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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CALABARZON (DENR-CALABARZON) has renewed its commitment to improve the implementation of environmental laws on protected areas in the region during the 9th Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Summit in San Mateo, Rizal on August 17 to 18.

DENR-CALABARZON Regional Executive Director and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Chair Nilo B. Tamoria said the summit’s theme, “Sama-samang Pagpapatupad ng Batas Pangkalikasan sa Pinangangalagaang Pook Upang Protektahan ang Samut-saring Buhay para sa Sambayanang Pilipino,” is in line with the four decision points presented by DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

These decision points include the establishment of natural resources geo-spatial database to manage the DENR’s readily available data, which can be useful in the implementation of government projects, investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation to avoid a decrease in protection of direct and indirect losses including nature-based solution, establishment of natural resources accounting system including valuation of ecosystem services, and improvement of compliance, monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws.

“Even before we held the 9th PAMB Summit, these decision points have already been submitted by our Secretary to the President. So these four decision points are exactly the theme of our Summit. This is contained in the sustainable, inclusive and resilient development as the major thrust and direction of our department,” Tamoria said.

The DENR-CALABARZON chief pointed out that the region’s large population, which has surpassed that of the National Capital Region (NCR), has a big impact on its protected areas and natural resources as many people depend on these resources.

Based on the 2020 Census of Population and Housing, of the country’s 17 regions, CALABARZON had the biggest population of 16,195,042, followed by NCR with 13,484,462 and Central Luzon with 12,422,172.

“The rapid population growth and the protection of our remaining fertile environment and nature, that’s the additional challenge in our region. So, I am calling on the members of the Protected Area Management Board and all those who have stakes in protected areas to come together. Let’s pool our talent and strength so that we can better protect and maintain the integrity of protected areas,” Tamoria said.

Around 100 delegates, including members of the PAMB’s 18 protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), Protected Areas Superintendents, and DENR-CALABARZON officials and personnel joined the summit, which was conducted in-person and online.

CALABARZON has 18 protected areas, nine of which are legislated, while nine are initial components of the NIPAS yet to be assessed for potential proclamation as regular NIPAS components and enactment into law. ###

 

Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON officially forged partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lucena, Quezon through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the declaration of certain parcels of land for the housing sites of government employees and the urban poor in Barangay Ibabang Iyam, Lucena City, Quezon.

On August 11, 2003, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 436 for the location of housing sites. The proclaimed land was an abandoned airfield formerly owned by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

A total area of 11 out of the total 17.6 hectares was allotted as housing site for government employees and the urban poor in the area. A P50.00 per square meter fee was approved pursuant to Resolution No. 004-2004, and later reaffirmed pursuant to Resolution No. 19-019, series of 2022.

“Mula po noong nag umpisa ang proklamasyon, mula sa pormulasyon ng Certificates of Land Allocation (CELA), at ngayon po sa pagpirma natin ng MOA, wala po kayong dapat ipag-alala dahil ang kapirmahan po ngayon ni Mayor ay naumpisahan po ang proseso ng Proclamation 436 mula po sa umpisa”, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria promised the beneficiaries.

RED Tamoria was an official of the Housing and Development Council from 2001-2004, and was part of the pre-proclamation until the post proclamation process of Proclamation No. 436.

Donata Veloso, President of the United Landing Urban Poor Association, Inc., expressed her gratitude to the involved parties. “After 19 years ay nagkaroon ng katuparan ang ating mga pangarap na ang ating tinitirahan na lupa ay mapapapunta na po sa bawat isa sa atin.”

The MOA aims to strengthen the partnership between DENR CALABARZON and Lucena LGU for the effective and speedy land disposition for the identified beneficiaries of the housing sites.###

 

The provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon participated in the Nationwide Simultaneous Tree Planting in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June.

More than 5,000 seedlings were planted by more than a thousand volunteers coming from various groups, agencies, institutions, and organizations in CALABARZON last June 8, 2022. Details of the tree planting activities facilitated by the Region's PENROs and CENROs are as follows:

PENRO Cavite - 400 seedlings of Cashew, Nangka, Guyabano, Narra, and Molave planted by 180 DENR employees and volunteers at Brgy. Paradahan, Tanza, Cavite

PENRO Laguna – 170 seedlings of Bitaog, Duhat, Kalamansi, Calamandarin, and Bamboo planted by 90 participants in Brgy. Maitim, Bay, Laguna

CENRO Sta. Cruz – 500 seedlings of Narra planted by 81 participants at Brgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna

PENRO Batangas and CENRO Calaca – 300 seedlings of Bitaog planted by 80 participants at Brgy. Bucana, Nasugbu, Batangas

CENRO Lipa – 430 seedlings of Busain planted by 53 participants at Brgy. Lagadlarin, Lobo, Batangas

PENRO Rizal and Regional Office - 2,020 seedlings of Narra, Dao, Guyabano, Pili, Kamansi, Kakauate, Lumbang, and Palumaria planted by 201 volunteers at Brgy. Sto Niño, Tanay, Rizal inside Kaliwa River Forest Reserve

PENRO Quezon and CENRO Tayabas – 200 seedlings of Molave planted by 77 participants within Quezon Protected Landscape at Brgy. Silangang Malicboy, Pagbilao, Quezon; 50 seedlings of Narra planted by 15 participants at Brgy. Ibabang Palale, Tayabas City, Quezon

CENRO Real – 150 seedlings of Molave planted by 20 participants at Brgy. Maragondon, Real, Quezon; 200 seedlings of Kamagong, Lipote, and Narra planted by 73 participants at Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon

CENRO Calauag – 300 seedlings of Guyabano planted by 62 participants along Pipisik River, at Brgy. Butaguin, Gumaca, Quezon

CENRO Catanauan – 300 seedlings of Narra and Kalumpit planted by 95 participants along the stream bank of Brgy. Taguin-Candangal, Macalelon, Quezon

Meanwhile, continuous regreening efforts in CALABARZON are being conducted. Graduated National Greening Program sites are also promoted to be adopted by interested groups or organizations through a Memorandum of Agreement under the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Program. For those who would like to conduct a tree planting activity or adopt a graduated NGP site in CALABARZON, you may coordinate with the nearest DENR Office in your area.###

 

MEO South Photo FORUM ON ENR TECHNOLOGIES 06 02 2022 web2

Selected staff from Barangays Vitalez, Tambo, Don Galo and Santo Niño in Parañaque recently participated in a Forum on Environment and Natural Resource (ENR) Technologies conducted by the Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Research, Development and Extension Center (THWRDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, in coordination with the Metropolitan Environmental Office – South. The forum is in preparation for the implementation of the Floating Garden Phytoremediation Technology, a strategy to help improve water quality in tributaries of Manila Bay through the use of pollutant-absorbent species of plants. The forum was held at the covered court of Brgy. Vitalez.

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