The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Banga – Caves and Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) recently conducted an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign, community orientation, data gathering, and cave visit in relation to the preparation and drafting of Cave Management Plan of Elvas and Palanog Cave located in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
The conducted IEC campaign focused on cave laws, particularly the Republic Act 9072 also known as the “National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act”.
Conservation and Development Section (CDS) Chief/ For. II Gemma N. Olivo together with her team likewise presented the profile of Elvas and Palanog Caves acquired in 2018 after their discussion on Cave Classification and guidelines covering the naming of caves and other similar features.
Olivo stressed that the protection of caves is vital for the environment. “I encourage everyone to protect and conserve our caves by planting any indigenous species within the vicinity area and by practicing proper waste disposal”, she said.
Meanwhile, Lake Sebu MENRO representative Danny Dubla committed to provide the needed indigenous tree seedlings to the community. Barangay officials and Sitio leaders also pledged their full support on the said undertaking.
Republic Act 9072 or the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act declare the conservation protection and management of caves as part of the country’s natural wealth. (With report and photo from CENRO Banga IO Designate Alnayah Mohammad Ayman) | RSCIGP