Regional Releases

Political leaders in the different local government units play a crucial role to win the fight against insurgency. This was underscored by Environment Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Roy A. CimatuRegional during the meeting of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

“I am very confident in your capability and ability. The one who can solve the problem will be the leaders themselves. You know the problem, you know the solution,” Cimatutold local leaders in Negros Occidental during a meeting with them at Acacia Hotel in Negros Occidental.

Cimatu and the regional directors of other national government agencies looked into the project proposals of the leaders and encouragedresidents of Negros Occidental to pursue economic opportunities to prevent them from being recruited by Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG).

The province of Negros Occidental formed the Provincial Task Force – ELCAC in August this year pursuant to President Rodrigo RoaDuterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach to attain inclusive and sustainable peace. The EO also created the National Task Force-ELCAC to put an end to local communist armed conflict and directed the adoption of a national peace framework.

Candoni Mayor Cicero “Celot” D. Borromeotold Cimatu that the government can never end insurgency unless the people are fed or has something to feed themselves. Borromeo said that the rebels easily recruit those living in inaccessible areas in the hinterlands because they are hungry and “clutch the knife”, to feed their families.

The government is harnessing government resources to reach out to far-flung communities and to provide basic services. Roads are being built to provide access to people, farm products and government services.
On the pipeline is the provision of livelihood opportunities and healthcare.

The Whole-of-Nation approach aims to address the root causes of insurgencies. It is a big shift from the traditional military-centric scheme to a civilian-led approach in untangling the influence of the CTGsespecially among hinterlands communities. The military solution, however, is still one of the many components in addressing insurgencies.

Negros Occidental has seventy seven (77) CTG-influenced barangays out of the ninety seven (97) in Western Visayas.The Communist Party of the Philippines–New People’s Army (CPP–NPA) cadres in Negros Occidental have decreased in numbers in recent years and their presence is mainly located in the first, fifth, and sixth districts, as per military report.

“The DENR 6 has provided livelihood opportunities for people in upland communities, and we hired former rebels as forest guards. With this thrust on ELCAC, the DENR 6 will be working more intensively for our upland communities to avail DENR’s basic services and engage them in more purposeful livelihood activities,” said Francisco E. Milla, Jr., Regional Executive Director of DENR 6.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently distributed 202 agricultural and residential free patent applications in the municipality of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro following the simultaneous distribution of free land titles in the island provinces of MIMAROPA Region on September 27 -28, 2019.
In a short program held at Brgy. Catayungan in Ilin Island, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Ernesto Tanada underscored the partnership of national agencies and local government units (LGUs) in expediting the issuance of free land titles as a step in fulfilling AmBisyon Natin 2040 which envisions the aspiration of Filipinos to enjoy a strongly rooted, comfortable and secure life (Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay).


The application for free patents was processed at the Provincial and Community ENR Offices. On the other hand, the registration fee for the Original Certificate of Title was sponsored by Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato.
"Nang malaman ko na may problema kasi hind pa bayad ang rehistro, sabi ko ako na lang ang magbabayad," Rep. Sato said.

“Sa isang Pilipino, magiging maganda ang kinabukasan mo kung ikaw ay mag pag-aari ng lupa. Ito ay isang pundasyon na dapat nating pagyamanin. Ang titulo ang pinakamatibay na dokumento na maipapamana natin sa ating pamilya," she said.

Representative Sato urged the recipients of the land titles to plant at least 10 trees in their lands to combat the ill effects of climate change.

Vice Governor Peter Alfaro congratulated the beneficiaries and reminded them of their obligations as land owners.

“Declare your title to the Assessor’s Office. Be responsible enough to pay your corresponding real property taxes,” Alfaro said.

CENRO Efren Delos Reyes of San Jose expressed hope that such initiative would inspire fellow government workers to continue the delivery of prompt and effective service to the public.

"Nawa'y ang mga ngiti ng mga beneficiaries ay magsilbing inspirasyon natin para sa pagpapatuloy ng ating magandang serbisyo publiko," he ended.

Boosting economic and social growth through free land titles

The “Handog Titulo Program Para sa Mamamayan” is a continued joint effort of the national government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Registry of Deeds and LGUs. The program is also a part of the government’s land disposition program by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act.

This year, Secretary Roy Cimatu issued DENR Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2019-08 instructing all PENROs and CENROs to accept land titling applications at the barangay level.

