National Search for Outstanding Coastal Community


The Philippine’s fisheries is one of the most exploited resources in Southeast Asia. Majority of the coastal areas are depleted and most marine habitats are damaged. Marine environmental issues often identified are destruction of sensitive coastal ecosystems i.e. coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves; overexploitation of fishery resources and destructive fishing practices which indirectly affects livelihood of sustenance fisherfolk. These factors have deleterious, and sometimes irreversible, negative impacts on fisheries, and thereby endanger sustainable fisheries resource utilization.

The importance of resource management is more pronounced in developing countries like the Philippines, where fisheries play a dominant role as a source of food, employment and export earnings. Coastal resource management (CRM) is one of the major strategies to address the varied, wide-ranging and often interconnected issues that impact coastal areas. In fisheries, CRM is synonymous to ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM). It is best accomplished in a participatory manner of planning, implementing and monitoring sustainable uses of coastal/marine resources through collective action and sound decision-making. RA 8550: The Fisheries Code of 1998 and RA10654: RA 8550 as Amended are the legal frameworks for such strategy.

There are more than 900 coastal municipalities and cities with varied degrees of coastal resource management efforts. Aware of the challenges in sustainably managing coastal/marine resources in an archipelago such as the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) advocates, as one of his banner programs, the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK). MMK program aims to promote fisheries protection and conservation, centers on the significance of sustainably managing our fisheries and aquatic resources, and promotes stakeholder engagement to the cause of resource protection and conservation.


General Objective:

The Search for “Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan” aims to recognize outstanding initiatives and contributions of coastal municipalities/cities to sustainable fisheries development.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To identify coastal municipalities/cities that:
  1. Have exemplary initiatives and accomplishment in the effort against illegal fishing and observance of ecosystem approach to fisheries resource management measures such as off-fishing season and ban on the collection of endangered species, among others;
  2. Have established, formulated and adopted Marine Protected Area (MPA) or
    Fisheries Managed Area;
  3. Have kept coastal waters clean of domestic solid and/or liquid wastes, garbage or industrial effluence flowing to the sea as a result of innovative waste management or other programs;
  4. Have a successful mangrove protection and rehabilitation program;
  5. Have accomplished or implemented unique or innovative operational schemes on coastal resource management;
  6. Have initiated programs with LGU-funded budget for coastal/fisheries resource management;
  1. To document the best practices and strategies of these outstanding municipalities/cities and promote their replication or adoption among other LGUs

  2. To encourage other LGUs to:
  1. Adopt best practices and promote awareness on conservation, management and sustainable development of the municipal waters and provide sufficient funds for these endeavors;
  2. Encourage active participation on the implementation of Municipal Fisheries Ordinance, RA 8550 as amended by RA 10654 and other pertinent laws;
  3. Enhance partnership between LGUs, other line agencies and the fishing community in the management of fisheries and coastal resources.


In the first year of project implementation, MMK shall be limited to coastal municipalities and cities. However, in the succeeding years of implementation, the project shall be expanded to include inland ecosystems.


  1. All coastal municipalities/cities that have relevant programs and projects based on the criteria which have been operational for at least one (1) year may be nominated or participate in the search.
  2. Nomination must be done through or by the Office of the Municipal/City Mayor of the municipal/city government.
  3. Nomination forms shall be distributed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) or can be downloaded from the BFAR’s website.
  4. Duly accomplished nomination forms and documentary requirements shall be submitted to the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for regional technical evaluation. Deadline for submission shall be on or before 29 November 2016.
  5. There shall only be one national winner for outstanding municipality/city that shall bear the title of “Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan”.
  6. The National Technical Search Committee’s (NTSC) decision is final and irrevocable once declared by the National Steering Committee (NSC) and affirmed by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
  7. A national winner can still compete the following year after winning. However, if the same coastal municipality/city consistently bags the 1st prize for three consecutive years, it will be disqualified to join the contest on the fourth year and shall become a Hall of Famer.
  8. Timeline:
Activity Dates
LGU Submission of Nomination 29 November 2016
Regional Evaluation 1-6 December 2016
1st Level of National Evaluation (desk evaluation) 7-10 December 2016
2nd Level of National Evaluation (field evaluation) 12-16 December 2016
Approval of National Steering Committee 19-21 December 2016
Awarding 27, 28, 29 December 2016


A. Documentary Requirements

  1. MMK Documentation

The MMK Documentation shall be prepared by the nominated coastal municipality/city to be assisted by the fisheries technician of the Office of the Municipal/City Agriculturist. The Municipal/City Agriculturist shall attest to the veracity and completeness of the information compiled in a scrap book.

The Documentation shall contain the following documents:

  1. Title Page
  2. Certification by the coastal Municipal/City Agriculturist attesting the veracity and completeness of the information contained in the Documentation.
  3. Table of Contents
  1. Municipal Fisheries Profile
  2. Summary of Accomplishments
  3. Discussion of Major Points (Criteria)
  4. Nomination Form (please see Annex I)
  5. Annexes

These documents shall:

  1. Be prepared using A4 size paper, and appropriately bound.
  2. There shall be page numbering, to be reflected in the Table of Contents.
  3. It shall not exceed 100 pages, excluding annexes.
  4. An electronic copy of all contents of the scrapbook must be submitted to the NTSC in a CD.
  1. Regional Technical Search Committee Documents

The Regional Technical Search Committee shall submit the following documents of the regional nominee to the National Technical Search Committee in aid of evaluation:

  1. Audio-visual presentation about the coastal municipality/city and its accomplishments (maximum of 30 minutes, in DVD).
  2. Short video footages of the coastal municipality/city’s operational activities and other features that should be given special focus may be submitted. This should also be in DVD. iii. Evaluation form accomplished and signed by the Chairperson of the Regional Technical Search Committee.
  3. Descriptive evaluation of the regional nominee duly signed by the chairperson of the regional technical search committee.

