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Monday, March 07, 2005

Barangay Paril revisited

A SPACE IN SPACE
MARIA ELEANOR ELAPE VALEROS

Barangay Paril revisited
Activating farms, natural park

Barangay Paril, one of Cebu City’s mountain barangays, is special. It will be “home” in the next months as barangay chairman Eliseo Jopia agrees to give my mountaineering team a 20-sq.-m space for a nipa hut we will be building. The hut will serve as our “tambayan” for days we would be there in Paril to assist in environmental volunteer works.

Paril brims with so much promise with the activating of its soil, starting off with the propagation of cauliflower and broccoli initiated by green thumb first councilor Casimero Pilones. This, aside from the already productive inter-cropping of corn or maize, eggplants (talong), bitter gourd (ampalaya), melon gourd (sikwa), cabbage (repolyo), yam (ube), bell pepper (siling kampana), and stringbeans (batong). These farm produce were showcased at the Agri Trade Fair last February 21 at the Cebu City Hall grounds in line with the celebration of the 68th Charter Day.

Of course the barangay has long been into cereal production, but this time of the year has to replace crops that would withstand the searing effects of the expected El Niño phenomenon.

Nevertheless, Jopia banks on the synergy shared by his council and constituency to go on activating the agricultural industry, side-by-side with the development of the barangay into an ecological tourism site.

Two Saturdays ago, we revisited the Mangyapyap river system and assessed on how our group could help in the development of the area into an eco-tourism site. The envisioned transformation of Paril into a natural park will kick off with a natural orchidarium done through the efforts of volunteers who will be tasked to attach commensals, in the form of orchids, to trees growing near cliffs. The propagation of fruit bearing trees that would doubly serve as plant food to butterflies to give way to a sanctuary, aside from the exploration of the Baogco cave, would also be part of the efforts.



Barangay Paril with its 510 hectares of land, located 27 kilometers away from the Cebu city proper via barangay Cambinocot, with a population of about a thousand people, is one of few places in Cebu covered by the comprehensive system of integrated protected areas within the classification of mostly tenured migrant communities. This is defined by Republic Act 7586 or An Act Providing for the Establishment and Management of National Integrated Protected Areas System.

This is the very reason why Jopia has to align and or focus his communal programs particularly on the twin objectives of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

Barangay Paril indeed has ecological values embraced by its geological features that should be at the core of the barangay development plan. Jopia hopes to work on the effective administration of such plan or program in the twin areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development so that the use and enjoyment of this protected area must be carried out in congruence with the provisions of the NIPAS Act of 1992.

During my second sit-down interview with the hardworking and driven barangay chairman, we talked of the profound impact of man’s activities on all components of the natural environment particularly the effect of increasing population and resource exploitation which is basically traced to economics.

Jopia recognizes the critical importance of protecting and maintaining the natural biological and physical properties of Paril’s environment notably on areas with biologically unique features to sustain Paril’s community life and development.

Jopia envisions well of people community and livelihood possibilities thriving well, consistent to the program of propagating plants and preserving animal lives with the establishment of barangay Paril as a natural park, it being a part of the comprehensive system of integrated protected areas.


(Those interested to join in the environmental volunteer works, please coordinate with Paril barangay captain Eliseo “Eli” Jopia at 09204254922 or crank up my addy: pinay_mangatkatay@yahoo.com and tell me how you could be of service.)

3/23/2007 11:16:00 PM | Anonymous emi carey said....   

hi; miss eleanor;;pls lng ko great sa mga taga skina saac nga walay laing buhaton kundili tug-ka-lo;;; cla si bambie lavigne,jonamingay,choning,nicolot,poknat.nana,og ang pinaka sikst si kolotski gikan sa ambongan nga si emi carey;;;;

3/23/2007 11:16:00 PM | Anonymous emi carey said....   

hi; miss eleanor;;pls lng ko great sa mga taga skina saac nga walay laing buhaton kundili tug-ka-lo;;; cla si bambie lavigne,jonamingay,choning,nicolot,poknat.nana,og ang pinaka sikst si kolotski gikan sa ambongan nga si emi carey;;;;