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Capiz inks pact for marine biodiversity improvement

ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) -- A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by Capiz Gov. Fredenil H. Castro and Sentro Para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya, Inc. (SIKAT) OIC Field Manager Maria Dy Clavaton, Nov. 24, at the Provincial Capitol to establish a mutually beneficial cooperation to improve marine biodiversity in the province, especially at the Pilar Bay in Pilar town.

The MOA will pave the way for the partnership of both parties, which will be working together on mainstreaming community-based coastal resource management, ecosystem approach to fisheries management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in development processes and conservation, and sustainability management of biodiversity.

Provincial legal officer and Capiz Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (CaPENRO) acting head lawyer Maria Leobeth Deslate - Delicana witnessed the MOA signing.

"The agreement will further strengthen the technical capability of our marginal fisherfollks along  Pilar Bay areas toward a sustainable livelihood development by protecting and preserving our marine resources," said a CaPENRO statement on the collaboration deemed as another milestone for the province to achieve its goals for sustainability, resiliency and a balanced ecology.

SIKAT is a non-government organization that has been operating in Pilar Bay since

2019 and is at the forefront of empowering communities and assisting local government units in sustainable coastal resource management.

It was learned that SIKAT has the funding support from the USAID coursed through the Gerry Roxas Foundation in extending technical assistance to LGUs for the improvement of marine biodiversity.

The sealed partnership was realized through the facilitation and initiative of CaPENRO consultant and broadcaster Glenn Beup. (JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz)

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