DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR BURIAS PASS
Director Robert Jara of PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia) points on the map of Burias Island and west coast of mainland Bicol adjacent to the Burias Pass which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol pushes to have a framework for sustainable development. Jara talked in the three-day forum about coastal strategy action planning for the Burias Pass which was attended by the Phil. Navy, Phil. Coast Guard, Department of Interior and Local Government and focal persons from local governments of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon.
SUCCESSFUL CS EXAMINEE
For topping the Career Service subprofessional examination with a general weighted rating of 85.91 percent in the region, Aldrin Q. De Roxas was given cash reward by DENR-Regional Executive Director for CALABARZON Reynulfo A. Juan (left). De Roxas, a contractual computer operator at the DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, was among the 24 employees of the regional office who were honored for having passed the special Career Service professional and subprofessional examinations for DENR employees held June 16, 2013 in Batangas City. Gracing the recognition rites at the DENR regional office in Calamba City, Laguna were Civil Service Commission – Laguna Field Director Emma B. Barrera and Regional Personnel Specialist Jeffrey C. Cruz who also personally awarded the Certificates of Eligibility to the new Civil Service eligibles.
DENR steps up anti- illegal mining campaign in Iponan river, watershed in Misamis Oriental
The regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan de Oro City, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) have joined forces to put a stop on illegal mining activities along the stretch of Iponan river and its watersheds in Misamis Oriental.
In a report to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, DENR-Region 10 Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that a memorandum of agreement to this effect had been signed recently by regional officials of concerned agencies last month, namely: MGB Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto, Police Sr. Superintendent Raul Benitez for PNP Regional Director Catalino Rodriguez Jr, and Sr. Superintended Froilan Bonifacio representing Police Chief Superintendent Reginal Villasanta of PAOCC.
The signing was witnessed by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Misamis Oriental environment officer Josito Nick Tilos representing Gov. Yevgeny Emano.
According to Tawantawan, CDO Mayor Moreno has committed to support the campaign within his area of jurisdiction by providing alternative livelihood to affected communities.
DEPUTIZED FOREST PROTECTION OFFICERS
DENR Executive Director for Ilocos Region Samuel Penafiel (in plaid polo) poses with members of the Philippine Army from 702 Brigade in Binmaley, Pangasinan; 81 IB Brigade in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur and 548 Army Engineering Bridage in Naguilian, La Union who attended the orientation seminar on forestry law enforcement, a prerequisite to their eventual deputation as environment and natural resources officers, at the DENR Conference Room in San Fernando City, La Union. Penafiel told the would-be DENROs on the need to strengthen forest protection and law enforcement to ensure that the region’s “good natural forest trees”, are properly protected from all forms of destruction, including the new forest plantations established under the National Greening Program.
DENR partners with 5 LGUs to fasttrack land titling in Northern Mindanao
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues to forge partnerships with local government units (LGUs) in Northern Mindanao, particularly Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental, to fasttrack land titling in the said provinces.
DENR-Region 10 Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan identified the new five LGUs that signed a memorandum of partnership agreement (MOPA) with the regional office to undertake land titling activities to include the municipalities of Lala, Kolambugan, Kauswagan and Tubod, all of Lanao del Norte, and Gitagum town of Misamis Oriental.
Tawantawan told DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje in her report that the new partnerships bring to 15 the number of LGUs that have responded positively to the call of the department for joint effort to bring land services to communities through MOPA.
The LGUs that earlier signed MOPAs with the DENR-Region 10 include five in Bukidnon, namely the towns of Maramag, Don Carlos, Quezon, Sumilao and Impasug-ong; three in Lanao del Norte such as Kapatagan, Linamon and Bacolog; one in Camiguin which is Mambajao and Cagayan de Oro City.
Tawantawan said the signing of the MOPAs was in consonance with DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-06 which seeks to facilitate the implementation of public land titling in partnership with local government.
Under the order, the LGU shall assign necessary officials and personnel required to undertake land titling activities, including a liaison officer between the municipality and the DENR. The DENR, on the other hand, shall provide technical assistance to the LGU personnel, as well as materials, equipment and personnel needed to undertake agreed activities. It is also expected to provide monitoring and quick response-assistance to the municipality in all phases of titling activities.
“We have already conducted a series of orientation on DAO 2011-06, as well as training on land laws and policies, land surveys and disposition, community mobilization and land adjudication which were participated in by personnel of LGUs, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. But just the same, we mobilize our personnel from the Land Management Service to assist the LGUs so that we both realize the objectives of the program on land disposition,” Tawantawan explained.
She also said that not only the landowners would benefit from the program but also the LGUs in terms of revenue generation.
Also mandated to provide support to the land titling activities are land personnel from the DENR’s provincial and community environment and natural resources offices, according to her.
DENR exec directs in-depth investigation on encroachment on ISF areas in Region 12
A top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 has directed his field officials to look into reported encroachment by certain groups on areas covered by Certificates of Stewardship Contracts (CSC) issued by the DENR under its Integrated Social Forestry Program (ISFP).
DENR-Region 12 Datu Tungko M. Saikol issued the directive in the wake of complaints aired by CSC holders during the Regional People’s Organizations Strengthening and Capability-Building Seminar held last week in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City.
