Sagay City is one of the major fishing coastal communities in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines
Man’s wanton abuse of Sagay’s marine environment resulted to a massive destruction of corals reefs and other marine habitats in the area.
In the Late 1970’s, the then municipal mayor and now Governor of Negros Occidental Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. initiated
action for the conservation and management of the dying coral reefs with the help and technical expertise of Silliman University
Marine Laboratory then headed by Dr. Angel Alcala. Early in the 1980’s, a marine sanctuary was established in Carbin Reef which was Proclaimed as a protected area through a municipal ordinance
and was extended to Panal, Macahulom and the fringing reefs of Molocaboc Islands.
In 1995, the passage of Presidential Proclamation 592 declaring approximately 32,000 hectares of Sagay’s territorial water as protected seascape under
the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act institutionalized the protection efforts.
Another legislation providing for stricter enforcement of the law at the protected area was authored
by the Congressman Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and passed by Congress as Republic Act. No. 9106,
“An Act for the Establishment and Management of Sagay Marine Reserve, defining its Scope, coverage and for other purposes”
which was subsequently signed into law in April 4, 2001.
Sagay Marine Reserve is being managed by a Protected Area Management Board (PAMBI).
It is now nationally and internationally recognized as of the most sustained marine conservation programs in the Philippines.
|1997 – Top Ten Innovation Program on Marine Conservation and Project
GAWAD GALING POOK AWARDS/ AIM and Ford Foundation
|2003 – Best Aquatic Resources Management in the Philippines
DOST – PCAMRD
|2006 – Best Eco – Tourism Product in Western Visayas
Department of Tourism, Region VI
|2007 – 2nd Place “Outstanding Marine Protected Area” Among the 170 entries in the whole Philippines,
MARINE SUPPORT NETWORK (MSN)
|2007 one of the best tourism destination in the Visayas|
|2015 Champions Of the Visayas (LGU Category)|
|2015 Silver Silver on Good Environmental Governance and (Best in Coastal Resource Management)|
It has four (4) component section that initiates activities promoting the conservation and protection program
Resource Management Section– Conducts research and monitoring activities to evaluate
Impact of management strategies; initiates development projects through sustainable
Use of resources to improve economic condition while enhancing protection of
Social Development Section– Establish effective community organization and introduce livelihood
Projects that will discourage illegal fishing practice and dependence on marine resources for
Law Enforcement Section– Implement laws and regulation through surveillance and monitoring
Of the protected area.
Permit and Licensing Section– Grant Permits for sustainable utilization of marine resources
In accordance with existing rules and regulation governing the Reserve . Conducts
Color coding scheme for Fishing Boats below 3 gross tons and other fishing structures
Which provides fisherman preferential use rights inside the Reserve.