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LEVEL II ACCREDITATION - Officer In-Charge Chief, Administrative Division Samuel M. Vinarao (3rd from right) shows off the Certificate of Accreditation of DENR Region 2 after having met all the accreditation requirements of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) Level II. The certificate was awarded during the Araw ng Pagkilala sa mga Kakayahan ng Cagayan HRMOs held on September 3,this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. The Certificate was awarded by CSC Acting Director II Jovy T. Miguel (2nd from left). Also in photo are Ma. Soccoro Tamayao (extreme left) and Reginald Somero, CSC Senior Personnel Specialists and DENR Human Resource Development Staff. # (photo by Thaddaeus Tomas)
REGULAR INSPECTION - Forester Constante L. Espiritu, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, inspects on September 4 the 10-hectare plantation established in 2012 by his personnel within the office premises under the National Greening Program (NGP). Seedlings planted in the site are Cacao, Macopa, Mahogany, Rattan, Guyabano and Narra. The Cacao trees (in photo) are now bearing fruits. #
PROJECT MAINTENANCE – Richard Miaga, caretaker of the 50-hectare Teak (Tectona grandis) plantation in Trinidad, Mallig, Isabela conducts regular pruning of the trees as a maintenance strategy. The plantation was established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011 within the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) issued to former Representative Edwin Uy. The NGP site is adopted by the Cagayan Valley Industries Corporation under the leadership of Dr. Lourdes Uy. Miaga said, in an interview, that the trees are intended for future export ventures. Teak makes good poles and is known for its antibacterial properties. #
CONCERNED CITIZEN - Francisco Bentillo, 36, of Libag Sur, Tuguegarao City turns over today, Sept. 8, a Serpent eagle to Forester Cecilia R. Luzuriaga, in-charge of Wildlife Management Unit and Juan T. Evangelista, in-charge, office of the Regional Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS). The eagle is 15 inches tall and estimated to be three years old. Bentillo said he found the eagle yesterday near their house. “I initially thought of having it as a pet because this is a rare bird but I do not know how to take care of it, so, I brought it here so it will be properly taken cared of ,” he added. The Philippine Serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus) is found in the major islands of the Philippines. It is distinguished from other serpent eagle species through their more well-defined spots on the underpants and wings. #
ORUXMAPPING FOR NGP - Engr. Paul Brian P. Lachica, DENR Central Office information system analyst, coaches the participants on the operation of oruxmap during the learning session on ArcGIS Mapping and Geotagging for the National Greening Program (NGP) at Ivory Hotel, Tuguegarao City on Aug. 20-23, this year. The learning session was participated in by the Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists and extension officers from the different field offices of DENR Region 2. The Forest Information System (FIS)/GIS personnel facilitated the training-workshop. Oruxmapping is a software application used in locating NGP sites with its actual boundary or shapefile polygon.#
BETTER INTER-AGENGY COLLABORATION - Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan presides over the technical conference between the DENR and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held to iron out bottlenecks in the Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) of agrarian reform (AR) areas. During the meeting, RD Tumaliuan ordered the immediate creation of a special lane for AR modules with DAR providing a computer unit to be connected to the Land Administration and Management System and to be used in fast tracking the approval of AR surveys.  It was also agreed that the provincial offices of the two agencies will conduct a leveling off on AR modules before bidding to check on the status of the area thus, facilitating the approval of the survey plan. The conference was conducted on Aug.13, 2014 at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Also in photo are (left to right) DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Resty C. Osias, Regional Director Marjorie P. Ayson and Land Management Sector Regional Technical Director Gil A. Aromin. #
PUBLIC LAND TITLING PARTNERSHIP- Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (right) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Marcos Dacanay (left) representing Mayor Wilfredo L. Tabag sign the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) to expedite public land titling in Ramon, Isabela. The signing highlighted the training on Land Management and Disposition for Local Government Units held on Jul. 30 - Aug. 1, this year at Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The Agreement is in consonance with Department Administrative Order No. 2011-06 “Prescribing the Guidelines for the Implementation of Public Land Titling in Partnership with the Local Government Units.” The same agreement for Cauayan City, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Delfin Albano, Jones, Quirino, San Mariano and Palanan in Isabela; Aparri, Enrile, Claveria, Peñablanca and Amulung in Cagayan; Saguday, Nagtipunan and Maddela in Quirino; Aritao, Kasibu, Sta. Fe and Dupax del Sur in Nueva Vizcaya; and Itbayat, Sabtang, Uyugan and Mahatao in Batanes was also inked. Witnessing the signing are Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza (standing left), Land Management Division Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa (standing 2nd from left), Regional Technical Director for Lands Gil A. Aromin (standing right) and LGU officials. #
NGP ACCOUNTABILITY – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (center)affixes his signature on the region’s 2014 accomplishment report on the NationalGreening Program (NGP) to manifest his accountability on the report which wasconsequently notarized by Atty. Richard Jason Garan (3rd from right). With RDTumaliuan are the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural ResourcesOfficers of Nueva Vizcaya who also signed the report under oath and ForestManagement Regional Technical Director Wilfredo C. Malvar. #
