Lawmaker hails passage of ENIPAS Law
After many years of struggle, specially by indigenous peoples (IPs) and civil society, the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018 (ENIPAS) under Republic Act No. 11038 has been finally passed.
Ifugao Representative Teodoro “Teddy” Brawner Baguilat, Jr. has welcomed the passage, saying that the law empowers local communities and ensures the protection of the rights of IPs, particularly with the sustainable management of their own ancestral domains.
He also underscored that good governance and the right political culture enable policies that promote biodiversity conservation. Thus, aside from empowering communities, the people must also empower leaders who are public servants concerned with the greater good rather than their own, limited partisan and personal interests.
During the Small Grants Program (SGP) National Conference, Baguilat stressed that “communities are key to the effective and sustainable biodiversity conservation.”
The four-day biodiversity-focused conference aims to encourage and sustain interaction among local stakeholders, especially civil society, and help forge partnerships on technological and information exchanges, skills enhancement and policy development.
This event is co-organized by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).