Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance

Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance

To improve the processing and issuance of survey plans, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan issued on Feb. 13, 2015 guidelines in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01 mandates that approval of survey authorities requires a clearance from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO).

The regional policy had also established the new procedure in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Before the issuance of the PENR Office clearance, the Records Officer of the CENR Office shall conduct preliminary assessment to verify the status of the lot applied for. The assessment shall be submitted to the PENR Office.

The PENR Officer shall refer the application for survey authority to the Inspection Team which shall be composed of one (1) Ecosystem Management Specialist, one (1) Forester and one (1) Geodetic Engineer.

After the conduct of the inspection, the Team shall submit report to the PENR Office within 48 hours. The Inspection Report shall include geo-tagged pictures of the corners of the subject lot to determine if it is within Alienable & Disposable (A&D) land, tenured/untenured agricultural area and foreshore area.

Based on the Inspection Report, the PENR Officer shall issue clearance to the CENR Officer for the approval of survey authority and execution of survey.

After the survey, the Geodetic Engineer (government or private) shall forward the survey return to the PENR Officer who will transmit the same to the Office of the Regional Director thru the Records Unit. No survey return shall be directly submitted to the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD).

The Records Unit shall forward the Survey Return to the SMD for evaluation. If survey return is found in order, the SMD shall forward it to the Office of the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services for approval. In case of correction and/or deficiency, the SMD shall inform in writing the Geodetic Engineer through the Records Unit. The SMD shall not be allowed to hand-in the survey return directly to the Geodetic Engineer for correction.

The Office of the ARD for Technical Services shall forward the approved survey plan to the Records Unit for release.

The Circular directs the Records Unit of the Regional Office to post all survey plans (approved or for correction) for purposes of transparency. #

ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT

Press Release
March 21, 2014

ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT

The Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) in partnership with the Cagayan State University (CSU) Carig Campus conducted a training on Clonal Propagation Technology (CPT) in support of National Greening Program (NGP).

The training was held on March 6, 7 and 10, this year at the ERDS Clonal Nursery, Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC), Carig, Tuguegarao City. This was aimed at inculcating the value of greening by letting the students experience soil potting and other nursery-related activities. The students were grouped into three batches to facilitate the learning process and for better appreciation of the training.

“We will teach you not just to plant trees but how to plant and care for the trees,” said Noel S. Soriano, Technology Transfer and Utilization Division chief, who discussed the concept of Clonal Propagation Technology in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Other topics discussed include Seed Collection, Clonal Propagation Using Mist and Non-Mist System, and definition of some technical terms like scion, ramet and ortet.

The 240 students who attended the training were exposed to actual demonstration on Clonal Propagation Technology. They produced a total of 6,000 potted soil as part of resource-sharing scheme between CSU and DENR. In return, the DENR will provide seedlings to be planted by CSU graduating students. #JPC

ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM

March 24, 2014

ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM

In line with the objective of National Greening Program (NGP) to plant 1.5 billion of trees in about 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016, the clonal nursery and seedling facility of the Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) had undergone physical and structural expansion for the Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM).

The facility expansion and upgrading included the construction of additional 10 elevated rooting beds with complete roofing and equipped with water system. The lower part of each potting bed is also utilized as recovery area to maximize space. All seedlings ready for hardening are transferred to the newly expanded hardening areas covered with multi-layered nets. The seedlings are gradually exposed to increasing sunlight intensity until they are ready for field planting.

The newly constructed seed bank building will serve as depository of seeds collected from individual plus trees (IPTs) located within seed production areas (SPAs) in the region. SPAs are areas where there are good IPTs which serve as good seed sources. The seeds are packed with complete label such as common name, scientific name, seed source, seed count per kilogram and other vital information for record purposes.

The collected seeds shall be used for mass propagation of seedlings to augment the seedlings needed by the different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the Region for NGP and for disposal to the public and private individuals.

