Siargao Island – The Municipality of Del Carmen in Siargao Island was recently named Caraga Region’s grand winner in the Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program of the Department of Agriculture -Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, which recognizes the most outstanding coastal communities across the archipelago.

Del Carmen Mangrove Forest by Erwin Mascarinas photo via DOT

Situated off the mainland of Surigao Del Norte province, the town was awarded for its exemplary efforts in protecting and conserving its marine environment set by the BFAR.

The MMK program has five general criteria: the absence of illegal fishing, observance of the closed fishing season, the establishment of marine protected areas, clean coastal waters without domestic and industrial wastes, and effective mangrove protection and rehabilitation programs.

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