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Friday, March 24, 2023

CCAUSE TWG meeting discusses environment-related concern in SurSur

Photo credit to: CCAUSE

By: Nida Grace P. Barcena

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur -- The members of the Coastal Communities Alliance Unified for Sustainable Ecosystem (CCAUSE) Technical Working Group (TWG) successfully recently conducted its First Quarter Meeting in Lianga, Surigao del Sur to discuss the environment-related concern.

As a recommendatory body of the alliance, the TWG plays a critical role in the alliance mandate to conserve, manage and protect contiguous coastal habitats and fishery straddled from Hinatuan-Bislig bays (South of Surigao del Sur) and Lianga Bay areas (Northern part). 

During the conference, the participants of the CCAUSE TWG amplified recommendation that is imperative to the decision-making of the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and the entire bay-wide management council.

The discussions included the continuous undertakings on the harmonization process of some provisions of the  municipal fishery ordinances, activities on environmental-related advocacy programs such as "Earth Day", ocean celebrations campaigns such as World Oceans Day, Coral Triangle Day and others. The habitat management enhancement activities such as the proposed scallop sanctuary and training activity for citizens science on reef monitoring also tackled. 

The CCAUSE TWG is well represented by one city and nine (9) municipalities in Surigao del Sur namely, 

1.    Lingig, 

2.    Bislig, 

3.    Hinatuan, 

4.    Barobo, 

5.    Lianga, 

6.    San Agustin, 

7.    Marihatag, 

8.    Cagwait, 

9.    Bayabas, and 

10. Tago

Other participants during the conference were from the different national line agencies, academe/institutions, non-government organizations and Civil Society Organizations. (with a report from CCAUSE/PIA-Surigao del Sur)