DENR, PAMB, DPWH DISCUSS PROPOSED ROAD WIDENING PROJECTS ALONG BICOL NATURAL PARK

DENR, PAMB, DPWH DISCUSS PROPOSED ROAD WIDENING PROJECTS ALONG BICOL NATURAL PARK

 

A Special Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meeting to discuss the issues on the road widening projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at the Bicol Natural Park (BNP) along Daang Maharlika, Basud, Camarines Norte (CN) was conducted by the PAMB headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol on July 17, 2019 at the Camarines Norte District Engineering Office, Daet, Camarines Norte.

 

The meeting was attended by the key officials and members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Norte, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Camarines Sur, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Sipocot, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V, Provincial Environmental Management Unit (PEMU) Camarines Norte, DPWH V, Office of the Provincial Adviser for Bicol Affairs (OPABA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

 

Major issues and concerns on the road widening projects, which require the cutting of hundreds of trees along the stretch of the BNP were raised during the meeting.

 

Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Jerry Teoxon discussed the protection measures recommended to minimize the disturbance to the ecosystem and continually conserve the biodiversity of the PA.

 

The protection measures include the replacement ratio of trees cut and to be planted which are 1:50 for planted trees and 1:100 for naturally growing trees pursuant to DENR Memorandum Order No. 2012-02; establishment of an indigenous tree plantation within the BNP, considering heterogeneity of species that will be planted to avoid monoculture and that the said plantation shall be maintained by DPWH until such time that the trees will require minimum management and the same shall be turned over to the DENR for its maintenance; no exotic tree species shall be planted or transplanted within the BNP; native species shall be subjected to earth-balling; all logs from the tree-cutting shall be turned over to the PA or the DENR; tree removal and relocation operations, including turn-over and transport of logs shall only be done under the presence and close supervision of the DENR; and that the DPWH shall secure an endorsement from the concerned LGUs that has political jurisdiction over the affected area pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16.



DENR V Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Gil A. Aromin assured that full support will be given for the said road widening projects. “A Task Force Bicol Natural Park" will be formed to monitor the compliance of the DPWH to existing laws and regulations and the proposed measures. We will involve everybody in the monitoring of the projects,” said RED Aromin.

 

In addition, RED Aromin informed the body that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be entered by the DENR and the DPWH in accordance with the Memorandum issued by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations on June 14, 2019. Also, a monitoring team will be created to monitor the conditions in the MOA. “With regard to the trees from the tree-cutting, the DENR Bicol will prioritize the donation of the trees for fabrication of school desks and chairs to the nearby schools in the BNP," he shared.*JNLoria

 

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A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), locally known as Pawikan, was released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes together with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes to the shores of Barangay Capilihan, Virac, Catanduanes on August 5, 2019.

The Pawikan which measured approximately 51 centimeters (cm.) long and 47 cm. wide was found in Barangay Antipolo, Bagamanoc by Richard Cabrera, a fisherman in the said barangay, and turned-over to the office for its inspection and release.

Moreover, this is the ninth recorded release of marine turtle this year in the province of Catanduanes.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release them to their natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.*JNLoria###

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