DENR XII CONSULTS STAKEHOLDERS TO SPEED UP IRR OF EXPANDED PROTECTED AREA LAW

September 11, 2018 (Tuesday)

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII recently conferred with stakeholders to expedite the crafting of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) that will strengthen conservation efforts on protected area management.

No less thanOccidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine “Nene” Ramirez-Sato, the principal sponsor of Republic Act (RA) No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System of 2018 (E-NIPAS) signed last June 22 by President Rodrigo “Rody” Dutertehad spoken to more than 200stakeholders of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) and Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) during the Joint Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) En Banc meeting in General Santos City.

The event was also graced by Sarangani Provincial Governor Steve Solon, Congressman Pedro Acharon, Jr., DENR Region VI-A Regional Director Ma. Paz Luna, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez,Atty. Mary Kristerie A. Baleva and DENR XII Regional Director Nilo B. Tamoria.

The forum is part of a series of fora which aims to provide local stakeholders in PAs in ENIPAS with a deeper understanding of the provisions of the new law.

Further, Congw Sato underscored the need to harmonize development and conservation perspectives within a Protected Area with the passage of the E-NIPAS rules and regulations. “Let’s meet the February 2019 deadline for the IRR. We must conduct broad-based consultations and get our stakeholders to participate. Let us fulfill our commitments to the Convention on Biodiversity,” Sato said.

“The good news is the BMB of the DENR is already on top of this. Secretary Roy Cimatu has been incredibly and consistently supportive of the ENIPAS,” Sato added.

BMB Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez had laid down timetable that would pave the way in the development of IRR and the extensive protection and effective preservation of the protected areas. “Atty. Baleva serves as the lead writer of the IRR,” Director Rodriquez bared.

More so, Director Maria Paz Luna had shared concrete experiences from the 24-year old NIPAS act that led to the passage of ENIPAS. She lauded the participation of stakeholders during the forum that would provide substantial input in the crafting of the IRR. 
PAMB Chairman, Director Nilo B. Tamoria seeks to capacitate PAMB members in terms of conservation perspectives and in facing challenges in implementing the protected area system.“We have been intensifying our partnership with the local officials and other PAMB members. There is no best way of addressing threatened biodiversity and ecosystems but to work hand in hand with our stakeholders. It is high time that it should be given utmost priority and the protection they deserve for the present and future generations,” Dir. Tamoriaexpressed.

On his part, Governor Steve Solon said that his province is trying to implement all the environment laws. He emphasized that the landscape above the Sarangani Bay should also be protected since all the wastes of illegal activities will be washed down to the bay.

Co-author of the E-NIPAS, Congressman Pedro Acharon, Jr had also expressed his gesture of confirming his membership to the PAMB and his support in all its interventions and mechanisms.

The new law provides for the imposition of higher rates of fines from P200,000 to P5 Million; and the stiffer penalty for committing illegal acts enumerated by the law such as imprisonment from one (1) year up to not more than 12 years, and perpetual disqualification from public office for public or government officials.

With the ENIPAS Act, the Philippines added 94 legislated protected areas, transcending 15 regions and 53 provinces and from SOCCKSARGEN, 2 very important protected areas were included, namely: the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape and Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape.

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DENR XII holds River for the Future Symposium

 

DENR SOCCSKSARGEN·WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

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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