The Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL), a legislated protected area under the jurisdiction of CENRO Calauag conducts its 4th Quarter Regular Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meeting on 14 October 2022 at the Sangguniang Bayan Hall, MDTC Bldg., Brgy. Poblacion, Guinayangan, Quezon.
The PAMB of MSPL is the primary policy and decision-making body which oversees the management and approves plans and programs for the protected area. Quarterly meetings are being conducted to discuss and deliberate important issues and matters relative to the management and conservation of the said protected area.
During the 4th quarter regular meeting, several important agenda were discussed including Quarterly Committee and PASu/APASu reports; Results of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) for the 2nd semester of CY 2022; and flora and fauna monitoring in line with Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System (BAMS) CY 2022.
Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Forester Julieta P. Narte reported that the procurement of vehicle targeted under the Work and Financial Plan (WFP) 2022 were successfully purchased and delivered in MSPL. Furthermore, APASu John Michael R. Apon disclosed the updates on the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF) collection and the number of visitors within the ecotourism site of MSPL for the period of January to September 2022. Moreover, PAMB Secretariat, Kimberly Anne Abrera presented the results of the conducted biodiversity monitoring in MSPL. Results revealed that the PAMB and PAMO remain efficient in the conservation and protection of the protected area, as MSPL remains a suitable habitat for a wide array of wildlife.
Meanwhile, other matters arose from the meeting, such as request for approval of a research study to be conducted within the Multiple Use Zone (MUZ) of MSPL; and tenured migrants requests for repair of chapel located within the MUZ. Upon intelligent deliberation, the said requests were approved by the Board through enactment of two (2) resolutions: Kapasiyahan Bilang 2022-07 and Kapasiyahan Bilang 2022-08.
The management and conservation of the protected areas is anchored in Republic Act No. 11038 otherwise known as Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) of 2018. The passage of the ENIPAS Act provides a national legislation for all protected areas to ensure their ecological integrity and to conserve biological diversity. Likewise, the enactment of the law also paved the way for a more extensive protection and effective preservation of the remaining protected areas in the country.