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DENR-Region 3

MGB to deploy mining engineers and geologists in C. Luzon

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), a line agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is set to deploy at least 13 mining engineers and geologists to strengthen the DENR field offices in enforcing mining laws.

Alilo Ensomo, regional director of MGB in Central Luzon said his office will be hiring additional six (6) geologists and seven (7) mining engineers that will be assigned to the DENR’s community environment and natural resources offices (CENROs) to reinforce the field offices in handling mining and environmental issues at the ground level.

“Strengthening our field offices, particularly the CENROs, is a priority agenda of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as the front line office of the DENR,” he explained, adding that responsible mining is on top of the secretary’s priority program.

He said MGB is now recruiting qualified applicants that are graduates of geology and mining engineer or environmental science graduates this month to assist in enforcing mining laws.

“The recruits will be given contractual appointments and will undergo extensive training and orientation on mining and environmental laws before they can be deployed in the CENRO,” he added.

According to Jocelyn Carbonel, administrative officer of MGB, mining engineer will receive a monthly salary of P30,000 while geologist will have a remuneration of P26,000 per month.

Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon said that there are currently no mining engineer and geologist in the CENRO, as the MGB has no field offices only regional office.

“This development will help us to really enforce mining and other environmental laws and strictly monitor compliance of mining companies,” he said.

Last year, the DENR hired more than 100 lawyers that are assigned to various field offices of the DENR in the country, who will assist in the speedy resolution of environmental cases and in the enforcement of environmental laws.

Republic Act No. 7942 also known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 is the law that transformed the MGB from staff bureau to line bureau of the DENR.

Under the law, MGB shall have direct charge in the administration and disposition of mineral lands and mineral resources and shall undertake geological, mining, metallurgical, chemical, and other researches as well as geological and mineral exploration surveys. ### 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 5

DENR-BICOL REGION HAS NEW DIRECTOR 

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Director Oscar C. Dominguez assumed his new post as the regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Region 5, replacing OIC-Regional Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, who will be assuming the post of an assistant director in the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in Quezon City.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who led officials and employees of DENR-Region 5 in witnessing the change of leadership, together with Rodriquez, handed the DENR flag to Domiguez during the turnover rites held Monday, January 22, 2018, at the agency’s regional office in Legazpi City.

In his acceptance speech, Dominguez sought the support of all DENR officials and employees, even as he vowed for an efficient and effective implementation of the department’s mandates, programs and policies, in consonance with the thrusts and directives of Secretary Cimatu. ### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 12

TAMORIA IS NEW DIRECTOR FOR DENR-SOCCSKSARGEN  

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Director IV Nilo Tamoria has taken a new role as head of the SOCCSKSARGEN regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), replacing Reynulfo Juan who is reassigned to DENR-Region 1.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the turnover ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the regional office in Koronadal City.

During the turnover, Cimatu underscored the need to strengthen the field offices by augmenting their manpower, as well as improve their enforcement capabilities to ensure environmental protection and proper management of natural resources.

“We have plenty of environmental laws, but we are weak in enforcing them,” he lamented. This, he said, prompted him to direct the hiring of more lawyers late last year and who were assigned to provide legal expertise to all CENROs nationwide.

The DENR chief also explained to the regional officials and employees his priority programs aimed at improving air quality, sustainable water and wastewater management, and proper solid waste management.

Incoming Regional Director Tamoria gladly accepted his new assignment, calling on his new official family to work together “to achieve our environmental goals of ensuring clean and healthy environment and sustain economic growth.”

Tamoria was formerly the chief of the DENR Legislative Affairs Office in the central office.

Outgoing Regional Director Juan, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to Secretary Cimatu for giving him another opportunity to serve in another region. He also gave thanks to DENR-Region 12 personnel and officials for their “support and cooperation” during his tenure.

“The experiences that I had gained working with all of you were commendable,” he said. ### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 4B

DENR to regulate tourism in El Nido 

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Recognizing the gravity of problems that have cropped up in one of the world’s top tourist destinations in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced today it will implement policies to help minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure in El Nido, Palawan.

