The Cebu Provincial Board passed a resolution on June 16 urging all local government units (LGUs) including barangays in the Province of Cebu to establish communal forests.
The resolution, which was sponsored by Provincial Board Member Thadeo Ouano, recognizes the importance of preserving ecological balance throughout the province and aims to improve the quality of life of the Cebuanos.
Essentially, the resolution provides that communal forests to be established shall have a recommended size of not less than ten percent of their total land area.
To recall, President Benigno Aquino has issued Executive Order No. 26 in 2011 creating the National Greening Program (NGP) to reforest 1.5 million hectares of land to be spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), while Section 17 of RA 7160 has entrusted the function on environmental powers and responsibilities to the local government units.
Armed with these issuances, the Province of Cebu and its component cities and municipalities will implement measures to safeguard and conserve land, mineral, fresh water, and other resources.
Ouano hopes to get the nod of the LGUs and to take steps in implementing the said resolution.
“This is not only to support the national government’s initiative but also to protect people’s right to a balanced and healthful ecology,” Ouano said.