Hagedorn backs pact to protect biodiversity

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Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn: Tighter protection of PPUR FAT REYES/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn on Thursday called for tighter protection of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) and hailed the agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) to intensify the biodiversity conservation efforts and ensure that they would not be compromised by ongoing tourism development projects.

Hagedorn, in a press statement, noted that both Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. had backed the international campaign to make the PPUR as one the New 7 Wonders of Nature last year.

Under the DENR-DOT accord, both departments agreed to make sure that known ecotourism spots like the underground river are preserved and threatened species living in those areas are well protected. Hagedorn has been an environmentalist and had been responsible for protecting PPUR from the ravages of unrestricted tourism. He is running for the Senate in the May 13 elections as an independent.

Hagedorn has vowed to put more teeth to environmental laws, stressing that the spate of disasters that has gripped the country for several years could have been avoided had the country implemented measures that could mitigate the impact of climate change.

The mayor said that under his leadership, Puerto Princesa was able to cut back carbon emissions. He also implemented an annual tree-planting drive to provide more forest cover to a city that is already 70 percent forest. Several million trees have been planted under Hagedorn’s initiative.

He and Paje have been engaged in promoting the defense of biodiversity, mutually supporting the campaign of Bantay Dagat in Puerto Princesa to protect marine resources while policing PPUR to prevent the despoliation of the river, which is also known as a rich archaeological site, harboring 20-million-year-old fossils of the sea gow or “dugong.”

“The best way to promote tourism is to protect the country’s natural resources,” Paje said. “We have to protect the environment to make tourism more sustainable.”

Apart from PPUR as a model for sustainable tourism, DENR also cited efforts to maintain and improve the quality of the beaches at the world-renowned Boracay Island if the tourism industry were to maximize revenues and maintain a steady influx of visitors.

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  • FernandoBusi

    Hagedorn for Senator yes ako dito!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Use the Malampaya funds for this project instead of wasting these funds on shadowy projects

  • regd

    If you go to Puerto Princesa, in every viewed corner you can see this guys name plastered all over the place with every possible project and every conceivable adulation reserved for a king. He must adored being worship there. Now it’s the country’s turn. 

    And then PNoy humbly didn’t even want his name to be included in government projects.

  • bayankopdi

    Why can’t the congress and senate make a law that all provincial government should employ 10 workers whose job is to plant trees everyday at least 10 trees to be planted by each worker so in a day 100 trees are planted 500 in a week and 2000 trees in a month times 12 months equals 24,000 trees in a year planted in each province. These tree planters should be made regular just like government employees and will retire at 56 years old just like the soldiers or police.  I have been to DENR offices and i have seen employees doing nothing except pretending to be busy in their computers but actually they are on FB or surfing the NET.

  • FernandoBusi

    Guess what folks kaya pala ang tahimik ng gobyerno about the Chinese incusion a few days back. Their trying to hide the fact that the Chinese are building military fortifications at the Scarborough Shoal just 115 miles of Luzon. Just like what they did in the 90’s at Mischied Reef. 

    Kaya pala pina withdraw ang Navy last year, may nag benta ng teritoryo natin, 

    NO LP this election, lalo na kay Trillanes. 

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