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Tuba signs deal with DENR for Forest Land Use Plan

TUBA, BENGUET, July 27 — The Municipal Government of Tuba, Benguet signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera Regional Office (DENR–CAR) for the implementation of the Tuba Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP).

The MOA provided for an understanding between the DENRCAR and Tuba in the sharing responsibility in the maintenance of the forest eco-system.

The Tuba Municipal Council approved Resolution Number 69 authorizing Mayor Florencio Bentrez to enter into a MOA with the DENR-CAR.

The DENR is the primary government agency responsible for the sustainable development and management of the country’s environment and natural resources while the local government units under Republic Act 7160 shares the responsibility in the maintenance of ecological balance within their territorial jurisdictions.

A total of 27.864 hectares classified as forestland are declared both for production and protection of forests.

The MOA provided that the DENR–CAR and Tuba local government will create a legitimate FLUP in coordination with local stakeholders with technical assistance from the department.

The plan incorporates strategies to conserve forests, water and biodiversity resources, increase food and fiber production, direct and focus public and private investments, eliminate or reduce conflicts among various stakeholders, including protection of rights and lives, settlement and public infrastructures.

This was further affirmed by DENR-CAR after the evaluation, review and endorsement of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO).

The plan underscores the general principles in reviewing the grant of tenure and declaration or proclamation of allocation instruments in forest and forestlands.

It also spells out the roles and responsibilities of DENR and the municipal government, commitment of both parties in working together for the effective implementation of the FLUP. (PNA)

LAP/JOJO B. LAMARIA/EDS

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