Environment office launches forestland assessment program

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Sunday, December 9, 2012


THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) recently launched the forestland boundary assessment and delineation (FLBD) program in Cagayan de Oro City.

The program aims to reduce land conflicts and determine the preliminary boundaries between forestlands, protected areas and agricultural lands; promote harmonious utilization and management of lands and resources that will not compromise the management options of future generations; and map areas that can be potential for agroforestry development.

DENR-Armm Secretary Hadji Kahal Kedtag said the FLBD project is in compliance to the constitutional mandate of the DENR to mark on the ground the boundaries between forestland and alienable and disposable lands.

“In this way, we can be able to determine the appropriate management interventions and protect our remaining forest cover,” Kedtag said.

Kedtag also urged the support and participation of the local government units (LGUs) “as their participation is very critical and important.”

Armm Governor Mujiv Hattaman said the program aimed to finish the delineation before middle of 2013.

“Kung hind kasi namin ito matapos before mid-2013, mahihirapan na kami kun hindi ito ma-work out,” Hattaman said.

The implementation of the project will officially start in Lanao del Sur and will continue in Maguindanao and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi anchoring on theme “Unang Tanda para sa Kagubatan, Simbolo nang Handa, Matatag, Makabago at Makakalikasang Bangsamoro.”

The Armm government, through Hataman, forged a memorandum of agreement with DENR Secretary Ramon Paje last June 19 for the conduct of forest boundary delineation in the region.

Under the agreement, the DENR committed a financial assistance of P44 million for the project, which the Armm government hopes to complete by mid of 2013.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 10, 2012.

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