6 schools in Batanes to get special patents


Six public schools in two island municipalities of the province will soon have the security of ownership over the lots these academic institutions occupy.

According to PENR Officer George R. Reyes, he had signed the special patents for Sabtang Elementary School (lot 86) and Sabtang Central School, both of Sabtang town and Raele Integrated School (lot 2136) and Itbayat Elementary School of Itbayat municipality. “These are ready for release,” the environment chief said.

The special patents for Sabtang National High School of Fisheries, Sabtang Central School (lot 85), Mayan Elementary School (Itbayat), Raele Integrated School (lot 2135) will be approved in nationwide simultaneous signing ceremonies on a schedule to be determined by the Land Management Bureau (LMB).

“We are still waiting for the instruction on the available schedule of His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Ceremonial Signing of the DepEd-DENR-DOJ MOA and the Signing of Special Patents for Public Schools Nationwide,” said Atty. Emelyne V. Talabis, LMB director, in her Memorandum dated Sept. 16, this year.

The processing and issuance of special patents for public school sites is pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-01 dated Mar. 4, 2015.

The Administrative Order defines special patent as “a public instrument issued by the government confirming the grant by the State of the ownership over a parcel of agricultural land (alienable and disposable) in favor of a grantee”.

The Schools Division Superintendent or any authorized Officer of the Department of Education (DepED) Central Office may request for the issuance of special patent. For schools under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), any authorized Officer of the Commission or the educational institution may apply for special patent. # VDB


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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) established this 11-hectare Mahogany plantation in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya in 2012 under the National Greening Program (NGP) to implement its social responsibility. A mining firm in Didipio, a boundary barangay of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, OGPI has also provided seedlings for NGP in the province of Quirino. #
FOREST PROTECTION BRIGADE – PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba (extreme right) awards a certificate of participation to one of the newly trained Blue/Green Brigades in the closing program of the three-day Paralegal Training on July 13-15, this year at Villa Victoria Hotel, Tuguegarao City. The participants composed of Blue/Green Brigades, Forest Protection Officers and Extension Officers were trained on forestry laws, rules and regulations; legal procedures on forest law enforcement; actual apprehension/confiscation on illegally cut, gathered, and transported forest products including the filing of criminal complaint against identified perpetrators; guidelines on Public Land Act; and policies under the National Integrated Protected Area System Act of 1992. The training was one of the strategies to strengthen anti-illegal logging campaign and the implementation of National Greening Program (NGP).#

PhilCCAP ON-LINE – Climate Change Commission’s Knowledge Management Officer Donna Sanidad introduces to the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) implementers in Region 2 the website called ‘Community of Practice’ during the training workshop on capturing and sharing good climate adaptation practices held at the Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City on July 14-15, this year. The website will be an avenue for sharing of climate change adaptation practices between and among member agencies, namely; Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and DENR.# 

“OPLAN BROADCASTREEING” – Members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cagayan Chapter, officials from the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection based in Solana, Cagayan and representatives from the DENR polish the activities to be undertaken in preparation for the “Oplan Broadcastreeing 2015” in a meeting held on July 9, this year at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Solana. The KBP, chaired by DZCV Station Manager Floricadel L. Trilles, will adopt a two-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site located in Barangay Lannig. The site will be planted with 2,000 seedlings of forest and fruit-bearing trees in August 15. Prior to the tree planting activity, a five-day site preparation will be conducted by the media, PNP, BFP and CENRO Solana personnel. “Oplan Broadcastreeing” is a nationwide tree planting project of the KBP. #

LGU Uyugan NGP share - This three-hectare coconut and Bitaog plantation in Imnajbu, Uyugan, Batanes was established by the municipal local government unit in 2011 as its contribution to the National Greening Program (NGP). #

INTERFACE WITH FIELD PERSONNEL – Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. addresses the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Sub-Office In-Charge and Regional Office personnel headed by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan during the General Assembly meeting held on July 8, this year. USEC Ignacio lauded Region 2 for its unity and discipline that greatly contribute to its success being a consistent top performer in program implementation nationwide. The top official came to attend the Pollution Adjudication Board meeting and national conference of Environmental Management Bureau Regional Directors today, July 9. Also in photo are RD Tumaliuan and PENR Officers Felix C. Taguba and Vicente C. Bayucan. #

