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DENR to donate 600 school desks to DepEd-NCR  


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has turned over some 100 school desks and chairs to the Department of Education-National Capital Region Tuesday (Feb. 21) in a simple ceremony held at the San Roque Elementary School in Navotas City.

DENR-National Capital Region Executive Director Nilo Tamoria said the desks are part of the 600 school desks earmarked by the agency for distribution to public schools in Metro Manila during the first quarter of 2012.  
According to him, another set of 100 wooden desks is being fast tracked for donation by end of the month.  The production of the balance of 400 school desks is due to be completed in March as the DENR is still awaiting the arrival of some 300 pieces of lumber from the CARAGA Region of the DENR to be used in producing the arm rests for the wooden desks, Tamoria added.

Tamoria, who led the turnover rites, said the desks were manufactured from illegally-sourced logs and lumber confiscated by his office in consonance with the anti-illegal logging campaign of the government. 

Around 1,500 board feet of logs were used to produce the 100 donated school desks, which came from the 10,000 board feet of premium hardwood like yakal, guiho and lauan confiscated by the regional office last year.   

The donation was accepted by Education Program Supervisor Dr. Crisanto A. Ecija in behalf of the DepEd, expressing gratitude for the timely assistance extended by the DENR as the San Roque Elementary School was recently destroyed by a fire.  “We deeply appreciate the donation from the DENR.  As you have known, our school was recently burned, and among those eaten up by the fire were the desks and chairs used by our school children,” Ecija said. 


Region 1

DENR completes delineation of forest boundaries in Ilocos Region 



The assessment and delineation of the forest boundaries in Region I is now complete, it was announced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Stretching up to a total of 4,244.11 kilometers, it covers the forest boundaries of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

DENR-Region 1 Executive Director Samuel R. Peñafiel said the proposed House bills covering the delineated forest boundaries of Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan have already been drafted and submitted to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje through the National Assessment and Delineation Committee Technical Working Group.

The draft bill covering the delineated forest boundaries of the province of Ilocos Sur, on the hand, is now under final review for submission to the House of Representatives, according to him.

The assessment and delineation of boundaries between forestlands, agricultural lands and national parks nationwide is mandated under DENR Administrative Order No. 2008-24.  

Peñafiel explained that upon the passage of the law defining the final boundary of the forestlands within a province, this shall be the basis for the issuance of certification on legal status of the land. It shall also form part of the control maps and records for all public land application filed before the DENR. 


Region 11

Forestry law violator pleads guilty, sentenced to prison term in Davao del Norte 



For possessing and transporting 68 pieces of lumber without appropriate permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a local resident in Davao del Norte was sentenced to prision correccional by a regional trial court in Tagum City.

Sentenced to “suffer the indeterminate sentence of one year of prision correccional as minimum, to four years of prision correccional as maximum” by Tagum City Regional Trial Court Assistant Marivic Trabajo-Daray is Leonard Facon.

In a report to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Jim Sampulna said the case against Facon, docketed as criminal case no. 17682, stemmed from his apprehension on March 4, 2011, by government operatives for transporting flitches of dipterocarp species in the municipality of Kapalong, also in Davao del Norte, without proper DENR permits in violation of Section 77 of P.D. No. 705, also known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.  

Loaded on an Isuzu truck with plate number YCA 217 driven by Facon himself, the confiscated forest products had a total volume 8,187.08 board feet, and estimated to value PhP204,677. 

Per court records, Sampulna said that Facon had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of violating the forestry law during his arraignment on October 27, 2011.    However, during the pre-trial on Nov. 29, 2011, the accused manifested his intention to enter to a plea bargain, which was accepted by the public prosecutor and the DENR, being the complainant.

Subsequently, Facon withdrew his previous plea and was re-arraigned.  Aided by lawyer Justino Aventurado, Facon voluntarily pleaded ‘guilty’ to the lesser offense of simple theft as defined under Article 309, paragraph 2 of the Revised Penal Code. 


Region 9

DENR completes delineation of forest boundaries in Region 9



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has completed the delineation of forest boundaries in the Zamboanga Peninsula.  

“After a decade of intense and hard work, the mission is accomplished. The credit goes to the Regional Assessment and Delineation Teams of the Land Evaluation Party (LEP),” DENR-Region 9 Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said.

