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Camiguin province receives marine, coastline projects from New Zealand

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin Province, Sept. 29 – Camiguin province is a recipient of aid from the New Zealand government on the rehabilitation and preservation of Marine Sanctuaries and Coastlines projects.

The New Zealand environmental program will end in 2013.

One of the projects under such program is educating the close to 80,000 inhabitants regarding the benefits of marine sanctuaries to the people.

As a natural paradise in this part of Mindanao, the island of Camiguin is perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia. This exquisite island province of varied ecosystem stirs the imaginations and baffles the mind. Camiguin boasts of kilometers of untouched coastlines with swaying coconut trees and dotted with hot and cold springs. Fine beaches offer sun-filled days of relaxation and the clear blue water, enchanting marine life and coral reefs to diving enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Regional Development Plan recognizes Camiguin's role as the leading Tourism destination for Northern Mindanao.

“Our province is blessed because we are the chosen recipient of the New Zealand environmental projects,” said Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Modina Romualdo.

The provincial chief executive said he announced this new and good development during the culmination of last week’s “2010 National Science Club Month” (NSCM) celebration at Mambajao Central School at this capital town of the province.

This Year's NSCM theme is "Ating Karagatan, Ating Pananagutan Kilusan ng Kabataan Alay sa Camiguin".

The culmination activity is under the auspices of Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Program (CCRMP), DENR, Provincial Office of Camiguin and the Department of Education (DepEd).

“Camiguin is so blessed to be a recipient of the New Zealand Aid in the rehabilitation and preservation of Marine Sanctuaries and Coastlines of the island province,” stressed Gov. Romualdo.

In another development, top officials and 19 mayors of fast-growing province of Lanao del Norte attended the 6th Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting held at the Macapal Training Center in Tubod town of that same province on Tuesday, it was gathered.

The council meeting was called by Gov. Khalid Dimaporo to update members of the latest developments in the various programs and projects currently implemented in the province.

Among the topics discussed are the approval of the Executive Legislative Agenda for 2011-2013, the 2011 Annual Investment Plan, the utilization of the 20 percent Development Fund for 2011 and the 2011 PDC Work Program.

“We need to show that national and even foreign-assisted projects are efficiently implemented here in our province so that our national leadership will be convinced to continue implementing these poverty-reduction projects here in Lanao del Norte,” Gov. Dimaporo said.

Also taken up during the meeting are updates of the major programs implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) like the government’s poverty alleviation program Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s and, KALAHI-CIDSS.

Baicon Macaraya of the UN-World Food Programme was also on hand to present their programs implemented and upcoming hunger-intervention initiatives until 2011.

For her part, Provincial Planning Head Brigida Tangonan also explained the details of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) from the Department of Agriculture. (PNA)

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