4 NV protected area boards hold unified meet

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 4 NV protected area boards hold unified meet

 2019 07

To enhance the development and conservation measures for the protected areas (PAs) in Nueva Vizcaya, members of the four Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) in said province gathered for a unified meeting on Feb. 13, this year at the Highlanders Hotel in Solano town.

As chairman of the PAMBs, newly-installed DENR Regional Executive Director Antonio A. Abawag presided over the meeting with the members of the Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL), Salinas Natural Monument (SNM), Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve (DWFR), and Bangan Hill Natural Park (BHNP).

At the onset of the discussions, Director Abawag recommended the management board of the CPL to involve ‘Bantay Gubat’ volunteers from the 19 barangays covered by the area to intensify the protection of the rich biodiversity and resources within said PA.

For the SNM, the PAMB chief instructed the PA managers to push through with their proposal of a multi-sectoral dialogue with cattle owners concerning the issue of stray cattle grazing within the National Greening Program site. The meeting will be participated in by the members of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, barangay and municipal local government units, Philippine National Police, DENR lawyers and technical personnel and holders of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title.

In line with the ecotourism services of the DWFR, Atty. Abawag signed the proposed resolution of the Board to adopt Administrative Order 2016-24 or the Revised Rates of Fees for Entrance and Use of Facilities and Resources in PAs. The resolution was approved with the provision that the Board will only identify what is applicable and available in the PA based on the administrative order.

The DENR regional chief also approved the proposal of the BHNP Board to conduct demarcation in the PA to prevent the encroachment of settlers. He instructed the DENR officials in Bayombong to take charge on the delineation survey to also address the alleged squatting and tunnel mining activities within the BHNP.

“We should partner with these settlers and make sure that we don’t violate their rights,” Atty. Abawag explained as he told the PA managers to come up with strategies in protecting their area.

Meanwhile, Bayombong Mayor Ralph Lantion was awarded during the meeting with a certificate of appreciation for his initiatives of concreting the roads in some barangays covered by the BHNP including the construction of road drainage system.#