President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ma. Antonia 'Toni' Yulo-Loyzaga
PBBM and DENR Sec Toni: Stop BuCor in Masungi! #HandsOffMasungi
Dear President Marcos Jr and DENR Secretary Yulo-Loyzaga,
We, concerned Filipino citizens, oppose the planned transfer of the New Bilibid Prison/Bureau of Correction (BuCor) Headquarters/BuCor facilities to the Masungi Georeserve in the Province of Rizal.
The Masungi Georeserve is a sensitive karst or limestone ecosystem that is home to precious plants and animals including the rare JC’s vine, the highest count of snail species in the country, 30 species of bats, and threatened native trees.
According to a technical report from the National Museum of the Philippines, the Masungi Rock formation is possibly the only remaining large exposure of Paleocene age rock in the Philippines. As a karst ecosystem, it is highly susceptible to disturbances in its surroundings.
Moreover, the Masungi Georeserve has been the site of many beautiful memories of Filipinos. The Masungi Georeserve Foundation has taken care of it for many years against professional squatters, quarries, and illegal loggers.
In pursuit of sustainable development and climate change adaptation, let us keep Masungi as it is and find more suitable locations for BuCor's needs. #HandsOffMasungi
Why is this important?
We need your voices to help stop the destruction of one of the most celebrated conservation areas in the Philippines. Photo above from Jeremy Agsawa.