Las Piñas rep Villar bats for integrated coastal management


House Deputy Majority Leader and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar is seeking the passage of a bill providing for a sustainable national integrated coastal management in the country.

Villar filed House Bill 3315 creating a National Coordinating Committee on Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) whose primary mandate is to formulate, institute and implement the country’s national policy on coastal management aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment and resources.

She emphasized the importance of having a balanced and healthful ecology to protect the nation’s marine wealth and exclusive economic zone.

She said the ICM through the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will also “grant incentives to local government units that exhibit exemplary performance in the development and implementation of their respective local integrated coastal management plans.”

Villar underscored the passage of the measure to overcome the challenges of falling fish populations, rising pollution levels, continued threats on coral reefs and mangrove forests, coastal communities experiencing increased poverty, among other things.

“These challenges are winnable. We should just strengthen further the country’s campaign on coastal management efforts to reverse the situation,” she said.

“The coordination and support of local government units to national government is very crucial to effect an integrated coastal management, especially on fisheries and habitat protection efforts,” Villar explained.

She said coastal environments encompass different ecosystems such as shore lands, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs that are very important to the livelihood of the people, tourism and country’s gross domestic product.