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, 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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