Assessment of Management Effectiveness of Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City Pangasinan, Philippines
Nicole Maxine Apolinario – University of the Philippines Los BaÃ±os. Philippines
The results of this study can be used to provide a basis to evolve management plans, policies, and strategies that are responsive to the sustainability of the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP). It will help stakeholders such as local and national government agencies, being policy and decision-makers, in addressing the issues and concerns and setting priorities to promote better management policies and practices.
The assessment of HINP is done through on-site evaluation and interviews. The assessment tool that is used is the MPA MEAT (Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool) which aims to assess governance or management in terms of enforcement, implementation, and maintenance of the MPAs. The degree to which these management actions are done in achieving the goals and objectives of an MPA would serve as the basis in rating the management effectiveness for the management body of HINP. The ratings for each guide questions provided in the MPA MEAT were based on the observations and interviews conducted. The context of the questions was characterized sequentially from the PA's establishment, strength, sustainability, and institutionalization to generate an overall view of how the management of the PA is working. Each sequence or level in the tool has criteria on which the scoring and the equivalent points were based upon. These points were then summarized and interpreted based on the description provided in the MPA MEAT. Validation of responses from the interviews was done through the collection of supporting documents and secondary data available for the HINP.
Concerning the conference theme, it shows the ability of individuals to participate in science. Public participation as a core to management effectiveness in PAs. How individuals can help in the transformation shows the concept of citizen science. A visual presentation is a good way to present the data analysis.