Various stakeholders of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) on Friday, March 5 took part in the simultaneous clean-up drive within the 68 coastal barangays of SBPS.
The activity was in commemoration of the silver anniversary of Sarangani Bay’s official proclamation as a protected seascape based on the Presidential Proclamation No. 756 signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos in 1996 and subsequently legislated to be a part of the country’s 107 protected areas by virtue of Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018.
Sarangani Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Renato C. Domingo emphasized that the ENIPAS Act in essence, conveys that the present protection and conservation efforts for coastal and marine resources is an altruistic duty of the state and its instrumentalities assures that the current and future generations will have the same opportunity in enjoying the benefits of our natural resources.
Joy C. Ologuin, protected area superintendent of SBPS, said that the recent bay-wide activity is part of the initiatives of the Protected Area Management Board of SBPS in the performance of its mandate to oversee the management and conservation of the Sarangani Bay. | Courtesy: PAMO-SBPS
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kalamansig seized several illegally-cut forest products during the office’s recent enforcement operations in Kalamansig town, Sultan Kudarat Province.
CENR Officer Iskak G. Dipatuan said that a total of 804 board feet of illegally-cut timbers composed of Narra, White Lauan and Malugai species were seized in barangays Limulan and Sta. Cruz during the conduct of surveillance and monitoring patrol in the said areas.
He said that investigation is now on going to determine the identity of persons behind the environmental crime.
Forester Alimbsar A. Sampal, chief of monitoring and enforcement section, said that the discovered ‘hot logs’ are now under the custody of CENRO Kalamansig for safekeeping and proper observance of protocols.
CENR Officer Dipatuan also appealed to the public to help the DENR in its fight against illegal logging and other destructive environmental activities. | Courtesy: CENRO Kalamansig
More than 500 bikers on Sunday, February 28, 2021, rode their bicycles from General Santos City and planted various species of mangrove propagules in some mangrove forests of Alabel, Malapatan and Glan towns in Sarangani Province during the Bike and Plant Activity, the opening salvo of the celebration of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Week 2021.
DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Renato C. Domingo said that this year’s celebration of the SBPS Week also marks the silver anniversary of the seascape’s declaration as a protected area based of the Presidential Proclamation No. 756 signed on March 5, 1996 by then President Fidel V. Ramos
Community ENR Officer of General Santos City Ma. Elvira V. Lumayag said that the activity aimed to promote and ensure the protection and conservation of the Sarangani Bay, the only protected seascape in Region 12.
“The SBPS is abundant in various species of fish, corals, mangroves, sea grasses and marine mammals. Sarangani Bay is rich in biodiversity so we need to safeguard it,” CENRO Lumayag said.
Meanwhile, Joy C. Ologuin, protected area superintendent (PASu) of the SBPS, said that there will be an opening of an exhibit at the lobby of General Santos City Hall lobby that will run from March 1 to March 5.
“This exhibit will showcase the various products, programs and activities of several LGUs within the Sarangani Bay,” she said.
PASu Ologuin added that on March 5, the last day of SBPS Week celebration, there will be a simultaneous coastal clean-up that will be participated by all 68 coastal barangays within the protected seascape. ### | Photos by: MBFerolin & MBBimpolok
Three Small Water Impounding System (SWIS) projects were recently turned over by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat Province to its recipients in the area.
CENR Officer Saga A. Akmad said that the projects are located in barangays Sta. Clara, Hinalaan and Sangay in Kalamansig town.
He said that the project will provide the communities water for domestic use, maintain the established plpantations, minimize soil erosion and maintain land fertility. | Courtesy: CENRO Kalamansig
The DENR-12 headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer with key officials and staff participate in the ongoing online National Reprogramming Workshop on October 23-24, 2020 for the preparation of the DENR FY 2021 Work and Financial Plan. | Datu Yasser I. Balindong