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PPA unveils PH Biggest PassengerPort Terminal Bldg in Cagayan de Oro

July 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) inaugurates on July 15, 2019 the Philippines’s biggest seaport Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) in the Port of Cagayan de Oro, Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City. “The construction of this brand new building will greatly strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao. Once we inaugurate this on July 15, we are opening Cagayan De Oro to the nation and to the rest of the world as we pursue progress for our seaports,” said PPA General Manager Jay Santiago in a statement. Santiago said the new P 276.705 million facility would boost opportunities for economic growth and tourism, not only in the city or in the province of Misamis Oriental, but for the entire Northern Mindanao. Through the expansion project, the new PTB can now accommodate up to 3,000 sea passengers daily, triple its previous passenger capacity of 1,000. The only port in the country managed and operated by the Philippine Ports Authority with such a facility, the 18,150.50 sq.m. Passenger Terminal Complex houses three (3) major structures: the 2-Storey Passenger Terminal Building, the ground floor of which has a 1,176 passenger seating-capacity and the second floor of which has a 1,221 passenger-seating capacity; Waiting Area for arriving passengers; and the Security Checkpoint Facility 1 for embarking passengers. The Complex also has a queuing area for Taxis/PUVs; a designated area for ticketing outlets; covered walkways; open spaces for parking with carbon sink areas containing mature trees and some plants. The Passenger Terminal Building contains facilities and GAD amenities for the safety, security, comfort and convenience of the passengers including Security Checkpoint 2 with X-Ray scanner for luggage/baggage, body scanner, CCTVs; Security Office; Office for PTC Personnel; Ballistics and Ammunitions Office; Passenger Boarding Stations; Collector’s Booth; Public Assistance and “Malasakit” Help Desks; Offices for passenger-related agencies such as (Immigration – delete),Tourism, Quarantine, City Tourist Police and Coast Guard; waiting areas; a designated green area with plant boxes; and storage room for equipment and housekeeping, among others. GAD amenities include Play Area for children; Child Care Station for breastfeeding and diaper changing; Ecumenical Prayer Rooms; Special Boarding Lane for Senior Citizens, PWDS, Pregnant Women and Women travelling with children below 2 years old; drinking fountains; separate toilet facilities for PWDs, Female and Male; a Medical Urgent Care Need Room; and Concessionaires Area for food stalls, coffee shops and pasalubong centers, among others. PPA Administrative Order No. 04-2019 which takes effect today, July 15, 2019 grants Exemption from Payment of Passenger Terminal Fee to Embarking Passengers in all PPA Ports, particularly Students, Senior Citizens, Persons with Disability and Selected Uniformed Personnel ie. AFP, PNP and the PCG in active service. PPA has remained steadfast in giving “malasakit” and service to the Filipino people as it celebrated its 45th Founding Anniversary on July 11, 2019 with the theme “Apatnapu’t limang taon na Malasakit at Serbisyo”. PPA General Manager Santiago explained that “Malasakit at Serbisyo” will be the mantra of PPA in the next 365 days with the end goal of providing “malasakit” to the Filipino people through improved port services and towards a comfortable travel experience. Besides the new PTB, the PPA will also be inaugurating its new port in Opol, Misamis Oriental and the 6-land electronic multi-gate system. Together with the ongoing extension of wharf and expansion back- up area, these three projects are part of the Port Management Office for Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro program to beef up its operational capability under its 7 Pillars of Development infrastructure program. Developed in consultation with the Philippine Liners Shipping Association (PLSA), the long-term program is geared towards sustaining the Northern Mindanao’s growth over the following decades.   Metro Cagayan de Oro is envisioned to become the Philippines 4th Metropolitan Center by 2025 along with Manila, Cebu and Davao, based on the National Spatial Strategy proposed network of settlements under the 2017-2025 edition of the Philippine Development Plan,   As a Metropolitan Center, Cagayan de Oro would serve as a center of commercial, financial, and administrative activities and a primary international gateway.   Beyond the immediate port area, the PMO-MisOr-CDO will also alleviate road congestion in its entry/exit points through the Opol port zone delineation and development project to address congestion in the West coast highways by handling all incoming cargo from the Western Misamis Oriental and Iligan City. “The development and construction of Opol Port will decongest Cagayan de Oro Port with the diversion of  tramping vessels to Luyong Bonbon, Opol, Misamis Oriental, thereby relieving the arterial roads to the port of the truck traffic and the port itself of these types of vessels” said Engr. Samuel Claro P. Fontanilla, PMO MisOr CDO engineering services division manager.  “As part of the 7 pillars program to transform the Port of Cagayan de Oro into a purely containerized port, the Port of Opol will serve as the alternate port for domestic tramping vessels to ease berth congestion at the Port of Cagayan de Oro to bring it up to UNCTAD standard,” he added.   The P264-million Opol port project will reduce standby time, shifting of vessels and optimize berth utilization at the CDO Port.   Relatedly, the 6-Lane, ISPS compliant Electronic Gate Complex through Gate 3 will relieve traffic congestion at Gate No. 2 by providing 6 lane electronic controlled access to port users and eliminate long queues at the entry point.   This facility will be fully equipped with CCTV cameras, weigh bridges for cargo, electronic gates, and payment booths. The Electronic Permit System (EPS) and Electronic Payment System (ePayment) will be eventually embedded and complemented by the LTO’s Motor Vehicle Recognition System through the use of the RFID. (as part of system (RFID).   DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade will grace the inauguration as Guest of Honor of the three key facilities Tugade commended the PPA for its efforts in completing the massive port project for the people of Cagayan de Oro. “I am thankful to GM Jay Santiago, and to the men and women of PPA, for realizing the dream of building the biggest Passenger Terminal Building in the country. This is a huge step towards giving the people of Cagayan de Oro a comfortable life through enhanced connectivity, a legacy promised by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Tugade said. “Moreover, it will strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao and gives much impact on our tourism industry where we are able to showcase and afford to both local and foreign tourists the comfort, convenience, accessibility of home, safety and security they deserved in their travel experience,” said Engr. Isidro V. Butaslac, Jr., PMO MisorCDO Port Manager. Since Butaslac assumed the stewardship of PPA’s PMO MisOr CDO in November 2014, they have attained significant milestones, foremost among of which was CDO Port’s recognition as one of the APSN Green Port Award System (GPAS) winners for 2018 among candidate ports from 18 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Butaslac, Jr. received the Certificate of Recognition, ASPN Green Port Badge, and flag banners from the APEC Port Services Network (APSN) during the annual awarding ceremony held 15 November 2018 in Singapore. Barely a month later, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) cited the PMO-MOC as a Best Practice for its environmental protection and conservation during the 2018 Government Best Practice Recognition (GBPR). The PPA Head Office endorsed the PMO MOC’s entry dubbed, “Philippine Ports Authority—Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PMO MOC): Fostering a Green Culture for Port Operations and Management,” highlighted its initiatives for environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability through the employment of technology; issuance and compliance with environmental policies and mandates; and inculcating environmental awareness among port stakeholders. Operationally, the PMO has addressed berthing congestion (already over 100% eight years ago) by segregating berths according to type of cargo of the berthing vessel:  Berths 1 to 6 for break bulk; 8,9, and 10 for containerized; and bulk liquids, solids at the end 12 & 13 for deep draft vessels. In addition, the port is undertaking dredging to a uniform depth of 13 meters to meet international standards. As a complement to the berthing classification, the PMO has also proposed for consideration as a high-impact project, the provision of a break bulk receiving facility at area “A” to enhance palletizing operations, ensure and improve safe and healthy working conditions to dockworkers and other port users, and preserve or protect perishable cargoes from environmental hazards and exposure to extreme weather.  The project is situated about 200 meters from where Mediterranean type vessels carrying cargoes to be palletized are berthed. Trucks will no longer enter the port area so as not to congest its operational yard and port roads. Security, yard congestion, entry of irrelevant personnel, and safety concerns are expected to be attained since cargo trucks will no longer have to enter the port operational area proper. On top of segregating the berths, the quay which has never been extended during the last six years until 2015 was extended by another 150 meters, to be eventually lengthened up to 700 meters over the next 20 years. Not the least, the PMO replace its lighting system using solar powered LED lighting to significantly reduce power costs and pilferage of power cable wires.