The planting requirements of NGP for this year will no longer be purchased but should come from clonal nurseries of the DENR and academic institution in the region. Non-government organizations also produce seedlings for the Program. #JPC

Ducks dominate waterbirds in Region 2

March 24, 2014

Ducks dominate waterbirds in R2

Ducks still dominate waterbirds in Region 2.

Based on the results of this year’s annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted on January 11-26 by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), around 8,000 heads of Philippine Ducks were recorded in Basao Lake, Penablanca, Cagayan; and Malasi Lake in Cabagan and Sta. Catalina Small Water Impounding Project in Quirino; both in Isabela. This was followed by Wandering Whistling Ducks with 2,000 population found at Malasi Lake. Tufted Ducks ranked third with 315 counted at Usol Small Water Impounding Project in Jones, Isabela Monterey Lake in Cauayan City and Malasi Lake.

Little Egrets dominate the herons and egrets while most of the shorebirds and waders are Common Sandpipers. Other waterfowl species recorded was Spotted Wood Kingfisher. The census also recorded terrestrial species particularly Philippine Bulbul, Blue-headed Bee Eater, Swiflet and White-eared Brown Dove.

According to Forester Mina L. Labuguen, PAWD officer-in-charge, 14 wetland sites were visited by the counters. She added that these are the same sites visited last year for the census.

The AWC is an annual event that takes place during the second and third weeks of January. It was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has expanded its coverage to 26 countries of South Asia, East Asia, Pacific and Russia Far East.

The census is aimed at monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular and standardized counts of representative wetlands, thus, providing the basis for estimates of waterbird populations. It also intends to improve knowledge of little-known species and wetland sites as well as increase awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international levels.

The other objectives of AWC are: identifying and monitoring (networks of) sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and providing information on the conservation status of waterbird species for use by international agreements.

Last year, Philippine Ducks had the highest population with 7,929 heads followed by Little Egrets, 341; and Kentist Plovers, 150. # (VDB)


 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

2019 09 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have agreed to include in their enforcement activities other environmental laws whenever requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This agreement was made after DENR Cagayan Valley Chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag solicited the assistance of these law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of illegal transport of mineral products during the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) meeting held earlier at the DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City.

Director Abawag said the DENR will expand the deputation of ENR Officers to the members of the Task Force. They will be required to participate in the law enforcement training before their deputation.

The meeting resulted in the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) reactivating the operationalization of the RAILTF. The MOA redefines the roles and obligations of the member agencies and the engagement of the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard.

The MOA will provide quick response to verified reports of environmental violations within the region. It will also improve environmental law enforcement from deterrence, investigation, arrest and searches to prosecution.

The RAILTF was created in accordance with Resolution No. 2011-003 of the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force which defined the roles of the local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

The Task Force is mandated to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign. It may call upon the support of any department, bureau and office to assist in the discharge of its functions, such as but not limited to the provision of administrative and technical assistance, logistical support and detail of personnel.

During the meeting, Atty. Abawag ordered the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers to closely coordinate with the battalion and unit commanders of the Philippine Army and the PNP in conducting anti-illegal logging operations. #CCC



Photo Releases

SETTING DIRECTIONS FOR 2019 – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang appeals to the officials and employees to be passionate in their work during the Strategic Planning Workshop for 2019 held at the PENR Office in Basco town on Jan. 16.  The planning activity intended to formulate the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the activities of the technical services and monthly distribution of targets of the management services to facilitate implementation of targets and monitoring of accomplishments. The workshop was highlighted by the discussion on the different concepts, frameworks, plans and programs where the 2019 annual work targets of the DENR evolved and the presentation of WBS by the section chiefs.  To set the standard behavior in the organization, Atty. Fevie Gay J. Castaneda, PENRO consultant-lawyer, discussed Republic Act No. 6713 and other related laws. #
TAYO ANG KALIKASAN – DENR Region 2 top officials headed by OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (center) leads the employees of the Regional Office in reciting the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” pledge during the convocation today, July 30, 2018. “Tayo ang Kalikasan”, a citizen’s movement for environmental stewardship and sustainable development, was officially launched on April 24, 2018 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The movement aims to encourage the citizenry in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and to contribute in the achievement of the 2017-2022 Philippine Developmen Plan. Also with RD Aromin are Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba (left) and ARD for Management Services Engr. Marcos G. Dacanay (right).#
“LET’S WORK AS A FAMILY” – Regional environment chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag (center) poses with his ‘new family’ at the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office in San Isidro, Isabela during his visit in Feb. 7. The regional top official announced his contact number allowing the DENR staff to communicate with him especially on contributions in improving the delivery of public service. He also encouraged the personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Isabela whom he visited the following day to keep working well. “I’m here to lead you to the direction that is mandated of us,” Director Abawag said. Also in photo are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Isabela PENR Officer Marlon C. Agnar and San Isidro CENR Officer Felix C. Ganapin.#
FMP MIDTERM REVIEW – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative Kessy Reyes (standing) interviews the officers of Magsaysay United Upland Farmers Developers Association (MUUFDA) People’s Organization (PO) on July 18, this year in Magsaysay, Diffun, Quirino. The interview aims to evaluate the extent of Forestland Management Project (FMP) implementation in the community such as seedling production, plantation establishment, enterprise development and establishment of agro-forestry support facilities. The MUUFDA, with 60 beneficiaries, has already completed its 30 hectares reforestation project. It is also maintaining a 110-hectare agro-forestry plantation and currently in the process of procuring bee colony for honey bee production as part of their livelihood enterprises. The association has been one of the active among the 10 POs involved in the FMP within the Ganano Sub-watershed funded by the JICA. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa pagkakaroon ng proyektong ito dahil nadagdagan ang kita naming mga miyembro. Kung may namatay man sa aming itinanim, pinapalitan agad namin ito. Sinasama din namin ang mga anak namin sa pagtatanim at tulong-tulong kami sa pag-akyat ng mga punla sa bundok,” said Mr. Wilbert Natura (3rd from left), chairman of the MUUFDA, during the interview. The Midterm Review was conducted to assess the project performance of the POs within the nine sub-watershed areas in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. It also aimed to analyze the factors affecting their performance and formulate recommendations to improve the project implementation which is now on its 6th year.#



GUIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE – Cagayan Valley DENR Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag expresses his support to the members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) – OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. as he vows guidance for the mining company to easily comply with environmental regulations. In his first meeting with the MRFC held on Feb. 7, this year at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Director Abawag recommended solutions to some of the company’s concerns that were discussed in the meeting which include the reforestation project conducted in alienable and disposable lands, rehabilitation and protection of water systems or tributaries covered by the mining operations, and training of local government units that are part of the Multipartite Monitoring Team, a public independent entity that assists the DENR in monitoring environmental impacts and compliance. The meeting was presided over by Committee Chair and Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta (3rd from left). Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Diosdado C. Doctor (extreme right) and Quirino Governor Junie E. Cua (2nd from left) were also present in the meeting.#
SPEEDING UP LAND SURVEY – With the purpose of settling issues on the submission of Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) and in order to harmonize conflicting policies between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in processing survey returns, a joint consultation meeting was conducted on September 6, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. The consultation meeting was participated in by the different municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers in the region, and heads of the various sections of the Surveys and Mapping Division of the DENR. In his message, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his appreciation to the agrarian reform office in initiating the conduct of the consultation meeting. He said: “The DENR is here to help the DAR. This meeting is important for us to see what we can do to tackle issues that can be resolved on our level and arrive at a consensus for a better public service.”#



DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, THE IVATAN WAY – Personnel of the PENR Office tie the roof of the Land Records Office and water tank of PENRO Batanes, and   install window shutters in   preparation for Typhoon Ompong as part of preemptive actions. These along with the creation of Skeletal Force that operated 24/7 saved the PENR Office building from even a small damage brought about by the typhoon that visited the province on September 14-15, 2018. #



