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MOA to summarize govt’s role in Pulag conservation
Harley F. Palangchao
Environment, 4-13-2014


The Department of Environment and National Resources has been tasked to draft a memorandum of agreement that outlines the different roles of agencies and people in protecting Mount Pulag.

Members of the Mount Pulag inter-agency task force agreed upon the planned drafting of a MOA during their meeting at the regional office of the DENR on April 4.

But the draft MOA will come after the completion of the surface delineation of Mount Pulag, which is one of the headwaters of river tributaries in Northern Luzon.

DENR Regional Executive Director Officer-in-Charge Paquito Moreno and Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan presided over the meeting attended by representatives from concerned government agencies and indigenous peoples organizations.

Foremost in the discussion was how to effectively prevent the entry of backhoes and bulldozers within the pine and mossy forest covers of Mount Pulag especially at Kabayan side.

Kabayan Mayor Faustino Aquisan and Mount Pulag Protective Area Superintendent Emerita Albas acknowledged the presence of backhoes in areas covered by Mount Pulag that are being encroached for commercial vegetable farm purposes.

Illegal logging activities and the unabated expansion of commercial vegetable farms with use of bulldozers and backhoes alarmed Benguet officials, reason the matter was discussed during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council.

A representative from DENR also reminded local officials that only the DENR has the authority to issue chainsaw permit, and not the local government unit even if authorized by an ordinance.

Mount Pulag borders Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, and Tinoc, Ifugao but 80 percent falls within Kabayan.



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