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DENR-Region 11

DENR to rehabilitate ‘Pablo’-damaged reforestation areas in Comval, Davao Or. 



The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Davao City is set to start the rehabilitation of upland areas affected by typhoon ‘Pablo’ under the National Greening Program (NGP).

This after DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje directed the prioritization of typhoon-ravaged areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental that will be reforested or rehabilitated under the NGP this year.

DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada said his office has earmarked a social mobilization fund of PhP 34,652,000 to reforest some 4,372 hectares in Compostela Valley and 4,291 hectares in Davao Oriental.

Fragada also said the rehabilitation of the areas shall be done using the cash for work scheme but shall be utilizing rehabilitation funds of the department.

“Through the Cash for Work Scheme, members of people’s organizations (POs) and barangay residents will be hired for a continuous period of 90 days for site preparation, hauling of seedlings and the actual tree planting. They shall be paid using the social mobilization fund of NGP following the minimum wage law, which is presently at PhP 301.00 per day,” Fragada said.

According to Fragada, around 7,533 hectares of tree plantations established from 2009-2012 under the Upland Development Program and NGP have been damaged due to typhoon Pablo. 








DENR-Region 6

MGB redistributes geohazard maps in Western Visayas.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 6, has distributed anew copies of geohazard maps with scale of 1:50,000 to local government units in Western Visayas.

DENR-Region 6 Executive Director Adeluisa Siapno said the redistribution of the maps was in accordance with the instruction of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje to level up the department’s technical assistance to local government units to reduce the impact of natural disasters on people, the environment and infrastructure.

“Geohazard maps identify the level of susceptibility of an area to not only flooding but also to landslides. With the maps at their disposal, the local leaders and their constituents can already work on strategies to minimize the impact of calamities,” Siapno said.

Prior to this, in 2011, the DENR has already distributed geohazard maps to the LGUs, including the conduct of the orientation workshops on the use of the maps.

She also stressed that the MGB continuously issues landslide and flooding advisories to local officials as soon as the weather bureau confirms the existence of weather disturbance. “Unfornately,” she said, “we continue to suffer in grief from loss of lives and properties due to inadequate preparations.”

The MGB represents the DENR in the Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Committee of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC). The RDRRMC is an inter-agency council created by virtue of Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, tasked not only to inform the public about incoming calamities such as typhoons but also to help communities reduce the risk of disasters.

The said law acknowledges that part of disaster risk reduction and management is the need to “identify(ing) hazard-prone areas and other factors which contribute to people’s exposure to disasters.”

“This is where geohazards maps play a valuable role, for it contains an accurate guide on areas where flooding and landslide will mostly likely to occur in case a typhoon strikes, so as to reduce the loss of lives and properties brought about by natural disasters,” Siapno said. 

In a related development, DENR-Region 6 geologist Mae Magarzo disclosed that the MGB is now in the process of completing digitizing all geo-hazard maps with scale of 1:10,000, and in checking the identified relocation sites for landslide susceptibility. 







DENR-Region 6

DENR releases hawksbill turtle back to sea in Negros Occ .


The continuing campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in biodiversity conservation is beginning to bear fruit with the recent release of a captured hawksbill turtle in the sea off Negros Occidental.

DENR-Region 6 Executive Director Adeluisa Siapno said the hawksbill turtle, commonly called pawikan, was in good physical condition and without any trace of injury when it was inspected by field personnel of Pontevedra’s agriculture office, local police and DENR’s CENRO-Bacolod City immediately after its accidental capture last month. Its carapace measures 66 centimeters long and 51 centimeters wide.

“The team found the pawikan to be in good health, no trace of injury, not even a sign of entanglement. They released it back to its natural habitat, knowing fully well that it can survive on its own,” Siapno said.

Siapno expressed appreciation for the concern and cooperation shown by the community. “The discovery, which was accidental according to the community, was immediately relayed to us and other concerned offices, that’s why we were able to respond on time,” she stressed.

She also said that with proper orientation, the community can be a strong partner in biodiversity conservation as she shared the message of DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje in his constant call for public participation and support to environmental protection.

