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DENR holds punong barangays also liable for Mt Pulag upkeep

 

Village officials are also accountable for activities that pose threats to Mt. Pulag.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources stressed this in letters sent to four village chiefs whose jurisdiction are covered by the Mt. Pulag National Park and are faced by environmental issues.

The letters were addressed to Francis Delfin of Ekip, Bokod; Rudy Guinoran of Bashoy, Kabayan; John Balwang of Ballay, Kabayan; and Daniel Bugnay of Balete, Kayapa with copies furnished to the Department of the Interior and Local Government-CAR.

In the letters, DENR-CAR Director Ralph Pablo noted the alarming land conversion and agricultural expansion in Ekip, Bashoy, Ballay, and Balete.

“Your attention is hereby invited on the provision of laws presented under Executive Order 23, which states that barangay captains and local government units are equally accountable and required to share in the enforcement of environmental conservation and protection,” he said, adding the same is stated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the Local Government Code.

Pablo also highlighted that even under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, ancestral domains or portions of them that are proclaimed protected areas or are found to be of rich forest cover, critical watersheds and wildlife sanctuaries, among others, should be protected, conserved, maintained, and/or developed through traditional sustainable practices with assistance from government agencies.

Pablo sought explanation for the issues on land conversion, agricultural expansion, earth-moving, and timber poaching from the village chiefs who happen to be members of the Protected Area Management Board of Mt. Pulag.

While the DENR is the primary agency responsible for the protected area, Pablo hopes the village chiefs can help the agency in the enforcement of environmental laws, especially that they are located near the area and can therefore stop or prevent illegal activities within Mt. Pulag. |GJNFontanilla

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