Preserving A Legacy
The NNARMAC Journey
The Northern Negros Aquatic Resources Management and Advisory Council (NNARMAC) is an alliance of eight (8) Local Government Units (LGUs) composed of the Cities of San Carlos, Escalante, Sagay, Cadiz, and Victorias together with the Municipalities of Calatrava, Toboso and Manapla.
Its creation was formalizeed through a Memorandum of Agreemen (MOA) with the respective Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of these eight LGUs in May 2000, anchored on a common agenda to protect, rehabilitate and manage the coastal and marine resources with the territorial jurisdiction of these member cities and municipalities.
Its existence is the consequence of a preceding agreement among the four (4) LGUs, namely; the Cities of Cadiz, Escalante and Sagay and the Municipality of Manapla.
The Early Beginnings
The Northern Negros Aquatic Resources Management and Advisory Council (NNARMAC) traces its roots to a noted environmentalist, the late Hon. Joseph G. Marañon, former Governor of the Province of Negros Occidental, who was influential in the early formation of the alliance and was known to the alliance stakeholders as the "Father"of NNARMAC.
Together with his younger brother, the incumbent Governor, Hon. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., former Congressman of the 2nd District of Negros Occidental and former Mayor of Sagay City.
This gentlemen championed the institution of the Alliance.
Inspired by the accomplishments of the Sagay Marine Reserve and with strong political and social ties, the siblings tapped public funds and technical experts, secured government technical assistance to expand conservation efforts within North Negros and engaged the other Local Chief Executives in this magnanimous pursuit.
The formation of NNARMAC was patterned after the LGU Alliance of Banate Bay through the efforts of BFAR Office, Region VI. Its first advisory board was composed of:
Hon. Afredo G. Marañon Jr., who in earlier years of his political involvement served as Congressman of the 2nd District of Negros Occidental and Mayor of Sagay City.
Hon. Jules Ledesma, Congressman of the 1st District of Negros Occidental.
Dir. Sonia Seville, Regional Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Western Visayas.