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SUNDAY EDITION OF THE SUNSTAR WESTERN VISAYAS NETWORK OF NEWSPAPERS

MAY 13/ 01

 

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CONTENTS

TRAVEL

Tracing the Santactruzan's Roots
You may argue that the Philippines has no marked season like spring for flowers to bloom. More flowers seem to appear in May, nevertheless.
FULL STORY

Get to Know Western Visayas
During the Spanish times, when a mother wanted her children to stop crying at night, she usually threatened them with the "quintos."
FULL STORY

If you are a foreigner ... As history shows, foreigners have generally not come to the Philippines with friendly intentions. In spite of this, every visitor is heartily welcomed; the Filipinos are sociable and tolerant, and their natural openness charms many visitors. FULL STORY

ENVIRONMENT

Protecting Aklan's coastal ecosystems
Siltation and sedimentation triggered by upland deforestation pose another threat to Aklan's coastal ecosystems.
FULL STORY

REAL LIFE ISSUES

We need Mary today
MAY is closely associated with our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition, now so complicated to trace, has forged it that way. And we are happy about it.
FULL STORY

Again, on Lawyers
They are the defenders of truth and justice. Yep, yep, lawyers have to be truthful, to act noble and be fearless.
FULL STORY

The poor must protest against their exploiters
The poor is the fair hope of unscrupulous politicians. Just by giving them a few pesos or a kilo of rice they spontaneously go out to demonstrate. In return they would say we will die for our idol. When they are caught or die they are abandoned.
FULL STORY

VOICE OF THE NEW GENERATION

It's a jungle out there
Ants are one of the few insects I know of that live in colonies. They have a caste system too.
FULL STORY

Responsible Communication
How ironic is that media practitioners claim they are sources of true information, that they are most reliable institute of learning; when they allow themselves to be influenced by too much commercialism, consumerism, and materialism.
FULL STORY

The tie that binds
Have you ever thought of why friends stick together through thick and thin and through the years?
FULL STORY

LEGAL STORY

Cain and Abel
Our new legal series dwell on the case of a man who murdered his own brother. The incident took place in Lambunao, Iloilo yet the names of the persons were changed to protect their identities as well as of their family.
FULL STORY

   

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ENVIRONMENT

Protecting Aklan's coastal ecosystems

By RECTO I. VIDAL

KALIBO, Aklan- The Western part of Aklan's 155-kilometer coastline is dotted by a coral reef spanning the municipality of Buruanga in the northwest to Pook Point in Nabas, Aklan.

Cut in three places, the coral reef continues at Barangay Bugtong Bato, Ibajay and extends towards Sigat Point to the mouth of Tangalan River.

Mangrove coastal habitats rapidly deteriorate due to destructive fishing practices ranging from dynamite and cyanide fishing, according to a WP-Visayas research study.

Siltation and sedimentation triggered by upland deforestation pose another threat to Aklan's coastal ecosystems.

These problems are exacerbated by population pressure, increasing economic use of beaches by the tourism industry and improper waste management.

In order to tackle these problems and protect valuable coastal ecosystems, the provincial government has assumed lead roles in coastal resource management programs in the towns of New Washington, Batan and Altavas.

Said project centered at awareness generation among local units, government agencies, non-government organizations and other concerned institutes on environmental issues affecting Batan Bay.

This enables these institutions to manage their own marine and coastal resources. Realizing the necessity of extending this approach beyond this region and to include other initiated a similar project for the four coastal municipalities of Kalibo, Tangalan, Ibajay and Nabas.

The project objective is to strengthen the capability of local government units to plan, develop and implement an integrated and community-based coastal resource management for these towns.

To achieve this objective, Fishery and Aquatic Resource Councils (FARMC) were established in all coastal barangays of these towns. These will direct and spearhead the process of sustainable coastal resource use.

Since December 1997, the German Development Service had lend support to the provincial government of Aklan in its desire to protect the marine and aquatic resources of the province.

In close coordination and consultation with the barangays and municipal FARMCs, the cooperative aims to develop a comprehensive development strategy for coastal areas, since their natural resource base and the invaluable marine and coastal habitats.

The German Development Service has assisted the provincial government and the FARMCs to conduct a comprehensive coastal resource assessment in all the towns of Nabas, Ibajay and Tangalan.

The resulting profiles will play the foundation for shaping a data banking system of coastal resources.

The close but complex relationship between biophysical and socio-economic factors of the coastal environment asks for a historic and integrative approach, which focuses not only in natural, but also in human resources.

Prospects

The Provincial Planning Development Office said that the project so far focuses only a fraction of the total coastline of Aklan.

It is intended to extend the project activities to neighboring barangays and towns. The core target group of the CRM-Program has been the fishermen but other stakeholders who depend on the coastal resources like the tourism industry, developers and other integrated planners to make all efforts successful especially in monitoring and protecting the coastal amd marine ecosystems.


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