Rehab of Leyte Sab-a
Basin Peatlands, pilot site for ASEAN Peatland Forest Project,
Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 19, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Now ongoing
in the province of Leyte is the implementation of community-led
demonstration projects on sustainable use and rehabilitation of the
peatland areas within the Leyte Sab-a Basin, a pilot site for the
ASEAN Peatland Forest Project in the Philippines.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8
Regional Executive Director Manolito D. Ragub, recently, forged
agreements with the Municipal Mayors of Alang-alang and Santa Fe,
Leyte for the said project.
In said agreements, Mayor Loreto Yu of the municipality of Alang-alang
mobilized the constituents of Barangays Divisoria, Langit and
Tabangohay through the respective Barangay Chairmen, in establishing
one hectare demonstration projects and rehabilitation of two hectares
degraded peatland areas in their respective barangays.
On the other hand, Mayor Melchor Quemado of the municipality of Santa
Fe caused the constituents of barangay San Isidro through its barangay
chairman to implement the same demonstration project and
Ms. Purificacion Daloos, chief of the regional Public Affairs Office
of DENR-8 informed that the community-led demonstration projects and
rehabilitation areas will serve as learning sites for sustainable use
and conservation of peatlands at the same time providing livelihood to
Ms. Daloos said that this project also aims at creating awareness and
instituting measures in the protection and sustainable use of areas
surrounding the peatlands that allows cultivation for agricultural
Each Barangay shall receive P175,000 for the development of the one
hectare demonstration project and two hectares rehabilitation area.
This amount is part of the fund grant from the Global Environment
Facility (GEF) through the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) which is helping the Philippines and other ASEAN
Peatland Forest Projects undertake activities for rehabilitation and
sustainable use of peatland forests in South East Asia.
The Leyte Sab-a Basin is one of the two pilot sites for the ASEAN
Peatland Forest Project in the Philippines. The other project is in
Agusan Del Sur.
The project is being implemented by the Government through the DENR’s
Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) with funding from the IFAD
and the GEF. It has two component activities for 2012: providing small
community-led demonstration project on sustainable use of peatlands as
well as rehabilitation of degraded peatlands for the hydrology and
conservation of biodiversity.
The project may seem small but once the sites will become operational,
it will create a multiplier effect especially on the proper use,
rehabilitation and conservation of this still lesser known peatlands
ecosystems, as important habitat of biodiversity and as carbon sinks,”
RED Ragub said.