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City Entrusts Marine Protected Areas to Sipaway Residents

The city government of San Carlos together with its partner RARE Philippines, after the three-year project in the FishForever program turned over the management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Sipaway Island to its community last April 7, 2018.

City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr and local officials during the turn-over ceremonies at
Sipaway Island

Isaac Abello, Program Implementation Manager of RARE said that entrusting to the fisher folks the management of MPAs and its protection was just an initial step for members of the Sipaway Island Managed Access Area (SIMAA) working committee because they still need to undergo series of workshops and capacity building to enhance their potential in delivering their tasks.

Abello underscored the concern of the local government and the fisher folks of Sipaway about its marine resource which made the FishForever program successful within the three year scope.

Moreover, he cited that RARE would still continue to extend help to the island community even if the management of the two MPAs was already turned over to them.

City Mayor Gerardo P. Val;mayor Jr urged residents of Sipaway to cooperate and contribute something or even show concern as support to the FishForever program whose main target is to protect marine resources in Sipaway including solid waste management and tourism since it holds the future of the next generation.

Sangguniang Panlungsod member Criston Carmona also referred to the FishForever mascot Molway as the symbol that everybody has the obligation to protect the sea and its marine resources especially in Sipaway Island.

Before the formal turn over, a fun run called Dagan Alang sa Kadagatan was held at 6:00 in the morning followed by a Zumba workout at Brgy. Ermita covered court.

Members of the SIMAA working committee also took their oath before the city mayor during said event.

The FishForever project in San Carlos City started in 2014 which aimed at putting the two MPAs in Sipaway Island, the Camotes and St. John reefs under rehabilitation for three years to help the sea around the island recuperate from over fishing and pollution.