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RDC XI recommends measures to preserve Kapatagan as part of Mt. Apo protected area

by ET Isidro

Davao City (6 September) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Davao Region recently affirmed the joint recommendations of its special committees, the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) and the Regional Committee on Sustainable Development (RCSD) to ensure the preservation of barangay Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur as part of the Mr. Apo Protected Area.

NEDA XI Regional Director Nicasio Angelo J. Agustin, RDC XI Vice Chair, informed that the Council is urging the local government units of the city of Digos and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz and Bansalan to ensure strict compliance by all stakeholders of all regulatory procedures set by the Mt. Apo Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). These procedures include the regulation of economic activities in Barangay Kapatagan and ensure that settlements are in multiple-use zones in line with Republic Act 9237. The LGUs are also encouraged to enact ordinances supporting the Mt. Apo PAMB Management Plan to preserve, protect and manage the barangay.

Agustin said that Digos City is specifically tasked to also develop and implement a solid waste disposal program for the barangay consistent with applicable laws. Digos City and Sta, Cruz are likewise encouraged to reconcile their respective Mountain Climbing Management Plans.

Together with the Mt. Apo PAMB, Digos City is also directed to look into the regulation of the use of agro-chemicals and non-destructive farming practices. PAMB, DENR and NCIP are also asked to strictly implement the Joint DENR-NCIP memo circular on the management of overlapping Protected Areas and/or their Buffer Zones and Ancestral Domains/Lands. For its part, DBM is expected to strengthen the management and supervision of protection areas through the PAMB and the Protected Area Superintendent Office by providing them the means and resources to implement and enforce their Management Plans.

These recommendations, Agustin revealed, were proposed in view of the establishment of three banana plantations and the unabated expansion of economic activities in the barangays that were considered detrimental to the ecological balance in the area. (NEDA-PIA-XI) [top]

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