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. ###
GREENING THE AGOO-DAMORTIS PROTECTED AREA
The provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in La Union headed by PENRO Samuel Songcuan (right) has forged an agreement with the local government of Agoo represented by Mayor Sandra Eriguel (center) and 2nd District Rep. Eufranio Eriguel (2nd from right) and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas – La Union chapter, represented by Ms. Mila Abuan of DXNL (left), for the reforestation of some 20 hectares within the Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape in Agoo, La Union, under its “Adopt-an-NGP-site Program”. NGP refers to the massive tree planting program of DENR, the National Greening Program, which aims to plant 1.5 million hectares of degraded lands with 1.5 billion trees nationwide. The agreement signing was held August 20, 2015 in consonance with KBP’s annual “Broadcastreeing” activity.###
OUTSTANDING AGENCY IN REGION 10
DENR-Region 10 Director Ruth M. Tawantawan receives the award for Outstanding Government Agency in Region 10 from Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Police Regional Director Lyndel A Desquitado (left, partly hidden) during the 114th Philippine National Police (PNP) anniversary celebration on August 10, 2015 at Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City. The regional office was cited for its contribution in promoting public welfare by forging partnership with the PNP in its anti-illegal logging and mining campaign. ###
NEW LAND OWNERS
Some 138 farmers from San Jose, Tarlac wave their newly-acquired free patents during simple rites held as part of President Aquino’s land distribution program. All covering 83,813 sq. meters, the new batch of land titles brings to 351,050 sq. meters the total agricultural land distributed in the province. Present at the land distribution program were: (L-R) Tarlac Technical Services Division Chief Mariano Lagartera; Tarlac Management Division Chief Melody Almazan; Tarlac Provincial DENR Officer Emelita Lingat; License, Patents & Deeds Division Chief Ricky Hernandez; (R-L) Tarlac Licenses, Patents & Deeds Section Chief Engr. Amalia Fajardo; Tarlac City Community DENR Officer Laurino Macadangdang; CARP Secretariat Myrna Supan; and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Arthur Salazar.###
ENHANCING IN-HOUSE CAPABILITY
ABS-CBN correspondent Francisco Faulve (2nd from left) poses with key officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-National Capital Region after being cited for sharing his knowledge and experiences as a reporter in a recent learning event held for employees of the regional office. Among the topics Faulve tackled during the workshop include news writing, field reporting, editing and lay-outing. With Faulve are Regional Director (RD) Lourdes Wagan (3rd from left), Assistant RD for Management Donna Mayor-Gordove (left) and Assistant RD for Technical Services Dr. Sofio B. Quintana (right). ###
INFORMATION CARAVAN IN BUKIDNON
Forester Thomas L. Cardente (center, right photo) of DENR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Don Carlos, Bukidnon attends to a client during a public consultation-dialogue held June 16, 2015 at the Don Carlos Municipal Hall. The public dialogue was held in conjunction with the information caravan organized by the Philippine Information Agency-Region 10 (left photo), in partnership with the Regional Association of Government Communicators. Among the DENR programs discussed during the event include the National Greening Program and the Cadastral Survey Program. ###
CELEBRATING ARBOR DAY WITH MANGROVE PLANTING
Around 200 residents and government employees trooped to the coastal area of Brgy. Barugohay Norte in Carigara, Leyte to plant 1,000 seedlings of miyapi, a mangrove species, in celebration of June 25 as Philippine Arbor Day. DENR-Region 8 Assistant Director for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa (not in photo) said the planted area is part of the 13-hectare area targeted for reforestation in the region under the P1 Billion Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project of the DENR. ###
420 flitches submerged in river retrieved by anti-illegal logging operatives in Quezon
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Calabarzon continues to score in its anti-illegal logging campaign with the recent discovery of narra and kamagong flitches submerged at the Tapucan River in Mauban, Quezon by poachers to evade detection by authorities.
DENR-Calabarzon Regional Director Reynulfo Juan said some 420 pieces of flitches with estimated volume of 17,969 board feet were retrieved by joint operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Calabarzon, the Philippine Army and Mauban police.
“The flitches were retrieved from Tapucan river by divers led by Real CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer) Miliarete Panaligan.,” Juan said. He placed the value of the hot forest products at PhP 4.5 million.
Juan said the operation was carried out following a tip from concerned citizens. “Guided by maps drawn on “palara” or cigarette wrappers and on banana leaves by these concerned citizens, the team was able to determine the location of the flitches,” he said.
