BAGAC, Bataan – Noting the potential of this coastal and beautiful town, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Army led recently the signing of an agreement that will develop further the coastal areas and propagate coral reefs in the coastal barangays here.
Led by DENR Central Luzon director Francisco Milla, Jr, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Raul Mamac, and Mayor Ramil del Rosario of this town, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was crafted for the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the coastal resources of Bagac Bay; improvement of coastal ecology through Participatory Coastal Resources assessment, research, monitoring and information exchange; the increase of public awareness on the conservation and protection of coastal resources including the threats; sustaining public participation in the conservation activities in the coastal areas of Bagac;enhancement cooperation in establishing conservation and protection programs for the long-term recovery of the diversity of flora and fauna within the coastal area of Bagac; and developing eco-tourism related activities on coastal resources for potential income generation of Bagac.
Earlier, Lt. Gilmar Galicia, Commanding Officer of the Army’s 70th Infantry Battalion and in charge of all CAFGUs in Regions 1 and 3 including those deployed in Bataan, led the planting of coral reefs along the coastal barangay of Saysain.
Lt. Col. Monib Mamao, Commanding Officer of the 24th IB; Barangay Captain Armando dela Cruz of Saysain; Sr. Inspector Jansky Andrew Jaafar, Chief of Police of Bagac; the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 3 represented by Director Remedios Ongtangco; Major Gen. Jose Mabanta, (retired) of the DOST, The Bataan Peninsula State University, represented by its President, Dr. Delfin O. Magpantay, among others also took part in the memorandum signing.