Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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Harmonized efforts on env’t rehab set for Atok & Buguias
by Rhe-Ann B. Ngayaan

Combined efforts for the protection and rehabilitation of the remaining forests in Buguias were laid out for convergence during the harmonization meeting set recently by the National Power Corporation-Upper Agno River Watershed Area Team (NPC-UARWAT) with the Community Environmental and Natural Resources Office and representatives from the local government units of Atok and Buguias.

The harmonization dialogue was organized to strengthen forest protection with the assistance of police from Buguias and Atok and to expand rehabilitation programs especially in the diminishing communal forests of Buguias and Atok.

Land conversion to farm gardens, forest fires, timber poaching, erosion, small-scale mining, and improper waste disposal were among the issues discussed during the meeting.

NPC-UARWAT and the Cenro agreed to identify the number of forest guards to be deployed in Buguias and Atok, conduct of joint operations, resolve issues in the issuance of permits at the regional or national office, linkage for easier coordination especially in implementing forest protection policies, among others. Further, said agencies shall undergo joint endeavor on the fencing of Mt. Natoo and other barangay watersheds, enhancement of the environmental view deck, installation of a look-out tower at a hotspot area, conduct of inter-agency/multi-agency information campaign on forest protection and environmental laws, among others.

Buguias Mayor Ruben Tindaan said Mt. Natoo and Junior Pulag are the only communal forests in the town but they are being threatened by the expansion of commercial gardening, thus fencing them to avoid illegal entry is the town’s priority.

“As an alternative, we strengthen the municipal anti-illegal logging task force and to conduct constant information and education campaign and regular patrolling for now,” UARWAT Senior Watershed Management Specialist Guazon H. Garcia said.

The Upper Agno River Watershed Reservation is a home to many indigenous cultural communities for a large portion of the watershed is covered by a certificate of ancestral domain title.


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