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Students of Dingalan National High School (DNHS) in Aurora were in high energy as they collectively pile up the more than 28,000 linear meters of unsplit rattan and 2,000 kilos of split rattan donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 3 to be used for the improvement of their existing school facilities and study kiosks.  Inset photo shows DENR-Region 3 Executive Director Maximo Dichoso  (right) signing the deed of donation in the presence of DNHS Principal Eduardo Mariano. 




In a show of partnership, Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Navotas Mayor John Rey M. Tiangco led some 700 volunteers in cleaning up the coast of Wawa, Tabing Dagat in Brgy. Tangos, Navotas City of marine debris last August 25.  The coastal clean-up, aimed at enhancing public awareness on the adverse impact of water pollution on people and the environment, resulted in the collection of garbage equivalent to 10 medium-sized trucks. 


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Central Luzon Executive Director Maximo Dichoso (left photo) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signs the deed of transfer/donation of two 30 horsepower pump boats  worth P1.6 million for the local government units of Macabebe, Masantol, San Simon, Minalin and San Luis in Pampanga. The towns are part of the three-year Lower Pampanga River Basin Mangrove Rehabilitation Project that aims to rehabilitate 70 hectares of mangrove area by planting at least 600,000 species of bakauan, nipa and bamboo to shield the province from storm surges and flooding. The motorboats will provide mobility and transportation to strengthen the monitoring and protection of mangrove areas in these towns and shall also be used for relief and rescue operations in times of natural calamities.


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DENR distributes residential free patents to 98 residents of Negros Occidental   

Ninety-eight (98) residents of two barangays in Murcia, Negros Occidental were issued residential free patents by the local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in coordination with the local government unit. 

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) for Bacolod City Joan Nathaniel F. Genrangaya led the distribution of the patents, which cover a total area of three hectares, along with Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano and other local officials. 

According to Genrangaya, the latest patent distribution of 30 free patents in Bry. Cansilayan with total area of 8,609 square meters and 68 patents in Bry. Buenavista covering 2.038 hectares, brought to 135 the total number of free patents distributed in the municipality of Murcia this year. 

Last February 14, some 37 residential free patents were also distributed in Brgy. Cansilayan by the DENR under its “Handog Titulo” Program.

Mayor Montellibano expressed appreciation to officials and employees of the CENRO for facilitating the processing of land titles, which according to him, is “part of his dream to leave a legacy to the people of Murcia.”

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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.


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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.

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