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LGU, Private Sector laud PPA for PHs Biggest Port Passenger Terminal Bldg

July 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO – Local government units and private sector organizations in Northern Mindanao have lauded the opening today of the biggest seaport Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) in the Philippines at the Cagayan de Oro Port in Bgy. Macabalan. Lodged in a two-storey building with a total floor area of 5,597 square meters, the new CDO Port PTB boasts of a 1,176-passenger seating capacity on its ground floor, and a 1,221-passenger seating capacity on its second floor. According to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, the new facility is eyed to boost opportunities for economic growth and tourism, not only in the city or in the province of Misamis Oriental, but for the whole of Northern Mindanao. “The construction of this brand new building will greatly strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao. Once we inaugurate this on July 15, we are opening Cagayan De Oro to the nation and to the rest of the world as we pursue progress for our seaports,” Santiago said. Through the expansion project, the new PTB can now accommodate up to 3,000 sea passengers daily, triple its previous passenger capacity of 1,000. Besides the new PTB, PPA will also inaugurate its new port development in Opol, Misamis Oriental and the 6-lane electronic gate complex at Cagayan de Oro Port. “The new PPA Passenger Terminal Building in CDO is a milestone, not just for CDO but also for Northern Mindanao and the Upper Half of Mindanao,” said Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S.  Moreno.   “With an increased (doubled) capacity of 3,000 passengers, the Terminal will serve as the Major Gateway, and CDO's very strategic location, right in the center of the Upper Half of Mindanao, provides a perfect fit for it. CDO's role as a Convergence City, a Transport, Trading and Logistics Hub, will certainly continue to grow.”    “While we welcome this strategic support of the National Government, we are also aware that we need to level up our deliverables corresponding to this marked enhancement. We are committed to do that. Not just for CDO, but also for Northern Mindanao,” he added.    “The new PPA terminal helps in communicating to business and tourism how Cagayan de Oro values its position as the gateway to the region as well as providing competitive services and facilities,” said Eileen E. San Juan, Cagayan de Oro Local Economic & Investment Promotion Officer. . San Juan expressed optimism that with a more sophisticated terminal and port, Cagayan de Oro would attract more cruise ships in addition to the ones which have been visiting the city over the past three years. According to the Department of Tourism Region 10 office, Cagayan de Oro has been a part of Expedition Cruises for the past years (e.g  Silver Explorer Company), bringing a high-end group comprising of approximately 100 persons connecting Camiguin- Surigao - and parts of the Visayas Islands. Thus, the new port can really be an excellent facility should there be another route mapping or explorations in the area. The Philippines’ largest port PTB also boasts of facilities and amenities that cater to the safety and comfort of sea passengers. These include security checkpoints with X-ray scanners for luggage, body scanners, security cameras, passenger boarding stations, assistance desks, designated green areas, play area for children, and a child care station. “I congratulate the Philippine Ports Authority and its leadership for building this modern Passenger Terminal facility which will surely enhance the comfort, security and connectivity of visitors coming from various seaports in the country while entering the booming Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro corridor and its environs,” said Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, President, Promote Normin, a private sector-led NGO advocating Northern Mindanao as a tourism and business destination.  “This excellent project will greatly improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Northern Mindanao region as a prime investment destination for business, industry and tourism,” he added. “We expect more people from Cebu and the Visayas to take the option of an overnight boat trip, visit and enjoy our landmark tourism hotspots during the day, and appreciate the amenities this modern transit facility provides as they go back on their return trip home.” DoTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade commended the PPA for its efforts in completing the massive port project for the people of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao. “I am thankful to GM Jay Santiago, and to the men and women of PPA, for realizing the dream of building the biggest Passenger Terminal Building in the country. This is a huge step towards giving the people of Cagayan de Oro a comfortable life through enhanced connectivity, a legacy promised by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Secretary Tugade said. “The construction of a new passenger terminal building in Cagayan de Oro Port will further boost domestic tourism, enabling more inbound and outbound passengers to conveniently travel to major destinations in the Visayas and Luzon. Truly a remarkable feat as far as public sector investment is concerned,” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, Region X Governor, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). As reported by Maritime Review, the Port of Cagayan de Oro, an international seaport in Mindanao, is the most modern outside Metro Manila. The seabed off the port is steep and reaches 1,000 meters deep at the entrance of the Macajalar Bay, which has a wide mouth. Anchorage is ideal for transnational vessels with a depth of 18 meters, and is approximately 400 meters from the shoreline. The depth of safe anchorage is 60 fathoms. It has 14 berthing areas with varying drafts from 8-13 meters, totaling 954 meters, 1 RORO ramp, two 50-ton weighbridges, 126 reefer outlets, 2 hectares of open storage areas, and a 5,500 sqm container freight station. The port serves 14 domestic and 4 foreign shipping lines. The Port of Cagayan de Oro is the busiest government port in Northern Mindanao in terms of cargo throughput. Dubbed as the Global Gateway to Mindanao, its strategic location makes it the entry and exit point of goods and passengers for the city of Cagayan de Oro and the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Agusan, Bukidnon, and Davao. In 2017, total cargo throughput reached 9.5M MT, of which break bulk was 2.45M MT, dry bulk was 1.755M MT, liquid bulk was 1.648M MT, and containerized cargo was 3.647M MT. (Maritime Review PH, 2018).

