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Region 4-A

DENR exec urges public to “green” fast to avert disaster   

 

R4A-NGP-web2In the face of growing intensity of typhoons visiting the country, a top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged the public to “move fast” in the country’s forest rehabilitation effort during the CALABARZON Consultative Summit cum regional launching of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Calamba, Laguna.

“We have to move fast if we want to prevent natural disasters and mitigate effects of climate change,” DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi told the participants of the summit held Thursday at the Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. complex in Brgy. Makiling.

According to Gerochi, the National Greening Program, which President Aquino recently launched, is one strategy that the government and the whole citizenry can actually “move fast in tandem” in enhancing the country’s forest cover, which now stands at 7.2 million hectares out the total forest land area of 15 million hectares.

On Friday (May 13), President Aquino launched the NGP at the DENR office in Quezon City by being the first to register on-line in the NGP website (www.ngp-denr.gov.ph).  He likewise marked the event by planting a Narra seedling at the DENR’s Heroes Park. The presidential tree was the first of the 1.5 billion trees earmarked for planting under the program.  

Nilo Tamoria, DENR’s regional executive director for CALABARZON, reported that the local government units and the private companies that attended the summit have pledged to help in the restoration of the region’s upland.    

Tamoria also said the region, comprised of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, has been chosen as a priority NGP area by the National Convergence Initiative core agencies, namely DENR, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Reform, because of the bulk of high school and college students and employees of private companies that can be tapped to plant trees in the next six year. 

Tamoria said that coordinating centers in the 15 DENR field offices in the region will be established to coordinate all NGP initiatives with schools and private companies willing to join the program.

“We can easily identify areas for planting, and we are ready to provide technical assistance the program,” he said.

Yazaki Torres president Feliciano Torres led the ceremonial planting of six coconut trees inside the compound, and committed to mobilize his company’s 10,000 workers in the massive tree planting.

Also in attendance was Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III, who committed to take the lead in rallying his colleagues in Congress to actively participate in the NGP, saying that “any development efforts that the Aquino administration will implement will be affected if we continue to ignore environmental concerns.”

Tañada, who hails from Quezon, also said: “Ang  tunay na kaunlaran ay makakamit natin kung ating pangangalagaan ang ating kalikasan.” 

Region 4-A

Mount Banahaw still close to pilgrims, Tamoria says

 

Mt-Banahaw-de-dolores-webIf you’re contemplating on taking a trek to Mt. Banahaw this Lenten season, think again.

Regional Executive Director Nilo Tamoria of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 4A said the mountain, considered by many as sacred, remains close to visitors, including pilgrims, for this Holy Week and the rest of the year.  Reason: to give her more time to heal.

It was in 2004 when the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) for the Mts. Cristobal-Banahaw Protected Landscape issued a resolution declaring eight areas in the protected area as closed to the public, namely: Cristalino Falls, Durungawan, Tatlong Tangke to Kinabuhayan in the Dolores, Quezon-side; and Barangay Bugon, Puesto ng Pagbuga, Dulong Ilaya, Concepcion-Pinagbakuran and Concepcion-Banahaw in the Sariaya, Quezon-side.

In March 2006, five more areas on the Laguna side of Mt. Banahaw were banned from the public.  These were Barangay Bukal in Nagcarlan; Barangays Ilaya Sungi and Novaliches in Liliw; and Bukal and Taytay in Majayjay.

Three years later, in 2009, another resolution was issued by the management board, extending the moratorium for all the aforementioned areas for another three years, or until 2012.   This is to prevent not only the pilgrims from entering specific areas within the protected area but also trekkers, irresponsible mountaineers and other plain adventure seekers.

Tamoria, who also sits as chairman of the PAMB, said the resolutions were intended not only to prevent further destruction of the famous mountain, which has been subject of long years of “abuse and desecration” by visitors, but also to give her time to “heal and recover.”

Through the years of the moratorium, Tamoria said the mountain has already seen some positive signs of recuperating, but was quick to add that “she has not fully recovered yet.”  Thus, his appeal:  “Let us give her more time to heal.”

Relative to this, Park Superintendent Salud Pangan warned the public of any attempt to enter the protected area illegally as various groups will be mobilized to enforce the moratorium.  These include the DENR’s park rangers, some 100 volunteers from local based environmental group Ugnayan, and members of mountaineering groups Banahaw de Dolores Outdoor Club, Tayabas Mountaineers, Move On and Triskelion’s TREAT of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity.   Pangan said the volunteers will not only man all entry points but will also monitor the trails going to the restricted areas of Cristalino Falls, Durungawan, Tatlong Tangke to Kinabuhayan; Barangay Bugon, Puesto ng Pagbuga, Dulong Ilaya, Concepcion Pinagbakuran.