PROJECT MONITORING - World Bank Senior Environmentalist Leonardo Paat Jr. (4th from left) listens as Protected Area Superintendent Tito Mangantulao (leftmost) explains how Dionicio Calagui (3rd from left), beneficiary of Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP), applied his landscaping skills in establishing grouted ripraps in his Agro-forestry farm as one of the soil and water management measures being implemented in the PhilCCAP sites in Peñablanca, Cagayan. The interface was held during the visit of the World Bank and Project Management Office, the project implementers, on June 30, this year in Barangay Nabbabalayan where Calagui’s farm is located. The visit aimed at monitoring the status of the Agro-farms and the beneficiaries. Also in photo are (from left to right): Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office Staff Percival Talattad, PhilCCAP Technical Assistant Manuel Ricardo, Information, Education and Communication Officer Horace Cimafranca, and DENR Special Projects Focal Person Mina Labuguen.#

REORIENTATION FOR BETTER PUBLIC SERVICE - Human Resource Development Section Chief Mariflor C. Tumanguil talks about the salient features of Republic Act 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees during the Orientation and Reorientation Program for about 400 newly promoted and appointed personnel on July 3, this year. In his message, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan expressed his hopes for the appointees not to fail the Office and to prove that they are fit to the position. He emphasized that everybody should work on the priority programs of the Department particularly the National Greening Program and Forest Protection. Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag and Personnel Section Chief Leonila D. Mariano discussed organizational profile of DENR and office policies, respectively. #

SERVICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – Assistant Regional Director for Management Services and Selection and Promotion Board Chair Gil A. Aromin presents the 198 newly appointed and promoted employees before they took their oath today as a highlight of the Environment Month Culminating Program. In his opening remarks, ARD Aromin pointed out that “oath-taking of government personnel is not just a ceremonial activity rather it is a solemn affirmation which signifies the firm commitment of the oath takers to do their duties and obligations to the country and to the people.” He urged them to do their best in the delivery of public service as he emphasized: “As the primary government agency mandated to protect the environment and conserve our natural resources, somehow, the future of the next generations lies on your hands.” #

