The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII is pushing for the formulation of a Foreshore Development and Management Plan (FDMP) for Cotabato City to map out current uses of lands adjacent to the sea for better management and regulation.

The plan shall come up with a guiding framework on the best management scheme to be adopted in a specific environment, particularly on the identification of the highest and best use such as legally permissible, ecologically viable, economically valuable, socially acceptable and compatible with adjacent land uses of a particular area in the foreshore.

Speaking before 25 participants composed of the Technical Working Groups from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cotabato City and DENR XII, Regional Director Nilo B Tamoria emphasized the importance of the plan in foreshore areas. “It is indeed timely to have the FDMP for Cotabato City not because of target and compliance but it will serve as a blueprint for future foreshore development and as guideposts for policy redress for the Local Government Unit (LGU). We will outline the plan not only to define jurisdiction because our ecosystem is beyond political boundaries,” Director Tamoria emphasized.

Management plan for the foreshore is as important as zoning in different localities and should not be overlooked since they are vital to the natural environment within their jurisdiction.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim said that the FDMP should be integrated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). “The plan will not be comprehensive if it is lacking. It should be based in an inclusive analysis of status, condition, problems and issues covering foreshore lands in Cotabato City”, Director Brahim said.

“There are several conflicting claims in the foreshore areas and these issues and concerns should be addressed in the plan. We need to protect the foreshore and the coastal resources from abuse,” Dir. Brahim added.

Meanwhile, Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief, Dr. Ali Hajinasser urged the participation of LGU Cotabato City including the local officials from the concerned barangays to be actively involved in the formulation of the plan. “The success of coming up with a plan depends on the full and active participation of concerned individual and agencies. We will review and harmonize existing policies and regulations in the foreshore in the context of sustainable development. We will see how we could address the issues in ecosystems while ensuring development of human well-being,” Dr. Hajinasser explained.

Foreshore as defined is the part of the shore which is alternately covered and uncovered by ebb and flow of the tide. It also serves as mooring areas for boats and other activities of the fisherfolks, seaports, mangrove forest and reclamation in cities. (RHSumagpao/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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