DENR conducts census at CCPL

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Saturday, October 22, 2011


EIGHT years after the Central Cebu Protected Landscape was established, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR 7) formed a team that will conduct a census and registration of occupants in 22 barangays within the protected area.

The team is composed of representatives of local government units, nongovernment organizations and technical personnel from the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services.

“The activity is undertaken to provide the DENR with basic data as basis for establishing management zones and buffer zones, and for the preparation of programs, including the identification of alternative livelihood opportunities,” said DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Maximo Dichoso.

The census, which has a budget of P442,000, includes detailed demographic studies, assessment of socio-economic conditions and validation of proofs of occupancy.

Proclamation

CCPL was established through a Presidential Proclamation 441, issued by the President Arroyo in August 2003. It has a total area of more than 28,000 hectares, covering the watersheds of Buhisan, Mananga and Kotkot-Lusaran, and the national parks of Sudlon and Central Cebu, which are located in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Toledo and Danao, and in the municipalities of Minglanilla, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Balamban.

“Our objectives are to determine and attest to the actual number of occupants within the protected areas, establish the exact location and approximate size of homelots or farmlots, and check the period of occupancy over certain portions,” said Dichoso.

“We will be issuing an official list of tenured migrants, which is not a tenurial instrument that would grant security of tenure over the areas being occupied,” he added.

Meanwhile, the DENR filed a criminal complaint before the Office of the Prosecutor in Cebu City against Richard and Jonard Obod, residents of Barangay Sudlon II in Cebu City, for allegedly cutting trees inside the CCPL.

The complaint is based on the joint affidavit of Protected Area Superintendent Ariel Rica, Cristituto Ruaza of Kantipla Ecosytem Enhancement and Protection Foundation and Danilo Villaban.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2011.

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