NGO Urges PNoy to Convert Watershed Forest Into a Natural Park

VIRAC, Catanduanes - The Catanduanes Sustainable Development Inc., a non-government environment petition letter recently petitioned President Noynoy Quino His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to convert a watershed reservation in the province of Catanduanes into a Natural Park.

The petition paper states the alarming scenario affecting the vast flora and fauna, the life support system which are now in degenerative state due to uncontrolled human activities to the gradual decline in the quality and quantity of the ground water, surface water, and other essential ecosystem services.

The group also appealed to Gov. Joseph C. Cua and Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento, for the immediate establishment of a natural park in the Island province.

The members of the ECODEVI advocates the establishment of the Catanduanes Natural Park through the expansion of the Catanduanes Watershed Forest Reserve (CWFR) under Presidential Proclamation 123 date June 23, 1997, to include large portion of Catanduanes Wilderness area with the ultimate goal of preserving vast habitats for biodiversity conservation in accordance with the National Integrated Protected Areas (NIPAS) and therefore ensuring human survival.

They also commit to keep the spirit of environmentalism alive as they intend to consistently be at the forefront in the crusade for biodiversity protection. The likewise commit to promote good governance as their gesture of support to Pres. Aquino. The chairman of the Board of ECODEVI is Luis L. Surtida, provincial administrator, Province of Catanduanes.(PIA/Catanduanes)

by EA Bagadiong
Source: PIA Press Release
Tuesday, February 22, 2011