The City Council last week ratified the Memorandum of Agreement for the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance. The alliance involves the governments of Misamis Oriental and different coastal municipalities of El Salvador, Alubijid, Balingasag, Binuangan, Jasaan, Kinoguitan, Lagonglong, Laguindingan, Opol, Salay, Sugbongcogon, Tagoloan, and Villanueva.
Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Vicente Emano expressed optimism that the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance by and between the city and different coastal municipalities will not only boost efforts to protect aquatic resources but will also pave the way for the development of the marine industry.
The alliance shall formulate policies and guidelines relevant to the rehabilitation, management, proper utilization and protection of the Macajalar Bay and make the necessary recommendations to local government units. It shall also coordinate all plans with concerned government agencies; conduct and facilitate trainings in integrated coastal management and other related activities.
The alliance shall likewise negotiate and secure financial assistance, create adhoc units if necessary and serve as an advisory body to local government units on matters relating to bay management.
Meanwhile, based on the MOA, local government units of the member coastal municipalities shall harmonize existing protocols for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective coastal management plans, provide support to and coordinate activities of concerned coastal barangays as well as build, develop and strengthen local capacity for coastal resources management, among others.