“As DENR Secretary Paje always says, environmental protection, including biodiversity conservation, is not the concern of the department alone or the government, but all Filipinos,” she said. 






DENR-Region 3




An unidentified resident of Tarlac City receives a free patent from DENR Region 3 Executive Director Maximo Dichoso of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).   She is one of 153 landless farmers in the city that benefited from the land distribution and poverty alleviation program of the Aquino administration, covering more than 61 hectares of agricultural lands inside the Paquillao Resettlement Site in Sitio Care.  Also in photo is Region 3 Technical Director for Land Management Tirso Parian, Jr. (to Dichoso’s left).




DENR-Region 3

Joint DENR-PNP-PA team confiscates P1.3M forest contraband in Nueva Ecija 

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The anti-illegal logging campaign embarked by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army in Nueva Ecija last October has resulted in the confiscation of about 20,000 board feet of forest contraband worth at least P1.3 million.

In its report to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, DENR Regional Executive Director for Central Luzon Maximo Dichoso said the confiscations included some 8,024 board feet of premium hardwood dipterocarp valued at half-million pesos recovered from the backyard of a furniture maker and 329 sacks of charcoal.

Dichoso said the campaign daubed “CamPlan N.E. 10.12” was carried out by operatives from the DENR’s Talavera and Cabanatuan offices, local police and the 702nd Brigade and 56th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army to neutralize within the month the illegal logging syndicates operating in Gen. Tinio town, a known “hotbed” of illegal logging in Nueva Ecija.

Seized from the backyard of furniture maker Apid Maducdoc of Sitio Batog of Brgy. Rio Chico were contraband wood of Yakal, Bagtikan, and Apitong, which informants said were reportedly cut from the mountains of Sierra Madre in Dona Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan, and floated down the river of Sumacbao in Gen. Tinio.

According to Dichoso, his office is set to file criminal charges against Maducdoc for violations of Section 68 of Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines, as amended by Executive Order No. 277 of 1987. Maducdoc has since remained at large.

Dichoso also ordered a probe on the involvement of certain local officials who abetted illegal logging operations in Gen. Tinio.

Resolution No. 2011-006 of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) states that all forest products coming from natural and residual forests after February 28, 2012 shall be considered as property of the state.

The DENR has identified the towns of Bongabon, General Tinio, and Gabaldon as illegal logging “hotspots” in Nueva Ecija.

Last year’s forest protection campaign in Central Luzon yielded 212,517 board feet of assorted forest products and conveyances estimated to worth at least P7 million. 







DENR-Region 5

DENR monitors charcoal making in Bicol

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has directed his field officials to strictly monitor wood charcoal making in the Bicol region.


“The intention of the directive is to control indiscriminate cutting of trees in consonance with log ban policy of President Aquino and also to put a stop to the denudation of Bicol’s forests,” Gonzales said.


Gonzales’s order mandates all provincial and community officers of DENR-Region 5 to take stock of, and inspect all establishments involved in the buying and selling of wood charcoal, as well as determine the source origin of the wood charcoal being supplied in the local market.


The field officials were likewise under order to refrain from issuing Certificate of Verification or CoV to transport wood charcoal without seeking clearance from higher authorities.


“Transporting wood charcoal without the CoV and other permits is a violation of DENR Administrative Order 32 issued in 1997. Under such circumstances, the DENR can apprehend the tools, implements, conveyances used in the conduct of illegal tree cutting and/or charcoal making, and may also initiate administrative and criminal proceedings, if warranted,” Gonzales said.


The forest regulation sector of DENR was likewise ordered to provide 24-hour manpower support in checkpoints.


Based on reports, a total of 2,451 sacks of wood charcoal have been seized from January to September this year in the six Bicol provinces, namely: Camarines Sur (1,270); Albay (286); Camarines Norte (163); Masbate (72) and Catanduanes (5).






