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DENR-Region 10


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The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cagayan de Oro City extends its support to contingents of the  Philippine Coast Guard for deployment to various posts in the region as a result of the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by allowing the use of its covered basketball court as their holding area. ###  








DENR-Region 02

DENR-Region 2 chief leads awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to 8 Valley cops 

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Cagayan Valley Regional Director Gil A. Aromin paid tribute to members of the Philippine National Police for their contribution in the enforcement of environmental laws in the region.

“The PNP has a lot of living heroes. The DENR is a witness to this. In fact, the enforcement of Executive Order No. 23 has not been successful without your vigilance,” Aromin told the police officers during their flag raising and awarding ceremony held on May 29 at Camp Marcelo Adduru in Tuguegarao City.

EO 23 was issued on February 1, 2011 by then President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests of the country and created the anti-illegal logging task force.

He explained the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP, was created to enforce the logging moratorium and run after suspected illegal loggers and timber poachers in Cagayan Valley.

“As a result of their active involvement and campaign against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as a zero hotspot in illegal logging,” he said.

Aside from the anti-illegal logging campaign, the PNP was also active in the enforcement of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, having accorded with full authority to seize illegally traded wildlife species and to arrest violators, as well as in the National Greening Program of the department.

“The PNP is also our active partner in the implementation of the National Greening Program as police personnel have been participating in several tree planting activities regionwide.”

Aromin was also hopeful of a stronger partnership with the uniformed personnel of the PNP with the appointment of Retired General Roy A. Cimatu as chief of the DENR.

“These are clear indications of the effective partnership between the PNP and the DENR. And the good news is, we expect a stronger partnership with the uniformed group because our environment chief, Secretary Roy Cimatu, is a retired general and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.

Aside from being a guest speaker, Aromin also led the the awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to the following eight PNP members, namely: PO2 Grace D. Mingming for her successful implementation of Warrant of Arrest in Isabela which resulted in the arrest of one for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or ‘An Act Providing for Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, Providing Penalties for its Violation and for Other Purposes;

PSINSP Bruno B. Palattao, PSINSP Dennis D. Matias, SPO1 Arnold C. Seloza, PO3 Rhegie R. Bulan and PO1 Mark Jim Alipio, who were recognized for the successful conduct of buy-bust operation, or implementation of specific search warrants and arrests of several persons in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act or RA 10591; and

SPO4 Felimon A. Carabaccan and PO3 Jayson R. Tappa for “patiently and diligently repairing 64 assorted short and long firearms that were test fired and already issued to other units.”

Police Chief Superintendent PCSUPT Renato C. Angara and PSSUPT Juan R. Aggasid, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division joined Aromin in the recognizing the awardees. ### 










DENR-Region 06

DENR urged students to protect dugong, other marine resources 

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DENR –Region 6 Director Jim Sampulna has urged students to report illegal activities that would jeopardize the country’s marine resources and their habitats.

Sampulna made the appeal during the first awareness campaign mounted by the regional office on the protection of dugongs or sea cows in Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) in Conception, Iloilo recently.

“As stewards of Mother Earth, we have to protect our wildlife species and their habitats in order to promote ecological balance and enhance biological diversity,” Sampulna said.

Sampulna also urged the students not to hesitate to report any illegal activities that would jeopardize wildlife resources and their habitats, stressing that “their survival depends on our hands.”

enlightened the students not only on the benefits of marine biodiversity but also on the negative impact of biodiversity loss. “From the bounty of the seas we get our food. But the hunting of dugongs would eventually harm other species within the intricate marine ecosystem. This could result to the depletion of other species which would impact on our aquatic food production,” he explained.

In 1982, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Natural Resources classified the dugong as vulnerable to extinction.

DENR Administrative Order No. 55, Series of 1991, on the hand, declares dugong as the first marine mammal to be protected in Philippine waters. The order prohibits the hunting, killing, wounding, taking, possessing, transporting and/or disposing of a dugong, whether dead or alive, and its meat and any of its by-products.

For her part, NIPSC OIC Administrator Maribel Arib encouraged the students to work closely with DENR. “As Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BSF) students, we are preservers of natural resources, and with the partnership of DENR we could do more in the conservation and development of our resources,” she said. ### 










DENR-Region 06

DENR taps POs to reforest 500 hectares in Tapaz, Capiz 

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped five people’s organizations to reforest some 500 hectares of degraded areas in Tapaz, Capiz under the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) of the agency.

DENR Regional Director for Western Visayas Jim Sampulna said a total of P10.6 million has been allotted by his office for the five people’s organizations to plant forest tree species, fruit-bearing trees and high value crops in identified eNGP sites in the barangays of San Antonio, Taslan, San Julian and Sta. Ana, all in Tapaz.

The five recipient- people’s organizations and their respective contract prices are as follows:

1. Marugo Green life Association, Php 2,129,876.02
2. Tascanara Farmers Association, Php 3,226,460.04
3. Marugo Farmers Association, Php 2,129, 876.02
4. Sta. Ana Mampaw Association, Php 1,069,938.01
5. Marugo Small Angler Association, Php 2,129,876.02

“With the implementation of the eNGP in the town of Tapaz, we are creating communities that are not only climate resilient but economically vibrant as well. Anchored on the framework of Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), the eNGP implementation will help the community beneficiaries in Tapaz to become self-reliant,” Sampulna said.

