DENR orients field officers on SCREMP
By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) - The Coastal and Marine Management Division under the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga headed by regional technical director Ronilo Salac conducted an orientation seminar among its field officers under the Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program (SCREMP) on January 13-14, 2015 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Barangay Doongan, Butuan City.
DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said the seminar is timely. “A lot of activities are lined-up for us this year. Let us start the year right and determine our responsibilities in achieving our goals for 2015,” he said.
SCREMP is a DENR’s national program (2012-2020) which conducts strategic, sustainable and ecosystem based approach in protecting and rehabilitating coral reef ecosystems within the country through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) – Coastal and Marine Management Office (CMMO).
The program aims to implement sustainable management of coastal and marine resources through resource and habitat conservation, protection, and rehabilitation. It seeks to contribute to food security and improve human well-being of the coastal communities. It promotes public awareness and instills social and environmental consciousness on the value of coral reefs and associated coastal and marine ecosystems, especially on mitigating the effects of climate change.
In the said orientation, the guidelines for the implementation of SCREMP pursuant to DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2013-12 were discussed. According to the estimated benefits of the SCREMP activities from 2013-2016 in terms of job generation, a total of 93,750 individuals amounting to 1.013 billion pesos will be benefited from the project. This could be gained through SCREMP activities such as Bantay Bahura and Coastal Ecotourism Enterprises.
During the seminar, the speakers discussed the details of the program implementation. The field officers have been equipped with the basic information which they will import to the people.
A total of 35 participants attended the orientation including the planning officers and CMMS focal persons. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)