Pilar News

  • The Pilar Municipal Marine Park

    The Pilar Municipal Marine Park

    In 2009 the Pilar Marine Park in the Municipality of Pilar was awarded the prestigious "Most outstanding Marine Protected Area of the Philippines" prize by the MPA Support Network (MSN) and its partners for being the most effectively managed marine protected area which applied to the awards.

    The Pilar Municipal Marine Park (PMMP), located in the Camotes Sea, consists of a 30 hectares sanctuary which benefits from complete protection and a 149 hectares reserve where less invasive methods such as gleaning, hook and line and spear fishing are still allowed but any net fishing is not.

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  • The MPA Awards And Recognition

    The MPA Awards And Recognition

    Twelve coastal municipalities were recognized for good governance in managing and sustaining marine protected areas (MPA) at the start of the 3-day 2nd Conference of Coastal Municipalities of the Philippines last June 28. Chosen from 70 nominees across the country, the 12 municipalities went through a selection process that considered the size of the MPA (minimum of 20 ha), the presence of strong community involvement, effective enforcement, and the degree of cooperation between the local government, volunteers and local community.

    The search, called the MPA Awards and Recognition (MAR), is ...

  • Everybody Needs To Walk The Talk And Do Their Share

    Hazel Arceo, CRM Coordinator of EcoGov, explains that "When fishers walk their talk, it is a very powerful deterrent to their fellow fishers who may be inclined to destructive practices. One sees in the fish wardens of Pilar a strong commitment to make their efforts bear fruit and slowly they are being rewarded for their efforts through healthier habitats that yield more fish for them and their families."

    Arceo expresses "a great hope in what Pilar can do to reverse the decline in the status of their coastal and marine habitats." "Pilar has what it takes to ensure that there will be food fr ...

  • Pilar Seeks Text Votes To Win NatGeo Contest

    The municipality of Pilar in Camotes Island needs your help in winning an environment-themed contest that will showcase their ecology projects to the world.

    During yesterday's Weekly Kapihan forum, Pilar Mayor Jesus Fernandez Jr. asked Cebuanos to vote for Pilar town in the Global Solution Search, a contest spearheaded by Rare.org and National Geographic's Solution Search.

    The winner of the search will receive a $20,000 cash prize.

    "We joined the contest not only so we can share our projects to marine conservation practitioners but also to encourage more people to do more for our envi ...

  • Pilar In Top 10 Needs Online Votes

    The island municipality of Pilar in Cebu was chosen as one of the ten finalists in the Global Solution Search for Top Community-Based Marine Conservation Projects sponsored by Rare Conservation and National Geographic.

    This qualifies the municipality to win $20,000 if chosen to be the overall winner in the ongoing search via on-line voting and a video exposure on National Geographic's Ocean website.

    There were more than 100 entries submitted from 48 countries while three entries come from the Philippines.

    Of the country's three entries, only the municipality of Pilar made it to the to ...

  • Pilar Marine Park Qualifies In Global Green Solutions Contest

    Government officials from the Municipality of Pilar, Camotes, Cebu, urged Filipinos, especially the Cebuanos, to vote for the Pilar Municipal Marine Park the same way that it did for the Puerto Princesa Underground River that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

    The PMMP made it to the top 10 finalists in the Rare and National Geographic search for community-based solutions for global environmental issues specifically innovations for near-shore fisheries based on proven successes.

    Mayor Jesus Fernandez Jr. and Vice Mayor Eufracio Maratas Jr. yesterday said that it is already an honor ...