The declaration of the Provincial Government on the war against Environmental Abuse had paved way in the organization of the six (6) Municipalities: Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Ilog, Cauayan, Sipalay and Hinoba-an in 1996 by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) to form an Alliance for the protection and rehabilitation of the coastal environment of the aforementioned LGUs. This was formalized through the issuance of Executive Order No. 20, Series of 1996: “Creating the Southern Negros Coastal Development Council (SNCDMC) for the Protection and Rehabilitation of the Coastal Strips and Wetlands of the Municipalities of Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Ilog, Cauayan, Sipalay and Hinoba-an.”
In 1997, however, it was found out that the general coastlines of the Municipalities of Kabankalan, Himamaylan and Ilog which are the primary basis of establishing territorial boundaries, reflect overlapping boundaries between them. This resulted to confusion in the implementation of marine conservation programs and disputes or conflicts among LGU’s fishery law enforcement officers, municipal and commercial fishers. This encouraged the three (3) Local Government Units to forge a partnership to form an alliance through a Memorandum of Agreement of 1997 which gave birth to Kabankalan-Himamaylan-Ilog Integrated Coastal Area Management Council (KAHIL-ICAMC).
The KAHIL-ICAMC played a major role in the harmonization of the implementation and enforcement of fishery laws, rules, regulations and ordinances. However, due to some disparity, the Council became inactive since 2004 and was only reactivated with the assistance of the Provincial Government through the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) in 2009. This reunited the 3 LGU-members to once again forge a partnership though a KAHIL-ICAMC Memorandum of Agreement of 2009. This was followed by the issuance of the Executive Order No. 1002, Series of 2010 “Creating the Kabankalan-Himamaylan-Ilog Integrated Coastal Area Management Council (KAHIL-ICAMC) for the Protection and Conservation of the Common Waters and the Judicious Utilization of the Resources Thereat in the Cities/Municipality of Kabankalan, Himamaylan and Ilog” by Hon. Isidro P. Zayco, Governor, Province of Negros Occidental.
The ups and downs of KAHIL-ICAMC served as a great learning experience to everybody. In fact, this enriched the KAHIL-ICAMC’s Manual of Operations (MOP) during the workshop in January 19-20, 2010. Employing a participatory method, the MOP was further scrutinized and enhanced during the Refinement and Writeshop on March 3 & 4, 2010 and finally, gained an approval as the Council’s Operating Guidelines on March 31, 2010.
This MOP was written with the intention of equipping everyone involved in the Council with a handy reference that contains the specific guidelines and procedures based on the KAHIL-ICAMC Memorandum of Agreement of 2009. It is our hope that this book on Manual of Operations will serve as a tool and guide in the management and operations of the Council.
Vision and Mission
(Ref: Section 2, Declaration of Policy)
A dynamic alliance that leads in the creation of a sound ecological balance environment towards improved quality of life.
(Ref: Witnesseth/Rationale & Section 2: Declaration of Policy)
The KAHIL-ICAMC jointly and severally works, in partnership with the stakeholders, for the rehabilitation, protection, conservation and judicious utilization of the coastal fisheries resources providing opportunities for better living condition of the community.