EXCELLENT PUBLIC SERVICE - Aparri, Cagayan Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgar T. Martin (6th from left) receives from Dr. Ma. Luisa Salonga-Agamata, Public Assistance and Information Office director of the Civil Service Commission, the Seal of Excellence “for its Excellent performance in providing services to the public and its adherence to the requirements prescribed by the Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.” CENRO Aparri is among the 168 offices nationwide that garnered excellent rating out of 929 evaluated institutions. The Office was also given a monetary incentive amounting to One Hundred Thousand pesos during the awarding rites held on June 27, 2014 held at Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City. CENRO Martin is flanked by PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba and staff from Cagayan and Aparri. Director Agamata is assisted by CSC Cagayan Valley Regional Director Neil S. Agustin and his provincial directors. #
NGP ASSESSMENT – National Greening Program Regional Focal Person Remedios T. Agnar presents update on the program among regional officials and Budget Officers, Planning Officers and Administrative Officers of the field offices during the Assessment Meeting and Pre-Reprogramming Workshop for FY 2015 Budget & Target on Sep. 15-16, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The workshop focused on the assessment of priority programs particularly NGP, Patent Processing and Issuance (PPI), Public Land Survey (PLS), Cadastral Survey and special projects. It also centered on the formulation of Work and Financial Plan (WFP) for 2015. During the workshop, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan required the participants to submit their monthly timeline of activities with the corresponding cash flow. #
NGP NURSERY VALIDATION – DENR Regional Finance Chief Rommel S. Valdez (left) gives instructions to Nursery In-Charge Edwin Abulencia on how to attain the targets in seedling production during his field validation at the clonal nursery in Basco, Batanes on July 10, 2014. The nursery presently houses about 100,000 seedlings of indigenous forest tree species for planting under the National Greening Program (NGP) within the Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes. #
INTENSIFYING NGP AND FOREST PROTECTION - Regional Technical Director for Forestry Wilfredo C. Malvar (center) leads regional and field officials in the workshop for National Greening Program (NGP) and forest protection held on Jul. 18, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The team discussed the final list of permanent personnel and Extension Officers with assigned NGP sites, flight plan for monitoring and evaluation of NGP sites, effective reporting system, status of delivery of seedlings, flight plan for surveillance of illegal forest activities and list of officers accountable in confiscated forest products. NGP and forest protection are two of the department’s priority programs. #
SHOW OF SUPPORT- Former Energy Regulatory Commision Chair and incumbent Cabagan, Isabela Mayor Rodolfo B. Albano (2nd from right, left photo) personally supervises the replanting of a National Greening Program (NGP) site within the Malasi Tree Park and Wildlife Sanctuary located in San Antonio, Cabagan on July 25, 2014. The activity was participated in by approximately 150 officials and employees from the Local Government Unit and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Cabagan. The participants planted 2,500 seedlings of Gmelina, Fringon, Rain Tree and Narra. With Mayor Albano are CENR Officer-In-Charge Bernardo B. Valiente (extreme left) and Geographical Information System Specialist Rolando D. Frogoso (extreme right). #
LASTING COMMITMENT - Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan visits the Narra tree he planted on June 14, 2013 at Binogawan, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya (left photo). The visit was part of the monitoring of the 100-hectare citrus plantation established by the Malabing Valley Sustainable Integrated Forest Farmers Association in 2013. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon C. Agnar, Dupax Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang and Regional Office staff joined RD Tumaliuan in the monitoring activity. #
PROJECT EVALUATION - Mr. Eduardo E. Queblatin (2nd from left), Midterm Evaluation team leader of the United Nations Development Programme - Biodiversity Partnerships Project (UNDP-BPP), meets with the field implementors to evaluate the project’s status  on Sept. 17, this year at  the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS) Conference Room, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The review is focused on the progress of project outcome, implementation management dynamics and sustainability. BPP is implemented within Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) and Quirino Protected Landscape (QPL). Also in photo are: (from left to right) BPP Site Project Officer Samuel P. Telan, BPP Project Officer Ben-Hur R. Viloria, PAWCZMS In-Charge Mina L. Labuguen and BPP Project Coordinator R. Raymond Sesuca. #
COLLABORATIVE MONITORING - Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Constante L. Espiritu (center) leads the team from the DENR and local government unit (LGU) in monitoring the 37-hectare plantation established by the latter in 2012 in Barangay Beti under the National Greening Program (NGP). Species planted in the site include Narra, Yakal, Bignay and Guyabano. Also in photo are (from left to right): Forestry Specialist Bernardino Aganon, Barangay Captain Crispin Delmas  Jr., Forester Edwin Dela Cruz and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Joseph A. Copiña. #
ADOPTING NGP SITE – Land Management Sector Regional Technical Director Gil A. Aromin leads 13 of his staff in planting 2,000 Mahogany and Gmelina seedlings at So. Masin of Barangay Iraga in Solana, Cagayan yesterday. The tree planting kicked off the “Adopt an NGP Site” Project of the LMS in compliance with Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 issued by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan prescribing guidelines on “Individual Employee’s Commitment to the National Greening Program (NGP)”. The LMS has adopted for development under the NGP the convergence area of DENR, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) covering 41 hectares. The convergence area is not being managed by a people’s organization (PO). For this year, 10 ha. of the area will be developed by the Sector which has adopted four (4) POs that established NGP plantations in 2011 and 2012 in the municipalities of San Pablo and Tumauini, Isabela and Iguig, Cagayan.
