DENR XII INKS MOA WITH SARANGANI BAY BUSINESS

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

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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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