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DENR donates 111,000 board feet of confiscated lumber to DSWD in South Cotabato 

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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.  

















DENR-Region 5


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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-Region 11

DENR cracks down on illegal mini-sawmills in Davao del Norte  

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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. 














The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has recognized the campaign launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) against red tape by giving it a “good” rating in a simple ceremony held at the DENR-NCR office in Quezon City.  Receiving the report card from CSC Dir. Hans Alcantara is DENR-NCR Executive Director Neria A. Andin, who expressed gratitude to her official family for their dedication and commitment to public service.  The CSC evaluated not only the quality of delivery of frontline services and physical working condition of the regional office but also the overall client satisfaction, particularly the observance of “no noon break” policy, public assistance and basic facilities.  











DENR-Region 5


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Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 5 queue in line as they await the announcement from event organizers if the Province of Albay was able to bag the Guinness World Record for the biggest “no smoking” human logo.  Around 17,000 individuals registered for the event, of which 13,892 had been validated to have actually participated in the human logo formation. 












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Regional Technical Director Antonio C. Manila (right) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) is awarded “Outstanding Forester” for 2013 by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) in celebration of its 40th Founding Anniversary last June 20 at the Fiesta Pavillion, Manila Hotel. Forester Manila was recognized for his contribution in the advancement of the forestry profession through authorship of various researches/studies, articles and publications,  as well as for his effective supervision in the implementation of the Master Plan for La Mesa Watershed and the National Greening Program in NCR.  Handing the award to Manila is PRC chairperson Dr. Teresita R. Manzala.  Also in photo are (from left): Foundation for Outstanding Professionals president Dr. Diampo J. Lim,  Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members president Dr. Eduardo G. Ong, and PRC Commissioner Dr. Jennifer Jardin-Manalili. 











DENR-Region 11


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Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada (center) of DENR-Region 11 signs a memorandum of partnership agreement with Mayor Vicente D. Orencia (right) of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental for a joint conduct of public land titling in the municipality.  On hand to witness the signing of the agreement is Regional Technical Director for Land Management Atty. Felix S. Alicer (right).  









DENR-Region 4A



Lt. Col. (Reserve) Manuel T. Escasura is all smiles as he takes his oath as full-fledged Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) before DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (right).  Escasura started his career as a public servant at then Bureau of Forest Development (now Forest Management Bureau) in June 1981 as casual forester, and made his way up to his current post as OIC Regional Technical Director for Ecosystems Research and Development Service in DENR-CALABARZON Region.  Aside from being a licensed forester, Escasura holds a  Bachelor of Laws degree from the Philippine Law School and two master degrees -- Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and  National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.  

















DENR-Region 11






A total of 42 out of 500 identified caves in Southern Mindanao have been classified in accordance with their best uses by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

DENR Regional Executive Director for Region 11 Joselin Marcus Fragada said that cave classification is part of the priority thrusts of DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje to assess and determine the most appropriate sustainable use, protection and management of the country’s caves, including the resources found therein.

“Cave classification is a process of assessing and determining the appropriate sustainable use of caves with due consideration on the cave’s biodiversity as well as its archaeological, historical, cultural and potential socio-economic values,” Fragada said.

Republic Act No. 9072, also known as the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act, mandates the DENR to develop and implement a national program for the management, protection and conservation of caves and cave resources, in coordination with other agencies of the government such as the National Museum, National Historical Institute, Department of Tourism and concerned local government units.

Based on DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2007-04, caves are classified into three categories, namely Class I, Class II, and Class III.

Class 1 caves are those with archeological findings and are for scientific and educational purposes only. These caves can also be utilized for exploration, mapping and photography.

Caves with wildlife that cannot be disturbed are classified as Class II. Visitors, with cave guides, are allowed only to a certain point of the cave.

Class III covers caves where the whole part is allowed for spelunking provided that they are accompanied by cave guides. These are the caves most appropriate for ecotourism purposes, according to Fragada.

Of the 42 classified caves in Southern Mindanao, 12 were classified as Class I which include nine in Davao del Norte, one in Compostela Valley, and another two in Davao Oriental.


Belonging to Class I caves in Davao del Norte are Kapunit Cave and GR Cave in the Kapalong town; Mangitngit Cave in San Isidro; Borja Cave in New Corella; Garcia Cave, Baong Cave, Taclobo Cave 1 and 2 and Santol Cave in Island Garden City of Samal.

Sto. Nino Cave No. 5 is the only cave in Compostela Valley province to have passed the Class I requirements, along with two other caves in Davao Oriental, namely Mera Cave I and Mat-I Cave 3.

Caves classified as Class II, on the other hand, totaled 23, of which 17 are situated in Davao del Norte; four in Compostela Valley and two in Davao Oriental.

Caves classified as Class III include four in Davao del Norte, namely: Kambal Cave, Bandera Caves 1 and 2, and Linggasakan Cave; two in Compostela Valley (Sto. Niño Caves 2 and 3) and Mat-I Cave 2 in Davao Oriental. #















DENR-Region 4A



Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (right) swears in Dr. Isidro L. Mercado as the full fledged Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) for Laguna during rites held Monday at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Mercado finished his Bachelor of Forestry at the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation-De La Salle University, passing the forestry licensure exams the following year.  In 2002, he successfully completed his Doctor in Philosophy major in Management in the same university.  Like many of DENR officials, Mercado also rose from the ranks, starting his public service as Assistant District Forester of then Bureau of Forest Development (now Forest Management Bureau). From thereon, Mercado served in various capacities such as OIC PENRO for Laguna and Batangas and as regional technical director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service for CALABARZON area.  In 2008, he was assigned to head the DENR provincial office in Laguna until his promotion as full-fledged PENRO. 
















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