LOCAL SUPPORT TO NGP – A portion of the 45-hectare Mahogany and Gmelina plantation in Linomot, Jones, Isabela established by the municipal local government unit in 2011. The NGP site is intercropped with cassava crops. #
SCHOOL GREENING – Sta. Ana Fishery National High School established a hectare of Mahogany plantation in 2011 in support of the National Greening Program (NGP). #
CINCUM PLANTATION – This 25-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site was established by Don Mariano Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. in 2012. The cincum plantation, intercropped with ginger, is located in Don Mariano Perez, Diffun Quirino.#
UNIFIED TENURE SYSTEM - Batanes Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer George R. Reyes (2nd from right) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Consultant Ma. Larissa P. Gata (extreme right) lead the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the issues concerning land tenure instruments in the region. The FGD is conducted in line with the Field Case Study on “Improving Governance Tenure – Enhancing Guidance for the Issuance of a Unified Tenure System” in support of the partnership undertaking of the Forest Management Bureau with GIZ. Some of the issues raised were overlapping claims, disputes over tenure in forest lands, requirements and processes in issuing land tenures and institutional mandates of the involved agencies. #
JOB WELL DONE – Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar delivers his welcome remarks during the 2nd quarter meeting of the Regional Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committe (RMFPC) on July 29, this year. He congratulated the Committee for a good job in the past two decades as he announced that Region 2 has no more illegal logging hot spot. He also thanked the Committee in fulfilling this covenant. RMFPC Chairperson Perla A. Visorro commended the DENR for adopting strategies in forest protection particularly the hiring of “Bugadores” as Forest Protection Officers.#
IVATANS’ TREASURE – Site of the most unspoiled coral conditions in Batanes, Duvek Bay in the island town of Sabtang offers a scene which makes it perfect to rejuvenate one’s mind and body from the city rush and work pressures. The bay is tucked inside Barangay Sumnanga. An intertidal flat rims the coastline of the bay and is about a kilometer wide. The depth at the mouth of the bay is about 12 meters. # (text and photo by PENR Office, Batanes)
RESOLVING LAND DISPUTE – Cabagan, Isabela Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Bernardo B. Valiente (extreme left) joins Hon. Christopher A. Mamauag, the town’s vice mayor, in addressing eight land conflict cases through the   Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on Aug. 11, this year. # 
TRANSPARENT LEADERSHIP – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan explains the process undertaken in the selection of applicants for the position of PENR Officer, Division Chief, CENR Officer and Park Operations Superintendent in relation to the implementation of the Department’s Rationalization Program. The process includes long listing of applicants, short listing based on Qualification Standards, oral interview by the Selection and Promotion Board at the Regional Office, job knowledge test through a teleconference conducted simultaneously nationwide by the Central Office, panel deliberation at the Central Office and final deliberation by the Secretary with the Regional Director defending each applicant. RD Tumaliuan held a general assembly meeting at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Quirino on Aug. 6, this year. With him are (from left to right) PENR Officer Vicente C. Bayucan, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar. A similar meeting was also conducted at the PENR Offices of Isabela and Cagayan on August 5 and 7, respectively.#
LOCAL SUPPORT TO NGP – A portion of the 4.3 hectare-plantation established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2014 by Teofines T. Frogoso, one of the 90 members of Angancasilian Upland Planters Association. The people’s organization had established a total of 307 hectares. # (photo by Pat Taggueg)
LAND SERVICES FOR GRASSROOTS- Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa answers querries regarding land distribution during the “Tuwid na Daan Tungo sa Kanayunan - People’s Caravan: Operation Blessing Extension Program” held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Sto. Niño, Cagayan on Aug. 7, this year. Initiated by the Cagayan State University, the Caravan is held every Friday in different municipalities within Cagayan. It aims to bring various services offered by the national government to the community people. # 
REGIONAL OFFICE TOUR – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan shows to Representative Henedina Razon-Abad of the lone district of Batanes the transformation of the regional office building into what it is today (inset). Representative Abad was toured in the regional office building during her visit on Aug. 12, this year. After the tour, the two officials discussed strategies to intensify natural resource conservation, management and development in the island province. #
IMPROVING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE – Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin delivers his opening remarks today, Aug. 25, during the first day of the Skills Enhancement Program for Planning, Finance and Procurement Processes held at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. Atty. Aromin emphasized that planning, finance and procurement are considered as the most crucial activities in the government since the processes involve the proper use of public funds allocated to governmnent agencies. “We cannot plan without the allocated budget; procurement is not possible without the work and financial plan; on the other hand, we cannot just disburse public funds which are not related to the approved work and financial plan,” the regional management chief enthused. The three-day skills enhancement program, which intends to address and minimize underspending, is being participated in by the newly-appointed division chiefs, assistant division chiefs, accountants, budget officers and planning officers in the regional and field offices.#
NOT MINDING DISTANCE – Members of Villabuena GPT Planters Association in Sta. Maria, Isabela have to walk about two kilometers to haul seedlings to the National Greening Program (NGP) site covering 50 hectares in Barangay Villabuena.# (photo by Trinidad Tarun)
LINGKOD BAYANI – Officials and employees from different government agencies release a total of 115 balloons in celebration of the 115th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary with the theme “Kayang Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani!”. The releasing of balloons on Sept. 1, this year along the Dalan Na Pavvurulun, Regional Government Center, Tuguegarao City kicked off the month-long celebration. After the activity, the participants proceeded to the DENR multi-purpose covered court for the unity mass led by Rev. Fr. Bernard B. Corpuz. #
UPGRADING LAND INVESTIGATION COMPETENCE– Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa elaborates the different modes of public land disposition during the first day of the training module on land investigation on Sept. 2, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. He highlighted the importance of knowledge and commitment in carrying out land disposition activities. The three-day learning event aims to enhance knowledge and skills on land investigation to cope with the new set-up and system of the Department. #
UPLAND SECURITY THRU NGP – Nemesio Diaz, Chairman of Taleb Upland Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Inc., inspects the fruits of his cacao trees planted at So. Taleb, Dallao in Cordon, Isabela through the National Greening Program (NGP). During the visit of DENR personnel in the site, Diaz expressed that the cash crops which he planted in between trees has yielded additional income that provides for the daily needs of his family. He also said that the Program has assured the members of the people’s organization of their security of tenure over the land as this is covered by a Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) and that all the harvests are theirs in the future.#
BAYANIHAN PARA SA KARAGATAN – Exemplifying the theme “Bayanihan para sa malinis na katubigan at karagatan”, multi-sectoral group consisting of officials and residents of Barangay Punta, Aparri, Cagayan; students of the Cagayan State University – Aparri Campus; and DENR personnel participate in the coastal cleanup activity along the shorelines of Babuyan Channel on Sept. 18, this year. The activity is in celebration of the 30th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). After the cleanup, a symposium was held at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Aparri where 2015 ICC Celebration, coastal resource management activities, National Greening Program (NGP) and public land titling were discussed.#
PROGRAMS ON-THE-AIR – Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Mariam Frances Malana (in white long sleeves), Deputy CENR Officer Tomas Tumanguil (in blue shirt) and Forestry Specialist Mario Bungubung (in cream shirt) explain the development status of DENR priority programs within the jurisdiction of CENR Office Solana, Cagayan in the one-hour “Kongresistang Kaagapay Sa Kaunlaran” program aired over DWPE Radyo Ng Bayan, Tuguegarao City on Sept. 17, this year. With phone patch interview with Cagayan 3rd District Representative Randolph S. Ting (inset photo), program co-anchor, the DENR officials discussed the National Greening Program (NGP) implementation, the requirements of land titling and the status of convergence initiatives project implemented at So. Masin, Iraga, Solana town.#

