The month of May marks the Month of the Ocean in the Philippines, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 57 signed by then President Joseph Estrada on December 11, 1998, declared May as the Month of the Ocean.
In line with this event and consistent with the Constitutional provision that recognizes the responsibility of the State to protect the nation’s marine wealth, the Masbate Gold Project in Aroroy, Masbate under the supervision of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V has partnered with the Municipality of Aroroy to establish the Colorada Marine Protected Area (CMPA) in Sitio Colorada, Barangay Tigbao, Aroroy, Masbate thru Municipal Order no. 031-2017 signed last September 12, 2017.
The project aims to revive the coral cover around the coastal community of Port Barera in Aroroy, Masbate; to help Aroroy’s marine resources recover and to provide livelihood opportunities for the community in partnership with the local government, community, and private sector. The project site had been the subject of human neglect and abuse.
Fortunately, however, as of January 2021, a total of 2,203 reef balls deployed since 2017 and 1,603 reef balls are off for deployment with an approximately of 23,100 corals propagated. This exemplary move will improve the fish population in reef balls deployment sites. However, this project needs a continuous engagement with the LGU-Aroroy to strengthen management and law enforcement at the said marine protected area.
This year’s Month of the Ocean’s theme: “The science we need for the ocean we want” highlights the importance of science as a reliable method to address the adverse impacts of climate change, marine pollution, loss of marine species and marine degradation.