The MPA MEAT for the Southeast Cebu was set on the 4th and 5th week of October for the 22 MPAs in six coastal municipalities. But, prior to the actual MPA MEAT, an orientation was conducted by the Project Coordinator to the CCEF staff last October 13, 2019.
The MPA MEAT is an evaluation tool used to assess the MPA governance in
The MPA MEAT for Southeast Cebu was conducted in 22 MPAs in seven coastal municipalities (Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander and Samboan) during the month of October and November 2019. It was done through a focus group discussion (FGD) and mostly participated by the MPA management body composing of the barangay officials, people’s organization, bantay dagat members, representative from Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Agriculture and Natural Resources Office (MANRO), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Fisheries Coordinator, MPA Coordinators and Sangguniang Bayan members.
Table 1 summarizes the overall MPA MEAT scores in 22 MPAs in Southeast Cebu. Sumilon and Tan-awan MPAs in Oslob had achieved the highest score of 79, followed by Poblacion in Oslob (76) and Pasil MPA in Santander (74) and all of these four MPAs had reached level 3. Balod-Consolacion MPA in Dalaguete also reached level 3 with a score of 69. Other MPAs that achieved level 2 were Taloot, Casay (Dalaguete), Cawayan, Poblacion (Alcoy), Guiwang-Daanglungsod, Granada, Arbor, Gawi, Bangcogon and Colase. Meanwhile, most of the MPA in the Municipality of Argao were in level 1 (Established) because management at the MPA level were not sustained.
Table 1. Summary of the MPA MEAT results conducted in 22 MPAs in Southeast Cebu.
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Overall recommendations for the MPAs in Southeast Cebu include:
- Revisit, re-evaluation and reorganization of the MPA management body or group at the MPA level particularly in the Municipality of Argao.
- Reactivation of Municipal CLET and Cluster enforcement to address both illegal fishing activities within MPA and municipal waters.
- Review and updating of local ordinances and MPA management
planand activities that will improve MPA resiliency to climate change impact.
- Incorporate the MPA management plan in the municipal Comprehensive Land Used Plan or Annual Investment Plan (AIP) to ensure regular budget allocation.
sustainableecotourism program as sourceof alternative livelihood of the people’s organization and management group managing the MPA.
- Develop long-term IEC
programand campaigns to increase people’s awareness and promote behavioral change.
- For the M&E, seek the technical assistance of the local non-government organization (NGO) or academe in conducting socioeconomic assessment training for the local management body. LGU must allocate
budgetto support the socioeconomic surveys.
Kudos to all the MPA managers and fish wardens for your commitment in protecting the marine and coastal resources!