CALANASAN, APAYAO PIONEERS FOREST LAND USE PLAN (FLUP) IN APAYAO
“With this FLUP, we hope to usher in a new era in forest conservation not only in Calanasan but in the province of Apayao, and also probably in the entire Cordillera Region.” This is the remark of Regional Executive Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. on the creation of the Calanasan, Apayao Forest Land Use Plan.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognizes the efforts and energy and contribution of the leaders of the Municipality of Calanasan, Apayao as the first municipality to formulate a comprehensive Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) in the entire province of Apayao.
The Calanasan FLUP and the Memorandum of Agreement Signing was held at Luna Conference Hall, Poblacion Luna, Apayao last February 12, 2014. Attended by dignitaries from the different municipalities of Apayao, the signing of the first FLUP in the province was simultaneously held as the Iyapayaos celebrated their 19th Founding anniversary.
As RED Moreno talks about the FLUP of Calanasan, he expressed the hope that everyone will support the Forest Land Use Plan of Calanasan.
“We are looking forward that this piece of work will empower us more to become environmental advocates of our time. We hope to advance our efforts to inculcate the value of forest and natural resource stewardship to our children and the generations to come, over our best assets, the forests”, stressed RED Moreno as he convinces everybody to stand up for forest conservation.
The formulation and approval of the FLUP of Calanasan is an accomplishment under the leadership of Mayor Elias K. Bulut, who is remarkably known as the “Father of Apayao” and who continuously advocates for forest and natural resources conservation.