DENR to surpass 2013 NGP targets – USEC Ignacio

Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. expressed confidence that the DENR will surpass its National Greening Program (NGP) targets for this year.

In his visit to Region 2 for the wake of CENRO Alfredo M. Almueda, USEC Ignacio said that the Department was able to plant 329,000 hectares under NGP which is above its 300,000 hectares target in the past two years. “If we will be able to meet our target by 2016, we can reverse the present situation
wherein our forests are already deforested,” he said.

“Based on the study of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Philippines has the third fastest growing forest in Asia, next to China and Vietnam and second in Southeast Asia. This is a very good indication of our sincere desire to save our Mother Earth,” USEC Ignacio added as he congratulated Region 2 for being the first to attain its target for the Department’s priority programs last year and for being one of the best performing regions in the country.

On Jan. 14-15, during the first regional management conference for this year, Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan made an assurance that Region 2 is all set to implement NGP despite of the 142 percent increase in targets for 2013.

One of the highlights of the conference is the deadline for the survey, mapping and planning of NGP potential areas. “The SMP for 2013 should be finished before second quarter,” RED Tumaliuan ordered.

The Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers formulated their weekly and monthly timelines on NGP to ensure that their targets are accomplished as planned. “These will also be the basis of evaluating the work performance of the officials at the end of the year as required by the Civil Service Commission,” RED Tumaliuan added.

Last year, Region 2 topped the implementation of NGP nationwide with an accomplishment of 6,776.56 hectares over the target of 5,995 ha or an accomplishment of 113 percent.# (corie corpuz)

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POLICY DIRECTIONS FOR 2014 – Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan lays down his management policies for Calendar Year 2014 which focuses on human resource development (HRD) and forest protection. The HRD highlights trainings on Leadership and Managerial Enhancement, Interpersonal Relationship and Stress Management. Forest protection focuses on putting a full stop to illegal logging in the Region. The policy directions were disseminated during the first regional management conference held on Jan. 9-10, 2014 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.   

QUANTITY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE - Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan personally monitors on Feb. 5, 2014 the ten-hectare plantation of grafted mango, Coconut, Guyabano and Mahogany established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011 in San Manuel, Naguilian, Isabela. Hands-on monitoring is done to ensure success of the NGP in terms of quantity and quality of seedlings planted. With him are Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) William C. Savella, Nagulian Officer-In-Charge Elmer Cuanan and NGP Coordinator Nelson Acob. (photo by Bong Paguirigan)

STRATEGIC PLANNING STRATEGIC PLANNING – Regional Technical Director Gil. A. Aromin sets the tone for the Land Management Sector Strategic Planning Workshop held on January 23, 2014 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The workshop focused on devising timelines and strategies that will facilitate the accomplishment of work targets in Patent Processing and Issuance (PPI), Public Land Survey (PLS), foreshore management and school site titling. This was participated in by Regional Office key staff, PLS Team Leaders, Land Specialists and Deputy Public Land Inspectors (DPLI).

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ADVOCACY – Batanes Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer George R. Reyes (2nd from right) elaborates on the province’s diverse flora and fauna during the press conference dubbed “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” held at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. PENRO Reyes said one of the species endemic in Batanes is pit viper. The press conference also delved on National Greening Program (NGP), forest protection and wetland conservation. This was held in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office. Other members of the panel (from left) are: Engr. Salome G. Bonnit, Chief, Watershed Management Section; Forester Mina L. Labuguen, In-Charge, Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector; and Forester Dionicio C. Deundo and Juan C. Evangelista (not in photo), both technical staff of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division. Also in photo (extreme left) is Oliver Baccay, PIA Information Officer. #

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. #
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). #
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. #
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. #
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. #
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. #
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.
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. #
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. #
LIBERATION FROM ‘ILLWIL’ CASES – Assistant Secretary for Internal Audit and Anti-Corruption Daniel Darius M. Nicer expounds on the e-filing and monitoring system for illegal logging and wildlife cases among forestry specialists of Regions 1, 2, 3, 4B and the Cordillera Administrative Region during the learning session held at Hotel Roma, Tuguegarao City. He emphasized that the session commenced in time with the Philippine Independence Day as a declaration of liberation from lack of real-time information on illegal logging and wildlife trade as this will result in the accessibility and transparency of information on the apprehension, seizure and confiscation of illegal forest products and wildlife. The learning session is aimed at piloting the system for proper recording, monitoring and retrieval of information on illegal logging and wildlife ‘illwil’ cases.#

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