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DENR gives recognition to partners in Southern Mindanao  



A total of 18 local officials, a local government unit (LGU), four companies and three national government officials were honored by the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Davao City (DENR-XI) for their sincere efforts and significant contribution in the management, protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources in the region.  

The awarding ceremony was made during culmination program Environment Month celebration held at the DENR-XI Quadrangle in Lanang, Davao City.

Topping the list of awardees was the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao City, which received a plaque of recognition from DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, for enacting ordinances geared towards environmental protection, particularly City Ordinance No. 0361-10 which bans the use of non-bio plastic bags and polystyrene foam as food containers. 

Among the LGU officials also given the recognition were Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Thelma Z. Almario, and Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas RA Cagas, Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, and Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy.  The recognition was for their support in the implementation of Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program (NGP)  and EO 23 declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of trees in the natural and residual forests in the country.

Also recognized for their active participation and cooperation in the implementation of EOs 23 and 26 were Battalion Commander Gabriel C. Viray III of 84th IB, 7th ID and Col. Ruben S. Basiao of the 67th IB, 10th ID of the Philippine Army, as well as Police Chief Inspector Roberto C. Espina of the Philippine National Police.

The DENR also commended the following mayors for their unparalleled dedication in protecting the natural resources and environment in their respective areas of responsibility.  Given plaques of recognition were Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of Davao City, Mayor Rey T. Uy of Tagum City, Jose L. Silvosa of Panabo City Joel Ray L. Lopez of Sta. Cruz and Manuel B. Brillantes , Jr. of Monkayo. 

For his dedication in implementing NGP in his barangay, Barangay Captain Claudio Fuentes Hoybia of Garcia Heights, Bajada, Davao City also received a plaque of recognition. 

Among the business sectors that were given commendations for their compliance to the environmental standards, rules and regulations were San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines, Inc., Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. and Holcim Philippines, Inc.



DENR, other gov’t employees celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting in Tacloban City  



To celebrate Arbor Day, more than 200 workers of various government agencies in Tacloban City, including representatives of local civic groups and non-government organizations, trekked to the upland barangay of Caibaan in Tacloban City to plant some 1,000 mahogany and narra seedlings.

The tree planting, said DENR-Region 8 Executive Director Manolito Ragub, was in keeping with the objectives of the National Greening Program (NGP), requiring government employees and students to plant 10 trees a year.

He also said that the choice of the planting site, which was within the Community-based Forest Management area of the Caibaan Farmers Livelihood Association (CFLA), was designed to ensure the survival of the newly planted seedlings.

“Among the innovations of NGP is the inclusion of tenured areas as planting sites.  The reason is simple.  After we leave, the members of the CFLA or other people’s organizations, for that matter, will be taking over to take care and nurture the seedlings that we have planted.  This way, we are assured that the seedlings we have planted will grow and mature and bring benefits to this community,” Ragub said, as he acknowledged the effort shown by the tree planters, majority of whom were employees of various government agencies in Tacloban City, led by the DENR. 

Presidential Proclamation No. 643 (s-2004) prescribes the observance of Arbor Day every 25th day of June with planting of trees as well as ornamental plants and other relevant activities. 






Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 6 express appreciation for the installation of a GSIS kiosk in its compound in Iloilo City.  DENR-R6 Personnel Section chief Ernest Federizo (left, left photo) said the installation of the kiosk within the agency’s compound makes transactions not only convenient but also more secured, adding that the kiosk will also service employees of other government agencies in the region.  Also in photo supervising the installation of the kiosk  include (left photo):  GSIS representative Felipe Chua, Jr. (center) and DENR-Region 6 Union president Emma P. Delima.






century-old balete tree inside the Lichauco family’s residence in Sta. Ana, Manila was recently declared a Heritage Tree by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  On hand to unveil the heritage tree marker are DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center), DENR-National Capital Region Executive Director Neria Andin (left) and Ms. Sylvia Lichauco-de Leon, president of Lola Grande Foundation and daughter of Mrs. Lichauco. Andin explains that due to rapid urbanization, mature trees are slowly vanishing from Metro Manila’s landscape, thus the Heritage Tree Project by DENR-NCR as part of its Urban Forestry Program.  Trees declared as Heritage Trees could not be cut without prior approval from the DENR, according to Andin.  






