C. Parreño - Asst. Project Leader
COORDINATING AGENCY : Tanggol Kalikasan
FUNDING AGENCY : US Department of State
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau
LGU Alaminos City, Pangasinan
LGU Bani, Pangasinan
LGU Bolinao, Pangasinan
LGU Burgos, Pangasinan
LGU Anda, Pangasinan
LGU Agno, Pangasinan
LGU Dasol, Pangasinan
LGU Infanta, Pangasinan
Project Duration: 1 year
The Institute of Environmental Governance at Pangasinan State University Binmaley Campus, is one the extension arms of Tanggol Kalikasan in Pangasinan. It aims to capacitate the local government officials to enhance their knowledge and skills in the protection of the environment and proper management of natural resources within their areas of jurisdiction.
Through funding from the United States Department of State – International Narcotics and Law Enforcement secured by the Tanggol Kalikasan, The IEG will provide training to the barangay and municipal officials in the selected coastal provinces/municipalities within the West Philippine Sea. Pangasinan is one of the selected provinces.
Pangasinan is situated in the northwestern part of the Philippines. The province is composed of forty four (44) municipalities and four (4) cities. Of these, twelve municipalities and two cities are situated along the coast. About 11% of the population lived along the 122 coastal barangays. The major fishery resources in the province are classified as marine and inland. The marine resources are predominantly located along the Lingayen Gulf, the once one of the richest fishing grounds in the West Philippine Sea. The ABBBAADI areas lie on western outer-edge of the Gulf. Several studies have been conducted in these areas since the early 20th century and reports revealed that fisheries resources in the gulf have already been over exploited.
Several programs, projects, laws, policies and regulation have been implemented to restore the Lingayen Gulf. One of these is the Local Government Code of 1998. Under this code, local governments were granted powers to effect governance in their respective jurisdictions. Along with these powers are functions to sustainably manage the physical and biological resources for the benefit of the community and the country as well. Sustainable management requires ample knowledge and skills which can be enhanced through trainings. However, trainings can be very relevant and effective when the present status of these resources are available, hence this proposal.
Objectives of the Project
The project aims to assess the biological and physical resources in coastal areas of Alaminos, Bani, Bolinao, Burgos, Anda, Agno, Dasol and Infanta (ABBBAADI) in Pangasinan. It also intends to know the training needs of the municipal and barangay officials in these municipalities.
Personal interview with the Barangay Captains, BFARMC Chairman, MAO and/or MPDO will be undertaken to determine the biophysical resources (mangroves, seagrasses/seaweeds, corals, fishes, water quality parameters and structures built within the coastal and marine waters including fish cages, fish pens, fish traps and tourist/recreational facilities) of the covered barangays. A questionnaire will be prepared for this purpose. Secondary data will also be obtained from the Municipal Agriculture Officer (MAO) and/or Municipal Planning and Development Officer (PDO) of the selected municipalities to support the result of the personal interview. Photo-documentation will likewise be done to verify the responses of the respondents and the secondary data obtained.
For the training needs assessment (TNA), a TNA form will be used. A meeting will be scheduled in time with the regular meeting of the Barangay Captains to gather accurate information and ensure high percentage retrieval of the TNA forms.
All data gathered will be consolidated and reported to Tanggol Kalikasan. Data will serve as basis in prioritizing the topics for the training of the barangay officials.
An IEG web page will be created within the PangSU website under special projects to disseminate data/information gathered in this study and all other activities of the Institute.
The gathering of secondary data, interviews and bio-physical assessment of the coastal and marine resources of the project areas comprising 8 municipalities on the western coast of Pangasinan will be done starting on the 15th of December 2016 until March 31, 2017. The different activities are shown in the work plan below: