A local government in North Cotabato has vowed to protect a mountain range in the province that is home to the endangered Philippine eagle.
Local officials of Arakan town, led by Mayor Gerardo Tuble, inked a "covenant" with environmental groups on Friday to protect Mount Sinaka by banning logging and mining in the mountain, which is home to the Philippine eagle and a hundred other plant species.
Tuble said that the mountain has been threatened in the past years by "unscrupulous" human activities, including illegal mining and logging.
"If we allow logging firms and mining companies to ...
The close link between volunteer organizations in five barangays of Arakan Valley in North Cotabato and the local government unit (LGU) has ensured the sustained community-based conversation program for Mt. Sinaka, identified as the major source of water of the province.
During the 6th Anniversary of the Mt. Sinaka Bantay Kalikasan Alliance, Kinaiyahan Foundation Inc. executive director Betty Cabasares revealed that Arakan's municipal environment and natural resources office (Menro) and municipal agriculture office (MAO) prioritize Bantay Kalikasan whenever they have community projects.
Arakan, located along the borders of Davao City and the provinces of Bukidnon and Cotabato, is a valley of around 69,000 hectares that has long hosted the Manobo tribe and Philippine Eagles.
It is home to 40,000 natives who benefit from the forest which is roughly 4% of the total land area.
"The valley is faced with pressing issues including indiscriminate agricultural expansion and degradation of watersheds and wildlife habitat," said Dennis J. Salvador, Foundation executive director.
The more than five decades of commercial logging has left the valley, particularly the mountain rang ...
This interior municipality that sits in the borders of Davao City and the provinces of Cotabato and Bukidnon, is up to arrest the denudation of their remaining forests.
And it takes the Philippine Eagle (Scientific name: Pithecophaga jefferyi) as the centerpiece for its environmental conservation efforts.
"The protection of the Philippine Eagle's habitat is one of the major conservation issues that we discussed," Jimmy Montero, Environmental Management Specialist of the Municipal Environmental and Natural Resources Office (Menro), told Davao Today.
Arakan held an environmental summit ...
The farm lot that now teems with various crops and fruit trees used to host only corn, a farmer in baragnay San Miguel, Arakan Valley in North Cotabato said.
"Mais ra man gayud ang uma sa una (We have always only planted corn)," he said.
Since the local government unit partnered with Kinaiyahan Foundation Inc. (KFI) in 2009, however, diversified farming has been introduced with the town's municipal agriculture officer (MAO) Edgar Aranas taking the lead in making sure that the residents of five barangays surrounding Mt. Sinaka in their town organized under the Bantay Kalikasan (BK) are pr ...