ICMRM

Integrated Coastal and Marine Resources Management(ICMRM)

Cebu Technological University Carmen Campus 

RDE Center Director: Dr. Raamah Rosales

Bio-description of the Center Director

Dr. Raamah Rosales is a resident of Cebu Island, Central Philippines. He finished his Master’s and PhD degrees major in Biology at the University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus. In June 2015, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Center (ICRM Center) of the Cebu Technological University. Some of the projects he conducted included parasite infestation on cultured fishes, biodiversity and vulnerability assessment of coastal resources. In June 2017, he was accepted as full-time faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences.

In August 2018, he was designated as the Director of the ICRM Center. He continued to work on coastal vulnerability assessment in coastal communities along the northern part of Cebu Island. He has established partnerships with local governments units, University of San Carlos – Biology Department and JPIC – IDC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center, Inc.) for the implementation of a project entitled “Adaptation to climate change and enhancement of the resilience of small – scale fishers from 12 villages in Bogo Bay, Cebu Philippines”. He is also involved in a CHED – DARE TO project with the Visayas State University on “Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Camotes and Cuatro Islands, Camotes Sea, Central Philippines for Sustainable Marine Economy”.

He is currently involved in a national project funded by DOST – PCAARRD entitled “Biodiversity Assessment of Flora and Fauna in Cebu Island Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)”. The study aims to establish an inventory of the flora and fauna of the last remaining forest patches in Cebu Island.
He is tasked to study the malacofauna and to determine the DNA barcode of the plants in the KBA.

He has observed that disturbances in the forest areas of the island have adverse effects to the coastal communities due to ecological interplay of ecosystem network. The study shall provide essential information for policy/decision makers in protecting and conserving the biodiversity of the island for both the terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Description of the Center

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) contracted Silliman University in the establishment and the initial operation of the Regional Integrated Coastal Resources Management (ICRM) Centers or RICs in three project areas in the pre-identified regions in the country.

The provinces assigned to Silliman University where the RICs will be established were Masbate for Region V in Luzon, Cebu for Region VII in the Visayas, and Davao Oriental for Region XI in Mindanao. The project is funded through a loan by the Philippine government from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

The RICs have to be established in higher education institutions (HEIs) which were evaluated by the Silliman University Project Team and eventually designated by DENR as hosts for their respective regions. The designated schools are Masbate School of Fisheries – Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (MSF – TESDA), Cebu Technological University (CTU), and Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST). The case of Masbate School of Fisheries – TESDA is an exception because it is only a vocational school and does not offer four-year degree courses; but it is the only school in the province that offers programs related to coastal resource management.

Anchoring the establishment of the RIC on the instruction, research and extension functions of Cebu Technological University would give ICRMP greater chances of becoming sustainable in the region. The offering of training activities, subjects and degree programs on biodiversity conservation and CRM will be the domain of instruction. To enhance its knowledge production about local environmental resources and problems which can be utilized for instructional and community mobilization purposes is the domain of research. Utilizing the data and technology generated from research to inform and capacitate the local stakeholders how to effectively and efficiently manage their own resources is the domain of extension.

Mission

The CTU- ICRM Center shall become the hub for biodiversity monitoring and research, training and demonstration activities, and focal institution for information, education,and communication activities.

Goals


1. establish a sustainably managed RIC by a pool of experts on ICRM;

2. support and promote the ICRM initiatives of local government units and

coastal communities;

GAA Approved Projects

Two (2) projects approved under GAA entitled “Coral Recruitment Rates and Fish Aggregations of Two Marine Protected Areas in Bogo Bay, Cebu Island, Philippines and “Anthropogenic Effects on Plankton Diversity and Density in Bogo Bay, Cebu Island, Philippines” at St. Mark Hotel, Cebu City for 2019-2020 project duration.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork on the Collaborative DARETO Project entitled “Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Camotes and Cuatro Islands, Camotes Sea, Central Philippines for Sustainable Marine Economy” with Visayan State University at Camotes Island, Cebu on February 11-13, 2019

Fieldwork on the Collaborative DARETO Project entitled “Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Camotes and Cuatro Islands, Camotes Sea, Central Philippines for Sustainable Marine Economy” with Visayan State University at Camotes Island, Cebu on February 11-13, 2019

On-going Research Projects

 Flora and Fauna Assessment using Permanent Biodiversity Management System (BMS) in Cebu Island Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) – (DOST-PCAARRD)

 Marine Biodiversity Conservation In Camotes And Cuatro Islands, Camotes Sea, Central Philippines For Sustainable Marine Economy (DARETO) – collaborative research with Visayan State University

 One (1) Lot-SM 6-Stakeholders Satisfaction Rating Qualitative Study for Passengers and Concessionaires Satisfaction Survey Through Third Party 2018-2019 – MCIAA

For more information, please contact Dr. Raamah Rosales.