CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, Oct. 7 (PIA) — Camiguin now ranks as the second province
in the country to get certification for its municipal waters from the National
Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
With a total area of 144,038.01 hectares, the province had successfully
defined its municipal waters giving the municipal local government units (MLGUs)
jurisdiction and responsibility in spatial terms, as well, as providing the
executive and legislative departments clear guidance in the governance and
management of the island’s coastal and marine resources.
The certification of municipal wasters was a primary objective of the
Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP), a project the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), with the support from the New
Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP).
“The delineation allows the municipal LGUs to generate revenues from the use
of its fisheries and aquatic resources, enforce fisheries and environmental
laws, and develop an equitable and viable system of allocating ‘access and use’
rights to municipal fisheries and aquatic resources among its residents,” Amida
Diwata M. Jasma, CCRMP Phase I Project Officer explained.
The CCRMP assisted the LGUs in obtaining copies of the proposed municipal
water maps prepared by NAMRIA and helped in validating these by ground-trotting
the municipal boundaries monuments (MBM), which served as the coastal terminal
points for delineating the boundaries between municipal waters.
Following the release of the certification and the data on length of
shoreline and area of municipal waters, all the towns in the province, likewise,
enacted ordinances adopting the municipal water delineation as approved by
To date, the LGU of Mambajao with the assistance of the CCRMP and the Bureau
of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has enacted its own Municipal Water
Fee Ordinance and Comprehensive Fisheries and Coastal Resource Management (CRM)
Code of 2010, which provides for the protection, preservation, and the
regulation of the local fishing industry, the municipal waters and the marine
resources of Mambajao.
Just recently, LGU Catarman has also enacted the Catarman CRM Code of 2011,
while Guinsiliban town is also formulating its own CRM code for legislation.
Camiguin Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO),
Gaudioso B. Malaton likewise noted that through CCRMP, the province has
established Deputy Fish Wardens and formed the Municipal Coastal Law Enforcement
Teams (MCLET) to strengthen its coastal law enforcement.
These enforcers were all trained and provided with enforcement paraphernalia,
such as, pump boats, global positioning system (GPS) units, communication
equipment, raincoats and flashlights.
“They conducted seaborne patrol operations and documented some 28 incidence
of fishery law ordinance violations, last year, where they reprimanded, charged
fines or confiscated the fishing gears of the violators,” Malaton added. (PIA