Top officials of the DENR and protected areas in Region 12 convened recently in Glan, Sarangani Province for this yearโ€™s Second Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Conference to deal with some issues concerning the PAs.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Chair Atty. Felix S. Alicer said "Our protected areas are our remaining frontiers in preserving our environment and local biodiversity. Though each protected area comes with its own set of challenges, we must take a unified stance in addressing these issues to protect our natural resources," he said.
The conference on Nov. 16-17 served as an avenue for the management offices of Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP), Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL), Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL), and Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve (LRWFR) to share their respective issues, concerns, and lessons learned.
Among the matters discussed were the issuances of Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECCs) within PAs, the organizational structure of the PAMB, status of tenurial instruments, and the interpretation of easement areas in SBPS. ### With report and photos from PENRO Sarangani | ๐‘๐’๐‚๐ˆ๐†๐Œ