CATBALOGAN CITY- Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan disclosed of her plan to convert electricity source from the two major bays located in the city. The mayor made this disclosure during her talks before 40 mayors from different parts of the world at the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2016 held in Seoul, South Korea on September 1-2.
The Catbalogan city mayor said that Maqueda and Irong-Irong Bays can be good sources of power using the technology on tidal energy power generation. Tidal energy or tidal power is described as a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity. Special buoys, turbines, and other technologies capture the power of waves and tides and convert it into clean, pollution-free electricity. The mayor said that using the new technology, the city government of Catbalogan, in the process, applies the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM). Uy-Tan said that the project could also be used in promoting eco-adventure tourism and aquaculture and help the fishing industry of Catbalogan to become more vibrant and address problem on over-fishing by eco-system approach.
“Why eco-system approach? Because it’s integrated approach allows trade on balancing human and ecological well-being. It allows to a more effective planning and it increase stakeholder’s participation,” Uy-Tan said during her talk, a video transcript of which was obtained by Leyte Samar Daily Express. The Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2016 highlights the many ways in which cities can scale up their plans through sustainable procurement. Seoul launched the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement in partnership with ICLEI International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) to create a worldwide network of leading cities using this direct and practical tool to tackle climate change. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)