Region 13

Mining companies in CARAGA pledge support to DENR’s “Adopt-a-Estero” program

 

R13_Adopt_a_EsteroButuan City. – Ten mining companies in the CARAGA region have pledged to support the “Adopt-a-Estero” program mounted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in an effort to rehabilitate the country’s rivers, creeks and other waterways.

DENR-CARAGA Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca identified the mining companies to have forged a memorandum of agreement for the development of a comprehensive program to address water pollution in the region as Philisaga Mining Company, MRL Gold Philippines Inc., Celebes Coconut Oil, Taganito Mining Corporation, Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Inc., Platinum Group Mining Corporation, Shenzou Mining Group Company, Marc Ventures Mining Development Company, SMRI and AAM Philippines.

DENR –CARAGA Technical Director for  Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal  Zone Management Mario L. Eludo and Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Ester Olivades signed the agreement for the DENR during the regional celebration of the World Water Day on March 22, 2011 at the DENR Regional Training Center. 

“Our rivers, water bodies, and waterways have long been exposed to the impact of rapid urban population growth, (while the)  huge volume of silt, wastes, and other debris have affected waterways thus, becoming a threat to public health and safety," Edulo said. There are 28 rivers in Caraga region, according to him.                           

Under the agreement, the parties concerned shall coordinate with each other and agree to determine the necessity of, and to the extent possible, plan for dredging and desilting of the river they have “adopted”,  and provide for other remedial measures such as planting of bamboos and other plant species along the riverbanks, rip-rapping, coco-matting and greening of linear parks. 

The DENR, throught the EMB, shall ensure that measures applied to reduce pollution of the adopted river by the mining companies are consistent with the overall initiative of the DENR in improving the qualities of water bodies in the country.  Further, the EMB shall facilitate actions against violators of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act. 

All the participating companies shall also assist the DENR in information and education campaigns and community mobilization as well as in soliciting the cooperation and support for the program with concerned local government units.  

The agreement is effective immediately and shall remain in force for a period of three years. In the long run, the regulated and efficient operation will result in a better and cleaner environment. 

Region 6

DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN ILOILO RIVER


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The call of the Iloilo River Development Council for the immediate clean up of the Iloilo River of illegal structures did not fall on deaf ears as FF Cruz, a known construction firm, voluntarily removed the mini-wharf it has established near the Quirino Bridge in Iloilo City.  The mini wharf, which served as a docking area for yatch, was one of the illegal structures earlier identified by the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that needs clearing so as not to impede the flow of water.  DENR Regional Executive Director Julian Amador expressed optimism the voluntary act of FF Cruz will set the mode for other locators and establishments to voluntarily remove their structures that encroached on the Iloilo River.

Region 8

DENR partners with community to develop veggie-based agroforestry farm in Eastern Samar

 

vege_farming-webA 10- hectare vegetable-based agro-forestry project will be developed in an open, degraded forest area in Taft, Eastern Samar, located inside the Ulot Watershed Model Forest.

Allotted a fund assistance of  PhP155,500 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the project shall be undertaken by the San Rafael Integrated Farmers Cooperative, Inc. (SRIFC), a people’s organization based in Barangay San Rafael, also inTaft. The project is expected to be completed within the year.

In a Memorandum of Agreement  between the DENR and SRIFC’s president Jesus Cabujat, the DENR shall facilitate and provide technical assistance to the PO in the implementation of the project.  This shall include determination of species to be planted in accordance with site species suitability and market potential for the commodity. 

For its part, SRIFC shall conduct activities for the ground implementation of the project to include site preparation, sowing, planting and nurturing of the vegetable farm. A nursery shed house/bunkhouse which shall also serve as bagsakan center will be constructed from the allocated funds.
“With this vegetable-based agroforestry project, we hope to veer the upland people away from further destruction of our forests,” says DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato, Jr. 

Galinato expressed sadness over the continued degradation of the country’s upland areas.  “We saddened seeing our forests being opened up as upland communities engage in charcoal making which, while providing them immediate income, it  has far-reaching impact on the environment and to their ability to rise above poverty,” Galinato said. 

Galinato stressed the project is in consonance with the National Convergence Initiative of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the DENR, which calls for collaborative efforts with the local government units, people’s organizations, non-government organizations and other stakeholders towards poverty reduction and environmental protection./mgsucgang 

Region 5

    • National Greening Program
    • Patent Issuance   

Region 4-A

 2. Poverty Reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable

Region 3

1. Anti-Corruption/Transparent, Accountable and Participatory Governance
    • Database Management
    • Land Records Management