Camp Capinpin, Rizal – In his keynote address at the 2nd Infantry Division’s 42nd Anniversary, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu commends the pristine condition and management of limestone formations at Masungi Georeserve. Earlier in the day, he had viewed the sustainable tourism destination and conservation area via an aerial chopper tour together with key leaders of the environment department.
A former Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the new Environment Secretary took advantage of the anniversary to talk about the government’s current efforts to enforce environmental laws in tourist destinations such as Boracay, El Nido and Bohol.
At this time, he announced the Environment Department’s recommendation to close the famed tourist island for six months starting April 26 to give way to rehabilitation.
After the ceremonies, Secretary Cimatu proceeded to Masungi Georeserve, a partner of the Army in environment conservation, for an up-close experience of a best-in-class sustainable tourism destination.
The Secretary together with Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Ernesto Adobo, Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Krisma Rodriguez, General Mario Chan and Jett Duque of the Environment Department explored the different trails and rope courses inside the georeserve, noting different wildlife species including the majestic purple jade vine.
The team then held a discussion with the Masungi Georeserve officers on collaborations for education and protection efforts between the two parties. One of these is the exposure and training of field personnel and officers at the georeserve to learn about conservation development and management for the Philippines.
Masungi Georeserve would like to thank the DENR leadership for visiting us as we continue to work for a stronger partnership with the government agency. We would also like to thank the 2nd Infantry Division of the Army under the leadership of General Rhoderick Parayno and Colonel Kit Teofilo for being a trusted partner in conservation and community development.