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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Sato finds new ally in biodiversity conservation

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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato has found another ally in biodiversity conservation.

The Occidental Mindoro solo met with Environment department officials headed by Secretary Roy Cimatu.

“Thank you Sec. Roy Cimatu, Usec. Jonas Leones and Asec./BMB Dir. Ric Calderon for a fruitful meeting. Eager and excited to work on our agreed initiatives for improved protected area management and biodiversity conservation,” said Sato.

Sato and the officials have agreed with the following:

• The detailed PA Investment Plan and Budget for each of the 107 legislated PAs is already up for final review. We will roll this out in next year’s national budget. A briefing with Congs. who have PAs in their districts will be jointly organized by my office and DENR;

• An ASEAN Parliamentary Alliance for Biodiversity Conservation will be organized in partnership with the House of Representatives, DENR and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. This aims to harmonize policy, implementation, monitoring and enforcement frameworks to complement existing international agreements in the region;

• Realizing the urgency of addressing the critically endangered state of the Tamaraw, the Tamaraw Research and Conservation Center will be set-up. It will complement existing programs by intensifying science-based conservation efforts. The proposed Center will be set-up based on the DAO which DENR Sec. Cimatu committed to issue this year; and,

• To address the recent alarming report by the PASU of the Apo Reef Natural Park, the DENR-BMB will dispatch a team of experts that will assess the PA and draw-up immediate actions.

Sato admitted that what they have agreed are hard to achieve but noted that it is the right thing to do.

“Alam nating marami at mahirap ang ating mga plano. Pero ang mga ito ay dapat at kailangan nating gawin. Sa pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan, business as usual is no longer an option,” she said.