On December 4, 2020, JPIC-IDC Inc. spearheaded the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the facility and equipment for the effective management of the 500-hectare TICAD marine reserve in Bogo Bay, Cebu, at the Bantayan Resort in Tindog, Medellin.

In partnership with the Municipality of Medellin, the event was attended by Mayor Joven J. Mondigo, Jr., Vice-Mayor Alfonso Lim, BFAR 7, DENR, and other non-government and local government units. The blessing ceremony was officiated by Fr. Daniel Mata, Tindog parish priest.

A patrol boat, seaborne patrol equipment, fiber glass bancas and a guardhouse were among the facilities turned over by JPIC-IDC.

For the past three years, the project “Adaptation to Climate Change and Enhancement of Resilience of the Small-Scale Fishers from 15 Villages along Bogo Bay, Cebu, Philippines, funded by our partners – the Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie (KKS) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany, has been operating its goals in the Bogo Bay area.

The project was started in 2017 aiming to contribute to the enhancement of climate resilience of the small-scale fishers along Bogo Bay who are suffering from the effects of climate change. The project also contributes to the protection of marine resources, and at the same time, improves the economic living condition of the small-scale fishers.

It was in 2013 when Bogo Bay was struck by the super-typhoon, Haiyan, and was left with massive environmental and material damages.

Through this project, several objectives were implemented such as the rehabilitation of marine protected areas composed of barangays Tindog, Canhabagat and Don Virgilio, and the reforestation of mangroves and corals. The capacity-building of people’s organization and cooperatives, as well as LGUs and committees, and the improvement and operationalization of marine protection and management plans were also part of the key components of this project.

Today, after two years of collaboration among JPIC-IDC and its benefactors, the LGUs, NGOs and the cooperation of the fisher folks, this project has finally been realized. With the responsible committees and institutions, the sustainability of the project is guaranteed to take place.

This is only one of the many projects that JPIC-IDC plans to implement under its Coastal Management Resource program. Thanks to the continued support and assistance of our partners and benefactors!