CONSULTATIVE CLUSTER MEETINGS FOR TICAO BURIAS PASS PROTECTED SEASCAPE CONSERVATION HELD

CONSULTATIVE CLUSTER MEETINGS FOR TICAO BURIAS PASS PROTECTED SEASCAPE CONSERVATION HELD

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V conducted the Ticao Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS) Consultative Cluster Meetings for Masbate on March 14, 2019 in Legazpi City and for Albay on March 15, 2019 in Guinobatan, Albay.

Various stakeholders composed of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Local Government Units (LGUs) and Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) from Batuan, San Fernando, San Jacinto, Monreal, Claveria, and San Pascual all in the province of Masbate and Pioduran, Oas, Libon and Ligao City all in the province of Albay.

Officer In Charge (OIC), Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of TBPPS Aldrin B. Barruga II said that the conduct of the meeting aimed to “deepen the knowledge of the stakeholders on the recently passed Republic Act No. 11038 or the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018” and its application to TBPPS. “Because the law is new, there is a need to discuss it elaborately with the stakeholders,” Barruga added.

Recently, the first Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) meeting was conducted in Legazpi City wherein the same stakeholders also participated in the activity.

The TBPPS is one of the newly declared Protected Areas (PAs) under the ENIPAS Act. It encompasses four (4) provinces in the Bicol Region, namely: Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate and Camarines Sur. It is the second largest declared PA after the Tañon Strait in the Visayas.

Discussed in the meeting were the bounds and boundaries of TBPPS and the salient features of the ENIPAS Law with emphasis on the functions of the PAMB, coverage of prohibited acts and imposition of fines and penalties. Issues and concerns on boundary delineation among municipalities and other environmental issues were also addressed during the meeting.

After the conduct of the meetings, demarcation and delineation of boundary and inventory of existing facilities within the PA will be conducted which, is a pre-requisite in the creation of the management plan.

In addition, PASu Barruga requested the help of stakeholders in the creation and implementation of management plan for TBPPS after the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of ENIPAS.

The DENR Bicol pushes for a sound eco-governance in all the PAs in the region through partnerships among stakeholders. (Article by: JNLoria)

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