“It is important to note that human activity remains permitted in the identified buffer zones of protected areas, as long as they do not harm the integrity of the strict protection zone. In addition to the development tax, DENR will also collect an administrative fee of 5,000 P5,000 for each sapa application submitted to cover the costs of reviewing, assessing and processing the requirements submitted. The levy is deposited with the Integrated Protected Areas Protection Fund.  newsinfo.inquirer.net/987731/denr-opens-protected-areas-to-special-private-use  Denr-Verwaltungsbeschluss 2008-26 www.greenpeace.org/static/planet4-philippines-stateless/2019/05/dao-2008-26_114.pdf  www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1993/jul1993/gr_101083_1993.html Royalties amount to 5 per cent of the zonal value of the area of activity located in the municipality closest to the project. It is then multiplied by the area to be developed, which adds 1 percent of the improvement value as a premium to the protected area. Vince Cinches, political activist, Southeast Asia from Greenpeace – Philippines [email protected]] > | Cimatu stated that Sapa also wanted to fully exploit protected areas, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, as a guide for the corresponding zoning. “Currently, the operation of certain protected areas in our country does not have a general management planning strategy (GMPS), as signed in Rule 10 of the 2008-26 DENR 2008-26 By-Law, that is why even the current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, stone and land extraction, fishing, agriculture and general non-compliance with environmental legislation. This is why its SAPA has been suspended because it is contrary to the law of the National Protected Areas Protection System (NIPAS). “Let us not let greed dominate our constitutional right to a balanced and healthy environment. Our protected areas belong to the Filipino people and we are only administrators of this beautiful place that is our country.
It is up to future generations that they appreciate and still appreciate natural places. It is thanks to our children, and we sincerely hope that DENR will remember this. Sapa aims to “provide access and economic opportunities to indigenous peoples, migrant communities and other interest groups” in protected areas. Angelo T. Reyes, former secretary, signed the 2007-2017 CAD on July 26, 2007, setting out guidelines for special applications in protected areas. “Greenpeace is very concerned about this development and we are concerned that this will do nothing but open up protected areas for exploitation. The lifting of the moratorium on special authorizations will not protect people or make them vulnerable to poverty, but will expose our indigenous peoples to further abuse and oppression. The Sapa is an instrument that is issued to individuals and groups and allows them to productively use a protected area identified by Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992. Former Environment Minister Ramon Paje suspended the regime in 2011 because it failed to generate revenue and improve the management of protected areas, DIER officials said. Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines also spoke out against the opening of protected areas. But even with the granting of a Sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zoning rules to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Palaui Island in Cagayan province, one of more than 200 protected areas in the country.
DeNR`s decision, Cimatu, sparked protests and concerns from environmental groups. The groups warned of potential negative effects in protected areas. Individuals, groups and businesses can again apply for a special use agreement for protected areas (Sapa) after the suspension of the programme was lifted, the minister of