DENR-Region 6



DENR-Region 6 Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno discusses with two archeologists from the National Museum, Giovanni Bautista and Antonio Peñalosa (in blue shirts), the various initiatives being implemented by the department to protect and manage the country’s caves and their resources.  The two experts paid a courtesy call on Siapno relative to their plan to conduct archeological assessment of  caves and other historical sites situated in the northwest portion of the Panay peninsula.  Also in photo is DENR-Region 6 Technical Director for Protected Areas Forester Damaso L. Fuentes (back to camera). 





DENR-Region 1

Political boundary disputes in Pangasinan settled through cadastral survey

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With the aim of easing the long time tensions over political boundaries, some local government units in Pangasinan have entered into resolutions to finally rest the issue and locate the exact lines of their areas of jurisdictions.


The cadastral survey of the City of Urdaneta has led to resolutions among and between the neighboring local government units of the city, such as Sta Barbara, Laoac, Malasiqui, Binalonan, Manaoag, and Asingan. The municipal assessors of these municipalities attended the presentation of the survey result.


This came following a directive from DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje to all DENR field offices to fast track the implementation of cadastral survey projects nationwide.


“The approval of cadastral survey plans is significant in the issuance of free patents covering agricultural lands as well as residential areas, including special patents for various government properties like city/municipal halls, public markets, plazas, school sites, hospitals, parks,” DENR-Region I Executive Director Samuel Penafiel said.


Around 12,000 free patents are targeted to be processed and awarded to the bonafide claimants this year in various parts of the Ilocos Region, Penafied added.


Aside from Urdaneta City, cadastral survey projects are also on-going in the municipalities of Binmaley, Mapandan, Laoac, San Nicolas, San Quintin and San Fabian. Also expected to start soon will be for the municipalities of Sison, Urbiztondo, Bautista, Basista, Sta Maria, Burgos, Bani and Mangatarem.


Peñafiel is appealing to all concerned local officials to support the conduct of cadastral survey in their areas, particularly in locating the boundaries or monuments, locally known as mojon. He also urged local residents to actively part in identifying legal claimants to avoid fake titling. 




DENR-Region 3


SCUFA: A triumph of environmental restoration and economic growth


Marciano Saclauso, 69, has just finished preparing his pot bed for this season’s seedling production. Once again, he is filled with hope that demands for forest and fruit seedlings from real estate developers and resort owners in Zambales, and the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) will increase substantially with the onset of the rainy months.


Ka Mari to the Subic-Cawag Upland Farmers Association (SCUFA) in Zambales, he dreams of earning big for his group out of selling 2-foot high forest and tree seedlings. Ka Mari acts as the chairman of SCUFA.


“Ang seedling production ay natutunan namin sa programang CBFM (Community-based Forest Management) ng DENR. Ito ngayon ang pinakamalakas na pinagkakakitaan ng aming samahan,” Ka Mari related as we walked through rows upon rows of young robust seedlings in his group’s nursery. Huge mahogany and mango trees provided an awesome shade for the group’s multi-purpose hall nearby.


SCUFA’s 200-strong member has restored barangay Cawag’s landscape into a thick forest – a sharp contrast to what the barangay looked like in the early 80s when cogon and talahib stretched to as far the eyes can see.




Ka Mari recalled that the first time the members learned about seedling production was in 1994. They started small, mostly in their respective backyards. Since then, through the support of CBFM, more than P3 million worth of fruit and forest seedlings have been raised by the group.


In 2005 alone, SCUFA earned some P200,000 from the seedlings it sold to big real estate developers and resort owners in Zambales. Today, SCUFA supplies seedlings to countless tree planting and landscaping projects of the DENR, local governments, Department of Education (DepEd), non-government organizations (NGO), and private companies in Zambales.


“Noong nakaraang taon, P400,000 ang kinita namin. Ngayon ay P300,000,” he narrated. He said his group has committed to supply the seedling requirements of President Aquino’s National Greening Program in the province.


Five percent of group’s income from seedling production goes to the organization. “Mas madaming seedling ang naipagbibili, mas malaki ang kita ng bawat kasapi, at mas malaki ang kita ng samahan,” Ka Mari stressed.


