The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte headed by CENR Officer George Laolao conducts a tree growing activity and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign relative to the implementation of Agustin Cave Management Plan at Lipakan, President Manuel A. Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte last October 27, 2021.
The tree growing activity was participated by the representatives from LGU, PNP, Barangay Officials and Pantawid beneficiaries wherein a total of 100 narra and 200 coffee seedlings were planted within the 500 meter radius from the opening of the Agustin Cave.
An IEC campaign on RA 9072 or otherwise known as the National Cave and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act and RA 9147 or Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act was conducted to raise community awareness on the importance of protecting and conserving the cave and wildlife resources in the area.
RA 9072 defines Caves as any naturally occurring void, cavity, recess or system of interconnected passages beneath the surface of the earth or within a cliff or ledge and which is large enough to permit an individual to enter, whether or not the entrance, located either on private or public land, is naturally formed or man-made. It shall include any natural pit, sinkhole, or other feature which is an extension of the entrance. The term also includes cave resources therein but not any vug, mine tunnel, aqueduct or other man-made excavation.
The municipality is rich in biodiversity having a number of natural caves waiting to be assessed and classified which is the reason why they were able to host the National Cave Congress way back in 2017 wherein delegates from all over the country attended.