After a series of meetings, consultations and negotiations, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) and the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MENRE-BARMM) signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the conduct of Relocation Survey and Mapping of Camp Kibaritan under Presidential Proclamation 134 on May 5, 2022 in Cotabato City.

DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry A. Adornado and MENRE-BARMM Minister Akmad A. Brahim led the momentous MOA signing. The MOA was aimed to smoothly conduct the relocation survey in the five municipalities within the jurisdiction of the BARMM.

BARMM Director General, Lawyer Badr Salendab thanked RED Adornado for the respect and recognition, and sincere determination for coming up with the MOA with the MENRE-BARMM.

Atty. Salendab added that the MOA is not just a simple legal document that provided the rights and obligations, duties and privileges of both parties but also providing the terms of engagement and power of BARMM particularly the MENRE, and appreciation of authority of the BARMM under the Bangsamoro Organic Law of the Republic Act 11054 which is the fruit of the Bangsamoro struggle, he added.

On the other hand, DENR X Legal Division Chief, lawyer Ban Michael C. Pacuribot prior to the signing of the MOA, presented the salient features of the Memorandum of Agreement and briefly discussed the essence of the implementation of the relocation survey of Camp Kibaritan.

Furthermore, after the MOA signing, RED Henry A. Adornado lauded Minister Akmad A. Brahim for supporting the MOA on the relocation survey of Camp Kibaritan. He said both Offices through the MOA signified and sealed a good partnership and relationship. The office is also looking forward to come up with other endeavors where department can help MENRE-BARMM in the future.

He also thanked the survey contractors and expect their full cooperation as far as the MOA is concerned to facilitate the activity. He is optimistic that the activity will resolve problems to determine the metes and bounds of Presidential Proclamation 143. He further said that survey results on the part of the national government can be utilize or share for harmonization of data for future endeavors with MENRE-BARMM.

Moreover, MENRE-BARMM Minister Akmad A. Brahim in behalf of the Honorable Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim expressed his support to the relocation survey and mapping implementation of Camp Kibaritan. He assumed that DENR X has already made preparation and planned consultation to communities that will be affected in the process.
He also hoped that the government have instituted proactive measures acceptable to parties concerned so that no sector in our society will be left behind and assured social protection rights.

He disclosed that the comprehensive agreement on Bangsamoro as well as the ongoing implementation of the peace pact, the participation of the local government units (LGUs) and other factors that are critical to the realization of the undertaking will facilitate cooperation and assistance as we cautiously moved forward. The collaboration is also the beginning of our constant desire for the progress of respective regions, he added.

DENR X Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. administered the way forward; he discussed the future activities to be considered after the MOA signing to include the coordination with the five LGUs as well as with barangays affected included in the relocation survey. He also conferred the survey contractors to determine the number of barangays they will be involving and invite the Provincial and Community Environment Natural Resources and Energy Offices (PENREO and CENREO) during consultations and lastly, prioritize the hiring of local laborers and/or technical person to assist the job on the ground during the actual relocation surveys as part of the agreement stipulated in the MOA.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X and the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE-BARMM) was witnessed by DENR X, ARD Felix S. Mirasol, Jr., Atty. Badr Salendab, Director General-BARMM, CPT. Joseph Ernest Say, Real Estate Officer, 4 ID Philippine Army, and Engr. Fernando B. Gurrea, Survey Contractor. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG PR No. 05-147-2022)