„Let us not allow greed to reign over our constitutional right to a balanced and healthy environment. Our protected areas belong to the Filipino people, and we are only the managers of this beautiful place that is our country. It is up to future generations to still have natural places to enjoy and appreciate. We owe it to our children, and we sincerely hope that the DENR will remember it. „In some protected areas with GMPS, the permitted human activities are not listed, as all activities are subject to a clear impact assessment. The revitalization of sapa is contrary to the spirit or general objectives of NIPAS and will enrich few others that would exacerbate the current environmental problems and the situation of poverty in the Philippines. Sapa aims to „provide access and economic opportunities to indigenous peoples, immigrant communities and other interest groups“ in protected areas. Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the areas would be open for investments that could lead to destructive development projects within protected areas or for nature conservation. The decision by Cimatu, secretary of the DENR, sparked protests and concerns from environmental groups. The groups mentioned potential negative effects within protected areas. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Political Activist – Philippines [email protected]]] > | +63 949 889 1336 individuals, groups and companies can again apply for a Special Use Agreement for Protected Areas (Sapa) after the suspension of the exhibition is lifted, Environment Minister Roy Cimatu announced on Friday. „It is important to keep in mind that human activities remain permitted in the identified buffer zones of the protected areas as long as they do not undermine the integrity of the strict protection zone.
But even by granting a Sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zonicity rules to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan, of the Nature Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR). „At present, the use of some protected areas of our country does not have a General Management Planning Strategy (GMPS), as signed in Rule 10 of the DeNR Administrative 2008-26, which is why even the current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, quarrying, fishing, agriculture and the general disregard for environmental protection legislation. This is why sapa has been suspended because it is contrary to the law of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS). Former Environment Minister Ramon Paje suspended the program in 2011 because it failed to generate revenue and improve the management of protected areas, DENR officials said. „We still have all the safety nets. PAMB will continue to review projects in protected areas,“ she said. Source 1  newsinfo.inquirer.net/987731/denr-opens-protected-areas-to-special-private-use  DENR Administrative Order 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 In accordance with Administrative Orders 2007-17 signed by the then Minister of the Environment, Angelo Reyes, Sapa authorizes the use of protected areas for: Agroforstwirtschaft, ecotourism establishments, campsites, communication and energy facilities, irrigation canals, aquaculture, meteorological facilities and other scientific monitoring facilities. . . .