Over 17,000 hectares in Calabarzon targeted for reforestation
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is planning to intensify efforts to rehabilitate and restore degraded forests in the Calabarzon region in 2015 through the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).
More than 17,000 hectares of forest have been targeted for rehabilitation in Region 4-A this year with almost half of the targeted areas are located in Quezon province, according to DENR Regional Director for Calabarzon Reynulfo Juan.
Juan said the region has already contributed around 63,000 hectares to the NGP since the program was implemented in 2011.
“We have set a target of 17,164 hectares for Region 4-A in 2015, so we are expecting a total of 80,164 hectares to be reforested by the end of the year under the NGP,” he said.
NGP is the Aquino administration’s flagship reforestation program that seeks to cover 1.5 million hectares nationwide with trees by 2016.
The DENR-Calabarzon targets to reforest 8,588 hectares in Quezon; 5,337 in Rizal; 3,019 in Laguna; 200 in Batangas; and 20 in Cavite.
Juan said specific site plantations have already been identified, as well as the tree species to be planted.
“These areas will be planted with more than 9 million seedlings consisting of indigenous species of forest and fruit-bearing trees, and mangrove propagules,” he said.
Juan added: “We will also plant fuel wood such as kakawate, and economically viable plants such as coffee, cacao, bamboo and rattan.”
In Quezon, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Alfredo Palencia said they have started manpower buildup to ensure that the NGP target will be met.
“We have the support of 87 extension officers who are assigned in the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices and they will assist NGP site coordinators in establishing new plantations, maintaining and protecting those already established,” Palencia said. #
Regional Technical Director Dr. Domingo Bravo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Regional 4A (Calabarzon) examines the stalactite formations inside the Cavinti Cave during a visit, along with representatives from the local government units of Mauban and Sampaloc, both in Quezon province, and Cavinti in Laguna, which share jurisdiction over the area. Despite statement from the tourism department of its potential as an ecotourism site, Bravo reminds the concerned LGUs of the need to complete the comprehensive management and development plan of Cavinti Cave before promoting it to ensure the preservation and protection of its natural attributes and biodiversity. LGU representatives who joined Bravo in the ocular inspection on October 17, 2014 were Cavinti Engineer Ariel de Leon, Sampaloc Councilor Marvin Torres and Mauban Councilor Andrew Andrada.##
NEW MANGROVE PLANTATION
Young mangroves line up the beach head of Sitio Tarahid, Jose Panganiban town in Catanduanes. The new plantation forms part of the 52-hectare mangrove forest established under the National Greening Program, a priority program of the government which seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares in various parts of the country. ###
Some 9,800 board feet of lumber of various hardwood species are being hauled to safer grounds following confiscation by an anti-illegal logging task force in Sipocot, Camarines Norte. The task force, composed of personnel of the DENR Regional Special Operations Group, Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and Philippine National Police, has also filed complaint against the suspects for violation of Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code, as amended. ###
Region 11 Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seeks the support of local chief executives of the region on the agency’s plan to set a new Guinness World Record ‘for the most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations’ on September 26, 2014. Called ‘TreeVolution’, Fragada said the plan would involve the planting of some 4.6 million trees in 9,200 hectares all over Mindanao. The massive tree planting is also being staged to heighten public participation in the National Greening Program of the government. ###
CHARCOAL BRIQUETTING TECHNOLOGY
Riza C. Arjona of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region briefs 10 selected residents of Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City on how to make charcoal briquettes during a training hosted by Brgy. Tumana Outreach Project in Marikina City recently. The DENR is promoting Charcoal Briquetting Technology as an alternative livelihood program for its being environment-friendly, as it only makes use of biomass or materials that are considered waste as raw materials like “buko” waste, thereby saving trees from being cut for charcoal making.###
DENR-Region 6 Technical Director for Ecosystems Research Dr. Alicia L. Lustica (left) is recognized by local officials of Oton, Iloilo, led by Mayor Vicente B. Flores, Jr. (2nd from left) for serving as a resource person during the 4th Oton Environmental Summit last July 4 at Anhawan Resort. Themed “Nagbabago na ang Panahonm; Panahon na para Magbabago,” the summit was called to enlighten the local residents on the impacts of climate change and how to mitigate and adapt to the changing environmental situations. ###
ILOILO ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT
DENR-Region 6 Technical Director for Ecosystems Research Dr. Alicia L. Lustica briefs participants to the 4th Oton Environmental Summit held on July 4, 2014 at the Anhawan Resort in Oton, Iloilo, on measures to cushion the negative impact of climate change. Lustica also commended the local government of Oton for taking the initiative, stressing the timeliness and significance of the summit not only to raise public awareness but more so to enhance the people’s capacity to adapt to climate change. ###
WATER QUALITY MONITORING PARTNERSHIP
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), represented by DENR-Calabarzon Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan (2nd from left) recently forged a memorandum of understanding with (from left): Department of Science and Technology – Calabarzon Director Alexander Madrigal, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas Mayor Jay Ilagan and PUSOD, Inc. Executive Director Ann Hazel Javier for the development of a prototype water quality monitoring system for Lipote River in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, and Taal Lake. Juan said the partnership also calls for the development of an automated measuring equipment capable of measuring the river’s pH (acidity/alkalinity), temperature, dissolved oxygen and total suspended particulates.
Parents look on appreciatively as GREENY, the mascot of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 5, inspires kids as they try to create an image of their environmental hero during a drawing competition held Tuesday as part of the national celebration of Earth Day in Legazpi City.