DENR to fund establishment of clonal facility at USM
Plans for the establishment of a clonal facility at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, Cotabato is now on its final stages.
DENR-Region 12 Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno said the memorandum of agreement on the partnership was already signed by USM President Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije and forwarded to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje for signature.
Siapno said that once the MOA is perfected, the DENR will obligate the amount of P3.5 million in favor of USM for the construction of the clonal facility.
“The clonal facility will have state-of-art technologies as the primary intention is to produce high quality seedlings for planting under the National Greening Program. And to ensure high survival rate, the seedlings that will be produced in the clonal facility will come from superior indigenous forest tree species such as lauan, molave, and tanguile, ” Siapno explained.
Aside from the monetary support, the DENR has also committed under the agreement to extend technical assistance to USM, particularly on the scientific approach to clonal nursery operation. “We will not only provide funding support, but we will also capacitate our counterparts and transfer the appropriate technology to them,” Siapno stressed.
USM Pres. Derije welcomed the partnership. “In the past, our participation in the reforestation program of the DENR was very minimal, hence, a sense of ownership was never felt”, Derije said.
He also said he will mobilize the students enrolled under the National Service Training Program (NSTP) to assist in all the activities related to the greening program.
The MOA provides that the university shall allocate an area within its sprawling campus on which the clonal nursery shall be constructed. It will undertake mass production of cloned quality planting materials for distribution to beneficiaries identified by the DENR field offices in the region.
DENR files criminal charges vs. Indonesian national, Filipino friends in Gensan for illegal possession of cuscus bear.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has filed on Tuesday (Aug. 7) criminal charges against an Indonesian national living in General Santos City and his four Filipino friends for possessing 17 heads of Sulawesi bear cuscus without permit in violation of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
Presented before the General Santos City Prosecutor’s Office for inquest were Indonesian national Ryan Lucas, 38, also known as Rio Paparang, residing at Sitio Tuning, Brgy. Lagao, General Santos City; Mark John Ordaniza Villaver and Johndee Monacillo Lumokso, both 24 years old and residents of San Miguel, Calumpang, General Santos City; Jolito Roa Resare, 38 years old of New Corilla, Davao Del Norte; and a certain Alber Miguel of Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani Province. DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ruel S. Divino said the criminal charges stemmed from the apprehension of 17 heads of Sulawesi cuscus bear ((Ailurops ursinus) from Lucas’s group by joint operatives of the DENR and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group on Monday.
Initial investigation revealed that the cuscus bear were reportedly smuggled out of Indonesia and brought to the General Santos City through a fishing banca without appropriate permits from Indonesian authorities.
On Aug. 8, however, two of the cuscus bear died, prompting DENR-Region 12 Protected Areas and Wildlife Division chief Ali M. Hadjinasser to seek the assistance of Regional Veterinary Quarantine Officer Leo E. Castro for a routine check-up of the rescued wildlife, including quarantine services.
In a related development, DENR-Region 12 Technical Director for Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Service Geronimo L. Sequito said that he is currently in talks with Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim on the repatriation of the animals to Indonesia.
“We are awaiting the decision of the PAWB on the fate of the rescued animals, which are not yet endangered but classified as vulnerable, under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). I believe the animals should be released back to their natural habitat,” Sequito said.
MGB-V congratulates RRPP for winning AREA-SEA 2012 award
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Bicol (MGB-V) congratulates the management of the Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project for winning the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award, South East Asia (AREA-SEA) 2012.
MGB-V Regional Director Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestaño said in his letter to Rapu-Rapu Minerals Incorporated (RRMI) President Rogelio Corpus that the agency was “extremely honored to extend its warmest congratulations to the company for winning its first international award.” He also cited the company for its recent achievement in completing 10 million man-hours without lost time accident.
“Indeed, these two achievements proved RRMI’s commitment to best practices in mining and as vanguards of responsible mining” Pestaño said.
An online article on the AREA-SEA 2012 indicated that there were 24 companies from the Southeast Asia to have been recognized with Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards, an annual event that gives recognition to Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship.
Of the 24, three were based in the Philippines, namely Globe Telecom, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and RRMI. Accordingly, Globe Telecom and RRMI were cited under the Social Empowerment Category, while RCBC under the Green Leadership Category.
GLOBE TELECOM SUPPORTS MANGROVE REFO PROJECT
In consonance with its corporate social responsibility on environmental protection, Globe Telecom has partnered with the provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Guimaras for the rehabilitation of a coastal area in Brgys. Lapaz and San Roque in Nueva Valencia by planting 1,000 mangrove propagules a year, for three years. In turn, the local communities have committed to nurture the new plantations. On hand to formalize the partnership are (from left): Lapaz Fisherfolk Aquatic Resources and Mangrove Management Asso. President Nelson S. Celiz, San Roque Coastal Environment Program Asso. President Ernie G. Cabrillos, DENR provincial officer Jesse L. Vego, and Globe Telecom representatives Jenny Gonzales and Bernadette Jimena.
DENR-Region 6 hosts RDRRMC meeting
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) played host to the strategic planning workshop of the Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) on Tuesday (July 10).
DENR Office-in-Charge and Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Ecosystems Research and Development Service Dr. Alicia L. Lustica said that the activity shall equip line agencies and other sectors in the rehabilitation and recovery efforts following a calamity.
Office of Civil Defense-Department of National Defense consultant Rolly Asuncion discussed the structure on the rehabilitation and recovery strategies, especially on communication protocol during calamities.
