Integrated Coastal and Marine Resources Management Center (ICMRMC)
The center is a national project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) designed for the establishment of regional centers across the country for coastal and marine resources management. The Cebu Technological University-Main Campus was selected as a host HEI for region 7. The establishment of the center is anchored upon the instruction, research and extension functions of Cebu Technological University in the region.
Sustainable management of coastal resources will subsequently be translated into increased income for coastal communities in the region.
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.
Establish a sustainably managed RIC by a pool of experts on ICRM;
Support and promote the ICRM initiatives of local government units and coastal communities;
Initiate and mobilize the RICnet in undertaking ICRM related activities and projects; and sustain the best practices of ICRM in Region VII.
Engage in the conduct of collaborative scientific research programs and projects that covers ridge to reef research agenda;
Encourage the participation of local residents in coastal and marine biodiversity conservation for sustainable utilization of coastal and marine resources; and
Conduct training on coastal and marine biodiversity assessment focusing on three major ecosystems (coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forest).
Collaborate with the stakeholders including LGUs, government agencies and coastal community organizations;
Monitor the collection of coastal and marine products sold in the local market;
Assess the development of the Marine Protected Areas in region 7; and
Contribute to the scientific generation of knowledge concerning the conservation and utilization of coastal and marine resources.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
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 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 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 on how to effectively and efficiently manage their own resources is the domain of extension.