CALABARZON Protected Area Stakeholders Gather for their 6th Summit


CALABARZON Protected Area Stakeholders Gather for their 6th Summit

          100 stakeholders from 19 protected areas in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region comprising representatives from various institutions who have direct and indirect stakes to the said protected areas, have come together once again for the 6th annual Regional Protected Area Management Boards (PAMB) Summit from June 28-30, 2017 at Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City, Cavite.

          Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON Region Assistant Director, Atty. Arnel Rodriguez said the said Summit aims to inform the protected area stakeholders on the latest status of their respective protected areas; update on the priority programs of the different local government units; through breakout sessions, identify issues and concerns that are halting the development in protected areas; and identify the possible solutions to the said issues and concerns.

        "This summit is not a golf fighting summit. We are doing this so that we could discuss the problems and identify possible solutions to it", said Atty. Rodriguez.

          ARD Rodriguez stressed further the need to tackle the solutions that are truly needed by the protected area and everything else depending on it, and not on what an individual wants. "We are supposed to go on one direction", he said.

        For the last five (5) years of conducting the region-wide PAMB summit, the DENR CALABARZON opted putting focus on capacitating the members of the PAMBs for the improvement of the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of their respective protected areas; sustainable development of protected areas through ecotourism enterprise; water conservation and management in protected areas; challenges and opportunities in managing protected areas; and enhancement of protected area management so as to uplift human life.

         Having the theme "Sustaining Environmental Governance in Protected Area Management", this year's summit embarks upon protected area management policy direction of the DENR for the next five (5) years; priority programs and projects of local government units (LGUs) for the next five (5) years; and ongoing projects and initiatives of LGUs, other government agencies, and civic groups within protected areas.

          After five (5) years of conducting the Regional PAMB Summit, the DENR CALABARZON is now looking forward to an even more improved protected areas through the implementation of the present and oncoming policies, programs and projects of the protected area stakeholders. The biggest challenge would be, how each stakeholder be one with the said policies, programs and projects just as how ARD Rodriguez ought things to be.

         The abovementioned protected areas are all under the National Integrated Protected Areas System or NIPAS by virtue of Republic Act No. 7586. Such protected areas include Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape in Quezon and Laguna provinces; Taal Volcano Protected Landscape in Batangas and Cavite; Mts. Palay-Palay/Mataas Na Gulod Protected Landscape in Cavite; Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve in Rizal and Quezon; and Quezon Protected Landscape (formerly, Quezon National Park) in Quezon, among others.

          Each of the said protected areas is being managed by a PAMB with the guidance of the DENR through the Protected Area Superintendent Office.