We, the representatives of two cities, 20 municipalities and the Province of Bukidnon, national agencies, indigenous peoples, academic institutions, church organizations, private sectors and NGOs coming together in expressing our voice and concern by holding the Environment Summit at the City of Valencia, Bukidnon on June 26-27, 2008:

NOTING, that the Province of Bukidnon, is the headwaters of the major watersheds in Mindanao that support hydropower generation, irrigation and other industrial and domestic uses, such as the Pulangi, Tagoloan, Cagayan, Maridugao, Salug and Agusan-Cugman Rivers;

NOTING FURTHER, that mountain ranges are also located in the province which are of high conservation and cultural importance recognized as biodiversity hotspots, centers of endemism and the wellspring of tradition among our Indigenous Peoples;

NOTING FURTHERMORE, that the forests of Bukidnon provide valuable various ecological services to sustain its economic development, however, there is a need to increase its current twenty-five (25%) natural forest to at least forty percent (40%) and encourage multi-function forest in private lands, to ensure its sustainability and mitigate possible impact of climate change;

RECOGNIZING, that Bukidnon is experiencing a rapid economic growth due to the numerous agricultural, commercial and industrial developments because of the favorable conditions and therefore there is an indispensable need for an aggressive action to balance conditions for environmental stability as against economic development;

ACKNOWLEDGING, that we, the People of Bukidnon in our desire to sustainably manage our remaining natural resources and to conserve and perpetuate our wild flora and fauna, jointly commit to implement environmental laws and regulations such as: RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000), RA 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Control Act of 1990), RA 9275 (Clean Water Act), RA 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999), RA 7586 (National Protected Area System of 1992), PD 1586 (EIS System), PD 1067 (Water Code of The Philippines), EO 247 (Rules and Guidelines in Bio-prospecting), and the relevant provisions under RA 7160(Local Government Code of 1991)and RA 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997);

HAVING CONSIDERED the importance of sustainable development of our country in general and Bukidnon in particular, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 2008-523 (10th SP) called for the “Bukidnon Environmental Summit” held in the City of Valencia, Bukidnon on June 26-27, 2008;

HEREBY DECLARE, full support to all initiatives by the stakeholders for sustainable development of the environment and natural resources in Bukidnon; and

HEREBY COMMIT to undertake the following:

1. Act favorably on the recommendations and Call for Actions as agreed upon by the six (6) break-up groups of the said summit as follows:

A. LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN IMPORTANT BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION AREAS ON:

  • chemical aerial spraying;
  • community watershed and protected areas;
  • upland farming systems;
  • important bio-diversity and conservation areas; and
  • entry of multi-national industries.

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

  • multi-sectoral City/Municipal assessment on potential ecotourism destinations; and
  • creation of multi-sectoral Ecotourism Committee of the Local Development Council.

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

  • restoration and rainforestation;
  • Ecological Solid Waste Management;
  • co-management of untenuredforestlands / wetlands in Bukidnon;
  • mineral resources;
  • watershed management; and
  • forest protection and law enforcement.

D. RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND FINANCING FOR ENVIRONMENT ON:

  • creation of LGUs Technical Working Group (TWG) for fund sourcing; and
  • capability development of TWG on resource mobilization and linkages.

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

  • customary laws and indigenous knowledge systems and practices;
  • Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP);
  • free and prior informed consent process;
  • provincial consultative body support; and
  • socio economic, cultural and livelihood support package.

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

  • integration of environmental education in the curriculum; and
  • monitoring and evaluation on the implementation of the Bukidnon Environment Declaration 2008 Action Plan.

The details of the recommendations of the said six (6) break-up groups attached herewith shall form as an integral part to this Declaration.

RESOLVED, that a follow-up committee with multi-sectoral representation shall be created by the Office of the Provincial Governor with support to oversee the Bukidnon Environment Summit 2008 recommendations and call for actions;

RESOLVED FURTHER, that this document shall be referred to as BUKIDNON ENVIRONMENT DECLARATION 2008;

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this Declaration shall be furnished to the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Secretary, Department of Education, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, Executive Director of the National Water Resources Board, Chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Chairperson of the Regional Development Council of Region 10, and other concerned heads of offices, institutions and individuals for their information and appropriate action.

ADOPTED by the participants of this Environmental Summit and which shall be finally adopted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bukidnon, Sangguniang Panglungsod of the Cities of Valencia and Malaybalay and all Sangguniang Bayan of all Municipalities of Bukidnon this 27th day of June 2008 at Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines.

ANNEX OF DETAILED ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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