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Sharing Experiences with MPA Frontliners

Sharing Experiences with MPA Frontliners

Thank you to all who joined us for our 1st day on the CCEF Virtual MPA Conference! We also thank our speakers for sharing their valuable knowledge on Marine Conservation and MPAs throughout the 1st Day.

MPA networks are now being promoted as a means to enhance fisheries management and biodiversity conservation beyond what individual MPAs can achieve as evidenced in recent reviews (Palumbi, 2004; IUCN-WCPA, 2008)

Two or more MPAs that complement each other can form a “network.” . MPA networks comprise of both ecological and social networks. Ecological networks within two or more MPAs enhance ecological functions and benefits of one and can become even more effective when formed as one network for management. To effectively manage MPA networks, social networks are also being formed through communication and sharing of results, responses to issues and coordination among institutions (Pietri et al., 2009; White et al., 2006a).


On September 10, we are inviting four MPA front-liners who will share their experiences, challenges, and strategies through Inter-LGU alliances and the formation of Marine Protected Area Networks. Get to know our speakers for tomorrow below!


Mr. Noel Monte is a Board Member of the 2nd District in Siquijor. He has a Master’s Degree in Management from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Staff College. He was also the President of the AFPFC (Armed Forces of the Philippines Financial Cooperative) Multi-purpose cooperative and the Commanding Officer of the AFPFC Finance Service Unit. He has extensive experience in naval operations and apprehension and has been working with the Province of Siquijor for years.

Mayor Jose “Jun” Tumulak is the current Mayor of the Municipality of Oslob and is also the chairman of the Southern Cabu Coastal resource Management Council (SCCRMC) which comprises of the municipalities of Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander and Samboan which represents the MPA Network ADABOSS.  

Atty. Eldwin Alibutdan was the former Municipal Mayor and Vice-governor of Zamboanga Sibugay and was the chairperson of the Save Marine Aquatic Resources Thru Team-Sibuguey Bay Development Alliance (SMARTT-SBDA). 

Mr. Manric Barillo is the Chief of the Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Negros Oriental and is experienced in Coastal Resource Management, having also worked as the Coastal Resource Management Coordinator for the same department for several years.

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