Adorable said a  total of 5,590.18 kilometers of forestland boundary in five provinces comprising the region was successfully assessed and delineated,  broken down as follows: Zamboanga del Norte – 1,662.37 kilometers; Zamboanga del Sur – 1,493.28 kilometers; Zamboanga City 679.78 kilometers; Zamboanga Sibugay 1,471.32 kilometers; and  Isabela City, Basilan – 83.43 kilometers. 

He also said the total output include new lines covering areas that are either proposed for conversion to alienable and disposable lands, proposed for reversion to timberlands and “hotspot areas”.  

“Hotspot areas” refer to those areas located in the hinterlands and coastal areas which are considered impenetrable due to adverse peace and order situation.

It was in year 2000 when the country’s forestland boundary delineation was started pursuant to Sec. 4, Article XII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which mandates the Congress “to determine by law the specific limits of the public domain.”

In 2008, the DENR through an administrative order included in its delineation program the boundaries of coastal and mangrove areas of the country to enable the RADTs to propose new blocks or parcels within forest zone areas to non-conforming land uses/agricultural areas or vice versa based on secondary and primary data as well as the actual field survey.



DENR identifies landslide-, flood-prone areas in CALABARZON  



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified 59 areas in CALABARZON to be highly prone to landslides, and 57 more areas to be highly susceptible to flooding. 

DENR-CALABARZON Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan said the areas found to be prone to landslides in Cavite province based on geohazard assessment made by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) include Tagaytay City and the municipalities of Maragondon, Ternate,Silang,Alfonso, and Corregidor in Cavite; and Calamba City, Los Baños, Alaminos, Rizal, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Famy, Mabitac, Sta. Maria, Siniloan, Kalayaan, Cavinti and Paete in the province of Laguna.

In Batangas, the critical areas are Laurel, Mataas na Kahoy, Cuenca, Lipa City, Tuy, Calaca, Mabini, San Juan, and Rosario;  and in Rizal province -- Antipolo City, Taytay, Rodriguez, San Mateo, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras, Majayjay, Tanay, Pililia and Jalajala; and in Quezon -- Gen. Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Panukalan, Burdeos, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Lopez, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Andres, San Fransisco, Tagkauayan, Sampaloc, Dolores, Tayabas, Lucban and Gen. Luna. 

Areas found to highly susceptible to flooding, on the other hand, include the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Cavite City in Cavite province; Mabitac, Santa Maria, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, and Santa Cruz in the province of Laguna; Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan, Tuy, Balayan, Calaca, Lemery, Taal, San Luis, Bauan, San Pascual, Batangas, Lobo, Laurel, Talisay and Tanauan in Batangas province; San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras, Tanay, and Antipolo, in Rizal; and in Quezon province -- Infanta, Real, Mauban, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Pitogo, Macalelon, Catanauan, Mulanay, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Polilio, Burdeos and Lucena City. 

Juan reiterated the call of DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje on local officials to revisit the geohazard maps provided by the MGB in order for them to plan ahead of time on measures to mitigate the impact of calamities, urging them to involve their constituents in their planning sessions to get their full support.


Region 11

DENR to issue 6,637 residential free patents in Region 11


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to issue a total of 6,637 residential free patents within Davao Region this year, an increase of 33% from last year’s total of 4,964 titles.

“We are going full blast in the implementation of Republic Act 10023, and I have already instructed our land officials to closely coordinate with the local government units so that they can inform their constituents about the program,” DENR Region 11 Executive Director Jim Sampulna sail.

Last year, Sampulna said the regional office was able to process and distribute 1,332 residential land titles in Davao Oriental, 1,001 in Davao del Norte, 1,429 in Compostela Valley, and 1,202 in Davao del Sur, or a total of   4,964 titles covering some 81 hectares regionwide.
For 2012, the DENR-Region 11 is targeting to distribute some 1,577 titles in Davao Oriental, 1,200 in Davao del Norte, 1,500 in Compostela Valley, and 2,360 in Davao del Sur.

Enacted in March 2010, RA 10023, also known as the New Residential Free Patent Act, authorizes the issuance of free patents on residential lands, including town sites as defined under the Public Land Act. 

The law also provides that any Filipino citizen who actually occupies a residential land for at least ten years is qualified to apply for a residential free patent title, provided that the land applied for is not needed for public service or use, and that the area does not exceed 200 square meters in highly urbanized cities, 500 sq. meters in other cities, 750 sq. meters in first and second class municipalities, and 1,000 sq. meters in all other municipalities.

