Illegal settlers in Upper Marikina Watershed evicted

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:28:42 +0000


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the eviction of illegal occupants inside the Upper Marikina Watershed and Masungi Wildlife Sanctuary in Baras, Rizal due to unauthorized construction of infrastructure in the watershed area.

Last July 30, DENR Undersecretary Jim Sampulna, Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force Executive Director Nilo Tamoria, and Rizal Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Isidro Mercado led the demolition of illegal infrastructures and barbed wire fence constructed by occupants belonging to the 19th Quarters Guardians International.

The Masungi Georeserve Foundation, which has reported the illegal activities to the authorities in June, lauded the DENR and municipal government of Baras.

“It is a win for our threatened landscapes and should serve as a warning sign for those attempting similar rackets,” it said in a Facebook post.

“We hope that there will be no compromises in this victory and that perpetrators and their cohorts will be filed charges and penalized accord

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