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.



More than 70 officials composed of division chiefs and section chiefs from regional office, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), PENROs and CENROs recently convened during the 4th Quarter Management Conference in General Santos City.

The conference aimed to review and assess the physical and financial performance of the region vis-a- vis the targets for the year 2018.

Headed by Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, he further laid down concerns, strategies and directions in attaining the targets and in performing the mandate. (RHSumagpao)

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