Koronadal City–The Protected Area Management Board of South Cotabato recommended for a P1.5M penalty due to violations committed in the areas inside the protected areas in the province.
Siegfred Flaviano, Provincial Environment Management Officer, reported that there are on-going hearing of these violations.
Flaviano, who is one of the members of PAMB, said the violations are identified in resorts established inside the protected areas.
“They are making appeals, but PAMB is recommending fines for these violations because it is very clear that there are violations,” he pointed out.
In South Cotabato, at least 15,600.00 hectares are inside the Mt. Matutum protected landscape. Mt. Matutum is one of the established protected landscapes in the Philippines since 1995.