The Protected Area Suitability Assessment (PASA) is one of the steps to legislate and establish the proposed protected area. Umiray Watershed Forest Reserve (UWFR) is one of the initial components under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System or Republic Act No. 11038 of 2018.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Real created a team for the conduct of PASA for UWFR.
A Team led by Park Maintenance Foreman (PMF) Rolly A. Lamintao conducted PASA Form No. 1 (On site observation) and PASA Form No. 2 (Key Informant Interview) within the proposed protected area on June 21, 2022 to July 1, 2022 at So. Angelo, So. Malining and So. Pyrates, Barangay Umiray, General Nakar, 2022.
Based on the personnel from the Team, the area was filled of mother trees/matured trees and rich in forest resources. Also, they depend on the resources inside the protected area by using it as a primary source of water, source of electricity (water wheel turbine in the irrigation) and source of livelihood (mining, agriculture, and farming).
The conduct of this activity helps the protected area to undergo the rapid screening and evaluation to determine their suitability for establishment as protected area and inclusion in the NIPAS Act.