Solon tells stakeholders to fast-track drafting of IRR for E-NIPAS
Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato is urging various stakeholders to fast-track the drafting of the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) for Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System of 2018 (E-NIPAS).
Aside from the IRR, the lady solon from Occidental Mindoro, a principal author of the E-NIPAS bill in the House of Representatives, said various stakeholders should focus on expanding the strict conservation areas and nature reserve using ecological parameters of conservation, review, assess, revise, and regularly update Protected Area management plans, and reconstitute the Protected Area Management Boards (PAMB).
This, as the Philippines is faced with the problem of dwindling forest cover, the massive degradation of coastal, marine and freshwater ecosystems and a serious threat to the country’s endemic and unique species.
A biodiversity champion in the House of Representatives, Sato makes it a point to participate in local and national discussions to rally concerned local officials and community leaders towards greater biodiversity conservation by way of effective local governance and more active regulatory actions.
With the ENIPAS Act, the Philippines added 94 legislated protected areas, transcending 15 regions and 53 provinces, and covering a total land area of 3,096,846 hectares or approximately 10 percent of the country’s total land area.
In terms of financing, Sato said the ENIPAS will increase the annual budget allocations from the national government, from P65 million annually to about P535 million per year, based on current annual average budgetary allocations of 5 million per protected area.