The Sapa is an instrument that is issued to individuals and groups and allows them to productively use a protected area identified by Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992. “Let us not let greed dominate our constitutional right to a balanced and healthy environment. Our protected areas belong to the Filipino people and we are only administrators of this beautiful place that is our country. It is up to future generations that they appreciate and still appreciate natural places. It is thanks to our children, and we sincerely hope that DENR will remember this. Individuals, groups and businesses can again apply for a special use agreement for protected areas (Sapa) after the suspension of the program was lifted, Environment Minister Roy Cimatu said on Friday. In accordance with the 2007-17 by-law signed by Angelo Reyes, then Minister of the Environment, Sapa authorizes the use of protected areas for agroforestry, ecotourism facilities, campsites, communication and electricity facilities, irrigation canals, aquaculture, weather monitoring facilities and other scientific monitoring facilities. The Sapa aims to “provide access and economic opportunities to indigenous peoples, migrant communities and other interest groups” in protected areas. “In some protected areas, authorized human activities are not listed, as all activities are subject to a clear impact assessment. The relaunch of SAPA runs counter to the general spirit or objectives of NIPAS and will enrich only a few that would exacerbate current environmental problems and poverty in the Philippines. Vince Cinches, political activist, Southeast Asia from Greenpeace – Philippines [email protected]] > | 63 949 889 1336  newsinfo.inquirer.net/987731/denr-opens-protected-areas-to-special-private-use  DENR Administrative Regulations 2008-26 2008-26 www.greenpeace.org/static/planet4-philippines-stateless/2019/05/dao-2008-26_114.pdf  www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1993/jul1993/gr_101083_1993.html Cimatu stated that Sapa had also made efforts to fully exploit protected areas, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and species protection, serving as a guide for its implementation.
But even with the granting of a Sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zoning rules to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). “Currently, the operation of certain protected areas in our country does not have a general management planning strategy (GMPS), as signed in Rule 10 of the 2008-26 DENR 2008-26 By-Law, that is why even the current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, stone and land extraction, fishing, agriculture and general non-compliance with environmental legislation.