Laguna stakeholders meet to discuss lake’s integrated development, management
Various stakeholders of the Laguna Lake, including local government units (LGUs), have joined hands with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of country’s largest lake using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach in a 2-day convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.
"One of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is not only to plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," DENR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.
Mendoza sought the cooperation of the various stakeholders present during the convergence workshop, such as non-government organizations and LGU representatives, saying that the implementation of SIADM by the DENR “will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".
DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained the SIADM approach as one of key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez to attain improved quality of life and sustainable environment, which calls for convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of the Laguna area.
Laguna de Bay is one of the 29 priority areas in the country for the implementation of the SIADM approach. Its selection was in consonance with President Rodrigo Duterte's instruction to transform the lake "into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution".
The convergence workshop included presentations and lectures on the following: planting and marketing of bamboo and other high-value crops by Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro of Agham Party List; Laguna de Bay Basin master plan by Cesar R. Quintos of the Laguna Lake Development Authority; legal framework for the management of Laguna Lake by Atty. Rolando R. Recto of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc.; local solutions to waste in the Philippines by Zero Waste Program Manager Shelley S. Carbonel; and guidelines in the implementation of SIADM by Usec Mendoza. ###
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo leads the signing of the Declaration of Support for the National Implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) as a strategy for achieving sustainable development during the National REDD+ Congress held September 12-15, 2016 in Macrohon, Southern Leyte. ###
RECOGNIZING PNP PARTNERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca proudly presents a Certificate of Commendation to SPO2 Necias C. Bebit, Jr. of the Philippine National Police in Region 8, for his role in various operations relative to the enforcement of environment and natural resources laws and policies. Also in photo is DENRRegion 8 Asst. Director for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ###
RECOGNIZING PARTNERS IN ENR LAW ENFORCEMENT
DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca awards a certificate of commendation to PO3 Reverendo E. Bascos of the Philippine Navy for his outstanding performance on various environment and natural resources law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas. Also in photo are (from left): DENR Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar and ARD for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ###
WOMEN LEADERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Women members of people’s organizations in Eastern Visayas are honored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 8 for their leadership in rallying their respective communities in protecting and sustainably managing their environment and natural resources. Standing proudly with their certificates of recognition are: (from left) Myrna Valdez, president of Mahagnao Rural Workers Development Association in Mahagnao, Leyte, and Imelda Abadines and Carmelita A. Paloma, both members of the Bogo Women's Association in Southern Leyte. The recognition rites was held coinciding with the 29th DENR anniversary on June 10, 2016. ###
DENR supports 10 CL people’s organizations in agroforestry development
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with 10 people’s organizations (POs) in Central Luzon to develop 450 hectares of agroforestry and other livelihood projects under DENR-Region 3’s “Community-based Forest Management-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CBFM-CARP) project.
“The CBFM-CARP project seeks to address the twin issues of environmental security and climate change by providing them financial and technical support in the development of their agroforestry projects,” DENR-Region 3 Director Francisco Milla, Jr. said.
Milla identified the PO-beneficiaries as Alangan Farmers Producers Association in Bataan; Sentro sa Pamamahala ng Pamayanang Mambikap, Bulawen Livelihood Center and Dusoc Upland Farmers Association in Zambales; Parista Tree Planters Association in Nueva Ecija; and Dueg Agroforestry Farmers Association, Labney Upland Farmers Association, Cacupangan Tree Farmers Assocation and Bundok Sula Upland Farmers Association in Tarlac. ###
CLEANEST, GREENEST COASTAL BARANGAY IN CAVITE
Barangay Silangan I wins the grand prize in the 2015 Search for Cleanest and Greenest Barangay in Rosario, Cavite launched jointly by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its provincial office in Cavite, the Manila Bay Coordinating Council and the local government unit of Rosario. Photo shows Silangan I Chairman Mark Jay Velarde holding the trophy and a check amounting Php 60,000 as prize money for the victory. Also in photo are MBCO’s Deputy Site Manager Dr. Domingo R. Bravo (2nd row, 2nd from left) and Cavite Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rolinio Pozas (to Velarde’s right). ###
OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWSLETTER
The newsletter of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 6 “Bantala … ang dunang manggad” was adjudged one of the best agency newsletters in the region “for its relevance of content and messages, technical quality and responsiveness to the needs of the clients and effective communication support to development” by the Philippine Information Agency. On hand to receive the award and trophy is Regional Communication and Development Officer Artemio Salvador C. Colacion (center) from PIA Regional Director Atty. Ma. Janet C. Mesa (left) and PIA Director-General and Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Jose Mari M. Oquiñena. The awarding was held during the annual gathering of government information officers in Western Visayas held at El Circulo Convention Center in Roxas City. ###
DENR inks agreement with Iloilo provincial government to rehabilitate Maasin watershed
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has inked an agreement with the provincial government of Iloilo to co-manage a part of the Maasin Watershed Forest Reserve and enhance the reforestation effort in the area.
DENR-Region 6 Assistant Regional Director for Management Service Livino B. Duran signed the agreement with Iloilo Gov. Arthur D. Defensor Sr. during the 16th Piyesta ng Kakahuyan held September 12, 2015 in Maasin, Iloilo.
“This agreement between the DENR and the Iloilo provincial government is indicative of Gov. Defensor’s active leadership to share in the responsibility of managing and maintaining the ecological balance in the province, a move that is in accord with the Local Government Code,” Duran said.
According to him, the Maasin watershed is a big boost to the water capacity of the province. But with a growing population, the DENR official expressed apprehension the watershed may not be able to sustain its capacity to provide sufficient water for the people unless it is rehabilitated and protected from destructive human activities.
The co-management agreement calls for the Iloilo government to implement rehabilitation and protection activities within the adopted area of 659.25 hectares, in accordance with the development plan that will be prepared by the local government.
The DENR, on the hand, is tasked under the MOA to provide technical assistance to the LGU to ensure the success of the project.
Aside from the agreement signing, a tree planting activity participated in by representatives from non-government organizations, national government agencies in the region and other sectors also highlighted the 16th celebration of Piyesta ng Kakahuyan in the province. ###
TIME TO WALK THE TALK
Members of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) – La Union chapter took time off from their journalistic duties to walk the talk on rehabilitating Mother Earth. Some 350 saplings of Agoho species were planted by the group, with support from other local organizations, in a 15-hectare National Greening Program site within the Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape in Agoo, La Union. The tree planting was in consonance with KBP’s annual “Broadcastreeing” project. ###