In line with the DENR’s new policy direction to adopt Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) strategy, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) -Marinduque organized a Two-Day Orientation on Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) cum Stakeholder’s Consultation at Pinky’s Taha, Beach Resort, Pangi, Gasan, Marinduque on February 10-11, 2017, facilitated by Dolores Nuevas, GIZ Senior Coordinator on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA).

During the first day, Ms. Nuevas appealed to the participants through the words “Appreciate, Internalize and Act!” which according to her was the objective of the orientation. The SIAD is a policy framework for localizing development, promoting environmental integrity while creating social enterprise thru Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) approach which intends to create Ridge to Reef approach.

Afterwards, Jhoanne Kris Sager, representative of the Provincial Planning Development Office (PPDO) presented the Status of the Enhanced Provincial Development Physical Framework Plan of Marinduque CY 2016-2025.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr. presented the overview, principles and guidelines in the implementation of SIAD approach. His discussion includes the steps in the formulation of SIAD plan giving emphasis on the importance of stakeholders’ participation, assessment of area while taking into consideration the importance of identifying river basins and watershed during the plan preparation. It was followed by the inspiring words, encouragements and visions of Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco for Marinduque, uttering his love for the province. He emphasized that Marinduque can be a potential tourist destination if there is a clear vision for tourism development. He further explained his economic plans for the province highlighting the major role of bamboo industry that he intended to introduce in the province through the SIAD approach.

During the workshop proper, the stakeholders composed of National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were grouped into three category namely: Ridge/Upland/Forest, Agricultural Landscapes and Coastal/Marine Ecosystem Group based on the type of ecosystem particular in their municipality. They were to identify the characteristics of the area, attributes and strengths of their ecosystem that will emanate development.

On the second day, the stakeholders mapping was conducted. The three groups (based on grouping in Day 1) were tasked to identify and discuss particular roles and linkages of each stakeholder in the implementation of the SIAD. Also, they were to come up with intervention that will facilitate in the achievement of goals and aspiration of the program. Then, outputs were presented through a group representative and consolidated by the facilitator.

Lastly, OIC, PENRO Imelda M. Diaz identified stakeholders who will be part of the SIAD Technical Working Group (TWG) that will provide assistance in the SIAD Team  in the smooth implementation of the program.###