PAMANA's Contribution to Environment Recognized
FOREST guards working under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program are helpful in the enforcement of environmental laws.
This was noted during the three-day mid-year assessment of Pamana conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on August 3-5.
The assessment of the program highlighted the accomplishments of the members of the Bantay Gubat from January – June 2016 in relation to their designated targets for the semester.
An appraisal of their activities as well as the documentary requirements that accompany their overall accomplishments was also conducted.
Overall, the Bantay Gubat has exceeded their targets and has extended their services to the community by initiating the improvement of the checkpoints in their respective areas and participating in rescue operations during typhoons.
A limiting factor however to the activities of the Bantay Gubat include the insufficiency of operational supplies as well as security protective gears which Planning and Management Division Chief Francis Basali said would be considered in the Work and Financial Plan proposal for 2017. The WFP will be first subject to the approval of the Central Office and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
DENR Enforcement Division chief Joel Behis meanwhile acknowledged the investment of the government in the implementation of Pamana.
“The government has invested much for Pamana, it is imperative that we do our part,” he noted.
Additionally, the forest guards were also briefed on the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System, a forest monitoring system jointly developed by the DENR and the United States Agency for International Development’s Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER).
This system was officially operationalized in the entire region on July 15.
In light of the new learning for the Bantay Gubat, regional director Ralph Pablo challenged each one to make a difference in their areas by enforcing what they have learned.
Pablo encouraged everyone to learn from one another to further enhance their response to environmental threats in their respective areas.
“This is an opportunity for each one of you to share strategies to improve your operations,” he said.
A capacity building program for the Bantay Gubat is expected to be conducted from September 26 to October 7 to further enhance their performance in monitoring and law enforcement in the region. (Alaska Turaray/DENR-CAR)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 12, 2016.