DENR XII inks MOA with Sarangani Bay Businessess

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII recently forged a renewal of partnership with the three business tycoons within Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS).

This developed as the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the DENR XII together with RD Fishing Industry Incorporated, Philbest Canning Corporation and Coco Beach Resort.

DENR XII Regional Director Nilo B. Tamoria, Senior Vice President of RD Fishing Industry Incorporated Mr. Bayani B. Fredeluces, Vice President and General Manager of Philbest Canning Corporation Engracio Sestina and owner of Coco Beach Resort Dr. Delfin Besquillo, Jr. were the concerned signatories.

Sarangani Province Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, the Co-Chairman of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) witnessed the signing of the said MOA.

Under the MOA, the DENR together with the business enterprises shall jointly manage, protect and conserve as well as develop and enhance the resources potentials of SBPS located within the Sarangani Province for the benefit and enjoyment of the communities as well as the general public.

These businesses are directed to implement all programs, projects and activities in the Comprehensive Development and Management Plan in accordance with the provisions of National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.

Further, Director Tamoria has ordered business establishments to help in addressing environmental problems to ensure the protection and conservation of Sarangani Bay. “The DENR will strictly monitor the compliance of business establishments and the tourism business providers to environmental laws. We will be issuing Notice of Violations (NOVs) to those who would violate environmental laws,” Tamoria said.

SPBS Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Forester Iskak Dipatuan said that prior to the signing of MOA, series of assessment and re-assessment were conducted by the DENR- PASu team. “We had conducted appraisal/re-appraisal of the existing land being occupied by them and the improvement and structures introduced. On the basis of the re-assessment report, it is indorsed and approved by the SBPS-PAMB through a resolution recommending for the renewal of the MOA for special uses within SBPS,” Forester Dipatuan disclosed.

The MOA serves as a binding instrument between the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) and the owner/operator of business enterprises on the occupation and use of foreshore/coastal areas of SBPS as defined under Presidential Proclamation No. 756, and pursuant to Rule 12.1.1 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) (DAO No. 2008-26) of R.A. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act.

Sarangani Bay has long been recognized for its rich biodiversity, harboring a wide variety of ecosystems ranging from mangroves to seagrasses to the varying depths of its coral reefs. Thus, in view of its ecological, scientific, educational and recreational values, Sarangani Bay has been proclaimed as a Protected Seascape by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 756 dated March 5, 1996. (RHSumagpao


DENR XII holds River for the Future Symposium



KORONADAL CITY - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources XII together with the Environmental Management Bureau XII, Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII, Local Government Unit of Koronadal and B’lok Creek Management Council pushed for the “River for the Future Symposium” as a pre-information campaign for the upcoming region-wide simultaneous LINIS ILOG SOX event, yesterday, March 19 at Koronadal City Hall.


Around 150 participants from the different barangays of Koronadal City were informed of the Salient Features of the Solid Waste Management, the Water Quality of the B’lok Creek, Tips on Sustainable Management of Rivers and the Linis Ilog Project.

 DENR XII Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria underscored that Clean Water is one of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu’s priority program based on the 10-point agenda. 

 “DENR is committed to improve the conditions of the rivers in the country. Sec. Cimatu ordered the DENR to lead the river clean-up throughout the country, said Director Tamoria.

 Director Tamoria further cited the closure of Boracay and other water bodies and the need to recover from pollution.

 RED Tamoria also encouraged the participants to make it a habit and way of life to clean-up the rivers and manage solid waste that would lead to behavioral change for the people in order to make it more effective.

 “Let us have a continuous effort and contribute in finding a solution to the problem of deteriorating water quality, so that the next generation will inherit a clean quality of water,” he added.

 RED Tamoria together with Koronadal City Administrator Cyrus Urbano encouraged Koronadaleños to take part on the LINIS ILOG SOX Event on March 22, 2019 for the B’lok Creek Clean-Up. (MMAdam)



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