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Team Eaglemasters 3 dominates 11th Phoenix Open

March 25, 2019

Leading independent and fastest-growing oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines held the first leg (for this year) of its annual Phoenix Open at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club in its hometown in Davao City on March 16, 2019. The tournament, now on its 11th year, was attended by over 200 golfers from around the globe led by Phoenix Petroleum President and CEO Dennis Uy.     Junie Sotto, Lando Cachuela, Philip Idulsa, Johan Dalmacio, and Ralph Garcia of Team Eaglemasters 3 headed the roster of winners as team champions with a score of 170. Coming in second place are Louie Brodeth, Mayong Pillerin, Ting Castillo, King Rivas, and Andy Ugdoracion of Team Boracuyz (166). Third placers are Wendell Adlao, Jerico Bajo, Jing Tan, Addy Briones, and Brian Davila who made up Team Salami (165).     Arnold Navales and Jomari Amador tallied 93 to emerge as champions in the Partner Division, besting the pairs of Isaclolo Diroy and Ferdinand Rondina (82), and Glen Yap and Sherwin Bahani (81), who came in second and third, respectively.    Winners Arnold Navales and Jerico Bajo both received their second award of the night when they were hailed Overall Net Champion and Overall Gross Champion, respectively.     This year’s Individual Division winners were: For Class A, Gross Champion was Roderick Lo, and Gross Runner Up Deo Cura. Net Champion was Wendell Yap while Net Runner Up was Joseph Yun. For Class B, Gross Champion was Jun Pedro, followed by Teodoro Almario as Gross Runner Up. Net Champion was Joe Tesado and Net Runner Up was Benjie Senining. For Class C, Gil Bullecer was named Gross Champion, while John Naranjo was Gross Runner Up. Net Champion was Edwin Ledesma and Net Runner Up John Oberio. For Class D, Don Caballes was declared Gross Champion, while Gross Runner Up was Jip Mascarinas. Ok Hee Park finished as Net Champion, while Antonio Guillen was Net Runner Up. The winners each received a Royal Selangor Pewter Plate and Phoenix Petroleum fuel cards, and the champions each received an additional limited edition Phoenix signature golf bag.   The Davao leg of the Phoenix Open is the first of three legs to be held this year, with the next two to be held in June at the Cebu Country Club, and in September at the Country Club, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Proceeds of the Phoenix Open will be used to fund Phoenix Philippines Foundation’s projects for education, environment, health and safety, and outreach.  The 11th Phoenix Open Golf Tournament—powered by Phoenix PULSE Technology—is presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. and Pioneer Insurance, and co-presented by EEI Construction and Marine, Inc., Harley-Davidson, Mechatrends Contractors Corp., Philippine FamilyMart, Tata Motors, and Vitol Asia Pte Ltd..  Cooperator is Banco De Oro. Major sponsors are Charles Monat, Credit Suisse, Measurement and Controls Technology, Trans-Overseas Industrial Corp., and Visayan Surety & Insurance Corp.   Gold sponsors are Chelsea Logistics Corporation, Clark Global Gateway Development Corporation, Food Baskets Corporation, FMC LPG Cylinder, Marra Builders Inc., Maybank ATR Kim Eng, FSC Metal Corp., Clark Global Gateway Development Corp., Monark Equipment Corp., Oleo-Fats Incorporated, Philippine National Bank, Realsoft, ROTAREX, Seadove Maritime Services, Inc., and The Fourth Dimension. Silver sponsors are BPI, BPI Capital Corporation, Kewl Solutions, Nestle Philippines, Universal Robina, and Worthrand Petropower Corp.. Bronze sponsors are Chinabank, Coca-Cola, Development Bank of the Philippines, Ferrotech Steel Corporation, Fruittropic Inc., Japan Tobacco International, KJT Engineering Services, Land Bank of the Philippines, Maybank, Mithras Security Agency, Multinational Investment Bancorporation, Nature Spring, Ohcotech, Penta Capital Investment Corp., PNX UDENNA Insurance Brokers, Inc., RCBC, Servityre, SGS, Simpson’s Phils., Inc., Union Bank of the Philippines, UCPB, and United Overseas Bank.

