Coastal Resource Management Program
With the end-objective of sustaining, protecting and preserving the town’s natural resources while at the same time establish aqua-based and marine culture livelihood projects, the Sangguniang Bayan of Dalaguete ratified three separate resolutions declaring the Balud-Consolacion and Casay coastal areas (in 2002), and the Cawayan coastal area (in 2006) as marine protected areas. A marine protected area is an identified portion of land and water set aside by reason of their physical and biological significance, being managed to enhance its biological diversity and being protected from destructive human exploitation, thus, fishing or other forms of activities which may damage the ecosystem of the declared marine protected area and even the mere human access into it may be restricted.
The Coastal Resource Management Program has brought forth sometime in 2003, among others, two of the important municipal agencies that are in the forefront of its biodiversity campaign, namely, the Municipal Agriculture and Natural Resources Office (MANRO) and the Dalaguete Coastal Police (DACOP).
And after almost a decade of implementation, on-site physical inspection will reveal that indeed, the combined 27-hectare Dalaguete marine protected areas are becoming an underwater spectacle to behold.