Bukidnon Environment Declaration 2008

ANNEX OF DETAILED ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

HEREBY COMMIT to undertake the following:

Act favorably on the recommendations of the 6 break-up groups, as follow:

A. LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN IMPORTANT BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION AREAS

  • Identify & declare community watershed in the Local Government Units (municipality/city) in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources;
  • Stabilize legal easement through the planting of fruit trees, bamboo and other species with economic value by concerned adjoining owners with substantial support from the national government agencies and LGUs;
  • Strict law enforcement against any form of environmental destruction in partnership with national and local government agencies and communities (i.e. ban on aerial chemical spraying in large scale plantation);
  • Intensify the environmental communication and education campaign in all levels of society;
  • institutionalize Mt. Kalatungan as Protected Area through congressional action;
  • provide alternative eco-friendly livelihood to upland settlers;.
  • recommend amendments to Section 68 & 69 of Presidential Decree 705, as amended (increasing the bail and penalty);
  • fast track through an informed decision –making processes the designation of the initially identified areas for reservation (watershed, protected area);
  • enhance coordination on the implementation of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, National Integrated Protected Areas System, Local Government Code, and other similar related laws;
  • identify important biodiversity conservation areas within the Area of Responsibility of the LGUs (barangay, city/municipal); and
  • regulate the entry/expansion of investments to conform to the local land use plan and other related legislations.

B. ECOTOURISM AS A STRATEGY FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

  • Creation of a multi-sectoral provincial ecotourism committee through an Executive Order of the Provincial Governor under the Provincial Development Council whose functions include;
    • Undertake a situational assessment and mapping in partnership with the Local Government Units of Bukidnon of the potential ecotourism destinations in the province and giving due course to social and institutional analysis of the area; and
    • Spearhead the preparation of a Bukidnon ecotourism master plan based on generally accepted principles of participatory planning and ecotourism development that is guided by the National Ecotourism Strategy of the Philippines (2002) whose pillars of development call for the management of natural and cultural resources in sustainable manner, environmental education and awareness, empowerment of local communities, and sustainable ecotourism products.

C. GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

  • Restoration & Rainforestation
    • Study the options for tenured areas (Industrial Forest Management Area, Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title, Community Based Forest Management Area, Pasture, Integrated Social Forestry, Forest Land Grazing Lease Agreement, Private plantations) using Carbon sequestration credits for its financial requirements, in lieu of timber harvesting.
  • Ecological Solid Waste Management
    • Assess the constraint of some LGUs who failed to comply the formulation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans;
    • Establish Material Recovery Facility at Municipal level; and
    • Install composting facilities (vermi-composting) at Barangay level.
  • Co-management of untenured forestlands/wetlands in Bukidnon.
    • LGUs to enter into co-management of forestlands/wetlands with DENR on appropriate sites as per Joint Memorandum Circular 98-01 (Manual Procedures for DENR-DILG-LGU Partnership on devolved and other related forest management functions), Joint Memorandum Circular 2003-01(Strengthening and institutionalizing the DENR-DILG-LGU partnership on devolved and other forest management functions), and Executive Order 606 (Pursuing sustainable upland development anchoring on food, wood and non wood security and economic productivity and providing mechanics for its implementation and for other purposes).
  • Mineral Resources
    • Continue advocacy program on responsible mineral resources utilization;
    • Updating LGUs on their roles on mineral resource utilization applications;
    • Require the Provincial Legal Office to come up with a summary of pertinent laws – IPRA, Mining Act, NIPAS, etc – and their Implementing Rules and Regulations – for policy review and analysis; and
    • Encourage the Local Government Units to support the conduct of seminars in areas of concern on IPRA specifically on use and management of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALT) and in the formulation of their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP).
  • Watershed Management.
    • Continue the use and application of Watershed Approach in area development within its political jurisdiction (i.e., from barangay level to municipal level and the provincial level);
    • Strengthen the Bukidnon Watershed Provincial Development Council (BWPDC) who will pursue the watershed trans-boundary negotiations with neighboring provinces and cities that are recipient of water from the province, as per RA 9275 (Clean Water Act), and RA 9286/ PD 198, for possible share in the environmental service payment and; and
    • Encourage the LGUs to establish sewage treatment facilities, pursuant to RA 9275 (Clean Water Act).
  • Forest Protection and Law Enforcement.
    • Pursue and strengthen community based and multi-sectoral approach to forest protection and law enforcement.

D. RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND FINANCING FOR ENVIRONMENT

  • Creation of a Multi-Sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) on Resource Mobilization to follow-up the summit output particularly on policy support and promotion of Bukidnon for resource accessing purposes:
    • Capacity enhancement on resource accessing (i.e. CDM projects), networking and socio-cultural approaches;
    • Evaluate the usage of Environmental Trust Fund involving the utilization of provincial share of National Powers Corporation’s Environmental Fund (from reforestation program to social infrastructures);
    • Creation of Provincial NGO-PO Consortium to serve as support mechanism for accessing financing for environmental development projects ; and
    • Establish mechanism and strategies to access and implement in the Province the Adopt-a-Watershed Program of Land Bank of the Philippines.

E. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND EMPOWERMENT IN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

  • Codification of customary laws, cultural rites, arts, indigenous knowledge system practices and on sustainable development;
  • Empowerment of tribal elders and leaders for effective protection and control of ancestral domain;
  • Provide financial and technical support through the NCIP for the formulation of ADSDPP and to create venues for multi-stakeholder partnership;
  • Strict implementation of Free and Prior Inform Consent process;
  • Strengthen and support the Provincial Consultative Body to fulfill its mandate and function; and
  • Provision of agroforestry and other appropriate socio-economic, cultural support packages.

F. INSTITUTIONALIZING SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN THE ACADEME

  • Organize the academe’s technical working group:
    • Organize each school level a core group to take charge of the integration and documentation of environmental concerns and activities (Division of Valencia City);
    • Tap student and pupil organizations in the implementation of environmental activities;
    • Conduct capability development on lesson planning and instructional materials integrating SNREM;
    • Strengthen and support teachers to conduct researches that are environment-based; and
    • Disseminate the results to end-users, stakeholders and policy makers for policy creation and improve extension services to the community.
  • Develop a participatory Monitoring and Evaluation system.
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