The confiscated forest products are currently deposited at the DENR Information Center in Calumpang, Tayabas, Quezon for safekeeping. ###
DENR-Region 12 to support the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program
The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Koronadal City has forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program (SBP) for a P7 million-project in support of the implementation of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).
A formal signing ceremony between the two parties was held on March 24, 2015 at the regional office. Signatories to the pact were DENR Region 12 Director Datu Tungko M. Saikol and Sajahatra Bangsamoro Project Management team leader Dr. Taugan S. Kikay,
The MOA, to be implemented until December 2017, calls for the greening of more than 300 hectares of forest lands in Maguindanao Province, particularly in the barangays of Buliok in Pagalungan and Sambolawan in Sultan Kudarat municipality, and in Sitio B’lungan, Brgy. Upper Sepaka in Surallah, South Cotabato. The areas will be planted with coffee, fruit trees, and forest trees.
Saikol said that the DENR shall provide funding support of P7 million for the greening activities in the identified reforestation areas. “The financial support shall cover seedling production, plantation establishment, monitoring, maintenance and protection. We will soon enter into an appropriate agreement with the on-site partner-people’s organization,” Saikol said.
Dr. Kikay said that the partnership is a long-awaited program for the Bangsamoro Communities. “NGP has made great contributions for our environment but we are still seeing idle mountains. Our objective is to implement the program of President Noynoy Aquino while pursuing the improvement of the lives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) communities and this complements the livelihood component of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro,” he said.
Sajahatra Bangsamoro is President Benigno S. Aquino’s concrete socio-economic initiative aimed to uplift the health, education and livelihood condition of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) communities.
Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim expressed optimism in the realization of the partnership. “The success lies in your hands. The DENR will provide financial and technical assistance. You will be the one who will implement the project,” she said, adding that the DENR will monitor the project’s accomplishment.
Likewise, the head of the SBP-Socio Economic Component Director Hadzer M. Birowa was very thankful for the partnership. “We are so glad that the DENR gives us attention. The MILF appreciates the program of the DENR, which is also meant to bridge the gap. The government is pursuing economic development in the Bangsamoro community and the peace process is not separated from this effort,” Birowa said. He also appealed to the POs to do their best to meet the targets of the National Greening Program.
Ala Provincial MILF Chairman Orly Jakiri underscored the importance of the program for the environment and to the MILF communities. He committed for the fulfillment of the program and wished for its success.
The Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program, which is under the aegis of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), will end on June 30, 2015. The partnership will remain to be carried out by the socio-economic unit of the OPAPP until December 31, 2017. ###
DENR pushes gender and development in Region 12
In an effort to sustain a stronger and empowered workforce, the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Koronadal City conducted a two-day Gender and Development (GAD) Assessment/Planning Workshop on March 25-26, 2015.
The activity focused on enhancing knowledge and relevant skills, as well as providing important information and updates on GAD efforts, particularly the mainstreamed GAD activities in the region. Participants included GAD focal persons from the different field offices, and the key staff and personnel of the regional office.
The workshop explored gender-related topics such as Gender Dynamics and DENR GAD Mainstreaming discussed by Forester Helen Villame, Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004 by Police Inspector Maria Cristina R. Navarro, and RA 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 by Internal Audit System Focal Person Alamina R. Manalao.
In her message, DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services and Regional GAD Committee Chairperson, Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim emphasized that DENR-Region 12 has been serious in its efforts to advocate gender sensitivity. According to Brahim, the department adheres to the 40-60 ratio on human resources complement. The current profile under the rationalization program has 61% male and 39% female employees under salary grades 18, 22, and 24.
“We are trying to be gender sensitive as far as appointment of personnel is concerned and to support gender equality in our office,” Brahim said. She further mentioned that the regional office is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its female employees.
Regional GAD Focal Person Forester Helen Villame reported some of the mainstreamed activities in 2014, showing how the women had participated and benefitted from their productive endeavors which include among others, coastal resource management and development, social mobilization through people’s organizations, alternative livelihood program, livelihood program through contracted seedlings, and reforestation program.
This workshop was part of DENR’s celebration of March as Women’s Month, which is anchored on the theme “JUANA, ang desisyon mo ay mahalaga sa kinabukasan ng bawat isa, ikaw na!”
Women’s Month is held every year to raise awareness on women’s issues and the importance of pursuing gender and development. GAD is a development perspective that is enshrined in the Constitution and supported by various national laws and international treaties. It is concerned with the social construction of gender and the assignment of specific roles, responsibilities, and expectations on women and men. ###