The regional chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has appealed for support in the enforcement of environmental laws in Cagayan Valley.
In a media briefing held today, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan pointed out the need for united and collective approach in law enforcement especially in the region's forest areas.
“I encourage the public to please support us. Nakikiusap po kami lalo na sa intensified forest protection,” she pleaded as she admitted that the DENR cannot do it alone.
Director Bambalan also emphasized intensified partnership on forest protection with the local government units and other law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and Philippine Coast Guard.
She requested the media to support the DENR in its advocacy on forest protection and conservation.
“Cagayan Valley is one of the last frontier in terms of biodiversity conservation. Tulungan ninyo po kami. This is not for us but for you, people of Region 2,” the DENR regional top official said.
Cagayan Valley's forests are key biodiversity areas which are home to wild flora and fauna.
Aside from the anti-illegal logging efforts, the DENR will also intensify enforcement of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or Republic Act 9147, and protection of coastal and marine resources.
Director Bambalan has ordered the enforcement division to work closely with other partners to beef up implementation of environmental laws.#