automatic share retention
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The bill amending the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 was passed on second reading at the Senate and is now waiting for third reading approval in June this year.
After several years of trying to modify Republic Act 7586, the Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental Protected Area Management Board, was able to amend the NIPAS Act of 1992 and heave a sigh of relief.
The law mandates that despite a 75-25 percent sharing between the national government and the local government units, all revenues from protected areas in the country go directly to the national coffers.
The proposed measure aims to allow the LGUs with protected areas to directly gain access to their 75 percent share of revenues.
The current law is perceived disadvantageous to Apo Island and other LGUs, whose PAMBs could only get their 75 percent share after submitting a proposed plan of expenditures and projects.
We hope the bill pending in the Senate on the automatic retention of the share in revenues from protected areas in the country will be passed on third reading when Congress reconvenes in June.
It is only right to give PAMBs the 75 percent in revenue shares so the community can benefit and its workers can receive their day to day sustainance.*