Aside from tree planting, a Letter of Agreement (LOA) was also signed between the provincial office of DENR in Capiz and two people’s organizations, namely: Brgy. Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association (BANECA) and Brgy. Council of Cudian, Ivisan, Capiz, for a comprehensive site development activity, covering a 5-hectare mangrove plantation in Brgy. Cudia, Ivisan town, also in Capiz.

A total of Php 210,256.00 was allotted by the DENR field office as financial assistance to the two POs, to be used in seedling production, plantation establishment and three year maintenance and protection of established plantations for the period, February 2017 to December 2019.

For his part, Tapaz Mayor Roberto Palomar, who graced the ceremonial distribution of checks, said: “We are so overwhelmed with the support given to us by the DENR to this humble town of Tapaz. We are looking forward to a better, sustainable future for all Tapaznon.” ### 











DENR-Region 08


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Members of the Mamanwa indigenous community showcase their native dance during the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) Outdoor Festival held February 3, 2017, in Brgy. Mahagnao, Burauen, Leyte.  The festival, which coincided with the celebration of the park’s declaration as a protected area under the National Integrated Area System or NIPAS Act in 1998, seeks to level up public awareness on the ecological significance of MVNP as it hosts an array of flora and fauna species, including the national bird Philippine eagle.  DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca (not in photo) calls for the protection and conservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. ### 











DENR-Region 18

DENR, local officials lead groundbreaking for NOCWCA marker in Kabankalan City

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Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim and DENR-NIR Director Al Orolfo, together with local officials of Kabankalan City led by Mayor Isidro Zayco led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a RAMSAR marker for the Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area (NOCWCA) at the Kabankalan City Hall on February 2, coinciding with the global celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD).

In October 2016, NOCWCA was declared a Ramsar site by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. Stretching 109.52 kilometers, this coastal wetlands conservation area in Negros Occidental straddles 10 local government units, from Bago City down to the municipality of Ilog.

In her keynote speech, Lim underscored the significance of the declaration of NOCWCA as a Ramsar site.

“With the declaration of NOCWCA as a Ramsar site in 2016, it now becomes part of the wetland system of international importance,” Lim said.

She also explained this year’s theme of WWD, Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction, saying that wetlands play a vital role in minimizing the negative impact of climate change.

“Wetlands, NOCWCA included, protect communities from storm surges and rising sea level. Also, when properly managed and continually protected, wetlands could provide sustainable livelihood to fishermen,” she said.

The BMB chief lauded the move of local officials to construct a seven-footer Ramsar marker for NOCWCA as it will serve as a constant reminder of the need to protect the coastline of Negros Occidental because of its local as well as its global significance.

“The Philippines is highly vulnerable to climate change. But because of the wetlands, we are becoming resilient during natural calamities,” she said. According to her, recent studies showed that wetland ecosystem minimize damage during storm surges and rising sea level.

The WWD was first celebrated in 1997 globally, with the goal of raising awareness about the significance of wetlands.

Relatedly, Orolfo announced the recent recognition accorded to NOCWCA as one of the newest "flyway sites" for migratory birds in the East-Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF) region.

According to him,, the recognition was made during the 9th meeting of the EAAF Partnership held in Singapore on January 11-15.

EAAF is one of the nine major migratory waterbird flyways in the world and is home to over 50 million migratory waterbirds --including shorebirds, Anatidae (ducks, geese and swans), cranes, and seabirds (for example divers, cormorants, gulls, shearwaters, and auks) -- from over 250 different populations.

"This recognition and certification is another output achieved through common effort of all stakeholders," Orolfo said. “Starting as a community initiative, the NOCWCA is now an internationally-recognized local conservation area which the national government, through the DENR-NIR, fully supports and recognizes.”

The wetlands serve as one of the important sites for migrating shorebirds that breed from northern Asia and Alaska, and spend the non-breeding season in Southeast Asia and Austral-Asia.

Some 73 species of water birds such as Sterna albifrons (Little tern), Dedrocygna arcuata (Wandering whistling duck), and the Egretta garzetta (Little egret) are found in NOCWCA.

Five globally threatened species, including the Calidristenuirostris (Great knot), Egretta eulophotes (Chinese egret), Numenius madagascariensis (Far eastern curlew), Numeniusarquata (Eurasian curlew), and the Tringa guttifer (Spotted greenshank or Nordman's) can also be found at the newly declared EAAF site.

Two kinds of species, which are nearly globally threatened like the Limosa limosa (Black-tailed godwit) and the Limnodromussemipalmatus (Asiatic dowitcher), are also found in this idyllic paradise.

“With federalism as a vehicle for the new vision for the advancement of country’s sustainable development, the NOCWCA experience shows that local empowerment with strong support from the national government will work and achieve the common goal of conservation and preservation of our natural habitat both for humanity and biodiversity,” Orolfo said.