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GSIS earns ISO 9001:2015 for major processes

March 25, 2019

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) was recently conferred the coveted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification after meeting international standards for the quality management system (QMS) of its major processes. The awarding ceremony was held at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City.    “Public servants deserve world-class service whenever they transact at our office. I am very fortunate because the men and women of GSIS have always imbibed the heart for excellence. Mediocrity has no place in government,”  GSIS President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas said during the conferment of the award .    GSIS received the  ISO 9001:2015 certification for GSIS’s QMS on loans processing, membership administration, maturity claims processing, motor vehicle claims processing, and related critical support processes.    “We are now poised to expand the scope of our ISO certification to include our funeral benefit claims processing and marketing of nonlife insurance processes. We are also eyeing the Information Security Management System certification for membership,” PGM Aranas announced.  GSIS was conferred its first certification under the ISO 9001:2008 for loans processing in 2015. The following year, GSIS received the updated version, ISO 9001:2015, for loans processing and expanded its scope to include membership administration. The two processes were then certified anew in 2017 and the scope was  further expanded to include  maturity claims and motor vehicle claims processing.     GSIS’s quality management system  for loans and maturity claims processing covers the application up to payment to the borrower or claimant; for motor vehicle claims processing, from application to issuance of letter of authority; and for membership administration from creation to updating of all active members’ and pensioners’ records.

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Savoy Hotel Manila Hosts 2nd Sports Tourism Awards

December 3, 2018

The Philippines' Sports Tourism Movers and Shakers will be recognized  during the 2nd Philippine Sports Tourism Awards night at the Savoy Hotel Manila on December 5, 2018.     At least a dozen awards will be given to different entities, event organizers, hotels, airlines, government agencies, sports associations, destinations, corporate sponsors and charities in this one and only kind of recognition given to creative, innovative and professional organizations engaging in promoting tourism through sports.    Founded by tourism marketing and public relations group, Selrahco, the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PSTA) is a result of the Sports Tourism Forum (STF) which had its inception in 2014 in Cebu City.   The STF encouraged local sports organizers, government agencies, sports clubs, schools, associations and companies to organize sports events to promote tourism in their respective regions through a series of seminars and workshops. Similar forums have been held in Cebu, Davao, Manila, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Laoag, Clark Freeport, Puerto Princesa and Subic in the past 14 years with several cities hosting twice or more.   The STF and PSTA were supported by the Department of Tourism, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)    Previous winners of the awards were Clark Freeport (Destination of the Year), Sunrise Events, Inc. (Organizer of the Year -Private), Municipality of Lubao (Organizer of the Year - Government), (Tabuelan 111 - Event of the Year -Domestic), Ironman 70.3 (Event of the Year - International), Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation - Sport Association of the Year), Province of Cebu -(Destination Marketing of the Year Ironman 70.3), Resorts World Manila Masters - Event Sponsorship of the Year) and Fat Boy 10s Rugby (Charity Event of the Year).    This year's awards have been expanded to include Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.     "Once again the awardees are of par excellence and this event will honor them for their efforts and professionalism in creating and hosting sports events which have encouraged more visitors, locally and from overseas, to participate," said Charles Lim, chairman and founder of the PSTA and STF.    Next year will be crucial for the industry as the Philippines will host the 2019 Southeast Games in several cities spread out in Luzon.   Nominations for the 2018 awards open on January 01, 2019 and will close on March 31, 2019.     The 2nd PSTA is supported by PAGCOR, Savoy Hotel Manila, JG Summit, Coca-Cola FEMSA and is presented by Selrahco and Primetime Group.

