ADB hails progress and innovation of CTI-SEA at its 3rd Project Implementation Review Meeting

ADB congratulated the Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) project for its significant progress in carrying out activities during the 3rd Project Implementation Review Meeting held at the Aston Hotel in Manado, Indonesia on 8 June 2015. The CTI-SEA regional technical assistance, which covers Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, is one of the largest, if not the largest, ADB technical assistance for the Coral Triangle. PRIMEX President and CEO Elvira C. Ablaza and Executive Vice President and CTI-SEA Team Leader Guillermo “Emong” L. Morales co-chaired the annual meeting with consultants from the Regional Project Management Office as well as representatives from its associate firms, WorldFish and PT Trans Intra Asia (TIA).

“I know that everyone is working to complete the deliverables of the highest quality by August 2016,”

Ms. Ablaza

She also stressed that the innovations of the project should be widely shared, such as the achievements of the Philippine Project Management Unit in its climate change adaptation activities and the pilot-testing of a payment for ecosystem services scheme through coral and giant clam gardening in Taytay, Palawan. Ms. Marissa Garcia, ADB consultant and M&E Coordinator, also noted that the Indonesia and Malaysia Project Management Units have moved forward significantly in implementing activities since the team’s last meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia in February 2015. “Sustainability should now be built in the plans because there is only a year left,” she said. Among those who joined the the meeting were (seated, L-R): Mr. Raul Roldan, Deputy Team Leader, Philippines; Ms. Marissa Garcia, ADB Consultant; Mr. Guillermo Morales, Team Leader; Ms. Elvira Ablaza, PRIMEX President and CEO and Project Director Dr. Hjh. Norasma Dacho, Project Management Coordinator, Malaysia; and Mr. Subhat Nurhakim, Deputy Team Leader, Indonesia; (standing, L-R): Mr. Len Garces, WorldFish; Dr. Annadel Cabanban, international Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Specialist; Mr. James Berdach, Coastal and Marine Resources Management Specialist; Ms. Lina Berliana, Project Finance Officer, TIA; Ms. G.A. Anggara Kasih, National Climate Change Specialist, Indonesia; Dr. Rosa Perez, international Climate Change Adaptation Specialist; and Dr. Lope Calanog, international Sustainable Finance Specialist. Not in photo: Ms. Lourdes Margarita Caballero, RPMO Communication and Public Awareness Specialist.