DENR, DILG ink MOA
with six Leyte LGUs on co-management of natural resources
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
April 6, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – A
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be signed on April 7, 2011
(Thursday) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and six
coastal local government units in the western side of Leyte on
co-management of natural resources in the area.
It was learned that
the six LGUs – Baybay City, and the towns of Bato, Hilongos, Hindang,
Inopacan and Matalom had formed an Integrated Municipal Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources Management Council (IMFARMC) to administer laws in
proper management of natural resources within their boundaries.
They 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.
Baybay City Mayor
Carmen Cari will host the gathering to be held at the city Legislative
Building at 8 o’clock in the morning, which will feature pledges of
commitment from the mayors of the concerned municipalities and the
Visayas State University,
Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo.
Messages of support
are expected from Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, DENR
Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato Jr. and DILG Regional
Director Francisco C. Jose.
Leyte 5th district congressman Jose Carlos L. Cari is likewise
slated to address the activity.
The MOA signing is
expected to give impetus to efforts of LGUs and the national
government to protect natural resources even while allowing for
sustainable development in these areas.