3 regions to intensify resource protection

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3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection

 

Convergence includes wildlife and mineral resources

The protection of the natural resources of three regions will soon be strengthened following the interregional convergence meeting held in Baguio City on Nov. 20, this year.

The meeting resulted in the preparation of a memorandum of agreement among the regional executive directors (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the mutual complementation and collaboration will unify, and streamline efforts and resources toward achieving overall protection of the environment and natural resources.

“The interregional convergence is one of our initiatives pursuant to the commitment of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop illegal environmental activities,” RED Aromin said.

During the meeting, the environment chiefs agreed that the monitoring checkpoints for forest products in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; and Luna, Apayao will also be utilized to regulate the transport of wildlife and mineral products.

Mobile checkpoints will also be established in strategic places to intensify monitoring of forest products, wildlife and mineral resources.

The team leaders of the monitoring stations will closely coordinate to monitor any movement of illegal products including apprehension.

It was also agreed that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer whose jurisdiction covers the monitoring station will supervise the activities of the checkpoint and will submit report to concerned RED.

Meanwhile, the administrative adjudication of the apprehended or seized forest products, wildlife and mineral products and transportation used, tools and equipment including filing of complaints against the perpetrators will be conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) office concerned. The disposition thereof will be in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will assist in the apprehension and evaluation of mineral resources to be transported.

It can be recalled that on August 15, 2018, Secretary Cimatu issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2018-18 establishing a centralized coordinative mechanism at the Regional Office of DENR, MGB and Environmental Management Bureau.

Under the said DAO, the DENR RED, assistant regional director for technical services, PENR and CENR officers are deputized to police mining activities and enforce environmental laws, rules and regulations. They are also authorized to issue orders and to arrest violators of environmental laws. # CCC