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Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum

Further developments at Ulugan Bay, Philippines

Posted By: Miguel Fortes
Date: Thursday, 27 January 2000, at 6:08 p.m.

In Response To: Combining research and education in protected area management / Ulugan Bay-Philippines. (Miguel Fortes)

Let me share with you some recent highlights of our project.

Partly because of our MAB project in Puerto Galera, the town, after earning the dirty reputation of a haven for prostitutes, pedophiles and drugs years back, is now the 'Cleanest and the Greenest Municipality' in the Province of Oriental Mindoro and the second such in the entire Region 4! The Municipality used the occasion to thank me for the support, especially that activity when I took all 13 members of the Municipal Youth Council and the Mayor to Puerto Princesa in Palawan (the model environmental municipality here in southeast Asia). That visit gave them a chance to exchange experiences with their counterparts. So that when they went back to their town, they adopted some of wise practices from Puerto Princesa and these transformed the town into what it is now. Do you know how that makes me feel?

At the moment, the Municipal Council members from Puerto Galera, headed by the Vice-Mayor, are in Puerto Princesa. Again their travel was funded by money from MAB. This time, it is these decision makers who will have a chance to have a one-on-one meeting with their counterparts in the city. I am truly optimistic that this will rebound into something even better than the results of the first visit.

One other wise practice: the Mayor of Puerto Galera requires a newly-wed to plant a 'love tree' in their backyard or somewhere we could suggest. They have to nurture it for life!

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