A hawksbill sea turtle was released back into its natural habitat by Mayor Sun J. Shimura today, November 14. The turtle was released off the seawater of barangay Poblacion at sitio Mahayahay wharf.
Measuring 14 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and weighing 5 kilograms, the turtle was surrendered to Daanbantayan Police Station by fisherman Reymond Bug-ot who accidentally caught the endangered specie along the coast of sitio Bandilaan in barangay Bagay. It was then turned-over by police personnel led by Patrolman Jeramy Villanca to LGU thru the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) Head Mamerto Q. Rodrigo.
The hawksbill sea turtle contained a geotag bearing serial number PH1213K and its flipside PCP-PAWB-DENR-QC-PHILS110.
Mayor Sun J.Shimura led the turn-over of the Level II Pump Driven Water System to the recipient-barangay of Bateria today, November 5, 2019. Situated in Sitio Mohon, the construction and expansion of existing level II water system was the sub-project of KALAHI-CIDDS.
Joining Mayor Sun during the turn-over ceremony of the certificate of project completion and key of responsibility were Barangay Captain Nancy Cometa, KALAHI-CIDDS Program Manager Todd Sales and Engr. Helen Ybanez. Afterwards, officers of Bateria Rural Water Sanitation Association took their oath of office and certificates of recognition were presented to the community volunteers.
In response to reports of dynamite or blast fishing in the municipal water, the local government unit (LGU) of Daanbantayan under the leadership of Mayor Sun J. Shimura has intensified its campaign against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Mayor Shimura, together with the Bantay Dagat, Civil Security Officer Renato Benatiro and Daanbantayan Police Chief PMAJ William Homoc, conducted meetings and dialogues with fisher folks of Brgy. Tapilon, Sitio Tagasa Maya, and fishermen associations.
During the dialogue, the fishermen were made to understand about the detrimental effects of blast fishing to our local economy and the marine ecosystem. Blast fishing create an unsafe feeling for tourist divers and put their well being at risk that could jeopardize our reputation as a safe diving destination. In addition, using dynamite instantly kills fish and destroys both the food chain and the corals where the fish nest and grow. The mayor assured them that they have the freedom to fish in the municipal water, adding that fishers in other and nearby towns are prohibited from our fishing grounds so that local fisher folks can enjoy the bounty of our sea. He reminded them, however, that method of fishing must be within the parameters of law. Mayor Shimura averred that the LGU is continually doing everything to protect the interest of our fishermen for as long as they refrain from engaging in illegal fishing activities, particularly dynamite or blast fishing.
The fishermen have agreed to work with the LGU to curb, if not eliminate, illegal fishing and vowed to become stewards of the ocean. They reaffirmed their commitment to stop fish-bombing activities to ensure that safety and well-being of tourists and recreational divers are given utmost importance towards sustainable dive tourism. Not to mention that we have deputized fish wardens and this lately we have purchased a speedboat to strongly and seriously address the matter.
Mayor Sun J. Shimura lauded the Department of Agriculture Region VII, Municipal Agriculture Office and farmers associations for producing quality grain and high corn yields from the Corn Demo Farm project located at Sitio Purgason in Barangay Maya. Addressing participants during the Field Day and ceremonial harvest of the 50-hectare demo farm, Mayor Shimura said that locally-produced corn is expected to sustain the needed 42,000 kilos for the 8,211 senior citizens of Daanbantayan who will receive 5 kilos of corn in addition to P1,000.00 financial aid to be distributed this coming December.
The corn model farm showcases the technologies on seed selection, planting and plant spacing, water and pest management as well as fertilizer application thereby improving the quality of corn as compared to that of the farmers’ practice.
Gracing the activity were SB Member Ali Abucay, who both chair the Committees on Agriculture and Appropriation, Department of Agriculture Representative Robert Reyes, Brgy. Capt. Ellein Conje, and Barangay Maya officials. Project beneficiary is the Purgason Maya Farmers Association (PURMAFA).
Mayor Sun J. Shimura, along with SB Chair on Agriculture Ali Abucay and Municipal Agriculturist Maria Lina Jugan, yesterday spearheaded the field tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the start of corn harvest of the Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Area (SCoPSA) Project located in Barangay Dalingding. The 3-hectare farm is also planted with other crops, including banana, papaya, and hot pepper.
The SCopSa project aims at helping farmers utilize sloping land area and at the same time will not harm the soil due to reduced soil erosion. This sustainable land use management will not only enhance corn production but also restores ecological balance in sloping areas cultivated with the said crop.
Funded by the Department of Agriculture-7 in coordination with the Provincial Agriculturist Office, project beneficiaries of SCopSa are the Toril Sugarcane Workers Association (TOSWA) and Panaghugpong Kusog Sa Dalingding (PAKUDA).