BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (PIA) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently completed its Information Center and Satellite Office in Alfonso Castañeda town.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan said the newly - inaugurated P1.7 million Information Center of the Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL) in Alfonso Castañeda will serve as a satellite office for the delivery of frontline services of the DENR in Nueva Vizcaya.
CPL, established through Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area Systems Act covers 28 barangays from the municipalities of Alfonso Castañeda, Dupax del Sur and Dupax del Norte in Nueva Vizcaya; Nagtipunan in Quirino and Maria Aurora and Dipaculao towns of Aurora in Region 3.
"Considering the distance of CENRO Dupax, we make this as a satellite office not just a protected area information office. We can accept applications for permits and patents in this municipality and from nearby barangays. We bring government services closer to the people," she said.
Bambalan said the DENR facility in barangay Lublub in Alfonso Castañeda was rehabilitated last year to support ecotourism activities and initiatives in the protected area.
She said it will also boost the protection and conservation of the 86,246.77-hectare national park.
"Information is very important for the tourists to value the significant contributions of our natural resources," Bambalan said.
She also urged the local government units and members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to actively participate in board meetings.
"This is an important venue for us to discuss policies and programs on how we manage and protect the Casecnan Protected Landscape," Bambalan said. (MDCT/BME/PIA Nueva Vizcaya)