"Under the DAO, we bring our services closer to the people by fast-tracking the processing and issuance of public land patents to deserving and qualified individuals," DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado said.

Secretary Cimatu also signed DAO 2019-04 which calls for the conduct of nationwide Handog Titulo programs every September in celebration of Lands Anniversary.

On September 27 - 28, DENR MIMAROPA in partnership with LGUs held a simultaneous distribution of residential, agricultural and special patents that granted absolute ownership to private individuals and institutions in the region. A total of 1,479 land titles were issued – 638 in Occidental Mindoro, 184 in Oriental Mindoro, 561 in Marinduque (561) and 96 in Romblon.

“We envision that absolute and responsible land ownership would empower our people, and eventually spur economic and social progress in MIMAROPA,” Adornado concluded. (With reports from MIMAROPA PENROs, CENROs) ###

In line with the mission of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to promote sustainable development and ensure stakeholders’ participation in the protection and conservation of the environment, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Antique together with the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) conducted a Dalaw-Turo at Barasanan National High School and Villaflor Elementary Schoolin Tobias Fornier, Antique on October 16, 2019.

During the activity, the Dalaw-Turo Team prepared educational games and skits on proper solid waste management and illegal tree cutting to help increase the awareness and knowledge of students about environmental protection and conservation.

Both schools also received the coffee table book Kadagatan tubtub Kabukidan (From the Seas to the Mountains): Traditional Knowledge Practices of Panay and Guimaras and information, education and communication (IEC) materials on Ecological Solid Waste Management (RA 9003) which includes the prohibition of the burning of leaves and waste materials, Disaster Preparedness and Importance of Wetlands.

Dalaw-Turo (DT) is a non-traditional educational, participatory, communication teaching design developed by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), now the Biodiversity Management Bureau,as a medium for environmental education based on the principles of biological diversity and sustainable development.

Dalaw Turo uses the basic communication principles of folk media and community mass-based approaches such as street theaters, environmental games, creative lectures and workshops, ecological tours and production of nature interpretative materials.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said: “We are hoping that the youth will apply their learnings from the Dalaw-Turoand will now understand the role they playto help conserve and protect the environment through their own ways by properlysegregating wastes.”

Proper solid waste management is one of the ten (10) priority programs of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to ensure wastes are properly disposedof and managed./DENR 6

DENR PENRO Iloilo recently conducted a Dalaw Turoat Lambuyao Elementary School and Abilay Elementary School all in Oton, Iloilo.Seventy-one (71)students from Lambuayo and 145 students from Abilay had fun learning about environmental protection and conservation. The students were from Grades 4, 5 and 6.

The Dalaw-Turo program inlcudes an overview of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and a discussion on mitigating the effects of climate change. The program is one of the activities of the Departmentof Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its Information, Education and Communication Campaign. It is conducted in partnership with the academe and the communities to heighten their awareness on DENR’s programs and projects as well as to inform the participants on their roles in maintaing a clean and healthy environment./ DENR6-PENROIloilo

A Brahminy kite eagle locally known as Dapay, and a Visayan Tarictic Hornbill called Tariktik were voluntarily turnedover to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Guimbal on July 26, 2019.

Reyme C. Gallarda, a teacher at Iloilo National High School, La Paz, Iloilo City surrendered the two birds after these were held in captivity inside the school’s park for years. According to Gallarda, he has cared for the species after its previous owner, Rainier Apistar, passed away eight (8) years ago.

The school principal voluntarily gave the wildlife to CENRO Guimbal Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Team which brought these to the Wildlife Rescue Center for safekeeping. It was verified that the school does not have a legal authority to keep the species.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla urged the public to turn over any wildlife species they see or unintentionally capture.

“Please turn over and report to DENRany captured wildlife species so that we can make immediate action,”Milla said.

TheBrahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) is listed as “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) but its population is on the decline especially in Southeast Asia.

The Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopies panini) is listed as endangered per DAO 2004-15 Establishing the List of Terrestrial Threatened Species and Other Categories and in the List of Wildlife Speciespursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 9147otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

RA 9147 states that seized wildlife species that are classified as endangered and critically-endangered, and found to have no corresponding authorization documents for trade, transport and possession shall be confiscated by the government./DENR6-CENROGuimbal