Wetlands Caravan:  1st Ticao Island Environment Congress
“Healthy Island – Wealthy People:  Conserving Ticao Island’s Natural Wealth
to Sustain Present and Future Generations”

Venue: San Jacinto Central School
San Jacinto, Masbate
Date: 29 April 2008
Partners: Municipality of San Jacinto
Philippine Sustainable Development Network
Unilever Philippines
DENR – Community Environment Office

Various stakeholders of Ticao Island, Masbate gathered on 29 April 2008 at the San Jacinto Central School for the Ticao Island Environment Congress.  Issues and concerns such as destructive fishing activities, quarrying, coastal mining (sand and gravel), coral degradation, deforestation, poor agricultural practices, solid waste management were discussed to come up with local actions that will focus on the connectivity maintaining healthy island ecosystem and their contributions to improvement of human health (life) and as source of clean water, food and livelihood.

The holding of the event, which was spearheaded by the local government of San Jacinto, have these objectives –

  • to raise the awareness of the all stakeholders on the state of the environment and natural resources of Ticao Island: importance,  functions and benefits,  present status  and the need for their conservation
  • to craft an Island-wide vision and agenda for sustainable development of Ticao Island.
  • to create a critical mass of local advocates that will promote this local vision and agenda
  • to identify priority activities for immediate implementation.

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Congressman Narciso B. Bravo of the 1st District of Masbate and Vice Governor Vincent Homer B. Revil of Masbate gracing the event.


Mayor Leny Arcenas of San Jacinto and the Regional Technical Director for Forestry of the DENR Region V, Mr. Pobleo Florece were there to participate in the event.