The meeting likewise focused on the review and the realignment of the initial logical framework of the rehabilitation and recovery component of the RDRRMC from 2012 to 2016; and finalized outputs and activities, as well as draft outline of individual agency and sector plan for the rehabilitation and recovery phase based on the post disaster needs assessment.
Other topics discussed include the adoption of standard communication protocol that would ensure systematic sharing of information and submission of plans and other issues such as livelihood and employment, infrastructure and lifeline facilities, resettlement and shelter, psychosocial and mental health, and environment and ecosystem.
Representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Army and other key officials of the DENR 6 with RTD for Forest Management Service Livino B. Duran, OIC-Administrative Officer Atty. Elmer R. Camarista, among others, attended the meeting.
REGION 3’s ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION
BGen Alan Luga, commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, receives a plaque of appreciation from DENR-Region 3 Executive Director Maximo Dichoso in simple rites at King’s Royale Hotel in Bacolor, Pampanga. Luga was cited for his support in DENR’s anti-illegal logging campaign in Central Luzon, which resulted in the confiscation of hot lumber and the filing of charges against forest violators.
DENR gives recognition to partners in Southern Mindanao
A total of 18 local officials, a local government unit (LGU), four companies and three national government officials were honored by the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Davao City (DENR-XI) for their sincere efforts and significant contribution in the management, protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources in the region.
The awarding ceremony was made during culmination program Environment Month celebration held at the DENR-XI Quadrangle in Lanang, Davao City.
Topping the list of awardees was the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao City, which received a plaque of recognition from DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, for enacting ordinances geared towards environmental protection, particularly City Ordinance No. 0361-10 which bans the use of non-bio plastic bags and polystyrene foam as food containers.
Among the LGU officials also given the recognition were Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Thelma Z. Almario, and Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas RA Cagas, Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, and Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy. The recognition was for their support in the implementation of Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program (NGP) and EO 23 declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of trees in the natural and residual forests in the country.
Also recognized for their active participation and cooperation in the implementation of EOs 23 and 26 were Battalion Commander Gabriel C. Viray III of 84th IB, 7th ID and Col. Ruben S. Basiao of the 67th IB, 10th ID of the Philippine Army, as well as Police Chief Inspector Roberto C. Espina of the Philippine National Police.
The DENR also commended the following mayors for their unparalleled dedication in protecting the natural resources and environment in their respective areas of responsibility. Given plaques of recognition were Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of Davao City, Mayor Rey T. Uy of Tagum City, Jose L. Silvosa of Panabo City Joel Ray L. Lopez of Sta. Cruz and Manuel B. Brillantes , Jr. of Monkayo.
For his dedication in implementing NGP in his barangay, Barangay Captain Claudio Fuentes Hoybia of Garcia Heights, Bajada, Davao City also received a plaque of recognition.
Among the business sectors that were given commendations for their compliance to the environmental standards, rules and regulations were San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines, Inc., Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. and Holcim Philippines, Inc.
DENR, other gov’t employees celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting in Tacloban City
To celebrate Arbor Day, more than 200 workers of various government agencies in Tacloban City, including representatives of local civic groups and non-government organizations, trekked to the upland barangay of Caibaan in Tacloban City to plant some 1,000 mahogany and narra seedlings.
The tree planting, said DENR-Region 8 Executive Director Manolito Ragub, was in keeping with the objectives of the National Greening Program (NGP), requiring government employees and students to plant 10 trees a year.
He also said that the choice of the planting site, which was within the Community-based Forest Management area of the Caibaan Farmers Livelihood Association (CFLA), was designed to ensure the survival of the newly planted seedlings.
“Among the innovations of NGP is the inclusion of tenured areas as planting sites. The reason is simple. After we leave, the members of the CFLA or other people’s organizations, for that matter, will be taking over to take care and nurture the seedlings that we have planted. This way, we are assured that the seedlings we have planted will grow and mature and bring benefits to this community,” Ragub said, as he acknowledged the effort shown by the tree planters, majority of whom were employees of various government agencies in Tacloban City, led by the DENR.
Presidential Proclamation No. 643 (s-2004) prescribes the observance of Arbor Day every 25th day of June with planting of trees as well as ornamental plants and other relevant activities.
GSIS KIOSK INSTALLED IN DENR-R6
Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 6 express appreciation for the installation of a GSIS kiosk in its compound in Iloilo City. DENR-R6 Personnel Section chief Ernest Federizo (left, left photo) said the installation of the kiosk within the agency’s compound makes transactions not only convenient but also more secured, adding that the kiosk will also service employees of other government agencies in the region. Also in photo supervising the installation of the kiosk include (left photo): GSIS representative Felipe Chua, Jr. (center) and DENR-Region 6 Union president Emma P. Delima.
CENTURY-OLD BALETE IN STA. ANA, MANILA RECOGNIZED
century-old balete tree inside the Lichauco family’s residence in Sta. Ana, Manila was recently declared a Heritage Tree by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). On hand to unveil the heritage tree marker are DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center), DENR-National Capital Region Executive Director Neria Andin (left) and Ms. Sylvia Lichauco-de Leon, president of Lola Grande Foundation and daughter of Mrs. Lichauco. Andin explains that due to rapid urbanization, mature trees are slowly vanishing from Metro Manila’s landscape, thus the Heritage Tree Project by DENR-NCR as part of its Urban Forestry Program. Trees declared as Heritage Trees could not be cut without prior approval from the DENR, according to Andin.