Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias attended the Regional Development Council (RDC) VI meeting on behalf of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. today, May 25, 2023, in Bacolod City.
RDC is chaired by Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo B. Benitez.
The council tackled the proposed conduct of a Protected Area Suitability Assessment (PASA) for the Guimaras Strait by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Guimaras Strait is a narrow passage of water in Western Visayas that connects the Visayan Sea and the Panay Gulf.
It covers 18 coastal LGUs, of which six belong in the province of Iloilo namely Ajuy, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Viejo, and Dumangas.