Baybay City, 5 other
LGUs sign MOA on co-management of natural resources
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
April 11, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
City of Baybay and five other municipalities signed a Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) on
April 7, 2011
with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to firm up
their roles on co-management of natural resources in the area.
Mayor Carman Cari of
Baybay headed the mayors of six local government units – Baybay City,
and the towns of Bato, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan and Matalom in
forming an Integrated Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Management Council (IMFARMC) to help administer laws in proper
management of natural resources within their boundaries.
The MOA signing was
held at the city Legislative Building which saw the mayors of the
concerned municipalities, and the representatives of the Visayas State
University, DENR, BFAR, PNP and other offies declare their pledges of
commitment for the undertaking. DILG -8 Regional Director Francisco
Jose was also on hand to lend his support.
The MOA sought to
harness support from the above-mentioned offices in order to fully
implement the provisions of joint memorandum circular 98-01 of DENR
and DILG, as well as DENR Department Order No 92-30 which provided
guidelines on transfer and Implementation of DENR functions devolved
to LGUs as mandated in the Local Government Code. LGUs now share with
the DENR the responsibility in sustainable management and development
of the environment and natural resources within their territories.
Among those present in
the event were BFAR Reg. Dir. Juan Albaladejo; Dr. Roberto Guarte, VSU
Vice President; PNP Provincial Director PSSupt. Pio Manito, PENRO
Robin Tumolva, Atty. Dan Suarez, OIC-CMMD of DENR; Board Member
Florante Cayunda, Mayor Silvestre Lumarda of Inopacan, and Mayor
Nathaniel Gertos of Bato.
The MOA signing is
expected to spur efforts of LGUs and the national government to
protect natural resources even while allowing for sustainable
development in these areas.