WILDLIFE TURN OVER - For. Cecilia R. Luzuriaga (2nd from left) of the Wildlife Resources Permitting Section and Ecosystems Management Specialist Maripi T. Asino of the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section inspect the Reticulated python turned over by a team from Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office of Solana, Cagayan on Oct. 13, this year at the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center. The 2.5-meter snake was earlier surrendered on the same day to the CENR Office by Piat Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Pepito A. Mendoza Jr. PSI Mendoza said that the snake was seen near the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat by concerned citizens who immediately called the local Philippine National Police station for assistance. Reticulated python is the largest and longest snake native to Asia. #

NGP SOCIAL IMPACT - New Land Resource Development Association (NELARDA) Chairman Renato Ganase inspects his rambutan fruits while imparting his benefits from the National Greening Program (NGP) at his site at So. Mansarong, Sta. Margarita, Baggao, Cagayan on Sept. 12, this year. Ganase said that prior to their involvement to NGP, the primary livelihood of the community were illegal logging and kaingin. The rambutan plantation, which the people’s organization wanted to expand, is intercropped with coconut and lanzones. Ganase was chosen to present good practices in NGP implementation during the Community-based Forest Management-National Greening Program Congress to be held on Oct.28-29, this year at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. #

VALUE REORIENTATION FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS - Civil Service Commission Acting Director II for Cagayan-Batanes Field Office Jovy VT. Miguel coaches the about 90 newly appointed personnel on the proper attitude of government employees during the 1st Batch of Value Orientation and Career Development Course held on Oct. 28-29, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. In her discussion, Director Miguel emphasized ‘professionalism’ as one of the norms prescribed for public servants. #

DENR CONTINUED ADVOCACY – Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag appears on November 13, this year at DZYT radio program “Makialam sa Programa ng Gobyerno” dubbed as “Stay Up to Date with Our Government”.  With host Pablo Mamauag (in yellow shirt) and co-host Robert Guzman (in blue shirt), the budgetary requirement and status of implementation of the different major programs of the Department were discussed. Reforms of the government in conservation and protection projects were also tackled detailing the accomplishments on the National Greening Program (NGP). Chief Daquioag emphasized that the support of people’s organizations, cooperatives, local government units and other partner agencies greatly contributed to the success of NGP.#

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