MAASIM, Sarangani Province – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII together with the local government unit (LGU) here has officially launched on January 6 (Friday) the Pawikan Hatchery and Learning Center, Sanitary Landfill Administrative Office and Learning Center, and Mangrove Learning Center located in Barangays Lumasal, Kamanga and Tinoto, respectively.
The management of the pawikan hatchery, which was established by the DENR through CENRO Kiamba, was also turned over to the LGU. The three (3) facilities have been the center of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection for many years. Maasim is one of the active implementers of the ecological solid waste management through its program “BasuRaffles” and various mangrove propagules were also raised in its nursery to enrich the area’s mangrove forest.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer expressed during the turnover ceremony his appreciation and gratitude to the LGU for giving importance on environmental initiatives. "Today, we mark a history as we put our words into action for our environment. We encourage the resort owners and other stakeholders to be our active partners in protecting and conserving our upland and coastal resources,” he said.
DENR Sarangani PENRO Maria Elvira V. Lumayag thanked Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao for supporting the department’s programs and projects implemented in Maasim. On her part, Protected Area Superintendent of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Joy C. Ologuin said “This does not mean that we ended our responsibility on coastal biodiversity in Maasim, in fact, this shows our stronger partnership and collaboration in all endeavors.”
Mayor Pacquiao said that they will continue to address the town’s environmental issues, especially the solid waste management. He also asked the support of the barangay LGUs and constituents to protect the wildlife species in Sarangani and take part in the implementation of the province’s “One Million Trees” project.
The event was also attended by Kiamba CENR Officer Abdul D. Cariga, Sarangani Governor’s representative Atty. Stephany Velasco, DILG Provincial Director Samuel Camaganacan, USAID-Safe Water Watershed and Resource Management Officer Orson Sta. Cruz, some DENR-12 and EMB-12 personnel, and the barangay and municipal officials of LGU Maasim. (With report and photos from DENR-CENRO Kiamba) | RSCIGM