With the new declaration, NOCWCA joins with the other sites in the Philippines that were renowned for its international importance in the conservation of migratory waterbirds like the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Naujan Lake Natural Park and Tubbataha Reef Natural Park. ### 








DENR-Region 18

DENR halts construction of hydro plants in Negros natural park

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has halted construction of two mini-hydroelectric power plants, which are both located within the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP).

The two power plants, both owned by the German firm Hydrotec Renewables Inc., are situated in Barangay Cabatangan in Talisay City and Barangay Bunga in Don Salvador town in Negros Occidental province.

The cessation order was issued by DENR-Negros Island Regional Director Al Orolfo, based on two separate memorandums from the DENR central office in Quezon City signed by Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio and Director Theresa Mundita Lim of the Biodiversity Management Bureau.

Both Ignacio and Lim said the memorandum of agreement in favor of the two proposed mini hydroelectric power plants within the NNNP "cannot be given due course" for violating Republic Act No. 7586, otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.

"This is in pursuant to Section 14 (Survey for Energy Resources) of the NIPAS Act, protected areas, except strict nature reserves and natural parks, may be subjected to exploration only for the purpose of gathering information on energy resources and only if such activity is carried out with the least damage to surrounding areas," Orolfo said in his order, quoting the two DENR memorandums.

The order also cited Section 14 of R.A. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act, which states that "all renewable energy explorations, development, utilization, and renewable energy systems operations shall be conducted in accordance with existing environmental regulations as prescribed by the DENR and/or any other concerned government agency." ### 








DENR-Region 4B


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With warm smiles and a banner, officials and employees of CENRO Brooke’s Point in Palawan welcome the lady boss of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez (center).  Lopez flew to Palawan early this month to start off her series of inspection of mining projects in various parts of the country, while also taking that rare opportunity to dialog with DENR field personnel. Also in photo are Brooke’s Point Mayor Jean Feliciano and CENRO Dindo Diaz (to Lopez’ left and right, respectively). ### 














DENR-Region 10

CDO flooding not caused by deforestation, says DENR Region 10 office

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 office has belied reports that unabated logging and deforestation caused the recent massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas in Northern Mindanao.

DENR Region 10 Director Ruth Tawantawan said it was not accurate to blame deforestation for the flooding when the regional office has put in place preventive and corrective measures to keep the region's forests intact, foremost of which is a massive reforestation effort undertaken during the past five years.

"We can proudly say that we are doing well to safeguard our environment and we remain steadfast with our commitment to make the communities happy with our work," Tawantawan said.

Noting that the headwater of Cagayan de Oro City emanates from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park in Bukidnon, Tawantawan said the province has "very high elevation against the city and the slope is very steep."

"High volume of water will flow rapidly to the cities (Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) during rainfall, thus it is important to have clean and unobstructed waterways," she pointed out.

Tawantawan reported that the DENR 10 was able to rehabilitate over 97,000 hectares of forestlands with close to 80 million seedlings of tree species under the government's National Greening Program from 2011 to 2016.

She said Region 10 remains off the list of areas with illegal logging hotspots due to intensified forest protection campaign initiated by the DENR regional office.

The DENR 10 has mobilized communities and volunteers to help in the said campaign, which resulted in the filing of a total of 60 illegal logging cases in court last year.

The regional office is also in charge of managing 9 priority protected areas, namely: Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong – Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape; Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape in Misamis Oriental; Mt. Inayawan Natural Park in Lanao del Norte; and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental.

The conservation and protection of Cagayan de Oro River Basin is a major concern of the DENR 10, having organized the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) in 2010.

One of the active management councils in the country today, CDORBMC is a multi-sectoral group of concerned individuals, agencies and institutions who dedicate themselves in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating and managing the river basin, which has a total land area of 137,934 hectares. ### 








DENR-Region 6

DENR 6 to distribute 4,000 land titles this year

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Building on the momentum of its successful distribution of land patents last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas has increased its target of distributing land patents to 4,478.

The target will cover residential free patents with 2,728 and agricultural free patents, 1,750.

Of the total residential patents, around 893 will be distributed in Antique, 998 in Iloilo, 406 in Aklan and 150 in Capiz.

Provincial distribution of agricultural free patents, on the other hand, is broken down as follows: Aklan with 700; Antique, 400; Capiz, 200; Iloilo, 300; and Guimaras, 150.

In 2016, the regional office was able to distribute a total of 2, 861 residential patents and 1,181 agricultural patents, thereby exceeding its annual targets by 4 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

“Our goal to provide the legal and rightful beneficiaries their much-deserved land titles has always been an important component of DENR mandate. This is not only to ensure that the country’s land resources are equitably distributed but also in alleviating the plight of our rural communities, particularly the farmers, as they now have all the opportunity and the motivation of introducing improvements in their lands to generate economic gains,” said DENR-Region 6 Director Jim O Sampulna.

The distribution of residential free patents is pursuant to Republic Act 10023, also known as “An Act of Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents for Residential Lands” while that of agricultural patents is provided for under Commonwealth Act 141 or the Public Land Act, as amended, which aims to promote social justice and industrialization. ### 








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