In support of the National Greening Program, Globe Telecom and non-government organization Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) are staging a bike challenge to raise public awareness on the need to reforest the Cordillera Mountain Range slated May 5, 2012.  On hand to grace the media launch of the Globe Cordillera Challenge held last April 11, 2012 at Glorietta 3 in Makati City are  (from left): DENR-National Capital Region Technical Director Antonio C. Manila (left), Globe Telecom’s Corporate Social Responsibility head Rob Nazal (2nd from left), DENR-Calabarzon representative Januel Peras, and CCT head JP Alipio. 






Field personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Kalibo, Aklan took time off from office work to plant hundreds of mangrove propagules at the coastal barangay of Cabugao in Batan, Aklan.  The mangrove planting, led by CENRO Baltazar M. Gerardo, is in support of the National Greening Program launched by President Aquino to rehabilitate the country’s open and degraded areas. 





Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region explains the features of the state-of-the art clonal nursery being established in a 15,000-square-meter area inside the compound of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Taguig City, with support from the DENR. Designed to produce good quality planting materials for the government’s national greening program (NGP), the nursery will have a laboratory for the sampling of specimens to be cloned, a rooting propagation house where cutting will be rooted, a recovery house chamber, pot beds or hardening area, facilities for soil sterilization, a potting and watering area,  a water storage, and a pump area. 





Earth Day 2012 will be especially remembered by residents of Manila’s Brgy. 649 for having planted the seed of hope of turning a 3-hectare mudflat, sand bar and lagoon into a marine park that will be dotted soon with mangrove stands.

On April 21, 2012, as the world’s nations marked Earth Day in different ways, the barangay council of Baseco in Manila, together with the Archdiocese of Manila, launched the project, calling it the Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park as per Brgy. Ordinance No. 02, series of 2012, authored by Kagawad Kervin Camacho.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, along with the Department of Interior and Local Government – National Capital Region Director Renato S. Brion and DENR-NCR Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZM) Donna Mayor-Gordove, graced the occasion and signified their commitment to support the establishment of Baseco’s marine park.

Starting off with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the launching was highlighted by a simultaneous clean-up and tree planting activities participated by various people’s organizations in the area, with contingents from public sector, namely the NCR offices of DENR, DILG, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard, including Manila LGU.  
Representatives from the Manila Archdiocese and from the plastic manufacturing industry were also on hand to participate in the project.

Gordove said an initial planting of over a hundred seedlings was conducted during the event, comprising of 47 seedlings of mangrove species Nilad donated by the Manila Archdiocese, and 50 bakauan propagules and 15 seedlings of coconut and talisay species from the DENR.

Gordove stressed the important role of mangroves not only in maintaining a healthy marine environment but also in protecting coastal communities from the onslaught of storm surges.  

“Mangroves serve as nursery grounds from marine organisms, help mitigate the effects of pollution, and protect shorelines from erosion.  They also act as natural shield, which can protect the coastal communities against the impact of climate change like storm surges brought about by strong typhoons like “Pedring” which hit Metro Manila last year,” Gordove explained. 


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Employees of the DENR-CARAGA Regional Office make good their commitment to assist in nurturing the seedlings being raised at the regional nursery in Brgy. Ambago, Butuan City, to ensure their survival once transplanted in the upland hills comes the rainy season. The regional office targets to produce some 4.8 million seedlings this year, to be planted in 13,290 hectares throughout the four provinces comprising the region, namely, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. 






A scrutiny by port security of a travelling bag left on April 17, 2012 at the exit gate of Pier 12 in North Harbor, Manila revealed four heads of live Talking Mynah (Gracula religiosa). The DENR has classified Talking Mynah as a ‘threatened’ species, thus, possession, transport and trade of this species is prohibited under Republic Act No. 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.  The seized birds are now in the custody of the DENR-PAWB’s Wildlife Rescue Center.

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