The Ad Hoc Interagency Committee for Mt Makiling Buffer Zone meet on 27 November 2015 at DENR Region IV-A conference room to review the MOA binding the local government, government institutions, private corporations, and UP Los Baños for the protection and management of the Mt Makiling Buffer Zone. The meeting is hosted thru the office of Assistant Regional Director Antonio Abawag and attended by representatives of 11 partner agencies.
Since the reinvigoration of the ad hoc committee in 2013, institutional stakeholders meet regularly for planning various programs and activities geared towards sustainable and effective management of the buffer zone. Most recent of the committee’s program is providing details to the MMFR Buffer Zone Proclamation by means of a Memorandum of Agreement. The draft MOA was presented by MCME Director Nathaniel C. Bantayan. During the meeting; proposed LGU ordinances to supplement the MOA were also presented.
MCME as the ad hoc committee’s secretariat is integrating comments and suggestions tackled during the meeting. Each institution’s legal department’s review is expected to be completed within January 2016 with a tentative MOA signing on February 2016.