Cadastral survey, reforestation take priority in DENR’s 2012 budget

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) presented on Monday (August 8) its proposed PhP16.99 billion budget for 2012,  or an increase of  almost PhP6 billion  (52.7 percent), from  the current year’s PhP11.12 billion budget.  

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the proposed DENR 21012 budget represents only 0.93 percent of the government’s P1.816-trillion budget, adding that the increase will go to two key poverty alleviation thrusts of the Aquino Administration on reforestation and land distribution.

“Our 2012 budget gives muscle to the marching order of President Aquino  to hasten and complete the cadastral survey of the country,” said Paje, stressing that  the increase of PhP3.2 billion for the land sector “mirrors the government’s seriousness to pursue programs that bring  immediate and substantial benefits to the poor as what had been stressed by Budget  Secretary Florencio Abad when he submitted last week  to Congress the proposed  P1.816-trillion under the 2012 national budget.”  The current budget for the activity is only about PhP360 million.

Paje said some  PhP3.56 billion will be allocated for the cadastral survey program and some  PhP2.68 billion will be earmarked for  the Aquino Administration’s  landmark reforestation program called National Greening Program (NGP) which target to reforest some 200,000 hectares.

A total of PhP1.3 billion has been added for NGP for 2012, from its 2011 budget of PhP1.33 billion which target to reforest some 100,000 hectares.  

Paje explained the PhP3.2-billion increase in the land sector is in keeping with the DENR’s push to fulfill President Aquino’s social contract with the Filipino people to institute reforms as a result of good governance, stressing that reforms in the country’s land services is a must as it will redound to the overall productivity of idle lands in the country and will therefore ultimately boost economic prosperity. 

For 2012, the DENR aims to issue 226,794 land patents or 51.7 percent more than its 2011 target of 117,237 patents and complete the cadastral survey of some 205 cities and municipalities covering some 3.1 million hectares of alienable and disposable public lands. 

Also included in the DENR’s 2012 priority targets in the land sector is to digitize 70 percent of surveyed lands covering 245 million hectares of AD lands. 


 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

Paje orders blacklisting of erring cadastral survey contractors

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje has ordered his regional executive directors nationwide to blacklist survey contractors and geodetic engineers who failed to complete the cadastral survey projects awarded to them.

Paje’s move came in the wake of initial reports that a number of cadastral survey projects outsourced by the government were incomplete or abandoned by the survey contractors.   

“This blacklisting should serve as a warning to all survey contractors as well geodetic engineers to be more serious in the conduct of business with the government,” Paje said.

The blacklisting will also enable the DENR to move for the final disposition of abandoned cadastral survey projects to competent survey groups, he said.

According to Paje, President Aquino has given the DENR a marching order to hasten and complete the cadastral survey of the country in support of the government’s various projects such as land titling, land use planning, taxation and internal revenue allotment (IRA) program for the different municipalities nationwide.

In DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-05, Paje directed the Land Management Bureau to conduct an inventory and establish a database of abandoned cadastral survey projects.  

A cadastral survey project is said to be abandoned when field activities are left unfinished after the period stipulated in the contract, when the contractor fails to correct survey defects within a prescribed period, or when the contractor fails to return survey project records and other violations of the contract.

In the order, Paje has given the regional executive director (RED) the power to cancel abandoned survey projects, and to determine and impose the appropriate sanctions against the erring geodetic engineer or survey contractor.

The RED is also empowered to forfeit the performance bond of the contractor and file appropriate charges before a proper court, if warranted.

Paje also said that the RED can also file a petition to the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP) for the cancellation or suspension of the erring GE’s accreditation.

 


 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

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