Sagay Marine reserve wows guvs

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Monday, November 22, 2010

SAGAY CITY – The 32,000 hectare Sagay Marine Reserve impressed the governors during their visit Saturday for the signing of their commitment for the protection of the Visayan sea.

“I was able to get the aerial view of the whole of more than a hundred hectare mangrove plantation in Sagay City and it’s incredible. You could see that the mangrove plantation has protected the island itself as well as spawned from the catch in the sea. It’s worth showcasing and emulating,” Governor Gwen Garcia of Cebu said.

"It is the biggest marine reserve at 32,000 hectares. The reserve stands out amongst all other provinces, especially for us who are island provinces in the Visayas. I also aspire on getting all of our mayors to expand and achieve even half of what Governor Maranon have achieved here," she added.


Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor described the area as fantastic.

“I underestimated the impression that I had before. I am excessively impressed now. In that island (Molocaboc) alone, it has 110 hectares of mangroves and it has not only brought livelihood to the people but it has also improved their lives.” Defensor said.

In the environmental commitment which they signed, the governors lauded the Province of Negros Occidental for the example set in marine waters of the lovely city of Sagay - an example worthy of emulation and expansion throughout the Visayan Marine Triangle.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon said the governors are very enthusiastic and they are very supportive about the project. They also promised to call a summit in Cebu City to secure support of LGUs for the project. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 22, 2010.

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