Pagsasabatas ng karagdagang ‘protected areas’ sa pangangalaga ng biodiversity, kasado na sa Senado

Pagsasabatas ng karagdagang ‘protected areas’ sa pangangalaga ng biodiversity, kasado na sa Senado

February 9, 2023 @ 9:28 AM 1 month ago


MANILA, Philippines – Isinusulong ni Senador Cynthia Villar ang pagsasabatas ng karagdagang “protected areas” sa buong bansa upang matanggal ang Pilipinas sa hanay ng  tinaguirang ‘world’s biodiversity hotspots.”

Sinabi ni Villar, chairperson ng Senate committee on environment and natural resources, na marami pang lugar ang dumaranas  ng mataas na ‘habitat degradation at biodiversity loss.’

Sa kanyang opening remarks sa Senate hearing  tungkol sa protected areas, dismayado si Villar na  86% ng kanilang  original habitat ang nawala sa hotspots.

“The hotspots  are also considered to be significantly threatened due to man-made exploitation and by climate change,” ayon kay Villar

“Hence, there are still many areas in the country, such as wetlands, marine sanctuaries, tropical forests, watersheds, wildlife sanctuaries, among others,  that remain under-protected, and one certain way of affording protection to these areas is by designating them as protected areas through legislation,” dagdag pa niya.

Iginiit ng senador na mas higit nating kailangan ang karagdagang protected areas dahil sa UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration noong 2021 hanggang 2030.

Idineklara ito upang paigtingin ang pag-ayos sa mga nasirang ecosystems.

Dahil dito, tinukoy ni Villar na mahalagang talakayin ang kanyang pitong bills  sa anim na panukalang protected areas.

Ang mga ito ay ang sumusunod:

-Bill expanding the area of an existing legislated protected area;

-SB No. 354 and SB No. 1259 referring to the  Paoay Lake Protected Landscape in Ilocos Norte;

-SB No. 1536 referring to the expansion of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park, a protected area in Las Piñas and Parañaque;

SB No. 1691, which refers to the San Francisco Protected Landscape (commonly known as the Mulanay Watershed Forest Reserve) in Quezon Province;

-SB No. 1725 referring to the Alibijaban Protected Landscape and Seascape also in Quezon Province;

-SB No. 355 referring to the Taklong and Tandog Group of Islands Natural Park in Guimaras; and

SB No. 517, which refers to the Bantayan Group of Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape in Cebu.

Ipinahayag ni Villar  na noong 17th Congress, isinulong niya ang pagsasabatas ng RA No. 11038 o  ENIPAS Act of  2018 na nagpapalakas sa legal framework ng establishment,  management at  maintenance ng lahat na protected areas.

“The Expanded NIPAS Act of 2018 facilitated the legislation of ninety four (94) more protected areas or PAs, in addition to the 13 PAs individually legislated under the original NIPAS law or RA No. 7586,” ani Villar.

Noong 18th Congress, 7 pang lugar ang idineklarang protected kaya meron na tayo ngayon 114 protected areas sa buong Pilipinas.  Ernie Reyes