Guinayangan, QUEZON ― The DENR-CENRO Calauag through the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) for Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL) held a Communication Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) in PAMO Office on 14 October 2021, in support of this year’s celebration of World Animal Day, originally marked 4 October of each year.

Among the participants were mostly students from Guinayangan National High School (GNHS), officials of BLGU-Calimpak and Himbubulo Weste, beneficiaries of 4Ps program, and officers of People’s Organization (PO)– Samahan ng Tenured Migrants ng Maulawin Protected Area (STMMPA).

Forester Novet Joy Pantalunan, In-charge of the Conservation and Development Section (CDS), welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of community participation in communication and awareness activities, and encouraged the attendees to continue their active involvement in environmental advocacies. The Salient Features of RA 9147: Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and MSPL Profile and Biological Significance were also discussed.

Forest Ranger Ria Rose D. Yasoῆa, emphasized that animals perform a vital role in the protection and sustainability of the environment and the welfare of humans. She also presented the history of the celebration which reportedly began on 24 March 1925. Further, she elaborated the six (6) ways to save and protect animals which involve adopting, reporting abuse, growing plants and trees, visiting wildlife conservation centers and places, using eco-friendly products, and preserving their habitat.

Furthermore, Forester Daisylen Escalante, discussed the salient features of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.” She explained the economic, ecological, and socio-cultural importance of wildlife, the potential threats to their welfare and existence, and the categories of threatened species of wildlife. Moreover, For. Escalante coherently explained the authorized activities as well as the illegal acts with their corresponding penalties. 

Assistant Protected Area Superintendent John Michael Apon presented the profile and bio-physical significance of the Protected Area. He highlighted the significant contribution to the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural welfare of Guinayangan, Quezon, and its neighboring municipalities by providing forest habitat to wildlife; supplying potable water to the metro-poblacion; and serving as the main eco-tourism spot of the municipality. 

The activity hopes to inspire active participation of the community and the youth, and their continuous support in the advocacy of environmental conservation and protection. ###