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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.



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.
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