The 2nd Palawan MPA Summit featured discussions that will strengthen the management of MPAs based on effective strategies and implementation of programs that are science-based and data-driven. The Summit also provided relevant updates on sustainable management of fishery resources in Palawan, specifically within its MPAs.

Gov. Dennis M. Socrates, the governor of the province of Palawan, handed over an Action Plan to DA-BFAR Assistant Director for Operations Sammy A. Malvas during the Summit. This Action Plan, which was crafted by multisectoral representatives, will serve as a forerunner in scaling up measures toward sustainable fisheries resource management in the province of Palawan.

“Resulting from consensus-building and with inputs from scientists, local officials, fisherfolk leaders and other stakeholders, I am confident that the strategies we have identified under the action plan are timely and relevant. It is designed to unlock the potentials of our marine protected areas in bringing lasting and inclusive progress to coastal communities in FMA 5,” DA-BFAR Assistant Director for Operations Sammy A. Malvas said in his message, in which he also reiterated the Bureau’s commitment to empowering stakeholders and local government units in the sustainable management and conservation of marine protected areas.

In attendance at the 2nd Palawan MPA Summit were Rebekah Eubanks, USAID – US Agency for International Development Deputy Mission Director, Dr. Romeo Cabungcal, Palawan Provincial Agriculturist, Thomas Kaluzny, USAID Deputy Chief and Environment Officer, and Dr. Nygiel Armada, Chief of Party of the USAID Fish Right Program.