2013 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY
Dr. Jose Bacusmo (6th from left), president of the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte, together with some university officials, stands proud as he receives the plaque of recognition for his school having been declared as the “most sustainable and eco-friendly university for 2013” during the awarding ceremony held recently at the SM City North in Quezon City. On hand to present the award and a cash prize of P50,000 to Bacusmo were representatives of agencies behind the 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools to include (from left): DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna, DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta Teh, Department of Education-National Capital Region Environmental Education Division head Victoria Mayo, and Commissioner of Higher Education and National Board of Judges chair Ruperto Sangalang. Representatives of partner companies, namely One Meralco Foundation Program Officer Eddielyn Addun (right) and Nestle Philippines Vice President and Corporate Environment Officer Engr. Jesus Reyes (3rd from right) also graced the event.
DBP FOREST PROJECT IN MASBATE
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has signed an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the municipal government of Cawayan, Masbate for a 50-hectare tree planting project at Naro Island Protected Area in support of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) and as a climate change mitigation strategy. The DBP Forest Project, covered by a grant of P1.5 million from the bank, will be implemented in four barangays in Naro Island. Signing the MOA for their respective agencies are (from left): DENR-Region 5 Technical Director for Forestry Felix Mendoza, Cawayan Mayor Edgar Condor, and DBP Executive President Benel Lagua.
FURNITURE DONATION TO CAMP CRAME HIGH SCHOOL
Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin (right) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) awards the Deed of Donation of serviceable office tables and chairs to Ms. Angeline T. Torres, principal of Camp Crame High School in Quezon City. Ms. Torres expressed appreciation for the goodwill and for the assistance given by the DENR in their school’s environment projects. Other DENR officials on hand to witness the awarding held at Andin’s office at the National Ecology Center on East Avenue, Quezon City are (from left): Division chiefs Jan Bautista and Clemencia Marquez and Land Management Services Technical Director Art Fadriquela.
HANDOG TITULO IN LA UNION
Happiness and hopes are written all over the faces of some of the 84 residents of Luna, La Union province awarded with free land patents by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in simple ceremonies held at the town’s People’s Hall. DENR provincial chief Samuel Songcuan (in light green polo) said that ‘Handog Titulo’ is a priority program of the DENR that seeks to facilitate the government’s land distribution program. The awarded free patents, covering a total area of 5.02 hectares, are situated in 17 barangays of Luna, namely: Ayaoan, Barrientos, Busel-busel, Magsiping, Nagrebcan, Sucoc Norte, Oaqui No. 2, Bungro, Darigayos, Oaqui No. 3, Rimos No. 4, Barangobong, Sto. Domingo Norte, Sucoc Norte, Tallaoen, Pila and Victoria.
JOINT ANTI-ILLEGAL LOGGING DRIVE IN QUEZON
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Regional Executive Director (RED) for CALABARZON Reynulfo Juan (2nd from left) has signed a memorandum of agreement on joint monitoring and checkpoints with DENR-RED for Bicol Gilbert Gonzales (2nd from left) in a move to strengthen the department’s campaign against illegal logging in Quezon province. The MOA signing was witnessed by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (right) and Forest Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon (left).
HERITAGE TREE AT SAN FRANCISCO CAMPUS
This century-old Balete tree on the grounds of San Francisco High School in Quezon City gets recognized and protected for life following its declaration as a Heritage Tree by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region as part of its Urban Forestry Program. Photo shows DENR-NCR Executive Director Neria Andin (2nd from left) and San Francisco Principal Dr. Milagros A. San Juan unveiling the heritage tree marker, as DENR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Dr. Antonio Manila (left) looks on. About 500 students witnessed the event which coincided with the school’s 57th anniversary celebration.
SAN ROQUE POWER CORP SUPPORTS NGP
The San Roque Power Corp. supports the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) by rehabilitating the watershed under its management in San Manuel, Pangasinan through tree planting held Sept. 12, 2013 in tandem with DENR-Region 1 and local Philippine National Police. Seedlings planted were of dipterocarp species like Yakal-Saplongan, Palosapis, Mamalis, Paglumbuyen and Guijo.
DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR BURIAS PASS
Director Robert Jara of PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia) points on the map of Burias Island and west coast of mainland Bicol adjacent to the Burias Pass which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol pushes to have a framework for sustainable development. Jara talked in the three-day forum about coastal strategy action planning for the Burias Pass which was attended by the Phil. Navy, Phil. Coast Guard, Department of Interior and Local Government and focal persons from local governments of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon.
SUCCESSFUL CS EXAMINEE
For topping the Career Service subprofessional examination with a general weighted rating of 85.91 percent in the region, Aldrin Q. De Roxas was given cash reward by DENR-Regional Executive Director for CALABARZON Reynulfo A. Juan (left). De Roxas, a contractual computer operator at the DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, was among the 24 employees of the regional office who were honored for having passed the special Career Service professional and subprofessional examinations for DENR employees held June 16, 2013 in Batangas City. Gracing the recognition rites at the DENR regional office in Calamba City, Laguna were Civil Service Commission – Laguna Field Director Emma B. Barrera and Regional Personnel Specialist Jeffrey C. Cruz who also personally awarded the Certificates of Eligibility to the new Civil Service eligibles.
DENR steps up anti- illegal mining campaign in Iponan river, watershed in Misamis Oriental
The regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan de Oro City, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) have joined forces to put a stop on illegal mining activities along the stretch of Iponan river and its watersheds in Misamis Oriental.
In a report to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, DENR-Region 10 Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that a memorandum of agreement to this effect had been signed recently by regional officials of concerned agencies last month, namely: MGB Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto, Police Sr. Superintendent Raul Benitez for PNP Regional Director Catalino Rodriguez Jr, and Sr. Superintended Froilan Bonifacio representing Police Chief Superintendent Reginal Villasanta of PAOCC.
The signing was witnessed by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Misamis Oriental environment officer Josito Nick Tilos representing Gov. Yevgeny Emano.
According to Tawantawan, CDO Mayor Moreno has committed to support the campaign within his area of jurisdiction by providing alternative livelihood to affected communities.