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DENR-Region 4B


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With warm smiles and a banner, officials and employees of CENRO Brooke’s Point in Palawan welcome the lady boss of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez (center).  Lopez flew to Palawan early this month to start off her series of inspection of mining projects in various parts of the country, while also taking that rare opportunity to dialog with DENR field personnel. Also in photo are Brooke’s Point Mayor Jean Feliciano and CENRO Dindo Diaz (to Lopez’ left and right, respectively). ### 














DENR-Region 10

CDO flooding not caused by deforestation, says DENR Region 10 office

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 office has belied reports that unabated logging and deforestation caused the recent massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas in Northern Mindanao.

DENR Region 10 Director Ruth Tawantawan said it was not accurate to blame deforestation for the flooding when the regional office has put in place preventive and corrective measures to keep the region's forests intact, foremost of which is a massive reforestation effort undertaken during the past five years.

"We can proudly say that we are doing well to safeguard our environment and we remain steadfast with our commitment to make the communities happy with our work," Tawantawan said.

Noting that the headwater of Cagayan de Oro City emanates from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park in Bukidnon, Tawantawan said the province has "very high elevation against the city and the slope is very steep."

"High volume of water will flow rapidly to the cities (Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) during rainfall, thus it is important to have clean and unobstructed waterways," she pointed out.

Tawantawan reported that the DENR 10 was able to rehabilitate over 97,000 hectares of forestlands with close to 80 million seedlings of tree species under the government's National Greening Program from 2011 to 2016.

She said Region 10 remains off the list of areas with illegal logging hotspots due to intensified forest protection campaign initiated by the DENR regional office.

The DENR 10 has mobilized communities and volunteers to help in the said campaign, which resulted in the filing of a total of 60 illegal logging cases in court last year.

The regional office is also in charge of managing 9 priority protected areas, namely: Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong – Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape; Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape in Misamis Oriental; Mt. Inayawan Natural Park in Lanao del Norte; and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental.

The conservation and protection of Cagayan de Oro River Basin is a major concern of the DENR 10, having organized the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) in 2010.

One of the active management councils in the country today, CDORBMC is a multi-sectoral group of concerned individuals, agencies and institutions who dedicate themselves in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating and managing the river basin, which has a total land area of 137,934 hectares. ### 








DENR-Region 6

DENR 6 to distribute 4,000 land titles this year

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Building on the momentum of its successful distribution of land patents last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas has increased its target of distributing land patents to 4,478.

The target will cover residential free patents with 2,728 and agricultural free patents, 1,750.

Of the total residential patents, around 893 will be distributed in Antique, 998 in Iloilo, 406 in Aklan and 150 in Capiz.

Provincial distribution of agricultural free patents, on the other hand, is broken down as follows: Aklan with 700; Antique, 400; Capiz, 200; Iloilo, 300; and Guimaras, 150.

In 2016, the regional office was able to distribute a total of 2, 861 residential patents and 1,181 agricultural patents, thereby exceeding its annual targets by 4 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

“Our goal to provide the legal and rightful beneficiaries their much-deserved land titles has always been an important component of DENR mandate. This is not only to ensure that the country’s land resources are equitably distributed but also in alleviating the plight of our rural communities, particularly the farmers, as they now have all the opportunity and the motivation of introducing improvements in their lands to generate economic gains,” said DENR-Region 6 Director Jim O Sampulna.

The distribution of residential free patents is pursuant to Republic Act 10023, also known as “An Act of Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents for Residential Lands” while that of agricultural patents is provided for under Commonwealth Act 141 or the Public Land Act, as amended, which aims to promote social justice and industrialization. ### 








DENR-Region 4A

Laguna stakeholders meet to discuss lake’s integrated development, management 

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Various stakeholders of the Laguna Lake, including local government units (LGUs), have joined hands with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of country’s largest lake using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach in a 2-day convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.

"One of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is not only to plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," DENR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.

Mendoza sought the cooperation of the various stakeholders present during the convergence workshop, such as non-government organizations and LGU representatives, saying that the implementation of SIADM by the DENR “will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".

DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained the SIADM approach as one of key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez to attain improved quality of life and sustainable environment, which calls for convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of the Laguna area.

Laguna de Bay is one of the 29 priority areas in the country for the implementation of the SIADM approach. Its selection was in consonance with President Rodrigo Duterte's instruction to transform the lake "into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution".

The convergence workshop included presentations and lectures on the following: planting and marketing of bamboo and other high-value crops by Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro of Agham Party List; Laguna de Bay Basin master plan by Cesar R. Quintos of the Laguna Lake Development Authority; legal framework for the management of Laguna Lake by Atty. Rolando R. Recto of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc.; local solutions to waste in the Philippines by Zero Waste Program Manager Shelley S. Carbonel; and guidelines in the implementation of SIADM by Usec Mendoza. ### 








DENR-Region 08





Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo leads the signing of the Declaration of Support for the National Implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) as a strategy for achieving sustainable development during the National REDD+ Congress held September 12-15, 2016 in Macrohon, Southern Leyte.  ### 











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DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca proudly presents a Certificate of Commendation to SPO2 Necias C. Bebit, Jr. of the Philippine National Police in Region 8, for his role in various operations relative to the enforcement of environment and natural resources laws and policies.  Also in photo is DENRRegion 8 Asst. Director for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ### 











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DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca awards a certificate of commendation to PO3 Reverendo E. Bascos of the Philippine Navy for his outstanding performance on various environment and natural resources law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.  Also in photo are (from left):  DENR Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar and ARD for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ### 











DENR-Region 08


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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-Region 03

DENR supports 10 CL people’s organizations in agroforestry development 

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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. ### 








DENR-Region 4A





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). ### 







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