Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act

29 May 2017
PRESS STATEMENT

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights
on the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act

The Commission on Human Rights lauds the approval of Senate Bill 1444 or the “Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017” that brings an additional ninety-two (92) new areas under the protection of the said Act. The new areas include six (6) internationally recognized and accredited ASEAN Heritage Sites, namely: Mount Timpoong-HibokHibok and Mount Iglit-Baco; Malaysia-Philippines Heritage Parks; Turtles Islands Heritage Protected Area; Ramsar Sites Agusan Marsh; Olango Island; and the Las Piñas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

The Expanded NIPAS directs concerned government agencies and instrumentalities to undertake efforts “to maintain essential ecological processes and life-support systems, to preserve genetic diversity, to ensure sustainable use of resources found therein, and to maintain their natural conditions to the greatest extent possible.” This, together with the bill’s consideration for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, is a commendable effort on the part of the legislature to uphold and protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of not just this generation of Filipino citizens but of those still to come.â– 

Contact Person:

Atty. Jacqueline Ann C. de Guia
Director, Public Affairs and Strategic Communication Office
Telephone No: (02) 928-5792 / 09175919833
Email address: comms.chr@gmail.com

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