Two city barangays eyed as protected areas

 A conservation group composed mostly of young environmentalists is proposing the designation of two northern barangays of Puerto Princesa City – Binduyan and Babuyan – as protected areas.
The Palawan Conservation Corps has asked the City environment office to endorse their proposal following their conduct of a resource assessment of the areas which profiled their biodiversity, according to Senior Environmental Management Specialist Joylle Madriñan of the City ENRO.
Binduyan is an upland barangay in the northern part of the City while Babuyan is a coastal village with rich marine resources and beach attractions.
Binduyan is home to Binduyan waterfalls, an emerging tourist destination surrounded by bamboo groves and intact forests. Babuyan, which is traversed by a major river, the Babuyan River, has sand bars and beaches that attract tourists.
Madriñan also said there is a clamor among the local community to protect and conserve their place.
“Naghingi na sila ng endorsement from the city environment and natural resources officer, Atty. Carlo Gomez,” Madriñan said.
The group is expecting that the Sangguniang Panlungsod will declare the two barangays as protected areas in order to conserve its biodiversity.
The Palawan Conservation Corps is a youth-based non-government organization formed in 1999, and conducts activities on environmental conservation, leadership training, and community service in different communities around Puerto Princesa City.

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