Michiko Je Bito-on | May 10, 2017

The Central Visayas Network of NGOs held its 11th General Assembly at the Gansewinkel Hall , University of San Carlos, Cebu City last April 27 to 29. With the theme “Valuing Civil Society Organization Engagement with Government”, the thrust of the event was to create a dialogue and discussion among Civil Service Organizations (CSOs) within the region and consult representatives on the status and future of Philippine Democracy.

Michiko Je Bito-on | May 05, 2017

The Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office held its 1st “CSO-Barangay Interface: A Platform for a Resilient Cebu” last May 4 & 5, 2017 at Harold’s Hotel, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. It aimed to achieve a: 1.) Leveled off understanding on DRMM-CCA and the responsibilities of stakeholders especially local governments; 2.) Map out existing resources, expertise and replicable community practices in resiliency-building; and 3.) Identify strategies and a platform for convergence of initiatives in DRMM.

Aileen Maypa | December 22, 2016

To continue our efforts in coral and reef fish recovery in Apo Island Marine Sanctuary, a monitoring was made by a team of Silliman University Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (SU-IEMS) – Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Apo Island Landscape and Protected Seascape (DENR-AIPLS) marine biologists in November 13 - 14, 2016.

Camillia Jane Bollozos | December 16, 2016

The purpose of establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is to protect the biodiversity of our marine and coastal habitats and in turn creating a sustainable source of livelihood for our local communities. Livelihood in the coastal communities is not only limited to fishing but a growing industry involving MPAs is tourism. Tourism is an opportunity for the local community to showcase the colorful organisms found in their MPAs and here are a few of these wonderful marine species:

Camillia Jane Bollozos | December 16, 2016

(Authors: Patice Talaue and C. Bollozos)

One fundamental factor for a successful Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a supportive and active local community. Local community involvement in the establishment of an MPA develops a sense of ownership which motivates them to actively participate. In every community, there are those that stand out and are worth recognizing. Here are our reputable partners in conservation for 2016:

Councilor Solita Panugan of Barangay Cotcot, Liloan

Moonyeen Nida Alava | December 16, 2016

Silky sharks Carcharhinus faciformis, Thresher sharks Alopias spp., Devil rays Mobula spp., and the Chambered Nautilus of the Family Nautilidae are among the marine species which made it to CITES Appendix II list at the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17).

Camillia Jane Bollozos | October 14, 2016

CCEF attended the learning event entitled “DEV Talks: A social development forum” held at the Cebu Grand Hotel last August 22 and 23, 2016. The forum was a convergence of development and empowered voices that tackled relevant information, trends and innovations in community development and promoted sharing of best practices among Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and among change leaders in society. The forum was organized by the Central Visayas Network of NGOs (CENVISNET) and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Camillia Jane Bollozos | October 14, 2016

CCEF attended the lecture of Dr. John McManus, a professor of marine ecology at the University of Miami, Florida, on “The Philippines without Coral Reefs: A Look into Options for Management and Enforcement” on September 7, 2016 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol. Dr. McManus presented his observations of the extent of coral damage in the West Philippine Sea which were caused by dredging and the harvesting process of endangered species such as giant clams. It has come to a point where fish and invertebrate populations cannot be sustained.

Camillia Jane Bollozos | October 14, 2016

Despite conventional wisdom dictating law enforcement as a major factor for marine protected area (MPA) success, many factors influence MPA effectiveness. In the paper entitled “Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design” (Green et al., 2014) where two of the authors are from CCEF (i.e., Dr. Aileen Maypa and Dr. Alan White), it discusses how connectivity and fish movements as key ecological factors that must be considered when designing MPAs. Connectivity here pertains to the exchange of organisms (e.g.

Camillia Jane Bollozos | October 14, 2016

Since 2003, CCEF has been working closely with the Province of Siquijor, which is located in central Philippines, on their coastal resource management and marine protected area (MPA) establishment. The foundation has also been assisting the province since 2013 in developing a science-based coral rehabilitation and reef fish recovery protocol for their typhoon damaged reefs.