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Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project
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The Coastal Environmental Program Management Office DENR-XI
Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Management Project
Protecting our Environment through Integrated Management
of Critical Ecosystems for Sustainable Development

Executing agencies:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
Region XI and Region XII and Municipality of Malalag

Cooperating agencies:
Provincial Government of South Cotabato
City Government of General Santos
Provincial Government of Sarangani
Provincial Government of Davao Sur
Municipal Government of Padada, Sulop, Hagonoy, Sta. Maria, Digos and Kiblawan

Supported by:

Japan Official Development Assistance
Japan Bank of International Cooperation

Region 11: Malalag Bay-Balasiao Watershed
Region 12: Sarangani Bay, Mt Matutum Watershed

Project Contacts

Project Description
The Southern Mindanao Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project is supported by the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund and implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region XI. The project aims to enhance the strategic integration of the management of the coastal and watershed ecosystems to assure the sustainable development of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape and Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, Balasiao Watershed and Malalag Bay.

Project Objectives

To implement an integrated environmental protection and management for critical ecosystems as imperative to sustainable development.


  • Integrate the management of coastal and watershed ecosystems in the project sites;

  • Undertake activities that will sustain resource and environmental management while allowing development in the area;
    Improve the quality of life of beneficiaries and stakeholders considering the available resources;

  • Institutionalize the use of integrated management approach vis-à-vis carrying capacity of the area;

  • Develop capability of local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders in planning and sustainable management of natural resources and environment

Project Duration

May 1999-June 2005

Project Location


Balasiao Watershed, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur
Area: 5,480 hectares

Malalag Bay, Malalag, Davao del Sur
Area: 7,950 hectares

Blue Component

CEP personnel collects water sample for analysis

Water Quality Monitoring. Provision of equipment for monitoring.

Mangrove Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation of 50 hectares of degraded mangrove areas in Malalag Bay.

Green Component

Tree Plantation and Agroforestry. Establishment of a 3,260-hectare tree plantation and development of available areas for agroforestry through community-based forest management in the Balasiao area.

Riverbank Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation of critical riverbanks through planting of bamboo along the 200-hectare riverbank area of Balasiao watershed.

Livelihood Support. Provision of alternative livelihood projects to an estimated 300 project beneficiaries.


Mt Matutum Protected Landscape (Proc. No. 552, March 20, 1995), South Cotabato (18,000 hectares)

Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (Proc. No. 756, March 5, 1996), Sarangani Province (215,950 hectares)

Click here to download Integrated Coastal Resources Management Plan for Sarangani Bay

Blue Component

Slope Protection. Construction of riprap walls and hydraulic drop structures along the three major rivers (Silway, Klinan, and Buayan) within the Mt Matutum area to minimize and control siltation of the river that drains into Sarangani Bay. Gabion and cyclone wire cage will be constructed along critical areas of Sarangani Bay.

Control of inland siltation and migration. Construction of check dams along Silway, Klinan and Buayan rivers and seven areas around Sarangani Bay.

Environmental Conservation and Protection Center. Establishment of an Environmental and Conservation Center which shall serve as training, research, information and nerve center for all conservation efforts in the area.

Sewage Treatment Project. Construction of a centralized collection system to channel sewage to a treatment facility in General Santos City.

Shoreline Siltation and Erosion Prevention. Construction of revetments and embankments around Sarangani Bay to control soil erosion and siltation, thereby protecting the marine environment.

Mangrove rehabilitation. Rehabilitation of 200 hectares of degraded mangrove areas through community-based approach to mangrove forest management.

Green Component

Reforestation. Rehabilitation and reforestation of denuded and open areas of the Mt Matutum watershed using the following schemes:

  • Enrichment planting (500 hectares)
  • Reforestation (2,000 hectares)
  • Assisted Natural Regeneration (500 hectares)
  • Community-based Agroforestry (1,500 hectares)
  • Rattan plantation (200 hectares)

    Riverbank Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation through planting of bamboo and other vegetation along the 800 hectares. Riverbanks of Silway, Buawan and Klinan rivers.

    Livelihood Support. Provision of alternative livelihood projects to an estimated 600 projects beneficiaries.

Project Contacts

Clarence L. Baguilat
Regional Executive Director, DENR-XI
Tel. (082) 235 3513

Israel C. Gaddi
Regional Executive Director, DENR-XII
Tel. (083) 228 6129 to 31; (083) 228 3502

Bonifacio A. Apura
Assistant Regional Executive Director, DENR XI
Tel. (082) 234 1867; (082) 300-0143

Musa C. Saruang
Regional Technical Director, DENR-ERDS-XII
Tel. (083) 228 6129 to 31; (083) 228 3502

Romeo M. Basada, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator, SMICZMP
Tel. (083) 234 1867; (083) 300 1895

Venus C. Bermudo, Ph.D.
Project Director, SMICZMP
Coastal Environmental Program Management Office
Door#6, Felbet’s Building Km 7, Lanang, Davao City
Tel. (082) 300 1895

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