The Masungi Georeserve Foundation said it is seeking the intervention of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to address plans of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to put up a facility in the protected area.
Ann Dumaliang, Masungi Georeserce co-founder, quoted by ABS-CBN News, said “we hope for our president’s intervention, (DENR) Secretary Yulo’s intervention.”
Their plea comes after the BuCor announced its plans to put up its headquarters, training centers and housing facility in the Masungi Georeserve, alarming environmentalists.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla earlier clarified that the facility plan is not yet final.
But for Dumaliang, facing these issues is already affecting their work on the georeserve, particularly on their efforts in reforestation, putting up livelihood programs, and other projects, ABS-CBN News reported. She hoped that the DENR would help them in their efforts to conserve Masungi.