Regional Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given its green signal to the forest land use plans or FLUPs of four municipalities in Western Visayas.

DENR Region 6 Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. identified the local government units that have successfully completed their FLUPs as the municipalities of Dingle and Balasan in Iloilo province, and Cuartero and Jamindan in Capiz.

“The FLUP will serve as your guide in your decision making.  It should nowbe a part of your Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP),”Milla said during the signing of the FLUP Implementation Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held June 3, 2019 at the DENR regional office in Iloilo City.

FLUP is a planning tool that equips LGUs, DENR and other stakeholders to comprehensively map out future economic progress of an area in the context of sustainable forest management, biodiversity management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and management and forest degradation.

The Implementation MOA is the final document to complete the process of FLUP preparation prior to its implementation.   It also serves as a symbol of partnership between the DENR and the local government units to co-manage the forest and forestland resources of the town to ensure sustainable development for the benefit of the people.

“There has to be a balance between economic development and environmental protection,” Milla told the LGUs, as he reminded them to take a lesson from Boracayisland which suffered massive environmental degeneration as a consequence of imbalanced priorities and unplanned development.

“Because of imbalance of priorities, many things were not planned. On the beach easement, there are structures that were taken out. Permanent structures were also built on forestlands and wetlands because many workers stay in boarding houses and no longer return to their homes,” he said.

For their part, the chief executives of the four LGUs, namely:  Dingle Mayor Jimmy C. Quicoy, BalasanMayor Manuel Ganzon, JamindanMayor Mac Arthur Valdemar and Cuartero,Mayor Tito Mayo expressed their heartfelt gratitude to DENR- 6 for providing technical support in thecrafting of their respective FLUPs. ###

More than 300 volunteers showed up and took part in the clean-up of the Apagonanriver in Aparri, Cagayan on Monday, June 17, 2019, marking the start of the river’s rehabilitation.

Addressing the participants, DENR Region 2 Executive Director Atty. Antonio Abawagurged the local officials to pass ordinances supporting the rehabilitation of the 18-kilometer Apagonan River.

This, even as he warned businesses and residents to comply with environmental laws, or face the consequences of their non-compliance.

“I’m giving the business establishments and households along the riverbank six months to comply with environmental laws, particularly the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and Clean Water Act. Otherwise, we will issue notice of violations and file cases against those discharging their waste directly into the river,” Abawag said.

The regional environment chief has ordered the officials of  PENR Office- Cagayan to meet with the barangay officials to brief them on the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Philippine Clean Water Act to remind them of their roles and responsibilities under said laws.  He also instructed the provincial head to attend the Sangguniang Bayan sessions.

In July 2018, the DENR launched the RIVERS for Life Award, a nationwide search that will give recognition to individuals and institutions for their efforts in the conservation and protection of rivers.

Classified as Class C, the Apagonan River covers 10 barangays of Aparri.  

According to PENRO Ismael Manaligod, the Apagonan River is a breeding ground of both freshwater and marine species as it is connected to the estuary of the Cagayan River and the Babuyan Sea.

During the occasion, acting Mayor RiaCapiñahas committed to pass ordinances for the strict implementation of the solid waste management law.

“The rehabilitation of our Apagonan River is important, being one of the primary sources of income of the people of Aparri,” Capiña said.

A total of 102 sacks of solid waste were collected by the volunteers, representing different government agencies, non-government organizations, business sector, media and DENR employees.###

More than 300 volunteers showed up and took part in the clean-up of the Apagonanriver in Aparri, Cagayan on Monday, June 17, 2019, marking the start of the river’s rehabilitation.

Addressing the participants, DENR Region 2 Executive Director Atty. Antonio Abawagurged the local officials to pass ordinances supporting the rehabilitation of the 18-kilometer Apagonan River.

This, even as he warned businesses and residents to comply with environmental laws, or face the consequences of their non-compliance.

“I’m giving the business establishments and households along the riverbank six months to comply with environmental laws, particularly the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and Clean Water Act. Otherwise, we will issue notice of violations and file cases against those discharging their waste directly into the river,” Abawag said.

The regional environment chief has ordered the officials of  PENR Office- Cagayan to meet with the barangay officials to brief them on the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Philippine Clean Water Act to remind them of their roles and responsibilities under said laws.  He also instructed the provincial head to attend the Sangguniang Bayan sessions.

In July 2018, the DENR launched the RIVERS for Life Award, a nationwide search that will give recognition to individuals and institutions for their efforts in the conservation and protection of rivers.

Classified as Class C, the Apagonan River covers 10 barangays of Aparri.  

According to PENRO Ismael Manaligod, the Apagonan River is a breeding ground of both freshwater and marine species as it is connected to the estuary of the Cagayan River and the Babuyan Sea.

During the occasion, acting Mayor RiaCapiñahas committed to pass ordinances for the strict implementation of the solid waste management law.

“The rehabilitation of our Apagonan River is important, being one of the primary sources of income of the people of Aparri,” Capiña said.

A total of 102 sacks of solid waste were collected by the volunteers, representing different government agencies, non-government organizations, business sector, media and DENR employees.###

Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco Milla, Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calls on the agency’s employees in Iloilo City to patronize the produce of local people’s organizations (POs) to help generate more income for the members of the POs.

Milla made the call during the opening of the “Tiangge sa DENR”, which he spearheaded on Monday (June 10, 2019) as part of the 32nd anniversary celebration of the department.

On display and for sale in the “Tiangge” are products made from recycled materials, handicrafts, as well as local produce such as fruits, vegetables and native foods. Photos above show (clockwise): 1. DENR-Region 6 Executive Director Francisco Milla, Jr. leading the ceremonial ribbon cutting to formally open the “Tiangge sa DENR”which will run for a week; 2. Display of recycled products and the famous handcrafted shawls from the town of Miag-ao; 3. Locally-grown bananas, chicharon and salabat; 4. RED Milla with other regional employees visit one of the booths selling native delicacies. ###

 

Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco Milla, Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calls on the agency’s employees in Iloilo City to patronize the produce of local people’s organizations (POs) to help generate more income for the members of the POs.

Milla made the call during the opening of the “Tiangge sa DENR”, which he spearheaded on Monday (June 10, 2019) as part of the 32nd anniversary celebration of the department.

On display and for sale in the “Tiangge” are products made from recycled materials, handicrafts, as well as local produce such as fruits, vegetables and native foods. Photos above show (clockwise): 1. DENR-Region 6 Executive Director Francisco Milla, Jr. leading the ceremonial ribbon cutting to formally open the “Tiangge sa DENR”which will run for a week; 2. Display of recycled products and the famous handcrafted shawls from the town of Miag-ao; 3. Locally-grown bananas, chicharon and salabat; 4. RED Milla with other regional employees visit one of the booths selling native delicacies. ###