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11 East Asian nations adopt Iloilo Ministerial Declaration towards blue economy

December 3, 2018

Eleven countries bordering on the Seas of East Asia issued on Thursday a joint declaration reaffirming their commitment towards the conservation and sustainable development of coastal and marine resources in the region.   The Iloilo Ministerial Declaration entitled “East Asian Region Moving As One to Secure Healthy Oceans, People and Economies,” was adopted by environment ministers and heads of delegation during the 6th Ministerial Forum of the East Asian Seas Congress 2018 held in Iloilo City from November 27 to 30.    The 11 countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines—are members of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), an intergovernmental organization operating in East Asia to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region.   PEMSEA, together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), facilitated the ministerial forum that was chaired by the Philippines, represented by DENR Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia.     DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu hailed the Iloilo Ministerial Declaration as “a reiteration and stronger call to action” among countries within the East Asian region.    “The Seas of East Asia are the most biodiverse marine areas in the world, yet they face severe threats from climate change and densely populated coastal communities,” Cimatu pointed out.     “The declaration, supported by the respective countries’ plans of action, will ensure that partner countries will work together in addressing complex issues faced by this region,” he added.    The Iloilo Declaration recognizes the significant value and critical contribution of coastal and marine ecosystems goods and services to securing food and jobs, helping to eradicate poverty, and building resilient coastal communities and blue economies in East Asia.   To achieve these benefits, PEMSEA member nations acknowledged the need to protect coastal and marine ecosystems from the impacts of climate change and other threats, including marine-related disasters, destruction and loss of habitats and natural coastlines, biodiversity loss and degradation, and overfishing and lack of food security.     The countries also took pride of PEMSEA’s pioneering work in the region to develop best practices in the design and implementation of the integrated coastal management (ICM) approach, as well as in developing knowledge and capacity to build climate smart policies and enable ocean-based blue economies.     The ICM approach addresses the governance of human activities affecting the sustainable use of goods and services generated by coastal and marine ecosystems; while the blue economy refers to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.     Under the declaration, East Asian countries strongly believe that “PEMSEA remains relevant and is well-positioned to continue performing its role as the regional platform to ecourage the development of common policies, building capacity and orchestrating essential collaboration and scaled up actions alongside smart financing to deliver economic and social dividends, as well as protect biodiversity and address shrinking coastlines.”     “We are confident that PEMSEA will continue to facilitate regional cooperation to respond to the challenges within the context of the rapidly changing social, political, economic and environmental landscapes and encourage the region to move towards a Blue Economy and Sustainable Development of its coasts and oceans,” the declaration reads.    As part of their commitment to sustainable development, the countries will continue to work to achieve by 2021 the remaining targets set under the 2015 Da Nang Compact on ICM coverage of the region’s coastlines and the adoption and implementation of ICM national laws and policies in all countries in the region.     They also promised to regularly update the State of the Oceans and Coasts reports to highlight the contributions of coasts and oceans to economies, as well as to establish environmental, social and economic indicators to measure the development impact of initiatives on state of coasts, communities and economies.    Acknowledging the current strong momentum to tackle marine debris globally, the PEMSEA member nations agreed to significantly reduce or prevent marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based and sea-based activities, including marine litter and nutrient pollution.     The countries, through their representatives, also vowed to implement policies and programs for the sustainable management of coastal tourism destinations.    They likewise recognized the critical importance of regional collaboration in dealing with coastal and marine hazards like storm surges and tsunamis.   With respect to climate change, the PEMSEA member nations committed to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies to respond to the global phenomenon given the urgency and seriousness of its threats to the sustainable development of countries and the region.     Moreover, the 11 countries vowed to continue their efforts to improve cooperation and engagement between PEMSEA and other nations, relevant international development organizations, the private sector, NGOs, academic and research institutions, and other stakeholders.     They promised to step up the cooperation with regional organizations to achieve the targets under the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA).     “We are determined to continue working together as PEMSEA country partners to deliver our common objectives in line with the SDS-SEA and our regional and global commitments,” they added.     Finally, the countries declared that the biggest threat they face in the region is “ourselves, in the way we live our lives and the way we manage our resources.”     “We therefore strongly urge everyone to shift towards a mindset of responsible stewardship, and pledge to take bold steps to protect, manage and restore our coasts and oceans for our present and future generations,” they said.   “PEMSEA Country Partners are ready to engage citizens in East Asia and peoples in other regions to work together to secure our shared vision of healthy oceans, people and economy.”

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