CENRO Sta. Cruz conducted a workshop on the formulation of the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) in the Municipality of Mabitac, Laguna held at the Mayor’s Office, in the Municipality of Mabitac.

During the workshop, topics such as Prioritization of sub-watersheds, Point of Issue matrix and Finalization of Mission, Vision, and Objectives were tackled. For the prioritization of the sub-watershed, Mabitac was divided into three (3) sub-watershed as Sub-watershed 1 (SW 1), Sub-watershed 2 (SW 2) and Sub-watershed 3 (SW 3) and was prioritized based on the following criteria/indicator such as biodiversity value, hydrological value, economic value, ecotourism/aesthetic value and protection potential to infrastructure, lives and properties. Based on the grading during the workshop, the sub-watershed with the highest score and will be prioritized is SW1 followed by SW2 and lastly SW3. 

The Point of Issue (POI) Matrix was also discussed. It shows the point of issue and point of interest in the 3 Sub-watersheds. Barangays San Miguel, Amuyong & Numero are under SW1. The points of issue in this sub-watershed are the following: Illegal cutting of coconut trees, Illegal Settlers and Families (ISF) within road easement and production areas, contested area between Mabitac and Rizal, landslide, lack of water resources, and lack of road network. While the points of interest are: potential ecotourism site (Kalikasan), regulate forest activities, resettlement of ISF within road easement and production areas, additional construction of reservoir, Kota Paradiso (organic farming), construction of farm to market road, livelihood assistance to resettled ISF, strict enforcement of zoning ordinance. 

The General Objective of Mabitac is to ensure the protection and conservation of the municipality’s forestlands and its natural resources. They also have 3 specific objectives: 1. Increase the forest cover in the Municipality, 2. Create a synergistic relationship with all the line agencies for the integration of PPAs for the sustainable use of forestland, and 3. Make a strong linkage between the communities within the Sta. Maria watershed. 

The said activity was attended by CENRO Conservation and Development Section (CDS) Staff and members of the Municipal Technical Working Group (MTWG).