INTEGRATED PROTECTED AREA FUND FOR SARANGANI BAY REACHES16 M

(November 29, 2017, Koronadal City) – The Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) disclosed its Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF) collection asof September 2017 that has reached an amount of 16 M.

Presented before the recently conducted PAMB Summit, PASu Iskak Dipatuan shared its strategies on the significant increase of IPAF collection from the preceding years.

Dipatuan said that the PAMB is unified in enforcing the National Integrated Protected Area Systems (NIPAS) Law.” The members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) were able to apply the learning from the other regions in Protected Areas (PAs) through cross visits both local and abroad. We are able to replicate their strategies in enforcing environmental laws for the protection and conservation of the coastal and marine resources,” Dipatuan said.

“The PAMB is also assertive when it comes to the jurisdiction of the NIPAS law and how it harmonizes with the other laws. The PAMB has implemented Republic Act 10629 known as An Act providing for the retention of PAMB at 75% of the revenues accruing to the IPAF amending for purpose Section 16, RA 7585,” Dipatuan added.

The SPBS has strengthened SBPS Law Enforcement Committee-monitoring and the issuing of Notice of Violations.

Other factor for the success of IPAF of the SPBS is the collaboration and cooperation of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and key stakeholders.

PASu Dipatuan also stressed on the institutionalization of the assessment/re-assessment of PA Users through the creation of a Regional Foreshore Appraisal Committee-multi-disciplinary body.

“The DENR XII through the SPBS management has sustained its integrity and innovativeness in dealing with its stakeholders and other partner organizations,” Dipatuan said.

DENR XII Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan wanted to strengthen the IPAF of the other Protected Areas in Region XII. “The SPBS has certain mechanisms that other PAs in the region may adopt. The IPAF is very much important in coming up with programs and projects in conserving and protecting PA,” Director Juan said.

Under the Joint DENR-DBM Circular, the fund shall be used solely for the protection, maintenance, administration and management of the PA, and the implementation projects in accordance with the Work and Financial Plan (WFP) approved by PAMB.

Section 16, Republic Act 7586 and Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2008-26 provide the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Integrated Protected Areas Fund which states that a trust fund is established to be known as Integrated Protected Areas (IPAS) Fund for purposes of financing projects of the System. (RHSumagpao/CGValdez/DENR XII)

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DENR XII, SEC, LGU ink pact to protect Sarangani Bay sanctuary

(September 25, 2018, Koronadal City)- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maasim in managing and protecting Malbang Marine Sanctuary in Maasim town, this Tuesday.

The MOU is part of the Adopt-A-Reef Program of the DENR as a mechanism in strengthening the involvement of the community in the protection and conservation of the natural resources along Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS).

The DENR as represented by Regional Director Nilo B. Tamoria has been recognizing the significant role of public and private sectors, LGU and community partnership for a sustainably managed Sarangani Bay.

For its part, Mr. Yori Limatta, SEC Plant Manager expressed their desire to work with DENR in the management and protection of Malbang Marine Sanctuary and the development of beach forest as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

“SEC as part of the power group is happy to be part of the community. We want to prove that the power plant can co-exist with the marine sanctuary. We would not put anything directly to the sea from the power plant,” Limatta said.

Meanwhile, Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services reminded LGUs and Peoples’ Organizations (PO’s) on their environmental responsibility. “We have to strengthen our efforts in conserving and protecting the seascape. The LGUs including barangay chairman and PO’s operating in the protected area have a big responsibility as elaborated in Republic Act (RA) 1178 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS),” ARD Brahim said.

Under the MOU, LGU Maasim will provide consultation dialogue to the local community on the do’s and don’ts in the protected area especially in the Strict Protection Zone.

Hon. Uttoh Salem D. Cutan, Mayor of the Municipality of Maasim said that Maasim is now moving for the networking of marine sanctuary. “We are grateful for the SEC in taking the responsibility to protect and conserve Malbang sanctuary,” Mayor Cutan said.

“The people in the community are now involved through the PO’s and this simply means that they have to be at the forefront in safeguarding the protected seascape,” he added.

Engr. Mama G. Samaon, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Province underscored that community participation could lead to effective management of coastal resources.

“Communities are the custodian of the environment thus active involvement of all citizens is encouraged,” PENRO Samaon said.

DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2016-26 known as the Guidelines for the implementation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management Project (CMEMP), a national program which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

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