(November 29, 2017, Koronadal City) – Members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) and more than 200 environment stakeholders converged to strengthen protected area management across the region during the Regional PAMB Summit on November 27-29, 2017 in General Santos City.

Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other institutional stakeholders of the five (5) Protected Areas (PAs) in Region XII, the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape, Allah Valley Protected Landscape, Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, Mt. Apo Natural Park and Libungan-Alamada Natural Biotic Area agreed to recommend policy measures to DENR Secretary Roy A.Cimatu that are crucial for the betterment of PA governance.

The recommendations focus on governance by the PAMB, the DENR and other institutional partners, tenure management, funding specifically on the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF), investment and planning, education and capacity building and protection and enforcement.

Moreover, DENR XII Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan stressed on the importance of holding the PAMB summit as an opportunity of revisiting the laws and policies in PA management. “This summit provides a venue where focal persons in protected area management may interact, share inputs and ideas and apply lessons from field experiences. This is also the right time to share your experiences on the enforcement of laws, measuring management effectiveness and more importantly the good practices,”Dir. Juan said.

Juan further suggested focusing on Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF) that could help in PA management. “Let us learn from the experience of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape on how they manage the collection of their IPAF, what strategies are being used and how it is utilized,” Dir. Juan said.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services HadjaDidaw D. Piang-Brahim reminded the Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) on their significant role in PA management. “We should strengthen the management of our PAs. The PASUs have been working hard in their respective areas to cope with the standards in managing PAs. We have the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool that we used to measure on how effective we are in our PA management.

“This PAMB summit is the 2nd summit in Region 12. The first summit was conducted sometime in 2012 where most of the agreements were implemented if not all,” ARD Brahim added. 
The summit also served as the venue for the selected LGU members of each PAMB an opportunity to report its level of support and commitment to the PA. The Municipal Mayor of Alamada, Cotabato Province, Dr. NoemeaDemetillo-Bartolome is passionate in their environmental pursuit at Libungan-Alamada Natural Biotic Area. “The Municipality of Alamada has a fertile land. We have several initiatives and programs (Serbisyong may Puso) to protect the land and to address issues and problems within our PA.

“How can I fight the giants who have environmental aggressions in our area? We won because what we are fighting for is for the welfare of the people”, Mayor Bartolome disclosed.

Other presenters in the summit were PASu Gabriel Baute of Mt. Apo Natural Park on LAWIN Results in Protected Areas and Neighboring Landscape, PASuLeonisa Alfaro of Allah Valley Protected Landscape on the Emerging Model on Rehabilitation of Denuded and Degraded Forest, PASuEfrenHibaler of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape on Policy Cases and Success Stories andPASuIskakDipatuan of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape on IPAF Success Stories.

The PAMB Summit with the theme “Enhancing Protected Area Management for Biodiversity and Eco-Sustainability” was led by DENR Region XII alongside with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Protect Wildlife Project. 
PAMB is the governing body of a protected area composed of different stakeholders who directly and indirectly benefit from the park and its resources. (RHSumagpao/CGValdez/DENR XII)


MOU signing with DENR-Sarangani Energy Corp. and LGU Maasim

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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