DENR XII HLDS REGIONAL PAMB SUMMIT

(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)

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