Formation of the Alliance
Rooted on the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991, the Local Government Units (LGUs) had vast opportunities for engaging themselves in their own programs and projects but a group of eight (8) LGUs took the initiatives one step further by forging an alliance that would draw them towards collective action and the attainment of shared goals.
The formation of the alliance was a response to the need to address common issues and concerns of preserving, rehabilitating, conserving, managing and sustaining the coastal and marine resources in Northern Negros which include the inland waters, rivers and creeks.
Similar to the experiences and conditions of the other coastal towns and cities in the Province of Negros, Northern Negros was also faced with an increasing concern for the depletion of its fishery and marine resources brought about by rampant illegal fishing activities, overfishing, the destruction of the marine habitat and poor law enforcement among others. Hence, the extent of the depletion and the urgency of the situation required immediate and concrete measures intended to address the problems.
Their mutual concerns brought the eight Local Government Units together which enabled them to engage in cooperative undertakings to achieve their common agenda. Their initiatives included the discussion of common issues and concerns and the crafting of relevant plans, as well as the sorting and compilation of decisions, orders and policies passed by the Council and the Technical Working Group during regular meetings. They began by transforming their personal relationships into institutionalized and permanent arrangements and agreements. Their stalwart relationship extended financial sustainability to the Alliance and guaranteed its continued operations.
Collective action was called for social cohesion in discussing the issues and crafting pertinent measures, it was equally important for the Alliance to devote its efforts in preventing and managing conflicts among its members by clarifying roles, strengthening policies, ensuring a common understanding of the policies and procedures, institutionalizing checks and balances as well as control mechanisms, and religiously implementing policies that were agreed n by the Advisory Council..
Over the years, the formation and growth of the Alliance has always been nurtured by the sustained contribution and support of the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.