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Lawin, a threatened species, seized in Aranque market   


Acting on a tip by a tv network, a joint operative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) and the Manila Police swooped down on Aranque Market in Manila on Thursday (April 12), resulting in the seizure of a Brahminy kite.

DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria said the joint DENR-PNP operation on Aranque market was based on information provided by ABC Channel 5. 

He also said that aside from the seizure of the Brahminy kite, more popularly known as Lawin, two persons were also apprehended for  illegal trading/possession of the wildlife in violation of RA 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

According to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) naturally occurs in the country and is considered an endangered species. The acquisition, possession, transport and trade of this species are subject to permit from the DENR, in accordance with the provisions of RA 9147. The confiscated wildlife was immediately turned over to the DENR Wildlife Rescue Center of the PAWB while the suspects were brought by the police for inquest to the Manila City Hall Public Assistance (CHAPA) office for the filing of appropriate case. 


Region 6



In a move to promote good governance, transparency and accountability in the procurement process, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 6 are briefed on the provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act or RA 9184 in a 2-day seminar at Westown Hotel, Manduriao, Iloilo City.  State auditors and representatives of government agencies involved in the procurement process served as resource persons, namelyDaisylyn T. Tavarro and Engr. Inocencio V. Cabahug, Jr.  from the Commission on Audit; Warren R. Matutino from the Department of Budget and Management; and Jocelyn T. Genisila, chief accountant of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.


Region 12

DENR supports Lake Sebu development as eco-tourism site 


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed its full support for the development of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato as a prime eco-tourism site for the province.

“The DENR fully supports the development of Lake Sebu as it will not only boost local tourism but also uplift the people’s living condition in and around the lake,” DENR Regional Executive Director Alfredo Pascual said during an inter-agency meeting called by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL) on March 9, 2012.  Lake Sebu is part of the AVPL.

During the meeting, South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pinggoy, Jr. stressed the need to protect the environment by balancing economics, ecology and eco-tourism.  “We have to push (for) sustainable development practices, particularly our AVPL which includes Lake Sebu as eco-tourism site.  No to killing the lake,” Pinggoy told the body, consisting of heads of local government units, other national agencies, academe and key officials of DENR.

South Cotabato is a beneficiary of the Canadian International Development Agency or CIDA-funded Local Government Support Program to develop the Ecotourism Highway, which includes (North) Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat  and Sarangani.

Also discussed during the meeting was the upgrading and concreting of the access road to the Seven Falls Ecotourism Development Project being implemented by the provincial government, which would require clearance from the PAMB and an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Board.

The municipality of Lake Sebu derived its name from the lake, located in the Southern Tiruray Highlands at an altitude of almost 300 meters (984 ft). The watershed of Lake Sebu is recognized as one of the most important watershed areas in the Philippines.






Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria (2nd from left) enters into a memorandum of agreement with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Superintendent and Director of Logistics and Support Service (LSS) Rex Milton A. Dolino (2nd from right) for the implementation of “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno, Pamana sa Kinabukasan” as PNP’s project support to the National Greening Program (NGP).  Under the agreement, the entire police force, including their families, have committed to plant at least 10 trees each month.  Witnessing the MOA signing are DENR-NCR Technical Director for Forestry Antonio Manila (left) and Police Sr. Superintendent and LSS Acting Deputy Director Jose Ernest E. Fernandez (right).


Region 6




In a move to enhance Boracay’s environs, the provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Aklan leads the launching of mangrove rehabilitation program, as well as the clean up drive along the island’s coastal areas in partnership with the local government unit of Malay, Aklan  and Tan Kee Foundation of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies.


Region 4A




Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Calabarzon turns over the deed of donation covering 1,489 board feet of confiscated forest products to Philippine Army (PA) Senior Master Sergeant Emilio M. Mendoza in simple rites held recently at the Capitol Compound in Sta. Cruz, Laguna during the quarterly meeting of the CALABARZON Regional Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC).  Juan said the donation, for use in the repair of vital PA facilities in Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal, was witnessed by (from left): Laguna PENRO Dr. Isidro Mercado, Region4A Forest Resources Conservation Division chief Forester Wilfredo Rina, and CALABARZON RMFPC chairpersn journalist Guilermo Formaran III. 



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.

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