Mt Kalawitan Forest Protection Council formed
by Juliet B. Saley
Sabangan, Mt. Province (15 August) -- Effective administration and management of protected areas is more attainable through a strong cooperation between government and private organizations.
To enhance the protection, management and development of the portion of Mt. Kalawitan located in the municipality, a Core Group representing the cross section of the constituents of Sabangan was constituted last May 8 through Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 2008-30.
Pursuant to SB Resolution No. 2004-36 dated August 30, 2004, Mt. Kalawitan was identified as a watershed area of this municipality and was recommended to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its official proclamation.
The Mt. Kalawitan Forest Protection and Development Council is chaired by the Municipal mayor with the Municipal Vice mayor as the vice chairman. Members include the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on environment and Natural Resources, DENR, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Department of Education. It also includes the ABC president, SK president, Municipal Planning and Development Officer, Municipal Tourism Action Officer, PNP-Sabangan Chief of Police, Municipal Solid Waste Management Action Officer, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, and a representative from each of the NGOs: the KAFILIG association, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), and the Social Action Development Council (SADC).
The Council is tasked to formulate rules and strategies aimed to protect, manage and develop Mt. Kalawitan and monitor its enforcement; to coordinate with concerned agencies and offices on all matters concerning protection and management of Mt. Kalawitan and other areas of Sabangan with focus on natural forest reservation, regulation of hunting activities in the area, fire control, agro-forestry, eco-tourism, mini-hydro and waste disposal; to seek technical and financial support of concerned agencies and offices relative to the protection and development of Mt. Kalawitan; and to serve as a complimentary body to the Municipal Ecological Solid Waste Management Board. (PIA MP) [top]