|Luzon Consultation Workshop on Resettlement of Protected Area Migrants|
|Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:34|
The DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau conducted a three day Luzon Consultation Workshop on Resettlement of Protected Area Migrants in on 9-11 October 2012 at Cloud 9 Sports and Leisure Club, Antipolo City. It was attended by 15 Protected Area Superintendents (PASUs)/ Assistant PASUs from Luzon protected areas, namely; Mt. Pulag NP, Lower Agno WFR, Agoo-Damortis PL, Paoay Lake NP, Dupax WFR, Northern Sierra Madre NP, Roosevelt PL, Pantabangan-Carranglan WR, Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal PL, Upper Marikina River Basin PL, Pamitinan PL, Mt. Guiting-Guiting NP, Mt. Mantalingahan PL, Mt. Isarog NP and Bicol NP.
The consultation workshop aimed to formulate policy on the resettlement of PA migrants. The workshop provided venue for the participants to share thoughts, strategies and experiences on resettling/ relocating migrants residing inside protected areas; gather comments and recommendations on the resettlement of existing migrants in PAs; and improve the draft policy on the resettlement of PA migrants through identifying gaps, inconsistencies and inadequacies of existing policies on resettlement which may be adopted in protected areas.
The Orientation-Workshop was formally opened by Assistant Director Nelson P. Devanadera of PAWB. AD Devanadera emphasized the importance of the said activity specifically in addressing issues and concerns that the PAWCZMS sector are now facing, which includes biodiversity degradation and rapid and continuously increasing population inside the protected areas.