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Jey Rence Quilario aka Senior Aguila, attends the Sentae public hearing on the activities of Socorro Bayanihan Services, Inc., on September 28, 2023.
Socorro Bayanihan Services Incorporated has been occupying a 353-hectare protected area provided by the government
CEBU, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday, September 29, suspended its agreement with the Socorro Bayanihan Services Incorporated (SBSI) that allowed the group the use of over 300 hectares of protected area in Surigao del Norte.
Environment Secretary Antonia Yulo Loyzaga issued a letter of suspension to SBSI on Friday pending a DENR investigation into the “gross violations of the terms and conditions of the Protected Area Community-Based Resource Management Agreement (PACBRMA),” the government agency said in a statement.