Forestland Delineation and Land Use Assessment CY 2012
For the year CY 2012, the Land Evaluation Party (LEP) focused on the delineation and demarcation of Protected Areas (PAs) of Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL) and Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) and provision of technical assistance in the preparation of Forest Land Use plan of two Municipalities of Quezon Province.
- Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape -This PA, MBSCPL was partially demarcated in Cy 2011 but there remained a total of 54 kilometers to complete the delineation of the whole area. The remaining kilometers were the target for this year together with 38 kilometers delineation of Multiple-Use and Strict Protection Zone or the Pas land use allocation or zoning. For the year 2012, the five Regional Assessment and Delineation Team (RADTs) have demarcated a total of 54 kilometers of forest lines within Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape or a 100% accomplishment: 178 corners were relocated while 169 corners were demarcated. Out of the 169 corners demarcated, a total of 95 corners were planted with major concrete monuments (20 x 20 x 90 cm) and 71 minor concrete monuments (15 x 15 x 60 cm). planted with concrete major monuments with 20 x 20 x 90 cm. and Moreover, during the actual survey, there were some recovered monuments along the old line (based on the Proclamation) which found not identical to RA 9847. There is some portion that the new line traversed inside and outside the old line. (see Figure F-10).
- Taal Volcano Protected Landscape- Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) was declared as Protected area under the category of Protected Landscape per Proclamation No. 923 dated November 19, 1996. It is one of the protected areas under CALABARZON region specifically within the province of Batangas. This protected landscape has a total area of 62, 292.114 hectares and its perimeter covers a total of 99.61 kilometers (Figure 3). For Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL), similar activities like those conducted in MBSCPL such as digitizing of thematic maps, conversion of technical description per proclamation to UTM coordinates, base map preparation and overlaying of maps were also conducted prior to the actual delineation of its boundary. Coordination with the concerned officials like PASu Laudemir Salac and concerned LGUs were likewise undertaken to smoothen the implementation of the project. As planned and expected, the 55 kilometers boundary delineation was accomplished on time and for the record was overshoot by the region. As of this date, the total boundary delineated for the TVPL now totaled to 75.65 or approximately 138%. This could be attributed to the good coordination Detailed Accomplishments and/or Milestones Figure F-6. Map showing the delineated and demarcated MBSCPL boundary as of June 2012 Figure 7. Taal Volcano Protected Landscape per Proclamation No. 923 dated November 19. 1996 CY 2012 Annual Report - DENR CALABARZON Region 35 made by the team and the support being given by all the concerned offices and stakeholders in the area and of course, by the management.
- Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP)- The LEP Coordinator and the new FIS focal person provided technical assistance to the municipalities of Infanta and Sariaya, Quezon. For the municipalities of Infanta, their Forest Land Use Plan is already on its final stage. All the pre-requisite activities such as mapping, surveys, interviews, consultations, etc were already undertaken and the final draft of their FLUP is already available. The remaining activity that was conducted prior to its full implementation was the forging of MOA for Co-Management between the DENR and LGU of Infanta. However, said activity is yet to materialize since the guidelines for such is yet to be issued by the DENR Forest Management Bureau. On the other hand, the municipality of Sariaya was already briefed by the Office re FLUP formulation and also agreed to prepare their own FLUP with the assistance from the DENR. According to their MENRO, the Municipality of Sariaya allocated certain percentage from their proposed budget for 2013 for the formulation and crafting of their FLUP. Once their FLUPs were established, the DENR will be having a good partners in the protection, conservation and management of the region’s forest land within their jurisdiction hence expected to lessen/control the incidence of illegal logging or forest destruction activities.