In the Best Mangrove Award, SagayCity’s Suyac Island is competing with Bongsanglay Natural Park in Batuan,Masbate; Del Carmen Mangrove Site in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte; andSilonay Mangrove Conservation and Ecopark in Calapan City, OrientalMindoro. Competing for the Outstanding NationalIntegrated Protected Areas System-MPA are Apo Island Protected Landscape andSeascape in Negros Oriental; Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape inBatanes; Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan; Palaui Island ProtectedLandscape and Seascape in Cagayan; and Siargao Islands Protected Landscape andSeascape in Surigao del Norte. These areas include the Suyac IslandMangrove Forest (Ecopark) of Sagay Marine Reserve in Sagay City, NegrosOccidental for Best Mangrove; Kabankalan-Himamaylan-Ilog-Integrated CoastalArea Management Council in southern Negros for Outstanding Network; andCampomanes-Ballo Marine Reserve and Sanctuary in Sipalay City, NegrosOccidental for Outstanding Locally-Managed MPA. BACOLOD City – Three marine-protectedareas (MPAs) in Negros Occidental were among the 22 finalists in variouscategories of the Para El Mar Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition2019. The presentation and judging offinalists will be on Oct. 22 and 23 in Diliman, Quezon City. Sipalay City’s Campomanes-Ballo MarineReserve is in the final roster for Outstanding Locally-Managed MPA withAgay-Ayan and Caloco Marine Sanctuaries in Tinambac, Camarines Sur;Aquino-Ondoy Marine Fish Sanctuary and Fishery Reserve in Ibajay, Aklan;Bato-Tagaytay Reef Fish Sanctuary in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur; Buntod ReefMarine Sanctuary in Masbate City; Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary in Nueva Valencia,Guimaras; Ranzo Fish Sanctuary in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro; San Pablo DeBauan MPA and Fishery Reserve in Bauan, Batangas; Siete Pecados Marine Park inCoron, Palawan; and Tonggusung-Maruwa Fish Sanctuary in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi. The winners will be awarded on Oct. 23at the Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman. Para El Mar (For the Seas) is abiennial event that recognizes the best practices in the management of MPAs. Itis presented by the Marine Protected Areas Support Network, a group of over 20organizations coordinated by the Marine Environment and Resources FoundationInc., the support foundation of the UP Marine Science Institute.(With a report from PNA/PN) The Suyac Island Mangrove Ecopark of the Sagay Marine Reserve in Negros Occidental is among the four finalists for Best Mangrove Award in the Para El Mar Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition 2019. I LOVE SAGAY FACEBOOK PAGE Also vying for Outstanding Network areGingoog Bay Alliance and Macajalar Bay Development Alliance, both in MisamisOriental.