Cops as environment protectors pushed

WITH June celebrated annually as the Philippine Environment Month, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has proposed that more funds be dedicated to tighter law enforcement and stronger research on forest management.

NEDA Assistant Secretary for Regional Development Mercedita Sombilla said stakeholders in private and public sectors should implement strategies to rehabilitate degraded natural resources and to protect the fragile ecosystem.

NEDA officials and employees undertook planting of 500 guyabano and guava seedlings in Rizal, Laguna. This year’s theme is “Go Wild for Life, Combat Biodiversity Loss.”

In keeping with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, NEDA is recommending the complete delineation of final forest limits.

“This will mark the extent of forestlands that need proper management. This should also distinguish production zones from protection zones,” she said.

Sombilla added that the rehabilitation of unproductive, denuded, and degraded areas, which account for 7.1 million hectares, should be accelerated and prioritized.

She said improving environmental health and ecological integrity are critical to support the accelerated economic growth that the administration aims to achieve.

“Our environment and natural resources play a critical role in our country’s development. They support the performance of other sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industry, and services. They also provide livelihood to resource-dependent communities,” Sombilla said.

The tree planting event was organized by the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Staff of NEDA in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Laguna.

 

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