THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on the countries that belong to the Coral Triangle 6 or CT6 to shift focus on actions that can deliver higher level of outcomes such as poverty reduction and improved food security.
DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones made the call in his opening remarks during the 14th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials Meeting in Makati City wherein he also stressed the need to scale up efforts in the preservation and protection of marine sources to achieve widespread impact.
The six countries that belonged to CT6 are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and the Philippines.
Leones said the Philippines is ending its two-year chairmanship of CTI-CFF.
The two-day meeting is one of the culminating activities for the Philippine chairmanship of CTI-CFF, a multilateral partnership of six countries working together to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues, such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity.
Leones, chair of the CTI-CFF Committee of Senior Officials, said the chairmanship of the Philippines for the past two years was not easy because it has been challenged with a number of difficulties that caused a small hiccup in the organization.
He said the region also suffered from natural disasters that have cost lives and economic losses among CT6 nations, further aggravating what has already been a difficult sector to manage.
However, Leones believed the region has already moved on from “difficult times” and was now “eager to keep on working to achieve our common goals.”