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. ###
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). ###