by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, JULY 25 (PIA) — A total of 60 participants attended the two-day orientation training here this week at the Tentyard Hotel on the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) for Local Government Units in the province of Sorsogon.
Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) RO 5, the training intends to capacitate the participants on how to harmonize the existing ICM plans of the 16 local government units in a more integrated manner through the identification and integration of certain new policies with regards to tourism opportunities, climate change mitigationand adaptation mechanisms and come up with a common ICM vision as stipulated on the new ICM guidlines, the EO 533.
Identification of the existing resources, practices, threats, and opportunities for development in a more long-term sustainable development plan were given a very significant consideration focusing in the areas for development that will form part of the LGU’s vision to formulate an integrated coastal management working draft.
“We are here to guide our planners and various stakeholder specially the local governments units of the province of Sorsogon to assess, formulate and come up with a more long-term sustainable ICM plans that will incorporate and see the value of the coastal resources they have here in the province of Sorsogon” Director Robert Jara, Philippine representative to the Partnership for Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEM-SEA) said.
Director Jara explained that the two-day training is one of the several steps initiated by DENR V to eventually gather needed basic information, data and situation of the current coastal resources state,also in relation to the implication of solid waste management and how this can be integrated in the ICM plans properly by the stakeholders in the LGUs with the new provided issuance of EO 533.
“One of the main goals of this training too is to find out how these existing plans now being implemented by our local LGUs in the management of their coastal resources be assessed and evaluated on the premise ot the EO 533′, Jara said.