Reports show that El Nido is beset with problems of diminishing water quality, biodiversity loss, flooding, and proliferation of informal settlers, business establishments, and structures without permit, and a host of other problems.

“I want people to experience the beauty of El Nido and other natural wonders of our country for as long as possible,” explains DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu. “That is why I have instructed all personnel of the Department to address such priorities as clean water, clean air, and solid waste management – issues that are even more pressing for island tourist destinations like El Nido and Boracy,” he added.

In view of Cimatu’s directive, officials of DENR MIMROPA identified El Nido as a priority area. “We do not want El Nido to face the same problem as Boracay,” expressed DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino.

Bernardino was referring to the mounting garbage problem and water contamination due to unregulated activities in Boracay, which Cimatu, together with the local government, confronted immediately after his assumption as environment secretary.

Within 20 days in June and July last year, 1,906 tons of garbage was hauled from Boracay to Aklan. Two weeks ago, Cimatu and Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo agreed to step up efforts to save Boracay, including penalizing establishments violating environmental and other laws.

Bernardino explains, “we value El Nido’s contribution to the economy of Palawan and of the country, we cannot help, however, but worry that the magnitude of tourist activities in El Nido is already way beyond its carrying capacity.”

According to the 2016 report of the El Nido Municipal Tourism Office, tourist arrival in the town has increased by more than 30 per cent annually in the last three years with last year reaching almost 200,000. This does not only mean increased revenue for the town but also increased demand for fresh water, timber, and other construction materials, use of fuel and consumer goods, and activities in the islands, all of which exert tremendous pressure on the rich biodiversity of El Nido.

Bernardino explained that the Protected Area Management Board of El Nido-Taytay Protected Area already passed a resolution that limits tourist entry and activity in three of the most visited places in El Nido.
In the Big Lagoon, only 60 guests will be allowed at any one time or a maximum of 720 guests per day. In the Small Lagoon, a maximum of 30 guests will be allowed at any one time or a total of 360 persons per day. For the Secret Beach, only 12 visitors will be allowed at any one time or a total of 144 a day.

Limits on the number of conveyances have also been set – maximum of five boats in the anchorage area and 30 kayaks inside the Big Lagoon, only 15 kayaks inside the Small Lagoon, and two boats in the anchorage area of Secret Beach.

Moreover, activities such as fishing, cliff jumping, grilling of food, and playing of loud music have been prohibited in the three spots.

In another resolution, PAMB identified the Strict Protection Zone, areas with high biodiversity value, which shall be closed to human activity except for scientific research and/or ceremonial use by indigenous communities. This includes, among others, Helicopter Island, Balinaud Beach, Turtle Island, and Pacanayan Island.

In the coming months, DENR also plans to conduct inspection of all establishments in El Nido and ensure compliance on the disposal of solid and liquid wastes, monitor air and water quality, validate tenurial instruments of business and residents, and monitor strict observance of environmental laws, and other measures that will help lessen the harmful impact of tourism activities on the environment, people’s livelihood, and tourism itself.

Bernardino explains that DENR is already working closely with the local government of El Nido and shall conduct public consultations regarding the implementation of new PAMB policies.

“We hope the public understands it is for the long term benefit of everyone if we preserve the natural beauty of El Nido, which is what attracts tourists there in the first place,” Bernardino ended. ### 

 

 

DENR-CAR

MT. PULAG TO BE RESTORED AFTER GRASSFIRE INCIDENT

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Some areas of the Mt. Pulag National Park will be off limits to tourists after a grassfire incident occurred January 20.

The grassfire damaged 5.8 hectares or 1.5% of the total grassland area, from the Saddle Camp Site up to the ridge slopes at the north-eastern part of the Mt. Pulag summit.

Regional Director Engr. Ralph Pablo of DENR-CAR said in an interview Monday that the agency will have to close some parts of the national park, such as the Akiki trail and the summit, to give time for the grassland to regenerate.

According to him, the closure may take five to six months, depending on the improvement of the vegetation.

In the meantime, trekkers can go to the tower sites and other peaks within the national park via the Ambangeg trail to have a view of the sea of clouds, according to Pablo.

Meanwhile, DENR-CAR intends to take legal actions against a group of hikers who allegedly caused the fire incident.

Criminal charges await seven mountaineers led by Ramon Kristomar Mackay, whose butane-fueled portable stove reportedly exploded during their camp, for violation of provisions of the Republic Act No. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System and the Presidential Decree No. 705, also known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.

Mt. Pulag National Park is a protected area designated part of the initial component of the NIPAS. As such, it is classified as a forest reservation.

Section 78 of the Revised Forestry Code penalizes anyone who occupies, possesses and/or causes destruction to forest or grazing lands. This criminal offense includes negligently causing a fire within forest or grazing lands.

According to Pablo, the DENR is considering a number of policy reforms as a consequence of the fire incident. These include the designation of open areas where cooking may be allowed, as well as requiring hikers with stoves to bring two five-pound fire extinguishers as recommended by the Bureau of Fire and Protection.

The grassfire incident was the third in the protected area since it was opened for mountain trekking. The same incident happened in 1998 and 2003. ### 

 

 

DENR-Region 06

CLEAN AIR ADVOCACY RIDE

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Part of 3,000 bikers that joined the 3rd Tour of the Fireflies held recently in Negros Occidental.  Organized by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and DENR, the event seeks to promote bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation to reduce air pollution under the theme:  Kalikasan, Kalusugan and Bisikleta or KKB. The bikers, coming from various areas such as Cebu, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental and Metro Manila, converged in the municipality of Hinigaran, from two starting points in the cities of Bacolod and Kabankalan.  DENR’s provincial officer Edgardo Rostata, who took part in the event, underscored the significance of bicycling in cleaning the air, which is identified as one of the major thrusts of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 10

HOLDING AREA

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The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cagayan de Oro City extends its support to contingents of the  Philippine Coast Guard for deployment to various posts in the region as a result of the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by allowing the use of its covered basketball court as their holding area. ###  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 02

DENR-Region 2 chief leads awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to 8 Valley cops 

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Cagayan Valley Regional Director Gil A. Aromin paid tribute to members of the Philippine National Police for their contribution in the enforcement of environmental laws in the region.

“The PNP has a lot of living heroes. The DENR is a witness to this. In fact, the enforcement of Executive Order No. 23 has not been successful without your vigilance,” Aromin told the police officers during their flag raising and awarding ceremony held on May 29 at Camp Marcelo Adduru in Tuguegarao City.

EO 23 was issued on February 1, 2011 by then President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests of the country and created the anti-illegal logging task force.

He explained the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP, was created to enforce the logging moratorium and run after suspected illegal loggers and timber poachers in Cagayan Valley.

“As a result of their active involvement and campaign against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as a zero hotspot in illegal logging,” he said.

Aside from the anti-illegal logging campaign, the PNP was also active in the enforcement of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, having accorded with full authority to seize illegally traded wildlife species and to arrest violators, as well as in the National Greening Program of the department.

“The PNP is also our active partner in the implementation of the National Greening Program as police personnel have been participating in several tree planting activities regionwide.”

Aromin was also hopeful of a stronger partnership with the uniformed personnel of the PNP with the appointment of Retired General Roy A. Cimatu as chief of the DENR.

“These are clear indications of the effective partnership between the PNP and the DENR. And the good news is, we expect a stronger partnership with the uniformed group because our environment chief, Secretary Roy Cimatu, is a retired general and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.

Aside from being a guest speaker, Aromin also led the the awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to the following eight PNP members, namely: PO2 Grace D. Mingming for her successful implementation of Warrant of Arrest in Isabela which resulted in the arrest of one for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or ‘An Act Providing for Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, Providing Penalties for its Violation and for Other Purposes;

PSINSP Bruno B. Palattao, PSINSP Dennis D. Matias, SPO1 Arnold C. Seloza, PO3 Rhegie R. Bulan and PO1 Mark Jim Alipio, who were recognized for the successful conduct of buy-bust operation, or implementation of specific search warrants and arrests of several persons in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act or RA 10591; and

SPO4 Felimon A. Carabaccan and PO3 Jayson R. Tappa for “patiently and diligently repairing 64 assorted short and long firearms that were test fired and already issued to other units.”

