16 CALABARZON protected areas to be part of 100 in Expanded NIPAS Act of 2015

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16 CALABARZON protected areas to be part of 100 in Expanded NIPAS Act of 2015

National PAMB Conference July 13 2015 R4A RD Juan APPROVED

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo Juan (left), in his presentation during the National Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Conference held recently at the Ace Hotel in Pasig City, revealed that only one out of the 17 protected areas in Calabarzon is considered a full fledged Protected Area by virtue of Republic Act No. 9847 which established the Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL) in 2009, and 16 others including the Taal Vocano Protected Landscape (TVPL), Mounts Palaypalay and Mataas Na Gulod Protected Landscape (MPPMNGPL), Pamitinan Protected Landscape (PPL), Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL), Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL), Quezon Protected Landscape (QPL), and Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape (HTPL), are still awaiting Congressional action for their establishment as Protected Areas.

 

 

Juan, who concurrently chairs the 17 Protected Area Management Boards reported to Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje (seated left at head table), environmentalist legislator Senator Loren Legarda (center) and DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio Jr. (not in photo) and fellow chair and members of the PAMB, on the protection and management efforts of the regional and provincial DENR offices, such as at the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) in Batangas and Cavite where the PAMB formulated a management plan, accordingly agreed to reduce to 6,000 the more that 13,000 fishcages, and organized a Task Force to implement the dismantling of excess fishcages.

 

The DENR Calabarzon chief also reported the rehabilitation and development of 9,950 hectares within the UMRBPL, 40 hectares in MSPL, 192 hectares in MPPMNGPL, 390 in QPL, through the National Greening Program as part of the rehabilitation of 1.5 million hectares of degraded public forest lands from year 2011 to 2016.

He said, “We had problems with illegal settlers then, but with the help of the local government units, PAMB members, we have them relocated.”

“We also had problems with timber poachers and charcoal makers. Instead of putting them in jail, they have been provide with livelihood assistance. They underwent capacity building for nature interpretation and tour guiding and were mobilized as partners in the operation of ecotourism plans and thus diverting their wood-based activities to ecotourism,” he revealed.

He also shared, “We had difficulty implementing each PA’s management plans due to shortness of resources, but hopefully, with the 16 Calabarzon PAs inclusion in the 100 under the ENIPAS Act, that will be a different scenario. And hopefully better!”