Barangay Bucari in Leon, Iloilo, dubbed as the “Summer Capital” of the province, is seen to enhance its eco-tourism potentials, with the signing of the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) of the town.
Leon mayor Rolito Cajilig said the FLUP will serve as their bible in the implementation of environmental programs, primarily that for the development of Bucari.
“Bucari will serve as a learning center, not just an area for planting trees,” Cajilig said.
Jim Sampulna, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and chief signatory, said the signing of the FLUP is the first to be done in the country.
He said this is because the town of Leon is capable of sustaining the management of its forest resources, promotion of its eco-potentials, which will in turn attract investors.
Sampulna said all village chiefs in Leon will be trained as forest protectors to preserve the areas for generations to come.
Meanwhile, Livino Duran, regional technical director for DENR-Forestry Management Services, said the LGU and the DENR should share management, development, regulatory and accountability functions in the implementation of the FLUP.
Under the Joint Memorandum Circular 98-01, all local government units, together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, are mandated to share responsibility of sustainable management and development of forest resources.
He cited the characteristics of Bucari which will help boost its economic potentials: cool climate, pine tree plantation, and natural vegetation, which earned for it, among others, the title “Vegetable Basket of Iloilo”.
For his part, PENRO-Iloilo Raul Lorilla commended the town officials for being strong and decisive by embracing the challenge of crafting their FLUP to boost Bucari’s potentials.
According to the DENR, the FLUP provides the framework for identifying sustainable management strategies and investment priorities and promotes community participation in forest resources planning and management. (DENR/JSC/ESS-PIA Iloilo)Add a comment