🌱 Defend our Ecological Frontiers, Defend Masungi Georeserve

April 12, 2024

The Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Inc. (CEC) is alarmed by the DENR’s (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) plan to cancel the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which was awarded to the Masungi Georeserve Foundation in 2017 by the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Gina Lopez. This move of the DENR may further threaten the area it covers with exploitation and degradation of its natural resources.
The Masungi Georeserve Foundation was awarded the Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan – Organizational Award in 2022 for its inspirational work in environmental conservation in the Upper Marikina Watershed as well as the bravery of its forest rangers despite attacks related to their work. They were able to protect fragile forest ecosystems from quarrying and other infrastructure projects.
Amidst the climate crisis, we need to keep our remaining intact ecosystems both for nature and for human lives. We urge DENR to uphold its mandate of the conservation of the country’s natural resources and support the Masungi Georeserve Foundation along with other environmental defenders doing similar work.
We stand in solidarity with Masungi Georeserve in protecting the environment and upholding the rights of the people to a healthful ecology. We call on fellow environmental defenders to support all those who defend the country’s natural resources.
Full video of the Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards Ceremony here: https://tinyurl.com/gbk2022 (32:47-34:41)