DENR, PARTNERS UNDERSCORE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF AMYAK MALEH CELEBRATION

CITY OF KORONADAL, March 20, 2018 (DENR) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII together with South Cotabato Provincial Government and other partners stressed the importance of celebrating the Linggo ng Mt. Matutum also known as Amyak Maleh.

“Amyak Maleh”, a B’laan term for “climb and plant” is celebrated yearly in commemoration of the signing of Presidential Proclamation No. 552, Series of 1995 entitled “Establishing as Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape the Parcels of Land of the Public Domain Situation Within the Municipalities of Tupi, Tampakan and Polomolok, Province of South Cotabato and the Municipality of Malungon in Sarangani Province.”

DENR XII Regional Director Nilo B. Tamoria emphasized that the program will help us encourage the people to protect not only the Mt. Matutum but the entire environment and natural resources.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) South Cotabato Chief Radzak Sinarimbo stated that Mt. Matutum plays a vital role in the lives of South Cotabatenos. 

“Mt. Matutum is a symbol of South Cotabato. About 25% of watershed comes from it. The mountain also serves as a source of food and livelihood and a home of several species like tarsiers and Philippine Eagle. If we will not take care of it, we will all be affected,” PENRO Sinarimbo said. 

South Cotabato Provincial Environment Management Officer (PEMO) Siegfred Flaviano bared that the provincial government supports the environmental initiatives of DENR and local government units (LGU).

“One of the funded programs of the provincial government when it comes to the protection of biodiversity in Mt. Matutum is Biodiversity Corridor. It is a greening program which connects Tupi, Tampakan, Polomolok and the local government of Malungon to conserve the biodiversity in the area,” PEMO Flaviano said. 

PEMO Flaviano added that the commemoration of Amyak Maleh will help us stir ideas from all sectors to improve programs and projects in protecting Mt. Matutum.

Some of the highlights of 2018 Amyak Maleh celebration are solid waste management recyclable fair, tree growing activities in Lambugo Falls, Barangay Albagan, Tampakan and Sitio Lamtubo, Barangay Datal Batong, Sarangani, Cinem22m Environmental Video Contest, Amyak Maleh “Climb and Plant” Plant Proper and the YES-O Leadership Camp. 

This year's Amyak Maleh celebration goes with the theme "Samo't Saring Buhay Pagyamanin, Tuluyang Kaunlaran Ating Kamtin." (MMMaulana)

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DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu together with his party graced the Mindanao Launching of Tayo Ang Kalikasan, the DENR-led People’s Environment Stewardship Movement on June 29 at SM City Activity Area in General Santos City.

With the theme, “Tayo Ang Kalikasan goes to Sarangani Bay”, Sec. Cimatu in his message emphasized that “the DENR need the help of everyone to save and protect the Sarangani Bay and the many wonders that the island of Mindanao has to offer”.

He encouraged the need for active participation as we take care of the environment. And, that while Mindanao’s riches have yet to be utilized to their full potential, everyone has to be vigilant of the threats including illegal logging, threats of leaks of toxic substances from mines, wildlife poaching, overfishing, and the improper sewage and solid waste disposal.

Sec. Cimatu also called for us to work in order to empower our fellow Filipinos to take to heart the need to manage our natural resources and use them properly. (MMAdam, MMaulana & JSetenta)

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