COUNTING THE BIRDS – Technical staff of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes conduct the 2019 Asian Waterfowl Census at Sitio Diblolon in Barangay Savidug of Sabtang town, one of the seven monitoring sites in the province. The census held on Jan. 5-20, this year revealed that Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos is the dominant species with 36 heads recorded followed by Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres (19) and Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (17).#



MONITORING FOREST AND BIODIVERSITY – For. Samuel P. Telan (in blue shirt), Enforcement chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes, leads his staff in monitoring forest and other flora and fauna resources on July 11, this year within Batan Island. The team patrolled a total of about 38 kilometers on June 26-28 and July 9-11. The patrolling resulted in the sighting of five heads of black-chinned Fruit Dove and hearing of a Ryukyu Scops Owl. The highest forest regeneration recorded during the patrolling is the open uncultivated with 161 records. There was no recorded threat in the forest area within Batan Island. The activity is part of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System of the DENR.#
ESTERO CLEANUP – Personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Batanes join about 300 representatives of other government agencies, local government officials and residents in cleaning up Padangan Creek and San Antonio Creek both in Basco, the province’s capital town. The cleanup, held on July 16, yielded about 75 kilograms of solid waste that should have drained to the West Philippine Sea. It launched the project “Developing Sustainability Mechanisms through Adopt-An-Estero Project in Basco, Batanes” implemented by the PENR Office. #
GEOHAZARD ASSESSMENT – Batanes Officer-In-Charge, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang (right) personally inspects the coastal erosion and collapsing of cliff along Valugan Boulder Beach in Barangay San Joaquin of Basco town on Feb. 26, this year. The inspection was prompted by the report submitted by Engr. Felix T. Matanguihan Jr. (left), the embedded personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Based on the report, the cliff is about one kilometer stretch approximately 25 meters away from the shoreline. The incident has been reported to the MGB Regional Office for appropriate intervention. #
EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGERS – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang appeals to the more than 70 owners and managers of business establishments and local chief executives in Batanes to comply with environmental laws during the Pollution Control Officers’ and Managing Heads’ Basic Training Course held at the Human Resource Training Center (HRTC) in Basco town on August 27-30, this year. He emphasized the duties and responsibilities of Pollution Control Officers, managers and local officials. Sponsored by the Provincial Government of Batanes, the training was conducted by the Philippine Center for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Inc. pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2014-02 (Revised Guidelines for Pollution Control Officer Accreditation. # (photo by EMB-PEMU, Batanes)


EXEMPLARY CLIENT SERVICE – Batanes Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office 8888 Focal Person Angelica I. Nuñez poses with Usec.  Benny D. Antiporda (left), DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and Supervising Undersecretary for Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service, and Usec. Ricardo P. Bernabe III, Head of the Strategic and Response Office, Office of the President, after receiving the Plaque of Commendation awarded to PENRO Batanes  for “exemplary public service performance in resolving/closing a Hotline 8888 complaint within 72 hours with concrete and specific action pursuant to Executive Order No. 6, series 2016.” Batanes is the lone PENR Office in Region 2 included in the nine offices that were given the commendation on Sept. 5, this year at Hotel Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, Manila. #


PROVIDING TENURIAL SECURITY – Batanes Provincial Governor Marilou H. Cayco expresses elation over the distribution of land titles to 46 beneficiaries (right photo) in the province during the Handog Titulo Program held on Sept. 13, this year, at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Training Hall in Basco town. In her message, Gov. Cayco emphasized that land is the foundation of security in the community, thus, she voiced her gratitude to the DENR for the Handog Titulo Program. Also in photo are (from L-R): Basco Mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang, and PENRO Technical Services Division Chief Dionicio C. Deundo. Lourdes Donato of the Register of Deeds was also present during the free patent distribution. #

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