JOB WELL DONE- Forest Management Bureau Director and National Greening Program Coordinator Ricardo L. Calderon congratulates the effort of Land Managemdent Sector in adopting peoples’ organization and planting sites in support of the Program. Director Calderon came over Region 2 to attend the Management Conference on Jul. 18, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. During the meeting, he presented updates on the 2011-2012 Catch Up Plan, 2013 NGP maintenance and protection measures, 2014 implementation of NGP, seedling production and capacity of clonal nurseries, construction of mechanized nurseries and seedling targets. After the conference, Director Calderon visited the state-of-the art mechanized nursery in Solana, Cagayan. #
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION ADVOCACY – Priority Programs Coordination Office In-Charge Dionicio C. Deundo discusses updates on the National Greening Program (NGP) over Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao City on Sept. 19, this year as part of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign implemented with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Forester Deundo emphasized that Region 2 has established about 40,000 hectares of plantations under NGP as of Sept. 18, 2014 through the people’s organizations, local government units, schools, cooperatives, private organizations and other partners. # 
STRENGTHENING BATANES’ ECOTOURISM INVESTMENT - Dr. Mina L. Labuguen, Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS) in-charge, discusses the DENR’s role in ecotourism development during the Ecotourism Investment Forum held at Ivatan Conference Hall, DepEd, Basco, Batanes on July 9, 2014. The forum served as an avenue for leveling off on convergence and stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities in planning, managing and investing on the ecotourism of the island province. Batanes is known for its vast expanse of white sand beaches, volcanoes and rock formations. The forum was participated in by hotel, resort and restaurant owners, tour guides, tour operators and officials of the provincial and municipal local government units and other government agencies in the province. #
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE - Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) implementers in Region 2 identify and agree on good climate change adaptation practices for sharing with the Community of Practice (CoP) during the presentation of the proposed knowledge management communication strategy and community of practice on Sept. 30, this year at the Las Palmas Hotel, Tuguegarao City. CoP is a group of people sharing a common interest in a specific area of knowledge through social network. The participants are representatives from Department of Agriculture, Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau, Environmental Management Bureau, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation and DENR. #
ECOTOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT – Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector Officer in Charge Mina L. Labuguen discusses the role of DENR in ecotourism during the Ecotourism Investment Forum at the Community Forestry Foundation of Quirino Inc., Capitol Hills, Cabarroguis, Quirino on Sept. 29-30, this year. The workshop was aimed at introducing ecotourism business in protected areas both as a conservation strategy and an economic development option through viable business partnership with the local government units and private sectors and presenting the different ecotourism destinations of the province. The workshop was participated in by officials from the local government units (LGUs) of Quirino, Department of Tourism (DOT) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); business sector, people’s organizations, DENR personnel and other tourism investors. #
PHILCCAP ASSISTANCE - Protected Area Superintendent for Peñablanca Protected Landscapes and Seascapes Tito M. Mangantulao presents Region 2’s output in indentifying livelihood support projects during the workshop of the Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) on Oct. 2, this year in Mandaluyong City. The workshop was aimed at finalizing the concept note for submission to the Japan Social Development Fund which provides grants and direct benefits to the poorest or most vulnerable groups to climate change. The activity was participated in by PhilCCAP implementers and beneficiaries from Regions 2, 6, and 13 and representatives from World Bank, Orient Integrated Development Consultants, Inc. and Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Office. #
BPP TRANSBOUNDARY PLANNING WORKSHOP – Project Manager Joey Regunay of Biodiversity Partnerships Project – Project Management Unit (BPP-PMU) explains to the members of the Local Project Site Committee the problem and solution tree analysis during the Northeastern Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) Transboundary Planning Workshop on Oct. 15-16, this year at the Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City. Using the tree analysis, the participants who were grouped by sector, namely; institution, environment, infrastructure, economic, social and geographic information system (GIS) identified problems besetting the sector with their corresponding causes and came up with solutions. The participants came from Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous People, Environmental Management Bureau, DENR, Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office of Cagayan and local government units covered by BPP specifically Gonzaga, Buguey, Baggao, Gattaran, Sta. Teresita and Lal-lo. #

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