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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