Documentary requirements include: a plan based on the actual survey conducted by a licensed geodetic engineer and approved by the DENR; technical description of the land applied for; and supporting affidavit of two disinterested persons residing in the barangay of the city or municipality where the land is located.

Applications shall be filed at the nearest Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of the DENR, which is mandated to process the application within 120 days.  From the CENRO, the land patent application shall be endorsed to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), which has five days to approve or disapprove the application.

Region 10



Key staff of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 10 led by OIC Geosciences Division chief Osin A Sinsuan, along with representatives of city governments of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, non-government organizations and other concerned government agencies, conducts an ocular inspection of proposed resettlement sites for victims of typhoon “Sendong” in Cagayan de Oro City.  The MGB is the government agency tasked to undertake geo-hazard assessment and mapping, including the identification of possible relocations sites for families situated in danger zones. 


Issuance of residential free patents to be intensified in MM 


Expect a vigorous implementation of Republic Act 10023, otherwise known as the Residential Free Patent Law, this year with the recent forging of a memorandum of cooperation by the National Capital Region of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with policy and advocacy institute, Foundation for Economic Freedom, Inc. (FEFI).

This was announced today by DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Nilo Tamoria, saying the partnership calls for the conduct a joint information campaign on RA 10023 to enable qualified residents of Metro Manila to avail of the land titling services of the government at low cost. “It is high time we reached out to eligible residential lot owners in Metro Manila and help them out to secure free patent to their land through simplified and cost effective process,” Tamoria said.

On December 28 last year, Tamoria and FEFI president Calixto V. Chikiamko signed the agreement in an effort to fasttrack the processing and issuance of residential free patents on untitled residential lots to qualified families. 

For 2012, Tamoria said his office has targeted to issue some 10,000 free patents within Metro Manila.  He clarified, however, that lots covered by Payatas Estate Original Certificate of Title (OCT) 333, Piedad Estate OCT 614 and Tala Estate OCT 543 cannot be titled  under the new law. 

Region 10

DENR-10 greets the New Year with innovations


In an effort to bring environment-related services to the public, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 10 Executive Director Corazon B. Galinato directed the establishment of two offices that would enhance its partnerships with the media and local government units in Northern Mindanao.

At the same time, she also declared the regional office as a “plastic free” zone in keeping with the DENR’s policy to “walk the talk”.

“Under my leadership, the DENR 10 will be crafting new policies for the betterment of public service. We also need to lead in maintaining a wholesome environment by making DENR 10 a plastic  free zone,” Galinato said.

She said that the establishment of the Regional Legislative and Local Government  Liaison Office (RLLGLO) was aimed at strengthening partnership with policy makers and local government units  (LGUs) in the implementation of DENR programs and projects. 

She appointed Grace Dolores Chan to head the RLLGLO, with a marching order to focus her effort on addressing the issues and concerns raised by LGUs and representatives of congressional districts.  The Media Center, on the other hand, was established to further improve linkage with media men. The Media Center serves as focal office for news scooping, conduct of media interviews and concerns of media men. It will be managed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO).

According to Galinato, the ban on the use of plastics for packing and food wrapping within the premises of DENR-10 premises is to reduce the volume of non-biodegradable materials that oftentimes contribute or aggravate the occurrence of flooding in the locality.

Relative to the plastic ban, the lady executive enjoined her personnel to bring non-disposable containers in taking out food from the canteen and food stalls inside the DENR 10 compound. She also urged visitors to support the campaign  in making the office  a plastic free zone, which she said is in compliance with Republic Act NO. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The law provides the adoption of the 3Rs namely: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 




NCR.  DENR-National Capital Region Executive Director Nilo Tamoria (2nd from right) enters into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Foundation for Economic Freedom, Inc. (FEFI) president Calixto V. Chikiamco (2nd from left) for the conduct of a joint information campaign to facilitate the implementation of Republic Act No. 10023, otherwise known as the Residential Free Patent Law, in Metro Manila. Tamoria said RA 10023 is a new law issued recently expanding the grant of free patent on untitled alienable and disposable lands zoned as residential areas to qualified Filipinos.  On hand to witness the MOA signing are FEFI legal adviser lawyer George S. Katigbak (left) and DENR-NCR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Antonio C. Manila.

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