RED PAMBMembers of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) across Eastern Visayas convened in the 2nd   Regional PAMB Summit organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to improve and strengthen the management of protected areas in the region.

DENR Regional Executive Director Crizaldy Barcelo said the summit is an avenue for capacitating and updating PAMB members with new policies and guidelines for an effective protected area management. He added that the summit will equip the protected area (PA) managers with tools that will enable them to respond effectively to the issues and challenges confronting the protected areas in the region.

“This summit shall facilitate learning and exchange of information between PAMB members Protected Area Superintendents (PASUs), and personnel assigned in the day to day operation of the PA”, Barcelo said.

Stressing on the roles of the PAMB composed by members from the local government units, national government agencies, and non-government organizations, RED Barcelo emphasized the need to collaborate and strengthen partnership to ensure more effective management of protected areas for biodiversity conservation and sustained ecosystem services.

“Unveil your passion in caring for our protected areas to people in your communities, local government leaders, and tourists. Allow them to appreciate the charm of our PAs, but make them understand that exploitation will lead to dangerous consequences such as loss of biodiversity”, RED Barcelo said.

In Eastern Visayas, there are seven (7) protected areas legislated under the Expanded NIPAS Act of 2018. This includes the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park, Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape, Lake Danao Natural Park, Samar Island Natural Park, Calbayog Pan-as Hayiban Protected Landscape, Biri Larosa Protected Landscape and Seascape, and the Guiuan Marine Resource Protected Landscape and Seascape.

This year’s PAMB Summit was highlighted with discussions on the E-NIPAS, the National Protected Area System Master Plan for 2019-2030, and sharing of best practices and success stories on ecotourism and protected area management by the Protected Area Superintendents (PASUs).