Management Group pushes for Boracay Island rehab by thematic areas, implements Boracay Action Plan (BAP)

Boracay Action Plan

            After the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) which spearheaded the initial phase of the rehabilitation activities for the island of Boracay, the task force has been renamed to Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG).

             From a Ground Commander, it will now be led by a General Manager in the person of Forester Livino B. Duran who sits in concurrent capacity as Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6.

               ARD Duran’s assignment came on the heels of the rehabilitation activities in Boracay Island going into its tenth month. Formerly, the task force implemented rehabilitation and recovery activities in Key Result Areas (KRAs) as the basis of outputs.

 The former BIATF has identified seven KRAs, namely: 1. Providing social safety nets through Training, Livelihood and Employment Assistance; 2. Ensuring the health and sanitation of Boracay Island; 3. Decongesting Boracay Island; 4. Easing traffic flow; 5. Enforcing the rule of law in Boracay Island; 6. Engaging the stakeholders and the public through an Effective Domestic and Global Communications Strategy; and 7. Boracay Action Plan.

 In ensuring however, the efficient and effective management and interventions in the rehabilitation of Boracay Island, the Management Group is now pushing for thematic areas in implementing the crafted Boracay Action Plan (BAP). The BAP has four (4) Thematic Areas with corresponding group, namely: Theme 1: Enforcement of laws and regulations; Theme 2: Pollution Control and Prevention; Theme 3. Rehabilitation and Recovery of Ecosystems; Theme 4a: Putting in place reliable infrastructure; Theme 4b: Responsive social services along health, education and housing; and, Theme 4c: Sustainable economic activities including tourism and livelihood.

 As chairman, the DENR has appointed a DENR-counterpart who will sit in each Thematic Group to consolidate a holistic report that shall serve as baseline data as well.

            The first meeting of the group was done last February 8, 2019 at Casa Pilar, Boracay Island. The meeting was chaired by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. together with Assistant Secretary for Field Operations–Visayas, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. and the newly installed General Manager for Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group Livino B. Duran.

              RED Milla is happy to note that the implementation of programs in Boracay is on track. He is hoping that the community will cooperate and support the programs of DENR in promoting a sustainable and healthy environment.

              DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu aims to provide clean water and a healthy environment for the Filipino people while also promoting sustainable world class tourism destinations which the Philippines is so gifted with./ DENR 6


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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.


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