DENR to re­view STIFRMSP IN Mt. Prov­ince

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THE DE­PART­MENT of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources is set to re­view the sta­tus of the Sus­tain­able Tra­di­tional Indige­nous For­est Re­sources Man­age­ment Sys­tems and Prac­tices (STIFRMSP) Pro­gram or lo­cally termed as the ‘Batan­gan’ sys­tem as prac­ticed by the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Be­sao, Sa­gada and Ta­dian, all in Moun­tain Prov­ince.

The Batan­gan Sys­tem is the doc­u­mented tra­di­tional for­est sys­tems and prac­tices and as such, the DENR sanc­tioned the draft­ing and ap­proval of the Joint DENR-NCIP Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der No. 2008-01 other­wise known as the “Guide­lines and Pro­ce­dures for the Recog­ni­tion, Doc­u­men­ta­tion, Reg­is­tra­tion and Con­fir­ma­tion of all Sus­tain­able Tra­di­tional Indige­nous For­est Man­age­ment Sys­tems and Prac­tices of Indige­nous Cul­tural Com­mu­ni­ties (ICCs) or Indige­nous Peo­ples (IPs) in An­ces­tral Do­main/Land”.

A Joint Im­ple­ment­ing Rules and Reg­u­la­tions for the adop­tion of the ‘Batan­gan’ as Sus­tain­able Tra­di­tional Indige­nous For­est Re­sources Man­age­ment Sys­tems and Prac­tices (STIFRMSP) of the ICCs/IPs was is­sued.

The Cordillera of­fice of DENR mean­while was tasked to con­duct the zon­ing, sur­vey and map­ping, in­ven­tory of tim­ber re­sources and to im­ple­ment liveli­hood pro­grams are the ac­tiv­i­ties for the iden­ti­fied com­mu­ni­ties in the three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

In a re­cent meet­ing with dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment agen­cies, DENR Forester Julius Caw­ilan said STIFRMSP serves as a per­mit to cut trees but it doesn’t mean “cut trees based on what you want”.

Cut­ting of trees, added Caw­ilan, is based on the sus­tain­able cus­tom­ary laws, hence giv­ing way to the ap­pro­pri­ate uti­liza­tion of the nat­u­ral re­sources. In ad­di­tion, plant­ing, pro­tect­ing and har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are part and among the com­po­nents of the pro­gram.

Forester Christo­pher Bo­saing of CENRO Sa­ban­gan ex­plained ‘Batan­gan’ is an ap­proach to the ad­vance­ment of the ex­ist­ing sus­tain­able con­ser­va­tion, uti­liza­tion and man­age­ment of the nat­u­ral re­sources as well as to re­spect and sus­tain the re­source rights of the IPs, ICCs through eq­ui­table ac­cess to nat­u­ral re­sources.

Bo­saing added it is also seen as fair ben­e­fit-shar­ing among them in their tra­di­tional for­est man­age­ment sys­tems within the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties cov­ered stress­ing poli­cies un­der mu­nic­i­pal or­di­nances should be for­mu­lated by the leg­isla­tive body of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and not the DENR.

It was learned the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Be­sao, Sa­gada and Ta­dian have pre­vi­ously drafted or­di­nances for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Batan­gan sys­tem but are still up for re­view by the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan.

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