DAVAO City, PH — In an effort to properly enforce environmental laws in the Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) in cooperation with the with the communities and other partner agencies, the Environment department in Regions 11 and 12 recently conducted a capacity development training for PA parks protection officers and PA law enforcers from the indigenous peoples community.
The capacity development training on law enforcement last February 21-22, conducted under the IP4Biodiv module of the GIZ-COSERAM Program in cooperation with the DENR, was attended by all 10 parks protection officers of the DENR–PENRO-PASu of Digos City, Davao del Sur and representatives of the Philippine Eagle Foundation and IP communities.
Noting that many trekkers will come to scale the Philippines’ highest peak Mt. Apo this summer, Digos City Deputy PASu Franklyn Buenaflor stressed on the need to ensure that the Management and Trekking Policies are properly implemented and followed as well as strictly enforce the Mt. Apo Climb Monitoring.
Resource persons also discussed and identified the many different types of law enforcers in Mt. Apo such as the Park Protection Officers of Region 11, Green Brigade of Region 12, DENROs, Bantay Bukid of Davao City, Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) and IPs or local communities.
The different issues and concerns of the participants were noted and analyzed for further action.
The two-day workshop resulted to the drafting of an operations manual for MANP law enforcers or the MANP Law Enforcement Plan.
Participants also recommended for the different line agencies involved in the MANP to prioritize the following: (1) conduct a Wildlife Enforcement Officers learning event and deputation; (2) finalize the Law Enforcement Plan for the MANP; (3) invest in the mobilization and logistical equipment of the parks protection officers; (4) para-legal training for law enforcement officers; and (5) draw up a MOA for the partner agencies and other agreements for more effective law enforcement protocols in Mt Apo.
All photos are contributed by the PASu, Digos City; used with permission.