B. Evaluation Process

The search and evaluation process shall be conducted starting at the Regional Level and ends at the National Level. The Regional Technical Search Committee (RTSC) shall be organized and headed by the BFAR Regional Director. The RTSC shall evaluate the candidates using the criteria and evaluation process set herein. Furthermore, they shall determine and endorse the top regional winner to the National Technical Search Committee.

Chairperson BFAR Regional Director
Vice Chairperson DA Regional Executive Director
Members DENR Regional Representative
DILG Regional Representative
Philippine Coast Guard Regional Representative
Secretariat BFAR Regional Staff

The National Technical Search Committee (NTSC) shall be composed of DA-BFAR technical personnel for the purpose.

Chair Sandra Victoria R. Arcamo, Fisheries Resource Management Division
Members Melanie Guerra, Fisheries Planning and Economic Division
Nilo S. Katada, Fisheries Resource Protection and Law Enforcement Team
Mildred M. Buazon, Administrative Division
Abigail Javier, National Brackishwater Fisheries Technology Center
Secretariat Nazario Briguera, Information and Public Relations Group

The NTSC shall conduct two-stage evaluation of the 15 regional nominees: 1.) desk evaluation to determine the shortlist of five (5) finalists, and 2.) field validation to identify the top three (3) finalists. The results of the screening and field validation shall be submitted to the NSC.

Considering the very tight schedule to do the field evaluation, the NTSC shall conduct simultaneous field validation. The field evaluators are as follows:

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5
Chair Sandra V.R. Arcamo, FRMD Mildred M. Buazon, Admin Melanie Guerra, FPED Nilo S. Katada, FRFLET Abigail Javier, NBFTC
Members Rafael Ramiscal, CFD Bernadette Soliven, FRMD Mercedita Tan, FRMD Renezaldy Porlaje, FRMD Janice Tuante, FRMD
Elymir AR-J Tunacao, FPED Ronnie Romero,NFRDI Efren Hilario, CFD Marylene Mandreza, CFD November Romena, CFD
Ohjee Cabilogan Reli Garcia, FRFLET Lito Arnuco Crejay Lacena, FRFLET Leah Myr Cadapan, IFAD
Francisco Torres Jr., NFRDI Nasser Briguera, IPRG Rosarie Arreza, FPED Ada Corina Togonon, FPED Marco Perez, NFRDI
Regional DA rep Regional DA rep Regional DA rep Regional DA rep Regional DA rep
Regional DENR rep Regional DENR rep Regional DENR rep Regional DENR rep Regional DENR rep
Regional DILG rep Regional DILG rep Regional DILG rep Regional DILG rep Regional DILG rep
Regional PCG rep Regional PCG rep Regional PCG rep Regional PCG rep Regional PCG rep
Secretariat Micah Manalo, IPRG Robert Roca, FRMD Glaiza Hernandez, IPRG Elizabeth Illavera, FRMD Adrian Mendizabal, IPRG

The National Steering Committee (NSC) is tasked to provide policy guidelines for the search, ensure availability of financial requirements in the implementation of the awards, approve and declare the winners. The composition of the NSC is as follows.

Chairperson DA Undersecretary for Fisheries
Vice Chairperson DA Undersecretary for Admin and Fiance and Acting Chief of Staff
Secretariat Chair: Drusila Esther E. Bayate, BFAR Assistant Director

  1. Dr. Ulysses Montojo, NFRDI
  2. Florida Dieta, NBFTC
  3. Abraham Perez, BFAR
  4. Julio Casillan, BFAR Consultant

The NSC shall review and concur the results provided by the NTSC and endorse the top three winners to the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture for his affirmation.

In each of the levels of evaluation, the scoring system shall be used. Every evaluator shall rate the nominee and give point scores using the set of criteria and point system discussed below. The total score for each nominee is determined by adding the scores garnered in all criteria. The total scores of the evaluators shall then be tallied to identify who among the nominees got the highest score.

The search committee in each level of evaluation will be guided by an internal rules and regulations governing cases that require the committee’s decision (e.g., how to break a tie, cut-off score but not below 85%, etc.); however, these rules and regulations must be determined prior to actual evaluation so as not to impede the objectivity of the search. Only cases not identified prior to actual evaluation shall be resolved in the course of the process or elevated to higher body for resolution.

VI. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION (please see next page and Annex II)


The most outstanding MMK winners shall receive the following award in the form of fisheries livelihood projects:

Category National Regional
First Prize Plaque + P 20,000, 000 Plaque + P 2, 000, 000
Second Prize Plaque + P 5,000, 000 Plaque + P 1, 000, 000
Third Prize Plaque + P 3,000, 000 Plaque + P 500, 000

Evaluation Criteria

Annex I Evaluation Form

Evaluation Criteria