Police Chief Superintendent PCSUPT Renato C. Angara and PSSUPT Juan R. Aggasid, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division joined Aromin in the recognizing the awardees. ### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 06

DENR urged students to protect dugong, other marine resources 

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DENR –Region 6 Director Jim Sampulna has urged students to report illegal activities that would jeopardize the country’s marine resources and their habitats.

Sampulna made the appeal during the first awareness campaign mounted by the regional office on the protection of dugongs or sea cows in Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) in Conception, Iloilo recently.

“As stewards of Mother Earth, we have to protect our wildlife species and their habitats in order to promote ecological balance and enhance biological diversity,” Sampulna said.

Sampulna also urged the students not to hesitate to report any illegal activities that would jeopardize wildlife resources and their habitats, stressing that “their survival depends on our hands.”

He
enlightened the students not only on the benefits of marine biodiversity but also on the negative impact of biodiversity loss. “From the bounty of the seas we get our food. But the hunting of dugongs would eventually harm other species within the intricate marine ecosystem. This could result to the depletion of other species which would impact on our aquatic food production,” he explained.

In 1982, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Natural Resources classified the dugong as vulnerable to extinction.

DENR Administrative Order No. 55, Series of 1991, on the hand, declares dugong as the first marine mammal to be protected in Philippine waters. The order prohibits the hunting, killing, wounding, taking, possessing, transporting and/or disposing of a dugong, whether dead or alive, and its meat and any of its by-products.

For her part, NIPSC OIC Administrator Maribel Arib encouraged the students to work closely with DENR. “As Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BSF) students, we are preservers of natural resources, and with the partnership of DENR we could do more in the conservation and development of our resources,” she said. ### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENR-Region 06

DENR taps POs to reforest 500 hectares in Tapaz, Capiz 

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped five people’s organizations to reforest some 500 hectares of degraded areas in Tapaz, Capiz under the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) of the agency.

DENR Regional Director for Western Visayas Jim Sampulna said a total of P10.6 million has been allotted by his office for the five people’s organizations to plant forest tree species, fruit-bearing trees and high value crops in identified eNGP sites in the barangays of San Antonio, Taslan, San Julian and Sta. Ana, all in Tapaz.

The five recipient- people’s organizations and their respective contract prices are as follows:

1. Marugo Green life Association, Php 2,129,876.02
2. Tascanara Farmers Association, Php 3,226,460.04
3. Marugo Farmers Association, Php 2,129, 876.02
4. Sta. Ana Mampaw Association, Php 1,069,938.01
5. Marugo Small Angler Association, Php 2,129,876.02

“With the implementation of the eNGP in the town of Tapaz, we are creating communities that are not only climate resilient but economically vibrant as well. Anchored on the framework of Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), the eNGP implementation will help the community beneficiaries in Tapaz to become self-reliant,” Sampulna said.

Aside from tree planting, a Letter of Agreement (LOA) was also signed between the provincial office of DENR in Capiz and two people’s organizations, namely: Brgy. Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association (BANECA) and Brgy. Council of Cudian, Ivisan, Capiz, for a comprehensive site development activity, covering a 5-hectare mangrove plantation in Brgy. Cudia, Ivisan town, also in Capiz.

A total of Php 210,256.00 was allotted by the DENR field office as financial assistance to the two POs, to be used in seedling production, plantation establishment and three year maintenance and protection of established plantations for the period, February 2017 to December 2019.

For his part, Tapaz Mayor Roberto Palomar, who graced the ceremonial distribution of checks, said: “We are so overwhelmed with the support given to us by the DENR to this humble town of Tapaz. We are looking forward to a better, sustainable future for all Tapaznon.” ### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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