The Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC), in partnership with Haribon Palawan and the Bureau of Fisheries, recently conducted an environmental awareness training in Barangay Tagolango, Bataraza to pave way for a Community-Based Coastal Resource Management (CBCRM) program for the area.
Inocencio Magallanes of Haribon Palawan, who is also part of the Rio Tuba Nickel-Coral Bay Nickel Corporation Multipartite Monitoring Team (RTN-CBNC MMT), said the event, held in February, was attended by around 70 local residents as a way to increase their level of awareness on environmental protection.
“After the training, we are recommending the conduct of coastal environmental profiling and organization of fisherfolks association in the area,” Magallanes said.
CBCRM is a comprehensive strategy that seeks to address the multi-faceted issues affecting the coastal environment through the active participation of coastal communities.
He said seminar workshops on disaster risk reduction and management should also be done in Tagolango considering the vulnerabilityof its coastal shoreline.
Estenilly Fresnillo, a daycare worker, stressed that the training created a big impact on the lives of the barangay fisherfolks like her.
“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil nagkaroon kami ng pagkakatan na matutunan kung paano alagaan at protektahan ang aming yamang-dagat at ang halaga nito sa amin bilang mangingisda,” she said.
CBNC’s Laurence Amores said they initiated the activity to help ensure environmental and economic sustainability.
“Napakaganda kasi ng lugar, napakayaman sa marine resources. We need collective effort to maintain kung ano yung meron sa lugar,” he said.