A member of Kabalantian Farmers Association, Inc. (KAFAI), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that a tribal group from the Province of Bukidnon has allegedly encroached into their Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) project area which covers more than 5,402 hectares.
KAFAI is a rural workers association registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with members numbering close to 200. The members, mostly Ilongos with some belonging to the Manobo-Kulamanon tribe, are claiming prior rights over the area by virtue of the Certificate of Stewardship Contract issued by the DENR in 1997.
The encroachment by the unnamed tribal group from a nearby town has allegedly brought instability in some parts of Barangay Kabalantian, the northernmost barangay of Arakan town in (North) Cotabato.
The farmer said some of the ISF beneficiaries who have the means had resorted to “pay outs” in order to free themselves from trouble. This practice, though, has encouraged more adverse claimants, according to him.
He called on local and national leaders to help his group to solve their predicament and “get what rightfully belongs to us and in order for us to live and work peacefully.”
Another farmer from Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat Province also brought to the attention of the DENR management the alleged encroachment of a mining company conducting an exploration into their project area.
“We were surprised to see a sign board of GRCO Mining within our project area which is covered by our CRMF,” the farmer said. CRMF stands for Community Resource Management Framework Plan.
Quiz champ Larry James Arenga (front row, center) of Sto. Tomas National High School is flanked by other winners, first placer Ruena Nicole Tutor (right) of Panabo National High School and second placer Thea Caryl Villa Abrille (left) of UM Tagum College-High School Department during the championship rounds of the Enviro-Quiz Wizard 2013 organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 11 at NCCC Mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Aside from medals and cash prizes of P5,000, P3,000 and P2,000 given to the three winners, their respective schools and coaches were also awarded with plaques of recognition. Also in photo are DENR-Region 11 Technical Director for Forestry Lourdes C. Wagan (second row, right) and PENR Officer-Tagum Orly T. Cariazo.
DENR donates 111,000 board feet of confiscated lumber to DSWD in South Cotabato
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) donated a total of 111,000 board feet of lumber to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in simple rites held July 6, 2013 in Tantangan, South Cotabato.
DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio and DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” J. Soliman signed the deed of donation during the inauguration of the P5 million DSWD Reception & Study Center for Children in Barangay Maibo in said municipality.
In his message, Undersecretary Ignacio bared that the DENR is now doing away with the old practice of auctioning off confiscated logs and lumber. “Before, the DENR sells confiscated logs and lumber through auction but we found out that some of these forest products end up with the illegal loggers themselves. During the Aquino administration, the DENR donates confiscated logs and lumber to other government agencies in need,” he said.
Speaking in Filipino, Soliman thanked the DENR for the donation, adding that the lumber will be shared to fill the remaining needs of the RSC Center, to build core shelters for families affected by the latest earthquake in the municipality of Carmen in (North) Cotabato, including victims of typhoon Pablo in 2012 in Compostela Valley.
The donated lumber of varying sizes was part of the 300,000 board feet seized in March this year by joint operatives of the Philippine Army and the DENR pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, as amended, and the current log ban in natural and residual forests as per Executive Order No. 23 issued by President Aquino.
DENR-Region 12 Executive Director Datu Tungko M. Saikol and DSWD Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha signed as witnesses.
SACKS OF CHARCOAL SEIZED
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Jerry Arenas of Mobo, Masbate checks the 20 sacks of wood charcoal his team was able to apprehend in Brgy. Espinosa, Matiporon in Milagros town. The local DENR office strictly monitors illegal wood charcoal trade in an effort to control indiscriminate cutting of trees. President Aquino banned the cutting of trees in natural and secondary forests by virtue of Executive Order No. 23 issued in February 2011.
DENR cracks down on illegal mini-sawmills in Davao del Norte
Ten (10) mini-sawmills operating without permits in Davao del Norte were padlocked in a four-day operation conducted recently by joint operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Army and Philippine National Police in the towns of Kapalong and San Isidro.
DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada said the crackdown on illegal mini-sawmills was part of the anti-illegal logging campaign launched by DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 23 issued by President Aquino.
EO 23 imposes a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests. It also provides for the creation of an anti-illegal logging task force chaired by DENR secretary.
Fragasa also said the operation against illegal mini-sawmills was in response to a report by a local official that several band saw machineries were surreptitiously established and operating in the remote areas of Kapalong town.
A report by a local office of DENR based in Tagum City also indicated that said sawmills, which used to manufacture only vegetable/fruit boxes using planted Gmelina species, were now reportedly manufacturing lumber of various dimensions using “undocumented naturally grown round logs of lauan species and other miscellaneous forest trees species,” in violation of EO 23.
Fragada said that aside from closing the mini-sawmills, the operatives also confiscated one chainsaw, 284 pieces of lumber valued at PhP 98,687.36, and 17 pieces of mixed dipterocarp logs valued at PhP 12,550.00 He also said his office is now ascertaining the owners of the mini-sawmills for filing of charges.
Joining the DENR in the on-the-spot inspection of wood processing plants were members of the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Kapalong Mayor Edgar Timbol also joined the operation, along with Batallion Commander Col. Loise Binsaw of the 60th IB and P/Inspector Carl Omar Field of PNP- Kapalong.