Four caves in Luzon for conservation.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reclassified four caves in the provinces of Abra, Quezon, and Albay under varying degrees of protection for management and conservation.
In a statement, the DENR said the following caves have been classed by the Biodiversity Management Bureau's (BMB) regional and provincial offices:
•Ganway Cave in Brgy. Malamsit, Penarrubia town, Albay from Class I to Class II
•Quitinday Cave in Brgy. Quitinday, Jovellar town, Albay from Class I to Class II
•Sung Wan Cave in Brgy. Lawigue, Tayabas City, Quezon province from Class I to Class II
•Palale Cave in Brgy. Ibaba Palale in Tayabas City from Class II to I.
All characteristics of Class I caves are those with "delicate and fragile geological structures," "threatened species," and "archeological and paleontological values". Only actions for mapping, photographing, educational, and scientific reasons are permitted under this class.
Class II caves have "areas or portions with dangerous conditions and sensitive geological, archeological, cultural, historical, and biological values or high-quality ecosystems."
The classification of caves is described in DENR Administrative Order No. 2003-29 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9072, according to DENR Officer-in-Charge Ernesto Adobo Jr.
The executive order gives the DENR responsibility for the design, create, and execute a national program for the administration, management, and conservation of the nation's caves and cave resources.
Adobo added that because of the pandemic, it is crucial for the agency to establish guidelines for the preservation and sustainability of the nation's natural resources, which are essential to the tourism sector.
Adobo said “finding the middle ground where the critical importance of caves to the country’s biodiversity and their role to the nation’s socio-cultural heritage meet demonstrates the distinct mandate of the DENR to secure the sustainability of the country’s rich natural resources and their benefits to our people,”
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