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RED Bagani Evasco, on April 23, 2021, met the officials of Aboitiz Power and discussed several agreements benefiting both the environment and the said company.

After presenting their business profile, officials sought the impressions of RED Evasco who then stated his position- environmental protection, above all. While the director affirmed with the company’s commitment in safekeeping the environment, he likewise asked for further efforts such as establishment of mangrove nursery, more sustainable endeavours for watershed protection and reinforcement of forest guards through its Bantay Bukid. The company’s representatives concurred and were upfront with their intention that while they aim for profit, they are most importantly pro-people and pro-planet.

“Protection of environment is a shared responsibility. Thus, I am looking forward to fulfilling your commitments. Likewise, the DENR is most willing to support your company.”, RED Evasco expressed.

“Our commitment is to do business that will have least adverse impact to the environment. That is why it is of utmost importance to all of us to not harm the environment, the reason why we greatly invest to protect it.”, said Rodger Velasco, President and Chief Operating Officer, Davao Light and Power Company, Inc.

The officials capped off the meeting through conducting the release of a Hawksbill Turtle at Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, in Punta Dumalag, Davao City, a sanctuary for rescued marine species, particularly the pawikans. The said eco-park has been recognized for its valuable contribution in the region’s biodiversity conservation.

With RED Evasco and Mr. Velasco were other Abotiz Power officials including Shake Aboitiz Tuason, Operations Head of Apo Agua Infrastrucrura Inc., Jason Magnaye, Asst Vice President for External Relations at Aboitiz Power Corporation and Mr. Fermin Edillon, its Community Relations Manager.

The company is also set to donate around 30 units of two-way radio which will be used for forest patrolling in Mt. Apo Natural Park in Davao del Sur and Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental.

4 20 2021 MABINI PLS Meeting

Being the PAMB Chair, RED Bagani Fidel Evasco attended his first meeting for the Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS) in Tagum City, Davao del Norte earlier this month.

Members of the body discussed updates on the compliance of resource users in Mabini to the DENR Administrative Order No. 2007-17 or the Rules and Regulations governing special uses within Protected Areas, and the organizational structure of Mabini PLS Protected Area Management Office (PAMO).

The MPLS, located at then Compostela Valley now Davao de Oro, is among the list of the country’s protected areas pursuant to RA 7586 (NIPAS Act of 1992) and RA 11038 (Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018).

4 19 DENR Region 11 and 13 Tagum City

A joint Special Order has been signed by the DENR Regional Executive Directors Bagani Fidel A. Evasco of Region 11 and Nonito M. Tamayo of Region 13 in April 12, 2021 at in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The order stipulates “The creation of Joint Inter-Regional Task Force including its Technical Working Group and Committees” which aims to keep the guards up against timber poaching and to strengthen and intensify the anti-illegal logging transboundary efforts in both regions, being the Timber Corridor and Main Gateway of the South.

Establishment of joint checkpoints with allied forces from the PNP, AFP, the LGUs and the communities is part of the strategies of the task force.

Through the strategically-established monitoring stations, RED Evasco says that “Both regions can file cases against illegal loggers. Matagam gyud sila.”

It is also in line with the department’s aim to demonstrate Sec. Roy A. Cimatu’s sentiment that not only do we safeguard the environment but also seeing to it that the forestry laws, rules and regulations are enforced to ensure and strengthen the protection of forests by keeping the trees standing and not illegally cut.

L-R PNP XI’s Regional Director PBGEN Filmore B. Escobal DENR XI RED Bagani Fidel Evasco Davao del Sur PENR Officer Pablito M. Ofrecia

Members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) for Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) Davao del Sur gathered anew for a Sub-PAMB meeting last March 31, 2021 at DENR XI- MANP’s Tinikaran Hall, So. Baras, Brgy. Kapatagan, Digos, Davao del Sur.

Through the presiding officer, RED Bagani Fidel A. Evasco, several concerns and issues were discussed and were given enlightenment. This include review of revenue generation mechanism, determination of allowable/non-allowable activities within Multiple-Use Zone (MUZ), review of trekking policy, solid waste management and installation of signages.

PNP XI’s Regional Director PBGEN Filmore B. Escobal also joined the meeting to share updates on the recently signed PNP-DENR understanding which stipulates that both parties agree to revitalize forest protection and forest law enforcement in Mt. Apo. Accordingly, the PNP team has started planting some 400 seedlings of different tree species in the area.

Meanwhile, MANP-Protected Area Superintendent Joel Pardillo also presented the innovations and physical improvements that are currently being done in the office following its recent reactivation. This include paving and concreting of roads leading to the office through the help of the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Bunkhouses are also being constructed for the accommodation of MANP’s Park Protection Officers (PPOs) and guests.

Several resolutions were also passed and are yet to be adopted including the regular rehabilitation period of Mt. Apo through a yearly 3-month-closure or “offset season” particularly during the months of June-August. Apart from the fact that these months may trigger hazard to the climbers due to rainy season, this is also to give “alone time” to the fauna species for their breeding or mating period.

4 6 2021 Pujada Bay assessment

A coral reef monitoring and assessment activity in Pujada Bay Protected Landscape and Seascape (PBPLS) in Mati, Davao Oriental was recently conducted by DENR XI, led by the diver himself, RED Bagani Fidel Evasco along with the team of rehabilitators from the office’s Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS).

The dive also formed part of the team’s installation of new monitoring site for coral and fish assessment in the said bay, which, several positive findings has been recorded during the underwater voyage.

According to the report, the PBPLS has 59.68% of hard corals percentage cover which means that it still possesses an excellent condition. Accordingly, the bay also has an estimated 33.7MT/Sq.Km. average fish biomass and has at least 118 fish species observed inside the 1000 sqm. belt transect. Among these, the damselfishes have the heaviest average biomass followed by Surgeonfish or “Indangan” and Soldierfish or “Baga”.

Aside from affirmative findings, the team have also observed threats including the indiscriminate anchoring of boats which causes damages to the corals.

The PBPLS is among the Protected Areas (PAs) in Davao Region and has been recognized as one of the Most Wonderful Bays in the World during the 15th World Bays Congress in Japan, 2019.

The DENR has been continuously exerting its best efforts for the conservation of Pujada Bay and the protection of its species.