This benefit-sharing scheme is part of the agreement among the members when DENR awarded the group a stewardship deal over a 233-hectare of forestland in 2000.


Livestock and a fishpond have also been added to the group’s major source of income. Fish harvest from the 80 square meter pond would yield P20,000 for the group in a year.




Through the years, Ka Mari’s group used their CBFM area as a laboratory, experimenting on various crops and planting schemes. Soon enough they discovered many ingenious ways of growing trees and increasing their harvests.


For example, the sap of the local vine “kalot”, when mixed with water and sprayed on plants, would kill pests and insects. Noticing that aphids are virtually absent in fruits during the rainy season, the group also now sprays water on papayas at summer time to kill aphids.


Petchay (Chinese cabbage) planted in clusters not only maximizes space but also yields plants with bigger leaves and longer stems. Green mangoes that sink in a basin of water make sweet fruits when ripened.


“Kaya lahat ng mangga ng samahan ay matamis dahil alam namin kung kelan husto na sa gulang at pwede nang pahinugin,” Ka Mari revealed.


Organic farming


SCUFA is also into organic farming. “Napatunayan namin na hindi kailangang gumamit ng mga kemikal na pataba at mga pestisidyo upang gumanda ang ani,” Ruben Dario, 65, vice chairman of SCUFA.


Dario said SCUFA earned P26,000 from honey dew and another P6,000 from petchay. Cucumber earned the group another P2,000 in a single cropping from a 100 square meter- lot.


Animal manure, dried and decayed leaves, branches, twigs and other debris are the common organic materials used by SCUFA members to turn into compost fertilizer.


Using compost has improved their fruit harvests like langka, lemon, coconut, papaya, pineapple and banana. Increased yields were also noticeable in some vegetables like ampalaya, kalabasa and sitaw. 


Fruits of hard work


Hard work and persistence are SCUFA’s strongest traits. Already, the group is planning to equip their newly renovated multi-purpose hall with computer, and some appliances like refrigerator to ease the day-to-day administration of the group’s activities. 


“Dahil sa mga kinikita ko mula sa CBFM, nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang tatlo kong anak. Ngayon may anak na akong engineer, teacher at agriculturist,” Ka Mari said, with face beaming with pride.


Aside from bringing back the greens in Cawag, socio-economic development is the most essential contribution of the CBFM program to SCUFA members.


“Marami akong kinikita sa CBFM. Yung dati kong bahay na sawali napalitan ko na ng konkreto,” said Renato Guyaoy, 43, one of the early settlers in Cawag.


Creative partnership


Forging strong alliance with different government agencies and private companies is a skill SCUFA learned from CBFM.


The Department of Agriculture (DA) donated P200,000 for the group’s greenhouse while the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) provided 6,000 coconut seedlings. The Bureau of Fisheries of Aquatic Resources (BFAR) gave the group 20,000 fingerlings of tilapia for their community fishpond. The local government of Subic fixed the two-kilometer farm-to-market road of Cawag. Electricity was also installed in the village.


A ship-builder in Subic donated P150,000 cash to assist the group in the purchase of a hauling truck for their seedlings. Another private company donated plastic containers to be used as fire hydrant to help the group’s fire control initiatives.


SCUFA has definitely come a long way. With less than 20 members at the start of the association, the group’s membership has risen to 200. This phenomenal rise in membership reflects a collective will of the barangay folks to lick poverty and chart a better future for the children of Cawag.


And, judging from the group’s motto, “Sama-sama, tulong-tulong, pangalagaan ang kalikasan,” there is no reason SCUFA would not realize their dream. 



DENR-Region 6




Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) prepare to release one of two rescued marine turtles to the sea at Sitio Lusay, Brgy. Lawin in Jordan, Guimaras province.  Locally known as pawikan, the turtles (a hawksbill and a green turtle) were rescued on a tip by a concerned citizen through ABS-CBN’s “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol”.  Prior to their release, the DENR took their measurements in compliance with Republic Act 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Conservation and Management Protection Act. 



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