MPIF Grants P1.5M on Marine Conservation for Mabini Batangas LGU
MPIF President Melody del Rosario, and SIU Board Advisor Romy during the MOA signing
MPIF, as the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, has always been at the forefront of environmental initiatives. One of its flagship programs is the Marine Protection, Inspection, and Conservation Guardians (MPIC Guardians), an undertaking aimed at preserving the country’s coastal and marine biodiversity. Through this agreement, MPIF commits to allocate P1.5M over 3 years to cover training, allowances, uniforms, equipment, and logistical support to implement the MPIC Guardians program in Mabini.
Partnering with MPIF, the Municipality of Mabini will play an essential role in ensuring the success of the project. They will provide management and monitoring support, collaborate with aligned national government agencies, and institutionalize the project through council resolutions and ordinances.
Beyond the marine conservation efforts, both parties expressed their desire to promote and support other programs initiated by MPIF. These include the Shore It Up Weekend which seeks to raise awareness and encourage participation in environmental protection initiatives not only in Mabini but also in other local government units and national government agencies.
Nestled along the pristine shores of Batangas, Mabini boasts a hidden gem that plays a vital role in preserving marine life diversity and its sustainable conservation. Blessed with a diverse range of marine ecosystems, there are four designated marine protected areas (MPA) acting as sanctuaries that help alleviate human-induced pressures on these habitats and their inhabitants. These MPAs are Batong Buhay in Barangay Ligaya, Cathedral Rock in Barangay Bagalangit, Arthurs Rock and Twin Rocks, both in Barangay San Teodoro.
Stewards of the Sea
The Marine Guardians of MPIF are local fish wardens or “Bantay Dagat”— individuals committed to the conservation of marine biodiversity in Mabini. By actively monitoring the MPAs, these dedicated guardians play a crucial role in ensuring the integrity of these protected areas. Their presence acts as a deterrent to illegal fishing practices, pollution, and other harmful activities that pose a threat to the marine ecosystem.
Melody del Rosario, President of Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, stated, “The pivotal role which will be played by the Marine Guardians of MPIF in monitoring and protecting the MPAs of Mabini cannot be overstated. These dedicated individuals are safeguarding the marine biodiversity within the Verde Island Passage, ensuring its preservation for future generations.”
Mayor Nilo Villanueva of Mabini expressed his gratitude for the continuous support provided by MPIF during challenging times. “As municipal mayor, whatever programs that the municipal government has relating to marine conservation, will not succeed unless there is a willing partner to promote environmental protection. This afternoon, I express thanks to MPIF in initiating this program. MPIF’s efforts in choosing the Municipality of Mabini in this very noble endeavor, marine protection and marine conservation.”
Hon. Leonido Bantugon, Vice Mayor of Mabini, Mr. Romy Trono and Dr. AA Yaptinchay, both SIU Board of Advisors, and Jake Calangi, President of the Resort Owners Association of Mabini, were also present during the signing ceremony.
The Verde Island Passage
The Verde Island Passage, located just off the coast of Mabini, is recognized as one of the most biologically diverse marine areas globally. It is home to over 300 species of corals and more than 1,700 species of fish. The MPAs in Mabini function as vital stepping stones in conserving this ecological jewel, ensuring the continued existence of its remarkable biodiversity.
The pivotal role played by the Marine Guardians of MPIF in monitoring and protecting the MPAs of Mabini cannot be overstated. As the Marine Guardians continue to champion the cause of marine conservation, they sow the seeds for a sustainable future, not only for Mabini but also for the entire Verde Island Passage.
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation goes beyond just the interests of its firms by integrating CSR into its business model and by embracing responsibility for its companies’ actions, thereby creating a positive impact through its activities on environment, employees, communities and stakeholders.
Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, Inc.’s (MPIF) strategic program has evolved throughout its ten years of existence and is now geared towards three fronts of Social Infrastructure: Education, Environment and Economic Empowerment. In line with Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s (MPIC) commitment to nation-building, MPIF seeks to complement MPIC’s efforts on the hard front of infrastructure development MPIF is committed to implementing all its programs – especially to benefit communities, organizations, families and individuals in the areas in which MPIC portfolio companies operate. As MPIC continues to grow and expand, so will MPIF’s involvement and participation in noteworthy and transformative corporate social responsibility initiatives continue to evolve.
MPIF is committed to implementing all its programs – especially to benefit communities, organizations, families and individuals in the areas in which MPIC portfolio companies operate. As MPIC continues to grow and expand, so will MPIF’s involvement and participation in noteworthy and transformative corporate social responsibility initiatives continue to evolve.
For further information, please contact:
Melody del Rosario
9th Floor, Tower 1
Rockwell Business Center
Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City 1604
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