𝐋𝐑𝐖𝐅𝐑-𝐏𝐀𝐌𝐁 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐤-𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐤 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐆𝐞𝐨-𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤
𝐊𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve (LRWFR) presented through Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Adiel R. Pamikirin the proposed application of the Asik-Asik Falls in the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Geo-Parks during their 1st PAMB En Banc Meeting on February 13 at Midsayap, Cotabato.
With the possible declaration of Asik-Asik Falls as a Global Geo-Park, LRWR-PAMB believes that it will help invite more tourists to the area thus generating more income and job opportunities for the locals while still upholding sustainability and strengthening the protection of the area.
Regional Executive Director (RED) and PAMB Chairman Atty. Felix S. Alicer presided over the meeting for which twenty-seven (27) out of the thirty-six (36) members of the board attended. RED Alicer welcomed the newly elected Barangay officials from the Municipalities of Alamada and Libungan as the new PAMB members of LRWFR. He challenged the members to contribute more efficient innovations in the management of the Libungan River.
Meanwhile, PENR Officer of Cotabato Radzak B. Sinarimbo stated that the PAMB will face many challenges this year, particularly in light of the landslides that have occurred in Davao. The PAMB should be aware of its role and concentrate on the proper management and protection of the Protected Area (PA) to prevent similar incidents from occurring in Cotabato. He also emphasized that the PAMB will overcome these obstacles if it works as a team.
The proposed Work and Financial Plan (WFP) from the IPAF of the LRWFR-PAMB presented by FT II Shuahmed H. Bago, among the targets are the Capacity Development Program, IEC, LRWFR Inter School Quiz Bowl, and the Initial Activity of the application of Asik-Asik Falls as UNESCO Geo-Parks. The proposed WFP was unanimously approved by the Board.
Also present during the meeting were Board Member Eljorie Antao-Balisi, representative of Governor Emmylou T. Mendoza, Alamada Vice Mayor Leonigildo A. Calibara representative of Mayor Jesus N. Sacdalan, MENRO Arnold J. Ferenal representative of Mayor Angle Rose Cuan of Libungan, nineteen (19) Punong Barangays from Libungan and Alamada, Apollo Y. Manlawe of NEDA 12, John Luceo Cadut of DA 12, Jocelyn Casiple of PNP 12, Lucresia M. Neri from the Civil Society Organization and some DENR personnel. ### (𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐇𝐁𝐚𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐋𝐑𝐖𝐅𝐑 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐉