Reasearch and Development Services

General Plan of Action (GPOA) 2005-2010


A. Development Strategies for the Production of Quality Planting Materials
  • Improvement of seed yield/ established SPAs
  • Determination of appropriate practices/procedures in vegetative cuttings
  • Clonal orchard of dipterocarp plantation, New Loon, Davao City
  • Clonal hedge/ramet garden of commercial tree species at Tagum City and Nabunturan, ComVal Province
B. Demonstration Areas
  • DENR XI Mangrovetum for Ex-situ- biodiversity Conservation Project, San Isidro, Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal
  • Dipterocarp plantation at New Loon, Mintal, Davao City
  • Hedge garden and tree propagation complex in Nabunturan, ComVal Province
C. Technology Transfer (Distribution of Informative Materials)
  • Mass Propagation of Pagatpat Seedlings Technology in Samal Island, Davao del Norte
  • Assessment of Mangrove Forest at Babak, Island Garden City of Samal

MANGROVETUM
  • One of its kind in Mindanao, an ex-situ and in-situ mangrove diversity conservation project located in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte covering a total of 10 hectares.
  • Serve as field laboratory and marine training center and ecological destination in the region
  • Collected and planted 26 species of true mangrove and 24 associated species from the different parts of the country

Land Management Service

lms

The Land Management Sector (LMS) is in charge of matters pertaining to land classification and management and disposition of Alienable and Disposable (A and D) lands.

 

A. LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION

1. Land Use and Management Classification Section

    1. Conducts review and processes all kinds of proclamations, reservations and public land applications of government institutions like school sites and government lands
    2. Researches and verifies technical description of proclamations, reservations, patrimonial properties and other government lands
    3. Conducts inventory of possible sites for proclamations/reservations and other government lands for survey and titling
    4. Checks, computes and plots technical description on V-37
    5. Types entries on judicial forms and verifies technical description of judicial forms
    6. Conducts survey of Alienable and Disposable (A & D) lots

2. Claims and Conflicts Section
    Conducts thorough investigation on land subject of claims and conflicts

3. Patents and Deeds Section

    1. Processes all public land applications like free patent, homestead, sales, leases, proclamation, reservation and special patent
    2. Recommends the final approval of all public land applications based on submitted documents
    3. Evaluates qualification of applicants recommended for title, lease or sale

4. Land Records Management and Information System Section

    1. Records and controls public land applications
    2. Releases approved patents to PENR Offices
    3. Encodes data in all statistical forms

5. Foreshore Area Management Section

    1. Supervises, monitors and coordinates the implementation of policies, plans and programs pertaining to foreshore lands administration and management within the region
    2. Evaluates foreshore lease and miscellaneous lease applications and recommends for their approval in accordance with existing rules and regulations
    3. Ensures timely collection and payment of annual lease/rental of all foreshore leases and miscellaneous leases
    4. Maintains database of all records and statistics within the region for the efficient management and monitoring of foreshore areas

 

 B. SURVEYS DIVISION

1. Planning, Management and Information Section and Regional Cadastral Project Office

    1. Supervises the maintenance and management of database on Geographic Position Reference
    2. Supervises the development of system for database management on land records
    3. Prepares, consolidates and encodes land surveys statistical report for submission to Land Management Bureau (LMB)
    4. Monitors accomplishments on land surveys statistical reports
    5. Supervises and monitors the preparation of monthly accomplishments for land surveys activities and annual reports
    6. Monitors and validates source documents per accomplishment of the Surveys Division
    7. Inspects infrastructures within the region
    8. Prepares Work and Financial Plan for the Surveys Division including Cadastral Project

 2. Regional Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Coordinating Office

    1. Conducts and executes survey of A and D lands
    2. Computes technical description of lots surveyed
    3. Plots lots surveyed
    4. Prepares survey returns
    5. Monitors the progress of CARP implementation
    6. Coordinates with PENROs and CENROs regarding accomplishments on Public Patent Issuance and Residential Free Patent Act
    7. Maintains database on the progress of all surveyed A & D lands
    8. Reviews, evaluates and packages performance report as consolidated by the concerned unit under CARP
    9. Assists the Regional CARP Action Officer in the monitoring and evaluation of CARP implementation in the region

3. Technical Services Section

    1. Accepts, initially screens, assigns control numbers and issues order of payments for fees on all kinds of survey returns submitted by government and private Geodetic Engineers
    2. Verifies, corrects and issues Certified Technical Lot Descriptions for reference and titling
    3. Conducts technical reconstruction and reconstitution of missing survey records
    4. Supervises, maintains and issues certified copies of all survey records for reference and titling
    5. Tracks and files all survey returns submitted
    6. Inspects and issues certificates of Calibrated Surveying Instruments
    7. Files Geodetic Engineers’ information and surveying instruments and survey returns submitted through individual GE ledgers

4. Aggregate Surveys Section
     Inspects and verifies Cadastral Projects, Public Land Survey, Group Settlement Survey and other isolated untitled surveys

5. Original Surveys Section

    1. Conducts preliminary and final verification of surveyed titled properties
    2. Conducts technical inspection of complex subdivision survey over titled properties
    3. Recommends correction of technical description

6. Field Network Survey Party

    1. Connects to PRS 92 GPS stations all existing control points such as: Bureau of Land Location Monuments (BLLM), Provincial Boundary Monuments (PBM), Municipal Boundary Monuments (MBM), Barrio Boundary Monuments (BBM) of cadastral, public land subdivision and group settlement surveys, including triangulation control points established by the Bureau of Lands (now Lands Management Bureau), the Bureau of Coast and Geodetic Survey (now CGSD/NAMRIA) and the private surveying organization
    2. Densifies PRS 92 and the above control points to achieve at least two kilometers density or at least a pair of location monuments shall be established within a barangay such that the tie line of a survey should not exceed one kilometer
    3. Demarcates the political boundaries of contested areas in cadastral surveys to define the political boundaries of provincial, municipal and cities upon request of the local government units (LGUs) concerned and when the dispute shall have been settled in accordance with Sections 118 and 119 of R.A. 7160 (Local Government Code). Cost of these boundary surveys shall be charged against the funds of the LGUs concerned
    4. Demarcates boundaries of local government units following the descriptions in the law creating the municipality, city or barangay. The cost shall be borne by the concerned LGU
    5. Establishes project controls of cadastral projects by administration
    6. Conducts test traverse of project controls of cadastral projects awarded to cadastral contractors
    7. Verifies control of cadastral projects for approval of the Regional Technical Director for Lands; provided that controls established by triangulation method, the preliminary computations shall be done by FNSP and the final adjustment using Crandall or Least Squares Adjustment or other appropriate adjustment methods shall be done with the assistance of the Lands Management Bureau
    8. h. Upon order of the Regional Executive Director, demarcates the perimeter or boundary of: (1) Integrated Social Forestry projects; (2) Buffer zones as defined in DENR Adm. Order No. 13, s. 1992 (Regulations Governing the Establishment of Buffer Zones within Forest lands); (3) accepted ancestral claims as identified by the PENRO/CENRO concerned; (4) all reservations and national parks and other protected areas following the boundary descriptions contained in the proclamation; and (5) other surveys necessary to delimit areas within forest lands for a particular purpose as may be required by the Regional Executive Director or higher officials of the DENR

7. Agrarian Reform Section

    1. Conducts preliminary and final verification of identified CARP-covered landholding (under DAR module contract or privately surveyed) duly endorsed by the DAR Regional Office for verification and approval
    2. Verifies, certifies and issues lot technical description of approved CARP surveys
    3. Certifies and issues blueprint copies of approved CARP surveys
    4. Issues other CARP survey-related certifications
    5. Gathers land data records from PENROs and CENROs for database management
    6. Conducts ocular inspection of identified CARP-covered landholding in coordination with the DAR Office

8. Maps and Plans Section

    1. Verifies and projects all isolated survey submitted by private and government Geodetic Engineers for approval by the Regional Technical Director for Lands
    2. Prepares and reconstructs mutilated cadastral maps
    3. Acts on request relative to the position of lots on alleged overlapping of survey
    4. Keeps cadastral maps

B. LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION

1. Land Use and Management Classification Section

    1. Conducts review and processes all kinds of proclamations, reservations and public land applications of government institutions like school sites and government lands
    2. Researches and verifies technical description of proclamations, reservations, patrimonial properties and other government lands
    3. Conducts inventory of possible sites for proclamations/reservations and other government lands for survey and titling
    4. Checks, computes and plots technical description on V-37
    5. Types entries on judicial forms and verifies technical description of judicial forms
    6. Conducts survey of Alienable and Disposable (A & D) lots

2. Claims and Conflicts Section
    Conducts thorough investigation on land subject of claims and conflicts

3. Patents and Deeds Section

    1. Processes all public land applications like free patent, homestead, sales, leases, proclamation, reservation and special patent
    2. Recommends the final approval of all public land applications based on submitted documents
    3. Evaluates qualification of applicants recommended for title, lease or sale

4. Land Records Management and Information System Section

    1. Records and controls public land applications
    2. Releases approved patents to PENR Offices
    3. Encodes data in all statistical forms

5. Foreshore Area Management Section

    1. Supervises, monitors and coordinates the implementation of policies, plans and programs pertaining to foreshore lands administration and management within the region
    2. Evaluates foreshore lease and miscellaneous lease applications and recommends for their approval in accordance with existing rules and regulations
    3. Ensures timely collection and payment of annual lease/rental of all foreshore leases and miscellaneous leases
    4. Maintains database of all records and statistics within the region for the efficient management and monitoring of foreshore areas

 

 

 

Narrative

The land Management Service is one of the government agencies under the Departemnt of Environment and Natural Resources vested with exclusive jurisdiction to administer survey and dispose alienable and disposable lands of the public domain. Six sections comprise the Surveys Division namely: the Original Surveys Section, Technical Surveys Section, maps and Plans Section, Aggregate Surveys Section, Agrarian Reform Section, and Field Network Surveys Section respectively. On Cadastral Survey, to date, the Land Surveys Division has approved cadastral survey projects with a total area of 1,608,465.4831 hectares with 199,231 lots.

The Field Survey Party is the backbone of Land Management Service, with regards to surveying. Activities undertaken are establishment of GPS/PRS ’92 control points which will be used for the establishment of permanent forest boundary lines. For CY-2011, a total of 451 control points were established.

Major Activities of the LMS

A. Land Surveys Management
A.1 Cadastral Land Survey Profile

A.1.1 Approved Cadastral Surveys

Province

No. of Lots

Area

Regional Total

199,231

1,608,465.4831

Batanes

15,550

16,481.0000

Cagayan

67,903

394,945.0744

Isabela

75,514

757,022.0052

N. Vizcaya

30,568

207,669.0912

Quirino

9,696

232,349.000

A.1.2 In-Progress (Office and Field Verification) -  Not Applicable

 A.1.3 Partially Surveyed

Province

No. of Lots

Area (has.)

Regional Total

223,196

407,403.9162

Batanes

3,894

1,963.9689

              PLS  

0

0

              GSS

3,894

1,963.9689

Cagayan

139,913

246,276.3365

              PLS  

119,939

209,721.6400

              GSS

19,974

36,554.6965

Isabela

50,001

110,763.5704

              PLS  

38,762

82,916.3439

              GSS

11,239

27,847.2265

Nueva Vizcaya

25,778

41,140.43074

              PLS  

13,658

21,664.8336

              GSS

12,120

19,475.5972

Quirino

3,610

7,259.6027

              PLS  

0

0

              GSS

3,610

7,259.6097

Densification of PRS’92 Control Points (3rd and 4th order) CY-2011

Province

No. of Control Points Established

Regional Total

451

Batanes

0

Cagayan

50

Isabela

288

N. Vizcaya

50

Quirino

63

Isolated Land Survey Profile

Province

No. of Lots

Area (has.)

Regional Total

17,209

5,833.906419

Batanes

50

2.8135

Cagayan

4,738

1,843.093099

Isabela

9,341

3,082.978262

Quirino

1,036

349.3501

N. Vizcaya

2,044

555.671458

B. Land Management and Disposition
B1. Patentable Public Land Application (no. of lots and area in hectares)
B.1.1 Homestead

Province

No. of Lots

Area (Ha.)

Regional Total

 

 

Batanes

 

 

Cagayan

Isabela

12

46.1680

Nueva Vizcaya

Quirino

 

 

 

Highlight of the Patent Processing and Issuance activity of the Land Management Sector is the Handog Titulo Program which marks a milestone in the life of ever Farmer Beneficiary.

In Cagayan's westernmost town of Sta. Praxedes, distribution of 50 residential free patents highlighted the annual state of the municipality address (Ulat sa Bayan) delivered by Mayor Esterlina Aguinaldo in September 30, 2011 at the municipal hall.

The recipients came from three barangays, namely: Poblacion, Portabaga and District 2.

Eighty-six farmer-beneficiaries from Bagumbayan, Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya received their titles in October 6, 2011.

Free Patent

 

Province

No. of Lots

Area (has.)

Regular

CARP

RFPA

Regular

CARP

RFPA

Regional Total

22

5,201

6,882

0.4624

5,752.4131

142.9306

Batanes

0

54

125

20.000

0.2659

Cagayan

7

1,625

3,109

2,174.2925

31.9123

Isabela

15

1,718

2,594

0.4624

2,023.5400

99.2950

Nueva Vizcaya

0

1,101

541

863.5806

11.4574

Quirino

0

703

513

671.0000

6.9482



 School Sites Identified

Province

No. of Lots

Area (ha.)

Regional Total

20

97.6091

Batanes

0

0

Cagayan

6

18.6590

Isabela

4

0

Nueva Vizcaya

6

30.4833

Quirino

4

48.2668

 Socialized Housing Site Surveyed

Province

No. of Lots

Area (sq.m.)

Regional Total

-

9,088

Batanes

-

0

Cagayan

-

4,088

Isabela

-

5,000

Nueva Vizcaya

-

-

Quirino

-

-

Non-Patentable Public Land Application

Foreshore Areas Managed

Province

Municipality

  No. of Contrcts/Permits

Area (sq.m.)

Regional Total

22

13,963

Batanes

      -

-

Cagayan

S. Mira, Aparri

20

13,962

Isabela

Dinapigue, Divilacan

2

1

Quirino

Not applicable

N. Vizcaya

Not applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land Records Management (Inventory Report) Regional Office (As of 2011)

Inventory of Approved Survey Plans

No. of Records Maintained

Regional Total

4,253

PSD  (af)                           

3,102

CDS (af)                               

456

PCS (af)                               

305

SK (af)                                   

54

PSU (af)                                

160

PCN (af)                                 

46

SGS (af)                                 

63

RS (af)                                     

2

GSS (af)                                 

14

PSU-Amd (af)                         

19

SWO (af)                                  

1

CCS (af)                                 

27

IGPS (af)                                  

1

CCN (af)                                  

2

F & FI (af)                                

1


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CARP Profile for CY 2011

 

Province

No. of Lots

Area (ha.)

Regional Total

5,201

5,752.4131

Batanes

54

20.000

Cagayan

1,625

2,174.2925

Isabela

1,718

2,023.5400

Nueva Vizcaya

1,101

863.5806

Quirino

703

471.0000

 
 

DENR Territorial Jurisdiction with total land area by region, province, municipality/city

CENROS AREA OF JURISDICTION

PROVINCE

CENROS

MUNICIPALITIES COVERED

BATANES

6

Basco, Ivana, Itbayat, Mahatao, Sabtang, Uyugan

CAGAYAN

29

Alcala

Alcala, Amulung, Baggao

Aparri

Allacapan, Aparri, Buguey, Camalaniugan, Gattaran,

Gonzaga, Lallo, Lasam, Sta. Ana & Sta. Teresita

Tuguegarao

Iguig, Peñablanca, Tuguegarao

Solana

Enrile, Piat, Rizal, Sto. Niño, Solana, Tuao

Sanchez Mira

Abulug, Ballesteros, Calayan, Claveria,

Pamplona, Sanchez Mira & Sta. Praxedes

ISABELA

36

Cabagan

Cabagan, Delfin Albano, San Pablo, Sta. Maria

Sto. Tomas, Tumauini

Cauayan

Alicia, Angadanan, Cabatuan, Cauayan City, Luna,

Reina Mercedes, San Guillermo, San Mateo

Naguilian

Benito Soliven, Gamu (Western part), Ilagan,

Naguilian, San Mariano

Palanan

Dinapigue, Divilacan, Maconacon, Palanan

Roxas

Aurora, Burgos, Gamu (Eastern part), Mallig, Quezon

Quirino, Roxas, San Manuel

San Isidro

Cordon, Echague, Jones, Ramon, San Agustin,

San Isidro, Santiago City

NUEVA VIZCAYA

15

Aritao

Aritao, Bambang, Kayapa, Sta. Fe

Bayombong

Ambaguio, Bagabag, Bayombong, Diadi, Quezon,

Solano, Villaverde

Dupax

Alfonso Castañeda, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur,

Kasibu

QUIRINO

6

Diffun

Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, Saguday

Nagtipunan

Maddela, Nagtipunan

 
Annexes
 
Patent Issuance from 2004 to 2011
     
        Province of Batanes
  • Regular:__ (___ hectares)
  • CARP: ___ ( ____hectares)
  • Supplemental: __ (___ hectares)
Province of Cagayan
  • Regular: 299 (46.78 hectares)
  • CARP: 8,368 (8,832.72 hectares)
  • Supplemental: 34 (1.02 hectares)
Province of Isabela
  • Regular: 874 (46.33 hectares)
  • CARP: 10,766 (17,041.8 hectares)
  • Supplemental: 115 (4.46 heectares)
Province of Nueva Vizcaya
  • Regular: ___ (____ hectares)
  • CARP: ____ (____ hectares)
Province of Quirino
  • Regular: ___ (____ hectares)
  • CARP: ____ (____ hectares)
  • Supplemental: ___ ( hectares)

 

Foreshore Areas

Batanes - ______hectares
Cagayan - ______ hectares
Isabela - ________ hectares


Total Foreshore Areas (as of June 2012): _______ hectares
(Table 1 - List of Foreshore Areas)

Forest Management Service

fms

 

The Forest Management Sector (FMS) is responsible of matters pertaining to forest protection, development and conservation.

A. FOREST RESOURCES CONSERVATION DIVISION

  1. Prepares regional plans related to timber and non-timber resources management, forest products utilization and forest protection and law enforcement
  2. Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of all programs and projects related to forest protection and law enforcement, forest products utilization and forest resources management
  3. Provides technical assistance to the PENROs /CENROs and partner agencies in the implementation of environmental programs

1. Forest Management Section

    1. Evaluates/processes the submitted regular technical forestry reports, Integrated Annual Operations Plan (IAOP), Comprehensive Management and Development Plan (CDMP) of existing Industrial Forest Management Agreements (IFMAs) and new or renewal applications of the IFMA tenurial instrument
    2. Evaluates referrals on applications thru a license or permit in the utilization of timber and non-timber forest resources within private and forest lands
    3. Conducts regular monitoring and performance evaluation on the holders’ compliance to the terms and conditions of their agreements and pertinent regulations on timber resources and forest land use
    4. Conceptualizes and recommends policies for the effective complementation of sustainable forest management and to promptly act on forest resources utilization and other technical concerns of forest management

2. Forest Protection and Law Enforcement Section

    1. Evaluates and consolidates reports on fire occurrences and apprehension, seizure, confiscation and disposition of forest products and conveyances
    2. Evaluates and processes applications for Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers
    3. Investigates illegal logging cases
    4. Maintains and supervises the Environment and Natural Resources Monitoring and Information Centers (ENRMIC) in monitoring the movement/shipment of forest products
    5. Strengthens the Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC) and collaborates with other law enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal logging and strengthens IEC activities through the conduct of meetings/orientations/dialogues among DENROs and other stakeholders in order to effectively enforce existing forestry laws, rules and regulations
    6. Analyzes, evaluates and consolidates periodic reports for submission to higher authorities

3. Forest Utilization and Regulatory Services Section

    1. Prepares plans and programs of activities in forest utilization and monitors and evaluates their implementation
    2. Evaluates applications pertaining to timber, non-timber forest products, wood processing plants, log and lumber dealer permits, special land use permits (road right of way permit, bathing, establishment, telecommunication site, etc.) and other applications relative to forest utilization
    3. Monitors and evaluates the operations and performance of holders of timber, non-timber forest products, wood processing plants, log and lumber dealers permits and special land use permits
    4. Analyzes/evaluates and consolidates periodic reports of field offices relative to the performance and production and disposition reports of existing holders of forestry permits/licenses
    5. Formulates and recommends policies, guidelines and directions for regional and national implementation

B. FOREST RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

  1. Prepares regional plans and programs that direct, coordinate and control the implementation of the projects and activities particularly on forest resources development
  2. Recommends policies and guidance on forest resources development including community-based forest management

1. Forest Engineering Section

    1. Verifies and evaluates the status of areas applied for mining, special land use permits and lease agreements and checks if areas are available or not in conflict with other projects and activities
    2. Prepares base maps with corresponding technical description of the areas for Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA), Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA), Special Land Use Permits (SLUP) and other lease agreements
    3. Assists in actual ground verification, survey and inspection of the different developmental projects
    4. Reduces and enlarges maps for verification and control
    5. Traces reference maps, prints charts and does other printing activities
    6. Projects and plots proposed and existing projects in the regional reference control map

2. Watershed Rehabilitation and Management Section

    1. Assists in the target setting of PENROs and CENROs on Upland Development Program, National Greening Program and watershed activities and their implementation
    2. Prepares work and financial plans of UDP, NGP and watershed programs and projects
    3. Provides technical assistance and guidance to PENROs and CENROs in the conduct of watershed characterization, preparation of watershed development plans, UDP, NGP and implementation of watershed rehabilitation and upland development programs and projects
    4. Develops technologies, techniques and strategies for the management, development and protection of watershed areas and watershed resources
    5. Prepares plans, reports and other information needed/requested
    6. Monitors, evaluates and supervises watershed programs and projects, UDP, NGP and other development activities within watershed areas and infrastructure-related projects

3. Plantation Development and Management Section

    1. Prepares work and financial plan of the section
    2. Monitors and evaluates developmental projects (Green Multipliers Program, Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement, Agro-Forestry Farm Lease Agreement, Tree Farm Lease Agreement and other private plantations)
    3. Provides technical assistance to regional and field offices, national government agencies, non-government organizations, local government units, academe and other civic and religious organizations on the seedling production and tree plantation program of the DENR
    4. Supervises operations of the clonal nursery
    5. Reviews and evaluates Indicative Development Plan and compliance of lease holders to the terms and conditions of their tenurial instruments
    6. Reviews, evaluates and processes applications for tenurial instruments and permits

4. Range Management Section

    1. Provides technical assistance to PENROs and CENROs in the implementation of the revised rules and regulations governing the administration, management, development and disposition of forest land used for grazing purposes
    2. Monitors the compliance of pasture lessees to the terms and conditions of their agreement
    3. Evaluates and processes FLGMA applications (new and renewal)
    4. Conducts survey and biophysical assessment of area applied for FLGMA (new and renewal)
    5. Conducts En-banc evaluation of FLGMA applications
    6. Investigates cases pertaining to range management including boundary conflicts

5. Community Based-Forest Management Section

    1. Prepares regional plans and programs related to CBFM implementation and tree plantation development within CBFM areas in coordination with the Planning and Management Division
    2. Prepares CBFM Project accomplishments for presentation during National Consultation Workshops and other meetings attended
    3. Packages livelihood proposals for funding under CARP and other fund sources
    4. Develops effective participatory approaches to upland development
    5. Formulates policies, plans, programs and guidelines for the identification, establishment and development of CBFM Project areas
    6. Develops guidelines on the conduct of surveys, studies and analysis of forest-based cropping system compatible with the socio-economic and cultural development of the community
    7. Enhances knowledge and awareness of the community by conducting a continuing and effective Information, Education and Communication activities
    8. Develops strategies for the establishment, expansion, stabilization and consolidation of market outlets/areas for forest-based farm products
    9. Processes applications for CBFM Agreement
    10. Conducts general supervision in the development and management of CBFM Projects
    11. Establishes effective linkages with community and other agencies/institutions
    12. Develops and maintains systematic monitoring and evaluation procedures
    13. Assists the community in the preparation of project proposals and implementation of viable livelihood projects within CBFM Projects sites
    14. Provides technical assistance to the community on various CBFM activities

6. Forest Information System Unit

    1. Maintains Forest Database System of the Forestry Sector known as Forest Information System (FIS)
    2. Provides technical assistance to PENROs and CENROs on problems encountered regarding the maintenance of their FIS
    3. Projects all proposed and approved tenurial projects within the region for verification and control
    4. Gathers data and information and conducts field validation on areas with identified discrepancies in projection
    5. Compiles digital data and thematic map of the region
    6. Provides technical assistance to the Forest Management Sector on digital mapping and compilation of all proposed and approved projects within the region
    7. Provides technical assistance in the conduct of field surveys and validation of new and proposed projects

7. Cagayan River Basin Project Office

    1. Reviews/evaluates project proposals, plans and programs for the implementation of Cagayan River Basin Project
    2. Prepares project proposals for river/stream bank stabilization along Cagayan River and its tributaries and other projects related to soil and water conservation and Water Resources Management Projects funded by the River Basin Control Office (RBCO)
    3. Organizes meetings/workshops and links with different stakeholders in the formulation of Integrated River Basin Management and Development Master Plan for Cagayan River Basin
    4. Attends to the needs of the RBCO and the technical assistance group in the formulation of Cagayan River Basin Master Plan
    5. Attends to meetings, seminar-workshops, dialogues and trainings concerning Cagayan River Basin Project

8. Forestland Management Project Office

    1. Oversees project implementation in coordination with the Central Project Management Office (CPMO)
    2. Undertakes coordinative linkages among relevant stakeholders to generate support and facilitate institutional arrangements required
    3. Convenes and initiates creation of a functional Watershed Management Council/Protected Area Management Board
    4. Spearheads the procurement of goods and services (People’s Organizations and Assisting Professionals) in coordination with the Provincial Project Management Office and the Sub-project Site Management Office
    5. Land Evaluation Party
    6. Implements delineation of forestlands particularly the proclaimed protected and watershed areas in the region
    7. Assists in the formulation and preparation of Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) of identified municipalities
    8. Coordinates with PENROs, CENROs, provincial/municipal local government units and non-government institutions/agencies on delineation activities and FLUP formulation and preparation
    9. Prepares and submits to the National Assessment and Delineation Committee (NADC) the final draft of the proposed bill on prior assessment and delineation of forestlands in the region
    10. Acts on requests for legal status of lands and verifies the alienability of the same
    11. Acts on cases, programs and activities that may be referred by other sectors, institutions/agencies and higher authorities
    12. Prepares and submits periodic accomplishment reports to Regional Demarcation and Delineation Committee (RDDC), RTD for Forestry and Regional Executive Director regarding delineation of forestlands and formulation and preparation of FLUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Region 2 has a total land area of 2,683,758 hectares composed of 965,965 hectares or 36% of Alienable and Disposable (A&D) and 1,717,793 or 64% of forest lands. The current forest lands consist of 929,630 hectares production forest and 788,163 hectares protection forest. The region has a total of 861,686.50 hectares of untenured area within forest lands except for the provinces of Batanes and Quirino with no more areas under open access.

 

LAND CLASSIFICATION: 

Province

Total Land Area (Has)

Alienable & Disposable Lands

Forest Lands

Regional Total

2,683,758

965,965

1,717,793

   Batanes

20,928

7,432

13,496

   Cagayan

900,267

353,193

547,074

   Isabela

1,066,456

459,666

606,790

   Quirino

305,720

56,753

248,967

   Nueva Vizcaya

390,387

88,921

301,466

 

STATUS OF FORESTLAND:

PROVINCE

PROTECTION FOREST (Has)

PRODUCTION FOREST (Has)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (Has)

Regional Total

784,313.21

933,479.79

1,717,793

   Batanes

13,496.00

-

13,496

   Cagayan

252,489.50

294,584.50

547,074

   Isabela

195,901.00

410,889.00

606,790

   Nueva Vizcaya

152,219.29

149,246.71

301,466

   Quirino

170,207.42

78,759.58

248,967

 

The forest cover of the region is still within the ideal ratio between agriculture and forestry which is 40 and 60 respectively. Today, the total forest area with cover went up to 1,522,340.53 hectares from 1,149,845 hectares in 2003. The increase in forest cover is primarily attributed to the active participation of public and private sectors in terms of tree plantation and planting activities including NGOs, POs and other stakeholders. To add, increase in public awareness helped in abating further destruction of the forest. 

 

FOREST COVER:

Province

Closed Forest

Open Forest

Man-grove

Plantation

Total

Forest zone

A & D

Batanes

224

5,238

-

-

-

5,462

Cagayan

168,963

358,501

3,864

-

15,746

547,074

Isabela

147,139

456,082.35

-

3,568.65

2,619.53

609,409.53

Quirino

109,956

19,742

-

2,846

51,928

184,472

N. Vizcaya

69,753

82,441.43

-

17,073.57

6,655

175,923

TOTAL

496,035

922,004.78

3,864

23,488.22

76,948.53

1,522,340.53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  TENURED AND UNTENURED AREAS WITHIN PROTECTION FOREST:

CATEGORY

ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL

TENURED

(ha)

UNTENURED

(ha)

TOTAL

(ha)

Batanes

-

13,496

13,496.00

Cagayan

75,311.44

177,178.06

252,489.50

Isabela

140,120.00

55,781.00

195,901.00

Nueva Vizcaya

42,347.50

109,871.79

152,219.29

Quirino

157,847.75

12,359.67

170,207.42

TOTAL

415,626.69

368,686.52

784,313.21


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENURED AND UNTENURED WITHIN PRODUCTION FOREST:  

CATEGORY

ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL

TENURED

(ha)

UNTENURED

(ha)

TOTAL

(ha)

Batanes

-

-

-

Cagayan

124,163.52

170,420.98

294,584.50

Isabela

217,000.00

193,889.00

410,889.00

Nueva Vizcaya

59,220.02

90,026.69

149,246.712

Quirino

40,096.27

38,663.31

78,759.58

TOTAL

440,479.81

492,999.98

933,479.79

 

Recognizing the important role of Forest Management Services in promoting sustainable management and development of our forest resources in our country, the sector is manned with professional expertise coupled with the advancement of technology that helps in carrying out activities in terms of forest management and other environmental concerns within the mandates of Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Forestry Sector’s targets for this year 2012 include monitoring, assessment and reporting of forest conditions, collection of revenues, massive seedling production and distribution for the National Greening Program, maintenance of nursery, protection of untenured forestlands, provision of technical assistance to beneficiaries and inter-agency committee, provision of technical assistance to watershed rehabilitation, delineation of forest line boundaries assistance to the FLUP preparation, and new programs and projects formulated by the DENR.

Under Forest Protection, continuous imposition of Executive Order No. 23 through massive Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities, monitoring and surveillance activities, coordination with the Local Government Unit and other law enforcement agencies. For the year, the total confiscated forest products is 473.08 cubic meters with an estimated value of P5,214,305. There are fifty four (54) conveyances and five (5) farm tools apprehended and seized as of the period to include registration of thirty two (32) chainsaws.

APPREHENDED, SEIZED & CONFISCATED FOREST PRODUCTS
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012
 

PROVINCE

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Vol. (Cu.M.)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Vol. (Cu.M)

Value (P)

Cagayan
179.92
2,079,049
93.97
1,043,458
214.12
2,001,897
155.55
1,119,010
343.99 
2,992,734
218.19 
1,631,420
190.43 
1,781,194
 198.35
1,866,386
Isabela
179.59
1,989,050
345.97
3,541,965
455.09
4,915,023
2,958.94
23,615,196
1,519.06
7,633,974 
70.06 
659,904 
481.84 
3,050,646 
244.88 
1,662,445
N. Vizcaya
66.33
738,373
74.59
1,555,495
27.62
291,815
21.89
115,061
10.78 
39,962 
23.02 
174,767 
40.05 
180,189 
15.54
54,800 
Quirino
47.24
407,833
154.96
908,958
39.42
254,446
16.23
57,816
28.43 
81,011 
32.51 
43,129 
16.33 
158,139 
13.78 
117,200 

Total

473.08

5,214,305

669.49

7,049,876

736.25

7,463,181

3,152.61

24,907,083

1,902.26 

10,747,681

343.78 

2,509,220 

728.65 

5,170,168 

472.56 

3,700,831 

  

NUMBER OF APPREHENDED, SEIZED AND CONFISCATED CONVEYANCES AND FARM TOOLS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012 

YEAR

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

NO. OF UNITS

166

23

56

36

54

53

37

59

 

NUMBER OF REGISTERED CHAINSAWS IN REGION 02 AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012

YEAR

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

NO. OF UNITS

49

25

21

29

29

63

62

32

A total of 126.80 cubic meters or 53,763.20 board feet of confiscated lumber was donated to DepEd, DSWD, PNP and other government agencies. We are still in the mid of the year but Forest Resource Assessment was already one hundred percent accomplished from its target through the maintenance and monitoring of fifteen observation sites. In terms of Forest Utilization and Regulatory Services, a total of a total of ninety thousand four hundred eleven pesos and eighty-eight centavos (P90,411.88) was generated from the administrative fees, application, registration, permit/license and oath fees.

 

CONFISCATED FOREST PRODUCTS DONATED TO DEP-ED, DSWD & OTHER AGENCIES FOR CY 2012

 

 

PENRO/CENRO

CONFISCA-TIONS

DONATIONS

 

PURPOSE

 

REMARKS/ STATUS

Description

Volume/ hauled/ delivered

Recipients/ Beneficiaries

QUIRINO

 

88.45

 

 

 

Nagtipunan

 

77.67

 

 

 

 

CHW Lumber

1.96

Scala Integrated School

School furniture and renovation of classrooms

 

 

 

1.95

Cabaruan Integrated School

 

      -do-

 

 

 

1.90

Pedlisan Elem. School

      -do-

 

 

 

1.91

Diduyon Elem. School

      -do-

 

 

 

1.72

Nagtipunan Central School

Repair of school canteen

 

 

 

4.71

Cataggaman Viejo, Balzain and Caritan Elem. Schools and Pallua High School

Manufacture of arm chairs and construction of class room buildings

Donated to DepEd thru the assistance of the City Mayor of Tuguegarao

 

 

2.79

Balligui Elem. School

Manufacture of 13 hanging cabinets, 1 teachers table and 1 conference table and renovation of school canteen

 

 

 

2.36

Lusod Elem. School

Renovation of school buildings and manufacture of school furniture and fixtures

 

 

 

2.36

Kaoa-an Elem. School

Manufacture of chairs and tables

 

 

 

2.36

Dumabato Integrated School, Maddela, Quirino

Renovation of classroom and construction of covered walk

 

 

 

1.18

Dipantan Elem. School, Maddela, Quirino

Renovation of school’s office

 

 

 

1.08

Maddela South Central

Construction opf hand wash area

 

 

 

2.35

DepEd Division Office, Maddela, Quirino

Manufacture of conference table and chairs

 

 

 

2.36

Victoria High School

Construction of bleachers and renovation of school gymnasium

 

 

 

2.35

Maddela North Central

Construction of covered walk

 

 

 

2.35

Quirino State College

Utilized as scaffoldings, ceiling joints/form works door jambs and frames during the construction of dormitory and staff cottage & mess/hall/kitchen

 

 

 

2.35

Villa Hermosa, E.S. Maddela, Quirino

Construction of covered walk

 

 

 

4.85

77th IB, 5ID, PA, Balabal, Jones, Isabela

Construction of additional billeting barracks and construction of tower base detachment

 

 

 

34.78

MSWD, Maddela, Quirino

Construction of core shelters

Project of the Core Shelter Assistance Project imple-mented by MSWD, Maddela

Diffun

 

10.78

 

 

 

 

 

4.16

PNP Quirino

Renovation of multi-purpose hall

 

 

 

3.12

CNSAT

Manufacture of laboratory tables

 

 

 

3.5

Quirino State College

Construction of bleachers

 

CAGAYAN

 

38.35

 

 

 

Alcala

 

22.95

 

 

 

 

 

0.7

Bacagan Elem. School

For renovation of classrooms

 

 

 

0.94

Tunguel Elem. School

    -do-

 

 

 

2.06

Mabini Elem. School

    -do-

 

 

 

1.41

Asinga Via Elem. School

    -do-

 

 

 

0.47

Imurung Elem. School

    -do-

 

 

 

0.35

LGU Baggao, Cagayan

Renovation of legislative building of Baggao, Cag.

 

 

 

1.72

Damurog Elem. School, Alcala, Cag.

 

 

 

 

1.21

Cordova Elem. School, Amulung, Cag.

 

 

 

 

1.79

San Jose Elem. School, Baggao, Cag.

 

 

 

 

1.65

Tallang Elem. School, Baggao, Cag.

 

 

 

 

1.50

San Miguel Elementary School, Baggao, Cag.

 

 

 

 

1.65

San Isidro Elem. School

 

 

 

 

1.18

Dabbac Grande Elem. School

Construction of perimeter fence

 

 

 

1.19

LGU Baggao

Construction of booth for the celebration of ggao Nac Cagayan

 

 

 

0.95

Mocag Elem. School

Repair of FVR Building and fabrication of 2 benches and 11 tables

 

 

 

0.83

San Francisco Elem. School

Construction of one unit classroom

 

 

 

1.47

Baggao West Central School

Repair of covered walk

 

 

 

1.44

Hacienda Intal Nat’l High School

Ceiling joist of stage

 

 

 

0.14

MSWD Baggao

Construction of divider for VAW Office

 

 

 

0.3

MTC San Jose, Baggao

Manufacture of benches

 

Tuguegarao

 

15.4

 

 

 

 

 

7.07

     -do-

        -do-

Additional donation to DepEd thru the assistance of the City Mayor of Tuguegarao

 

 

0.47

BJMP, 3rd District, Cataggaman, Tuguegarao City

Manufacture of double deck beds for inmates

58 sacks of confiscated charcoal were donated to the said office

 

 

0.14

2nd ISU-ISG, Phil. Army

 

 

 

 

0.49

RTC Branch 1, Tuguegarao City

Renovation of court room

 

 

 

1.48

PIA, Reg’l Office 2, Tug. City

Construction of office garage

 

 

 

0.94

NAPOLCOM, Regional Office

 

 

 

 

2.35

MGB Regional Office

 

 

 

 

2.46

DepEd 3rd Dist. Of Cagayan

For the manufac-ture of arm chairs for the 3rd District of Cagayan

The manufac-ture of arm chairs is thru the initiative of Cong. Ting

TOTAL

 

126.80

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF EXISTING/ISSUED PERMITS WITHIN REGION 02
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012
 

PERMITS

NO.

SAWMILL

0

MINI-SAWMILL

0

RESAW

0

LOG DEALER

0

LUMBER DEALER

33

O.M. RATTAN CUTTING

0

O.M. RATTAN CUTTING

3

O.M. NIPA SHINGLES

5

O.M. ALMACIGA RESIN

1

SPECIAL LANDUSE PERMIT (SLUP)

4

TOTAL

46

 

ACTUAL NUMBER OF DENR FOREST RANGERS IN REGION 02 
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2012
 

PENRO/ CENROs

PER PLANTILLA

PENRO’S/CENRO’S DEPLOYMENT

FILLED F/R

UNFILLED F/R

TOTAL F/R

ACTUAL WORK

DEPUTIZED PUBLIC LAND INSPECTOR

ADM. & SUPPORT SERVICES

DEVT. ACTIVITIES OTHER UNITS

TOTAL

BATANES

1

1

2

 

 

1

 

1

SUB-TOTAL

1

1

2

 

 

1

 

1

CAGAYAN

 

 

 

3

 

5

3

11

S. MIRA

21

9

30

10

1

2

1

14

APARRI

26

7

33

9

 

4

1

14

ALCALA

13

 

13

10

 

1

 

11

TUGUEGARAO

24

5

29

6

 

7

21

34

SOLANA

12

1

13

9

 

4

3

16

FUYOT

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

SUB-TOTAL

97

22

119

47

1

23

29

100

ISABELA

 

 

 

3

 

5

1

9

CABAGAN

21

2

23

1

1

5

14

21

NAGUILIAN

23

12

35

7

 

1

1

9

ROXAS

5

3

8

2

 

 

3

5

CAUAYAN

8

7

15

6

1

2

 

9

SAN ISIDRO

16

10

26

12

 

1

6

19

PALANAN

19

1

20

11

1

5

 

17

FUYOT

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

SUB-TOTAL

94

35

129

42

3

19

25

89

QUIRINO

 

 

 

1

 

2

1

4

DIFFUN

17

2

19

6

2

1

13

22

NAGTIPUNAN

23

4

27

7

2

4

1

14

SUB-TOTAL

39

7

46

14

4

7

15

40

N. VIZCAYA

 

 

 

 

1

2

4

7

BAYOMBONG

11

5

16

5

 

3

 

8

DUPAX

16

15

31

10

1

2

 

13

ARITAO

18

5

23

9

1

2

5

17

SUB-TOTAL

43

27

70

24

3

9

9

45

RESEARCH

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

SUB-TOTAL

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

275

92

367

127

11

59

78

274

PERCENTAGE (%)

 

 

 

45

4

22

29

100


NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM

On February 24, 2011 President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 26 stressing the need to consolidate and harmonize all greening efforts such as Upland Development Program, Luntian Pilipinas and similar initiatives of the government, civil society and private sector under a National Greening Program. Hence, the National Greening Program became the priority of Region 02.

The program was implemented in the different field offices by engaging Local Government Units (LGUs), Peoples Organizations (POs) of CBFM and PACBRAMA, schools, religious and civic organizations, financial institutions, Irrigators Association, medical practitioners, other government agencies, non-government agencies, SIFMA holders, FLGMA holders.

The region has been very successful in the implementation of the different activities of the program. On seedling production, the region produced 105% accomplishment by POs enrolled under ENRMP. With the target of 1,797,000 they were able to produce 1,890,526 seedlings.

In addition, 317,075 seedlings were produced regionwide thru the initiative of DENR employees. On seedling procurement, a total of 605,255 seedlings were procured under ERDS within the year.

 

 

 

Statistics Tenurial Instruments/Project (as of June 2012) (Table 1 - Area Covered with Tenurial Instruments/Projects)

 

Projects
Number
Area (has.)
Region 2
 
I. Tenurial Instruments as of CY 2011
1. Community Based Forest Management
  • Community Based-Forest Management Projects
 109
262,057.37  
  • Integrated Social Forestry
 436
72,731.11 
  • Forest Land Management
 27
463 
  • CADC
 13
326,187.6581 
  • Loan I (Refo)
 
2. Industrial Forest Management
 11
81,712 
3. RA expired
 
4. Socialized Integrated Forest Management Agreement/existing
 331
4,195.0208 
    Mgt. Agreement/expired
 
5. USUFRUCT
 
 
6. Tree Farm Lease AgreementAgro-Forestry(TFLA)
24
 2,632
7. Agro-Forestry (AFFLA)
1
8. Special Land use Permit
 
9. Forest Land Grazing Land Agreement
 82
14,097.44 
 
II. Protected Areas (inc. for estab.)
 15
1,011,467.35 
III. Proclaimed Watershed
 
IV. Untenured
 
866,378 
V. Primary/Old Growth/Virgin Forest 1000 meters ASL
 
 




Potential Investment Areas(as of June 2012)
(Table 2 (Potential Areas Available for Investment)
Province
With Tenure
Without Tenure
Total
CBFM
IFMA/SIFMA
REGION II
 
Batanes
 
Cagayan
 
Isabela
 
 
Nueva Vizcaya
 
Quirino
 


Wood Processing Plants
(Table 3 (Wood Processing Plants)
Wood Processing Plant
Total
Batanes
Cagayan
Isabela                 
Nueva Vizcaya      
Quirino
Region II
 
Regular Sawmill
3 
 -  -  2  -  1
Mini-Sawmill
 1
 -  -  -  -
Plywood/Plyboard/Veneer/Blackboard
 
Mini Veneer
 
 
Wood Treating Plant
 
 
 
Chopstick
 
 
Woodchips
 
 
Resaw
 -  1  6  -  -

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Priority Watershed
  • __________ Watershed _______ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed _______ hectares - 
  • __________ Waterhed ________ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed _______ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed __________ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed__________ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed _________ hectares - 
  • __________ Watershed ________ hectares - 



Forest Protection

Total area of untenured forest being protected: 321,148.599 hectares (___% of the forestland of the region)


     Batanes 12,152.75 has.
     Cagayan 142,406.50 has.
     Isabela 69,293.00 has.
     Nueva Vizcaya 70,492.469 has.
     Quirino 26,803.88 has.
      

 

 

 

Forest Protection

The continuing Forest Protection and Law Enforcement and as further strengthened with the implementation of E.O. 23, there has been an effective campaign against illegal forest activities.  The significant decline on the volume of confiscations of illegal forest products and conveyances and filing of illegal logging cases against the perpetrators/violators of ENR Laws proved effective deterrent to would be forest law violators.

For the year, a total of 473.08 m3 of apprehended, seized and confiscated forest products and 54 units of conveyances, tools and equipment.  A total of 32 cases were filed, while the rest are under court litigations.

A total of 58.77 m3 of confiscated wood materials were donated to DepEd and 34.63 m3 to DSWD as directed under E.O. 23.  On Forest Fire Management, Prevention, Monitoring and Control, a total of 34 hectares of burned areas were detected.  Likewise, there were 11 chainsaws registered during the year in connection with the implementation of RA 9175.

ANNEXES 2012

 


 



Forfeited and Seized Vehicles Used in Illegal Logging (2003 to 2012 Jun)
(Table 5 - List of Forfeited and Seized Vehicles)

Kind
No. of units
Remarks
Total
 
 
 



Timber Permittees (as of June 2012)
(Table 6 -List of Active Permittees)

Name
Total Area coveage (kms.)
Location
Date Issued
I
IFMA
A Batanes
 
 
 

1

 
 

2

 
 
 

3

 
 

4

 
 

5

 
 
 
 
 
6
 
 
7
 
8
 
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
 
 
 
 
B
Cagayan
 
 
 
1
 
C
Isabela
 
 
 
1
 
 
D
Nueva Vizcaya
 
 
 
1
 
E
Quirino
1
 
 
II
SIFMA
 
 
 
A
Batanes
 
 
 
1
 
 
2
 
B
Cagayan
 
1
 
C
Isabela
1
 
D
Nueva Vizcaya
 
1
 
 
E
Quirino
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Forest Delineation

(Table 7 - Forest Delineation By Province)
 
 
PROVINCE  CY 2002  CY 2003  CY 2004  CY 2005 CY 2006  CY 2007  CY 2008   CY 2009 CY 2010  CY 2011  TOTAL KM
Cagayan  44.20  485.44  674.59  1259.92  357.16  2,821.30
Isabela  94.27  513.79  673.42 1,189.39   122.87 2,593.74 
Nueva Vizcaya  184.58  213.72  269.31 70.10  1,253.702  1,991.41 
Quirino 326.32  173.14  499.46 
Regional Total 420.59 513.79 717.62 184.58 213.72 754.75 674.59 1330.02 1719.70 1,376.57 7,905.92


 

 

 

 

Protected Areas

paws

The Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS) is in charge of protecting, managing, conserving and developing protected areas, wildlife, caves, and coastal and marine resources.

A. PROTECTED AREAS AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

  1. Recommends policies, guidelines, plans, programs and project proposals on the establishment and management of areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), wildlife resources conservation and caves and cave resources management
  2. Enforces laws and regulations on NIPAS Act, Wildlife Act, Caves and Cave Resources Act and multilateral agreements like the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB), Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMSWA), Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), Convention on Wetlands and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Heritage Convention
  3. Provides technical assistance to PAMBs, LGUs, OGAs and private sectors in the management and protection of protected areas, wildlife, caves and cave resources and conservation of biodiversity
  4. Recommends areas for disestablishment and/or inclusion in the NIPAS
  5. Updates regional listing of Philippine flora and fauna including threatened and endemic species and recommends appropriate conservation and management system
  6. Coordinates/collaborates with concerned government agencies, non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, academe and other concerned groups for biodiversity conservation
  7. Assesses and develops areas for ecotourism purposes
  8. Implements community-based resource management
  9. Monitors and evaluates programs, projects and activities related to protected areas management, wildlife resources conservation and cave management

1. Protected Areas Management Section

    1. Recommends policies, guidelines, plans, programs and project proposals on the establishment and management of NIPAs areas
    2. Provides technical assistance to PAMBs, LGUs, OGAs and the private sector in the management and protection of PAs
    3. Recommends sites for disestablishment and/or inclusion in the NIPAs
    4. Provides technical assistance and coordinates the implementation of special programs and projects on protected areas management

2. Caves Management Section

    1. Assesses caves prior to classification
    2. Recommends cave classification to the Regional Cave Committee (RCC)
    3. Provides technical assistance to the RCC
    4. Implements other provisions of Republic Act 9072 otherwise known as National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act

3. Biodiversity Conservation and Management Section

    1. Prepares up-to-date listing of Philippine flora and fauna including rare, endemic and endangered species and recommends a program for the conservation and propagation of the same including the management of related programs and projects
    2. Provides technical assistance and coordinates the implementation of special programs and projects on biodiversity conservation
    3. Recommends policies and guidelines on wildlife conservation and management
    4. Coordinates enforcement of regulation on wildlife trade in collaboration with local offices/agencies of national and local government units as well as private sector
    5. Coordinates the conduct of comprehensive wildlife resources assessment and inventory for policy formulation and program development
    6. Coordinates the implementation of EO 247 regarding prospecting of biological and genetic resources of the country

4. Nature Recreation and Education Section
    Conducts Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on protected areas, biodiversity conservation and ecotourism


B. COASTAL AND MARINE MANAGEMENT DIVISION

  1. Prepares action programs and implementation strategies on coastal and marine environment
  2. Supervises and monitors the progress of all coastal and marine environment programs and projects
  3. Provides technical assistance to LGUs, NGOs, and POs in program and project conceptualization/implementation including sourcing of funds and other resources
  4. Coordinates with LGUs and other concerned sectors and agencies in the creation of task forces on coastal and marine environment
  5. Provides technical assistance and maintains pool of experts for the Coastal and Marine Management Section (CMMS), LGUs, POs and other clients
  6. Assists the RED/RTD on technical matters, and in linkaging/networking with other agencies and the private sector including regional representation in inter-agency task forces and councils/committees
  7. Conducts information and education campaign
  8. Compiles and consolidates reports from CMMS before submission to the Coastal and Marine Management Office

1. Plans and Programs Section

    1. Formulates development plans for coastal and marine management
    2. Reviews standards and benchmarks related to coastal and marine environment including small islands, foreshore, Marine Protected Areas and seascapes

2. Management and Information System Section

a. Establishes and maintains database on coastal and marine environment
b. Develops and supervises an information management system for coastal and marine environment

3. Monitoring and Evaluation Section

    1. Monitors and evaluates programs and projects
    2. Documents field experiences/lessons learned and recommends best practices
    3. Monitors compliance of LGUs to the development plans

 

 

 

I. Narrative

Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services is tasked to protect, manage, conserve and develop protected areas, wildlife, coastal and marine resources pursuant to Republic Act No. 7586

The vast natural resources of the country remain one of the major sources of revenues particularly with the increasing popularity of ecotourism activities in all of the 14 protected areas in Region 02. Ecotourism had not only created livelihood for the local residents but also promoted conservation awareness for both host communities and eco-tourists, and on the other hand, pushed for more effective protected area management.

For the year under report, there are 18 Protected Area Community-Based Resource Mgt. Agreements within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park in the Province of Isabela with a total area of 5,951.27 hectares.

During the period, a total amount of P537,526.43 has been generated from five protected areas and the same amount was likewise deposited.

In coordination with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) of Cagayan and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office No. 02, this office provided technical assistance to all the the where marine sanctuaries have been established.

 
Sectors - Protected Areas and Wildlife
Status of Protected Areas Establishment (as of December 2011)

Inital Components
  • Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape
Additional Components
Proposed
 
 
 
ANNEXES

NEWS

Appointees pledge commitment for better environment  

Having a permanent position in the government service is not only a privilege but also a challenge. As appointee, I am thinking on how could I contribute more for the successful implementation of our programs, how could I overcome obstacles that I may encounter along the way, and how could I surpass the work expectations of my superiors. oathtaking2017

For. Charles G. Tomas, promoted to Forester II position, said this in his response representing the oath-takers from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Offices - Quirino during the Oath-Taking Ceremony on May 8, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.of our programs, how could I overcome obstacles that I may encounter along the way, and how could I surpass the work expectations of my superiors. 

 

Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, administers the
oath of office of appointees from the Regional  Office.

Other testimonies from representatives of the PENR Offices of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Batanes emphasized that appointments and promotions are responsibilities. They said as they promised to find pleasure in the job, they also promised to put excellence in their work.  

According to them, promotions come from God for without Him, there could have been no Oath-Taking conducted.  They told that God gave the executive officials heart and wisdom to choose.  They promised to do their best for the environment to show that they deserved their appointments.

In his message, OIC, Regional Director Gil A. Aromin congratulated the newly appointed and promoted employees and acknowledged the efforts of the Regional Selections and Promotions Board for conducting the different steps of deliberation process in accord with the Merits, Selections and Promotions Plan.    

“Your appointments are coupled with responsibilities that you must undertake.  Do not compromise your integrity in favour of somebody.  Maintain your integrity for the environment so that others may see the beauty of nature and the beauty of the Philippine generation that has yet to come. Uphold that principle because if we do not, who else can do. Do your work with efficiency and competence. Always asked the intercession of the divine providence who is always keeping us perform our duties and responsibilities well,” the regional director said.

According to Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes, Chairperson of the Regional Selections and Promotions Board, the 122 appointments of employees was a result of the six weeks deliberation process of the newly filled up positions ranging from Salary Grades 3-22. This was broken down into: 22 original appointments, two lateral entries, 92 promotion and six change of item.

The RSPB chairperson also encouraged the appointees to start planning their career path as they will be the future leaders of the Department. 

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella emphasized the employees’ promotion as product of their sacrifices who have been working hard for the protection of the environment.   

The filling up of vacant positions in the Regional Office started in June, 2015 under the new DENR Organizational Structure approved by the Department of Budget and Management.  

The new structure is pursuant to Executive Order No. 366 entitled "Directing a Strategic Review of the Operations and Organizations of the Executive Branch and Providing Options and Incentives for Government Employees Who may be Affected by the Rationalization of the Functions and Agencies of the Executive Branch.” #CAT#

 

Press Release

Divilacan watershed is priority site for SIAD

A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the Philippines.

Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the “Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project” will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan.

The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectares covering six barangays and basin length of approximately 12,500 meters.

The SIAD project will be managed by the Asosasyon ng Nagmamalasakit ng Kalikasan (ANAK) and Divilacan Agta Rattan Gatherers Association (DARAGAT) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Divilacan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

A new approach in project implementation, SIAD aims to apply area-based interventions, concepts on its natural resources development programs including but not limited to national greening program and integrated island development.  It takes into consideration Marginalized civil society organization (CSO) Sectors including, but not limited to Indigenous Peoples (IPs), urban poor, farmers and fisherfolk, Muslim Filipinos, rebel returnees, youth, vocational work force, and  men and women stakeholders.

The adoption of SIAD as a strategy is authorized by Memorandum Circular No. 2017-02 issued by Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez on Feb. 15, 2017.

In an interview aired over Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao, DENR Regional Director Gil A. Aromin said: “The Divilacan Watershed is a home for endemic plants; abundant rattan and nito for handicraft making. These livelihood opportunities were considered in selecting the site.” 

“While they (Dumagats) are there to plant trees, we also capacitate them to provide livelihood for them,” Atty. Aromin added.

The Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project according to Director Aromin employs the ridge to reef concept considering that water from the watershed flows down to the sea.

The area where the project is located is known to have three species of Makabuhay used to treat stomach ache and dysmenorrhoea according to the Dumagats or Agtas, the Indigenous People in Divilacan. Tsaang gubat also thrives in the area.

Within the site, a 100-hectare area in Barangay Ditarum will be developed for the Enhanced National Greening Program.

After the identification of the site as priority for integrated development, a meeting with Divilacan Mayor Venturito C. Bulan, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Arthur V. Umengan and DARAGAT IP Chairperson Floro Flores was conducted.

The DENR will also deputize 27 Forest Protection Officers for the six barangays.

To develop business enterprise, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Isabela conducted the Training on Bee Keeping on March 30-31, this year in Barangay Dicaruyan.

Using SIAD as a strategy for the project, the DENR envisions the sustainable multiple-use of the natural resources within the watershed in a manner that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable.

  It aims to rehabilitate through enrichment planting and reforestation of the idle and open areas, and safeguard and preserve the natural tropical forests of the watershed while improving the quality of life of people in the area.# CCC 

Media Release
March 28, 2017


RD Aromin orders vigilant forest protection on Lent

The environment chief of Region 2 has ordered vigilance on illegal forest activities this Holy Week.perpetrator

In his fax message to all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENR) Officers on Mar. 27, this year, Regional Director Gil A. Aromin directed the field officials to establish mobile checkpoints in strategic locations within their respective territorial jurisdictions.

The mobile checkpoints should be manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on rotation basis, as “perpetrators of illegal forest activities would take advantage to engage in timber poaching and transport of forest and wildlife products”.

“Further, mobilize and keep on alert all forest officers, forest rangers, forest protection officers...to be more vigilant not only in monitoring illegal transport of forest and wildlife products but also detection and quick response on any incident of forest fires in your respective areas,” the fax message reads.

To ensure security of the personnel who will man the checkpoints, the regional DENR executive had mandated the PENR and CENR Officers to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies for assistance.

The field officials were also instructed to submit to his Office exact locations of mobile checkpoints to be established for monitoring purposes.

“You are also reminded of the ‘One Strike One Out’ policy of the Secretary,” Atty. Aromin said.

The “One Strike One Out” policy was issued by Sec. Regina L. Lopez on Feb. 15, this year.# CCC

 

Media Release
March 27, 2017

 

Preparation for Sierra Madre Summit underway

To strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in protecting the Sierra Madre, the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance (SSMNA) and the three regions of DENR will spearhead the Sierra Madre Summit.

Proposed to be conducted on May 24-28, this year in Antipolo City, the Summit will be participated in by at least 150 Indigenous Peoples (IPs), People’s Organizations (POs), representatives from the religious sector, academe, non-governmental organization and other CSOs from Regions 2, 3 and 4.

In a meeting with the DENR Region 2 officials held on March 27, this year, Fr. Pete Montallana, chairman and president of the SSMNA, said: “We have to instill in the consciousness and mindsets of the IPs that they are the custodians of the Sierra Madre. We have to encourage them to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Sierra Madre.”

According to Fr. Montallana, the Summit also aims to come up with clear and synchronized actions of the DENR and its partners in forest protection. This will also serve as an avenue to improve the implementation of the National Greening Program in the area.

Fr. Montallana is the DENR’s CSO focal person in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development project in Divilacan, Isabela, the pilot site in Region 2 located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.sierra

During the meeting, Perla A. Vissoro, chairperson of the Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC), suggested that model local government units and POs will be selected to share their experiences and best practices on environmental protection and conservation.

The RMFPC chairperson also requested that the participants from the CSOs will be given an opportunity to interact with the DENR through an open forum.

Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, lauded the initiative of the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance as he assured Fr. Montallana to relay his proposal with Undersecretary for Field Operations Philip G. Camara during the Regional Directors’ Meeting.

“Thank you for collaborating with us...for working with the DENR to save the Sierra Madre,” RD Aromin said in his closing message.# CCC

 

PENRO Isabela observes Earth Hour

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office Isabela employees were obliged to switch off light in their respective houses at 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening of March 25 in observance of the Earth Hour.

Forester Federico Cauilan Jr, newly installed Officer in Charge of the PENR Office, urged the employees to support the global event to raise awareness of the importance of using resources wisely for the environment.

“Let us make plans on how to make Earth Hour more meaningful. Participate in this activity to feel the one-hour of solidarity showing support and concern on the worsening climate change,” Forester Cauilan said.

People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are supportive of the Earth Hour for it gives the feelings of what it would be like to live without light.

Global communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off lights for one hour annually every last Saturday of March as a symbol of commitment to the planet. #RMC

 

PLGU Quirino, DENR sign conservation pact for ecotourism

PLGUQuirinoThe major ecotourism destination in the Province of Quirino will now become operational after the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) and the DENR inked the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Feb. 23, this year in Brgy. Pedlisan, Maddela town.

Signed by Gov. Junie E. Cua and Regional Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the MOA was forged purposely to protect, conserve and rehabilitate the Governor’s Rapid.

It also aims to showcase the importance of ecotourism for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources within the Quirino Protected Landscape (QPL).

Witnessed by Maddela Mayor Renato G. Ylanan, Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Officer Yolando B. Binag, then Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Vicente C. Bayucan, Nagtipunan Community ENR Officer Clarita S. Bermosa and the more or less 400 residents of Pedlisan, the signing highlighted the Information, Education and Communication campaign on Forest Protection Project conducted by the Provincial Chief Executive.

Under the Agreement, the provincial local government shall manage the ecotourism site. It can avail of a certain percentage from the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF). Income of the Protected Area like user’s fee, entrance fee in ecotourism sites, and documentation fee accrue to IPAF.

For its part, the DENR through the Protected Area Management Board for QPL shall approve proposals, work plan and guidelines in accordance with the approved management plan.

The Department shall also extend technical assistance especially in conservation activities.

Governor’s Rapid is a portion of the Cagayan River which has received numerous awards for being the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water” in the region. Its limestone formations serve as a natural shelter to the Dumagats.

It is located within the four barangays of Maddela, namely; San Bernabe, Divisoria Sur, Divisoria Norte and Villa Ylanan.# RGA/CCC

  

Forest patrol system levels up

forest patrol systemThe web-based mobile application dubbed Lawin Forest Biodiversity Protection System (LFBPS) launched on March 10, 2016 to monitor conservation areas has upgraded into a more extensive monitoring system.

Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag lauded this move for efficiency in the transmission, consolidation and analysis of patrol data during the SMART Connect for LFBPS Learning Event on Feb. 27-28, this year at the Crown Pavilion, Tuguegarao City.

“The Lawin System has been streamlined in the forest protection activities targeting a total patrol of 1,800 kilometers for this year. It is very useful and improves our advocacies, as all forms of threat in the forest are detected through our forest patrollers,” said Forester Daquioag.

The system, developed by the DENR and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER), is operated through an open-source software called “CyberTracker” for data collection interface and the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for data analysis, mapping and report generation.

It aims to improve the response mechanisms to address wildlife threats within the forests and protected areas of the Cagayan Valley Region.

Equipped with Global Positioning System, the SMART Connect features the collection and sharing of field data in real time; manages and responses to real time alerts to enable more effective and rapid operational responses; centrally manages SMART deployments at multiple times; and enhances analysis, visualization and impact of SMART data for decision making by integrating with other systems.
In his message, OIC, Regional Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, emphasized that there is a need to capacitate the forest rangers, extension officers and forest protection officers (FPOs) on the use of the mobile system to further improve the implementation of forest protection and law enforcement activities.

The 38 patrol teams composed of 204 forest rangers, forest protection officers and extension officers had a total patrol of 1,355.84 kilometers from July 2016 to January 2017. Adopting the forest conservation area plans of the different Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices, the forest condition and indicator species were observed.

The top five observed threats were: presence of hut/house and other infrastructure, 31 percent; cutting of trees, 29 percent; annual and perennial farming, 16 percent; slash-and-burn farming, 14 percent; and charcoal making, 10 percent. These observations were immediately responded to by the concerned Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers.

Facilitated by representatives of the Forest Management Bureau and Chemonics International, Inc. (B+WISER), the learning event educated the participants on how to install and manipulate the upgraded software that will be used in data analysis after conducting forest patrol and biodiversity assessment. Patrol data can now be recorded per CENRO.

B+WISER Biodiversity and Forestry Specialist Felix Gaschick discussed the features of the application. He said the system has become more embracing because through the interconnection of database, monitoring and access of data are easier and better.

“The system has now started to roll out to the different DENR offices nationwide,” Specialist Gaschick added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rodolfo B. Santos Jr., Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the B+WISER convened the FPOs for the formulation of process for responding to observed threats.

“Technology will not protect the forest, it is the people who are. They are the ones doing the activity that is why we need to enhance them and come up with a generic protocol which will apply to all situations,” Dr. Santos emphasized.

As an output, the FPOs were able to formulate a response framework stressing the procedure to respond to data-driven reports particularly on kaingin farming and establishment of buildings/structures in protected areas.

RD Aromin congratulated the 43 forest patrollers in the closing program of the Learning Event.

“I hope that the knowledge you have gained will be applied by heart for a more productive workforce so that our mandate to protect the environment will always be there. We count on you as our partners in forest protection and conservation,” the Cagayan Valley chief enthused. #CAT

 

 

 

Media Release
March 20, 2017

Sec. Lopez issues “One Strike One Out” policy

To intensify environmental law enforcement, the national environment chief has ordered the implementation of “One Strike One Out” policy in forest protection.

In her Memorandum dated February 15, 2017, Secretary Regina L. Lopez mandated all Regional Directors (RDs), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officers to implement the policy and clear their respective areas of responsibilities of illegal logging activities.

The retained RDs, PENR Officers and CENR Officers were given one month to comply with the directive while the newly assigned officials were given three months.

According to Sec. Lopez, the order is pursuant to the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to intensify the anti-illegal logging campaign.

Upon receipt of the order, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Cagayan Valley Regional Director, immediately instructed all PENR and CENR Officers to come up with strategies or schemes on how to implement the directive in their respective jurisdictions.

The field officials were also enjoined to treat the directive with utmost sense of responsibility.

Among the strategies formulated are: creation of task forces to conduct close monitoring of forest protection activities; deputation of interested parties or individuals and mobilization of all Wildlife Enforcement Officers; and close coordination and partnership with law enforcement units to sustain strong partnership with the Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee, local government units and other government agencies.

From January to March 15, this year, Region 2 recorded 10 incidents of apprehension that yielded a total of 49.59 cubic meters of illegally-sourced forest products and seven conveyances.

The DENR will also maintain intensified visibility; conduct regular patrolling through LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System; and hire on-site Forest Protection Officers and Park Rangers to strengthen the established checkpoints.

The “One Strike One Out” policy is in line with Executive Order No. 23 s. 2011 “Declaring a Moratorium on Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force”. # CCC

 

CV targets zero forest fire

Cagayan Valley’s Forest Fire Management Plan (FFMP) is now ready for implementation to attain zero case of forest fire in the region.

The Enforcement Division (ED) of DENR Region 2 created the FFMP as a guide to avoid or prevent fire incidents in forests.

“We have to prepare for the coming dry season, when forests are more prone to fire,” said Forester Joselito D. Razon, ED Assistant chief.

The fire management plan includes programs for fire preparedness, detection and prevention.

According to Forester Razon, they will be strengthening their campaign against the common causes of forest fire which include kaingin, burning of agricultural wastes, unmindful gathering of honey bees and ant eggs, and negligence of residents of communities adjacent to forest areas.

The said plan was also designed to avoid massive fire occurrences like what happened in 2016 where a total of 851 hectares of forest and National Greening Program areas in the region were destroyed. These incidents brought an approximately 30 million-peso loss from the government fund.

As part of fire prevention activities, the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices were instructed to formulate their respective fire brigades. Also, 16 look-out towers are to be established in strategic locations within the fire prone forest areas in the region.

For a more efficient fire rescue, sets of firefighting equipment were purchased while the hiring of firefighting crews were also requested to the Central Office.

The Department encourages residents of areas near the forests to immediately report to the nearest DENR office any detection of fire indications such as smoke from the forest.#

DENR, LGU Sta. Teresita ink partnership on Bakong enterprise

mou stateresitaTo promote the growing Bakong enterprise in Sta. Teresita, Cagayan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), DENR Region 2 and the Local Government Unit of said town on Feb. 24, this year.

The signing of the Memorandum highlighted the celebration of the 5th National Ecotourism and 2nd Namunit Festivals.

The MOU is a venture of the DENR and the local government in promoting the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprise. It shall also provide livelihood and sources of income for communities within and surrounding areas of high biodiversity values.

Sta. Teresita’s Bangalao lake, a part of the Northeastern Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area, is a home of the endemic aquatic plant called Bakong which can be used to produce woven accessories and furniture. Turned into a ‘bustling industry’, this enterprise now helps as a source of income for the residents of the municipality.

The engagement of the DENR on Bakong enterprise started in 2013 through the Biodiversity Partnerships Project which initiated the conduct of a preliminary study of the water plant in determining its growth, supply and local distribution. The agency also facilitated the capacity building of People’s Organization.

BMB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim expressed her desire for the biodiversity-friendly Bakong products to be recognized globally.She aimed at perfecting the technology of the enterprise with the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism and other partner-agencies for the community to be benefitted while making sure that all activities in the industry are environment-friendly.

“We at the DENR want the community to feel and experience the benefits from the environment without them abusing or destroying it,” emphasized Director Lim.

The bureau chief also assured Mayor Lolita C. Garcia that the participants in the upcoming United Nations Convention and Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in October and November, respectively, will be encouraged to visit her town for possible investments and market linkages.

Meanwhile, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC Regional Director of DENR Region 2 also articulated the agency’s support after mentioning that the enterprise is a fulfillment of the thrusts of Secretary Gina L. Lopez on social justice and environmental integrity and “gross national happiness” among the people of Sta. Teresita.

“This is also an exemplification of the new approach in the implementation of our environmental programs which is the Sustainable Integrated Area Development,” added Atty. Aromin as he commended the efforts of the whole municipality in protecting and preserving the environment and natural resources in their area.# RCC

RGADFPS lines up Women’s Month activities

The Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) has lined up activities in celebration of National Women’s Month in March, this year.

Engr. Paulina A. Lingan, RGADFPS chairperson, discussed the rationale of the celebration during the GAD Meeting on Feb. 13, this year at the Office of the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

The chairperson emphasized the conduct of Information, Education and Communication on Gender and Development as one of the activities highlighting this year’s celebration with a theme, “We Make Change, Work for Women.” This focuses on National Greening Program (NGP), forest protection, protected area management and other environment and natural resources programs.

She discussed among the focal persons the 2017 Annual GAD Work and Financial Plan having a minimum of five percent and a maximum of 30 percent of the Office’s total budget. “The activities shall be finalized in the Action Planning Workshop to be held in March 1 at the Regional Office,” said Engr. Lingan.

Lined up activities include: March 6, Kick off – Lecture on Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and Oath-Taking of the RGADFPS new set of officers; March 8, Freebie Day – the first 20 clients to request for blueprint can avail any of these at no cost; and March 10 – Simultaneous Strengthening of Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (lecture and demonstration on Vermi-composting).

Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel, OIC, Office of the ARD for Management Services, enlightened the group on the Search for the Most Gender Sensitive Project Implementer and Most Gender Responsive Project, also enlisted as major activities in March. This shall be launched in the kick off program.

Free Pap smear and prostate gland check-up of employees in a government hospital shall also be scheduled.

All employees shall be wearing any shade of purple in all Mondays of March, as a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to end violence against women.

Aimed at recognizing the contributions of Filipino women in the society, the annual conduct of National Women’s Month is embodied in Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988. #CAT#

 

Tenure holders to give way for power transmission lines

 

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ARD Malvar (left) confers with RTAD head Mabitazan (standing) on the details of their application for FLAg.

We will ask for clearance from the existing holders of Forest Landuse Agreement (FLAg) or any tenurial instrument that will be affected in the application of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for a consolidated FLAg.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar, OIC, Office of the Regional Director, stressed this during the Technical Conference with the NGCP on Jan. 12, this year at the Mabolo Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

He added that those holders upon determining that their tenurial instruments overlapped within the NGCP’s buffer zones must waive their rights in favor of the NGCP. “This will also avoid ‘double tenure’ in landuse applications,” he continued.

According to Franklin Mabitazan, NGCP Reliability and Technical Assessment Department head and team leader, a 40-meter right-of-way from the center (left and right) of the transmission line shall be established.

ARD Malvar said the DENR shall assist the NGCP in the compliance with the different requirements as there are government agencies involved like Environmental Management Bureau and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in the preparatory activities.

“The existing Forest Land Use Plan shall be used as reference, however, it must be updated to harmonize the areas to be covered by the NGCP. Likewise, those affected areas that will be evaluated as part of the transmission lines shall be removed and updated with its corresponding landuse,” ARD Malvar further stated.

In his Memorandum dated Dec. 9, 2016, Forest Management Bureau Director Ricardo L. Calderon ordered all Regional Directors except the National Capital Region to facilitate the conduct of actual ground verification survey and submit the list of existing and expired Special Land Use Permit and FLAg of the NGCP.

The RDs were also instructed to expedite action for tenured areas that will be affected by the FLAg, considering that the corporation has identified 65 backbone transmission lines nationwide which traverse the forestland covering an area of approximately 3,994 hectares.

Other agreements in the Conference include the adoption of a just compensation or co-location policy; payment of the NGCP of corresponding amount equivalent to the size of the area waived by the existing owners of tenurial instrument previously issued; and crafting of guidelines that regulate the project like the amount of User’s Fee with the standard computation of zonal value of the areas covered.

The NGCP’s application for FLAg aims to safeguard the reliability of transmission lines from unwanted obstructions such as hazard vegetation and tall structures. This is in line with the provision stated in Department Administrative Order No. 2004-59 known as the “Rules and Regulation Governing the Special Uses of Forestlands”. #CAT#

 

Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief


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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 has a new Regional Director.

This was revealed by Secretary Gina Lopez during the Expanded Executive Committee Meeting held on Jan. 23, this year in San Mateo, Rizal.
The designation of Atty. Gil A. Aromin as OIC, Regional Director is contained in Special Order No. 2017-32 issued by Secretary Lopez on January 23, 2017.

Director Aromin took over the leadership from OIC, Office of the Regional Director and concurrent Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar who will retire in Feb. 9.

During the Monday Convocation held in Jan. 30 at DENR Regional Office, the new environment regional top official emphasized on integrity as he encouraged all personnel to live a simple life.

“Integrity is one of the principles of Secretary Lopez,” RD Aromin underlined.

A licensed forester, Director Aromin has been the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services since 2015. Prior to his designation as ARD, he was the Regional Technical Director for Lands for five years.

He also held the designation of OIC, Regional Director of Environmental Management Bureau in Region 2.

He first joined the DENR in 1976 as Forester at the then Bureau of Forestry and Development in Dagupan City. He transferred to Region 2 in 1998 as Attorney III and became the chief of the Legal Division for 18 years.

A Director III by position, Atty. Aromin was appointed Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV on October 1, 2015 by then Pres. Benigno Aquino III.# CCC

 

 

Special Feature

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TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

 

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

 

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.

 

With Secretary Gina at the helm of a major government department that has a direct and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and this time under the leadership of a capable and knowledgeable environment and natural resources secretary. For one, Secretary Gina has been a practitioner of area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).

 

Secretary Gina knows that with the Philippines’ archipelagic territory, the mountain ridge ecosystem connects by streams, creeks, rivers to the various other ecosystems until the final one (within our territory), the coral reef ecosystem, the totality of which was once teeming with life. “Life in all its fullness” was certainly what the Philippines was (before the times of colonization and industrialization. But alas, development was under the unitary and sectoral paradigm).

 

Area development deepens this understanding of the fragile but critical relationships between and among interconnected ecosystems and working with the local people applies the principle of subsidiarity which states that functions and decision-making should be undertaken at the lowest possible hierarchical level and the role of the higher organizational level is to support those lower units undertaking the functions.

 

As Secretary Gina says, “area development is about nurturing and helping the local people nurture their local areas to unleash [their]productive potential”. This means making development based on the potentialities of the area. This is the better opposite to what has been going on since the Philippines became a country under colonial masters where the desires of the corporations were simply imposed on local areas that suited their businesses. And since business was all that mattered, they generally left the place worse off and, in many instances killing off the ecosystem that the locals could have relied on for sustenance. The zenith of this “devil may care” attitude seems to be the guiding principle of many large mines that decimate the geological and hydrological functions of the ecosystem leaving the locals in perpetual risk and scamming the Filipino people by leaving behind a permanent pit hole of humongous dimensions. It wouldn’t be surprising if the economic tab left behind by derelict mines long abandoned by mining companies that have been in turn abandoned by their shareholders are simply dumped on you and me, the taxpayers. Secretary Gina calls this “madness”.

 

Under the principle of subsidiarity, it is government’s role to assist local people co-create local sustainable economies based on the perpetual beneficial use of the local ecosystem bounties for even distant future generations. Thus, the shift towards federalism is timely in that area development and subsidiarity are wholly compatible with federalism. In fact, they are necessary complements to genuine federalism. Where unitarism (our present centralized system) brought us corporate-led sectoral and highly inequitable development, federalism should usher in community-based, ecosystem-sensitive area development that gives everyone who wants a chance to participate in the local economy that opportunity.

 

Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is leading the way by selecting 29 priority areas to demonstrate area development and is enlisting the help of the Sixto K. Roxas Foundation that targets poverty eradication by creating the template of an expanded local social accounting matrix of the value-adding power of the local sectors and how incomes are distributed (or not distributed locally but remitted out of the local area). Secretary Gina wants all programs of the DENR like the National Greening Program, Bamboo Program, Biochar Program, Mangrove Rehabilitation Programs, and Mining Programs to be re-crafted along the principles of area development with its concrete manifestation of viable community enterprises that are networked to build up to scale and demonstrate the opposite of “trickle-down” (pinatulo) towards the alternative of “nurturing upwards,” or pinatubo.

 

President Duterte seems to be instinctively aware that the ideological lines are not anymore between the “left vs. the right,” the old Cold War mentality of these old ideologies (that ironically are united in their pinatulo paradigm as both ideologies rely on trickle-down sectors to benefit the locals) but between the primacy of nurturing people and ecosystems versus sectoral corporations (that have grown so large, moneyed and powerful), or in other words “pinatulo” vs. “pinatubo”. Thus, the push for federalism as a government organizational set-up where now, finally, area development can be its favored bride guided by the vow of subsidiarity.

 

The author, a co-convenor of the Subsidiarity Movement International and the Federalist Forum of the Philippines, advocates for the bottom-up development model as well as proper decentralization, and the strengthening of regional governance. He served for 12 years in the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon as chair of the economic committee. He was a consultant for the Philippine Alternative Fuels Corp. (PAFC) and was on the board of trustees of the HARIBON Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of advisors of CDPI.

 

 

 

 

CV forest protection advocates gather in conference

More than a decade after its last meeting, the forest protection group in Cagayan Valley once again convened for a regionwide conference.

At least 100 advocates composing the regional, provincial and municipal Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC) attended the Regionwide Conference on Forest Protection and Conservation held on Dec.8, this year at Las Palmas de San Jose in Tuguegarao City.aseccuna

They are the DENR’s active partners in preserving the remaining forests of Region 2.

In his keynote message, Luzon Assistant Secretary for Operations Juan Miguel T. Cuna said the MFPCs have evolved to deal with more complex problems, issues and challenges of the environment in general.

“It is high time we recognize the efforts and contributions of the MFPCs in Cagayan Valley leading to the greater awareness and appreciation of our natural resources and preserving our protected areas here in Region 2,” he enthused.

He reminded that highly mobilized MFPCs will always have a positive impact on the environment and the communities.

ASEC Cuna also stressed on the main thrust of Sec. Gina Lopez on Sustainable Integrated Area Development Management which will be implemented in 29 sites including the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP). According to him, NSMNP is considered the last remaining forested frontier in Northern Luzon.

Regional MFPC Chairperson Perla A. Visorro said the activity serves as an avenue for MFPC stakeholders to share their long standing experiences and best practices for the last decade of operation.

The regionwide conference also paves the way for the documentation of the best practices and recent developments in forest protection conducted including the innovations by the different groups advocating forest protection.

Updates on the existing forestry policies and strategies and their effectives in addressing illegal logging; status of forest cover including the trends of confiscation and seizure of illegally sourced forest products in Region 2; and the report on the RMFPC monitoring in Tumauni and City of Ilagan, both in Isabela after Super Typhoon Lawin were presented during the meeting.

Initiatives and strategies on forest protection and best practices on Community-based Forest Resource Management were shared by selected local government units and people’s organizations, respectively.

Organized in 1992, the MFPC is composed of local government units, national government agencies and different civil society organizations such as non-government organizations and people’s organizations.# CCC

 

 

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Piat-Solana political boundary clarified


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 OIC Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar (2nd from left) and Engr. Alberto S. Obedoza (right), Chief of the DENR Region 2 Surveys and Mapping Division, listen as DENR Assistant Regional Director for Management Service Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from right) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Region 2 Director Marjorie P. Ayson (left) discuss salient points pertaining to the jurisdiction on a parcel of land between the municipalities of Piat and Solana, in the province of Cagayan, during a dialogue held at Hotel Roma in Tuguegarao City where DAR Undersecretaries Atty. Marcos Risonar and Atty. David Erro, representatives from the Land Bank of the Philippines, Register of Deeds, Department of the Interior and Local Government, the local government of Piat and Solana, representatives of the owners of the landholdings and farmer beneficiaries were also present.

Engr. Alberto S. Obedoza, in his presentation of the technical descriptions of the subject landholding, revealed that the same area was covered by two separate titles. Engr. Obedoza however stressed that during the cadastral survey they conducted, the actual location of Barangay Warat, where most of the farmer beneficiaries reside, is within the municipality of Piat, Cagayan. This was confirmed by the DILG Regional Office’s and National Barangay Operations Office’s certifying Barangay Warat as ‘listed in the current and master list of barangays as one of 18 regular barangays in Piat” and that the representative from Solana “is not claiming that the subject landholding is within their jurisdiction.” #

 

 

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DENR: Best Government Agency BuB Implementer in Cagayan Valley Region.

 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar (2nd from left) and Forester Felina R. Malupeng (center) marvel at a plaque of recognition awarded to the premier environment agency by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 2 Regional Director John M. Castaňeda (2nd from right), DILG Asst. Regional Director Odilon Pasaraba (left) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 2 Supervising Budget and Management Specialist Jose Cusipag Pamittan (right) during the DILG-sponsored Local Government Unit Incentives and Awards (LGUIA) Ceremony held at the Ilagan Auditorium, City of Ilagan in Isabela on November 8, 2016. DENR Region 2 was recognized as “Best (Government Agency) BuB Project implementer” for its ‘excellent performance in the implementation of BuB (Bottom-up Budgeting) in 2014, 2015 and 2016.’ Also awarded next to the DENR were the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

 

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City of Ilagan: Best BuB Implementer in Cagayan Valley Region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar (center) beams as he awards the plaque of recognition for the City Government of Ilagan as ‘Best (Bottom-up Budgeting) BuB Project implementer’ to City Mayor Evelyn C. Diaz (2nd from right) during the Department of the Interior and Local Government DILG-sponsored Local Government Unit Incentives and Awards (LGUIA) Awarding Ceremony held at the Ilagan Auditorium, City of Ilagan in Isabela on November 8, 2016. The city of Ilagan was cited for its ‘effective and remarkable’ implementation of two BuB projects--the Agroforestry Project and Forest Development and Rehabilitation Project which were enrolled in the DENR-initiated National Greening Program (NGP) in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

In its 209.6-hectares agroforestry project area in Barangay Rang-ayan, the LGU administered the planting of some 104,800 seedlings of narra (Pterocarpus indicus), yemane (Gmelina arborea) and mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) forest tree species and mango (Mangifera Indica) and calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa) fruit tree species using the P2.4 million pesos the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) appropriated for the project. It also reported having completed plantation establishment, maintenance and protection activities including the construction of a 18 6x1000-meters fire prevention blocks and two look-out towers as of December 30, 2014.

In the 173.4 hectares forest development and rehabilitation project area, also in Rang-ayan, the Ilagan City LGU planted 173,400 seedlings of narra, mahogany and gmelina forest tree species; established ten fire prevention blocks and two lookout towers as part of maintenance and protection component using the P2.6 million fund from the DBM, and reported project completion on September 30, 2015.

DENR Region 2 OIC Regional Director Malvar said, “The projects were implemented ahead of schedule. The LGU used the funds as programmed and appropriately liquidated according to COA (Commission on Audit) prescribed guidelines.”

“More importantly, the Barangay Rang-ayan community or the city constituents seemed to be happy with the projects. We did not receive any complaint from any stakeholder related to the implementation of the Bub projects. No complaints!” he added.

Also present during the awarding rites were: DILG Region 2 Regional Director John M. Castaňeda (4th from left) DILG Assistantt Regional Director Odilon L. Pasaraba (3rd from left), DILG Isabela Provincial Director Elpidio A. Durwin (right), DILG Regional Project Management Officer Engr. Imelda P.A. Rosales (2nd from left), National Anti-Poverty Commission representative Amalia Decena (left) and DBM Region 2 Supervising Budget and Management Specialist Jose Cusipag Pamittan, (3rd from right).

 

Press Release

Divilacan watershed is priority site for SIAD

            A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the Philippines.

            Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the “Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project” will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan.

            The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectares covering six barangays and basin length of approximately 12,500 meters.

            The SIAD project will be managed by the Asosasyon ng Nagmamalasakit ng Kalikasan (ANAK) and Divilacan Agta Rattan Gatherers Association (DARAGAT) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Divilacan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

            A new approach in project implementation, SIAD aims to apply area-based interventions, concepts on its natural resources development programs including but not limited to national greening program and integrated island development.  It takes into consideration Marginalized civil society organization (CSO) Sectors including, but not limited to Indigenous Peoples (IPs), urban poor, farmers and fisherfolk, Muslim Filipinos, rebel returnees, youth, vocational work force, and  men and women stakeholders.

            The adoption of SIAD as a strategy is authorized by Memorandum Circular No. 2017-02 issued by Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez on Feb. 15, 2017.

            In an interview aired over Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao, DENR Regional Director Gil A. Aromin said: “The Divilacan Watershed is a home for endemic plants; abundant rattan and nito for handicraft making. These livelihood opportunities were considered in selecting the site.”

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CHANGE OF COMMAND – Outgoing Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (left) turns over the symbolic  ‘Key of Responsibility’ to Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar that highlighted the opening of the Sports Fest/Cultural Presentation cum Employee Performance Recognition on Dec. 19, this year at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.  In his acceptance message, Director Malvar thanked RD Tumaliuan for creating the “house of leadership, unity and cooperation” in DENR Region 2.  He assured that the rope of management   turned over to him shall be opened up in shepherding the Office and its personnel.  “We have been together for several decades. No one is alien to me, likewise, I can say, I am not alien to you.  Let us respect each other and there will be no problem,” he said.#

 

REWARDING GOOD DEEDSEmployees of the DENR Regional Office pose in pride after receiving ecognitions for their exemplary performance and contributions for the Department during the ports Fest/Cultural Presentation cum Employee Performance Recognition held on Dec. 22, this year at Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Grace Ann B. Addun (third from left) and Romer C. Pugal (rightmost), both from Administrative Division, were awarded as the Employees of the Year for sharing their expertise in the formulation of designs of the Compendium of the proocurement of Every Good and Service conducted through National Competitive Bidding, and Proficiency for Client Satisfaction Service and Anti-Red Tape Act, respectively. Other awardees were commended in showing the ‘Spirit of Employee Engagement’ by giving priority attention in saving government properties from further damage after Super Typhoon Lawin.#

RESTORING VALUES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE – More than 50 learners have actively participated in the Values Restoration and Re-orientation and Career Development Learning Event on Dec. 28-29, 2016 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.  Aimed at developing the learners’ full values as persons, public servants and Filipinos and equipping them with appropriate knowledge and vital information about the Department’s thrusts and programs, the learners were impressed of having the opportunity to learn the different principles toward exceptional public service.  In his congratulatory remarks, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services, said the learning event had inculcated to the participants the desired values essential in achieving the client-services satisfaction. “Every employee must observe values in the workplace regardless of his or her position or designation.  Our clients deserve to be respected and to be properly attended to and served as well,” ARD Aromin emphasized.#

PRIME RECOGNITION – Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar and Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel pose with officials from the Civil Service Commission after receiving the plaque of recognition for DENR having obtained Maturity Level 2 (Process-Defined HRM) in the areas of Performance Management; Learning and Development; and Recruitment, Selection and Placement under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM). The award was given as a result of the Department’s determination and invaluable efforts to promote people excellence in public service delivery. The recognition rites was held on Dec. 27, 2016 at the Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City. The plaque of recognition for the area of Rewards and Recognition was awarded to the DENR in February of the same year. #

EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION To know more and to have an access for medical assistance in emergency cases, employees of the DENR attentively listen to Remedios V. Andrada, Information Officer II of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC)-Regional Extension Unit 2, during the conduct of In-house Orientation on Jan. 23, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Discussing the different medical benefits, IO Andrada said that employees, whose claims for medical assistance were disallowed by the ECC’s administering agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System, can ask for further assistance to the Commission for the approval of their claims. Covered for application of medical assistance are those of work-related compensable sickness, accident and death. The ECC is a quasi-judicial entity that implements the employees’ compensation programs in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment.#

USEC TEH’S VISIT – Undersecretary for Attached Agencies and Chief of Staff, Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, updates DENR Regional Office personnel on the Department’s structure in the Central Office and on the selection and promotion process during her visit in Region 2 on Jan. 25, this year. In a general assembly meeting, the top official encouraged the employees to diligently perform their duties. USEC Teh is in Cagayan Valley to lead the evaluation of the Special Climate Change Fund and Gender Mainstreaming in the Global Environment Facility being the Operational Focal Point in the Philippines. #

DENR REGION 2 UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP - Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, accepts the symbolic key of responsibility from outgoing Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Office of the Regional Director (ORD) Wilfredo C. Malvar during the Turnover Ceremony on Feb. 6, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. In his message, RD Aromin expressed his hope that all employees will cooperate and will always remember the directives and accomplishments of the past leaders.  “We should pursue it and even excel unto it to prove our worth to the DENR administration,” he added. As the new Regional Director, Atty. Aromin underlined the importance of following regulations at all times. “As a lawyer, I am stickler for rules,” the new environment chief  emphasized. In his remarks, outgoing OIC, ORD Malvar pleaded for the support and cooperation of all employees to the new leadership.#

SOLAR POWER PROJECT LAUNCHED IN CAGAYAN- Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from left) and Cagayan Governor Manuel N. Mamba (left) prepare to shake hands with GreEnergy Power Systems-Philippines, Inc. Chairman and CEO Filomeno Villaruz III after his speech closing the groundbreaking ceremonies held over the weekend (February 25, 2017) which launched the P6.8 Billion, 105-megawatt Cagayan Solar Power Project to be established insome 255 hectares of land in Barangay Caagaman in Aparri, Cagayan. The energy project will be the first grid-connected solar power generation, and first renewable power generation facility in Cagayan Valley. Regional environment head Atty. Aromin, who represented Luzon Field Operations Assistant Secretary Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna and Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, said he hoped that the facility, while it harvests the ever-available energy from the sun, and causes the least or minimal damage to the environment, will bring jobs, development and happiness to the Cagayano community particularly in Caagaman, Aparri, Cagayan.#
ENSURING EMPLOYEES’ WELL-BEING – Updating on the status of members’ welfare programs, Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Juan T. Evangelista, Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) Region 2 president, welcomes regionwide delegates in the K4R2 7th Annual General Assembly on Feb. 10, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  With a theme “Achieving Ultimate Goal of Protecting the Interests of Members,” the General Assembly was highlighted with a lecture on health services from the Insular Life Assurance Company.  President Evangelista and all the Board of Directors committed to work out the provision of ‘medicard’ to all K4 members as soon as the DENR-K4R2 Consultative Committee, a governing body to negotiate for funds to finance the ‘medicard’ enrolment, shall have been formalized.#
SERVICE PLEDGE – Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, officiates the Oath-taking of the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers of the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) Region 2 on Feb. 28, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City. The Board is represented by the Regional Office and five Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices:  Regional Office- Lea A. Daquioag, Juan T. Evangelista and Engr. Fe C. Lingan; Cagayan- Mae G. Delos Santos and For. Samuel M. Vinarao; Isabela- Racquel M. Caldez and For. Luz S. Soriano; Quirino- For. Jose B. Corpuz and For. David S. Yanguas; and Nueva Vizcaya- For. Rogelio G. Rollan and Engr. Giovannie S. Magat. The representative for Batanes shall be appointed by the Board.  The K4 Region 2 is now on its 7th year of promoting the employees’ welfare and implementing developmental programs.#
INFORMATION OFFICERS’ MEETING – “You are our potent partners in promoting our programs and in engaging our stakeholders in the field,” said Atty. Gil A. Aromin (standing), Regional Director of DENR, emphasizing the purpose of the conduct of the Information Officers’ (IOs) Meeting held at the Mabolo Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City on Mar. 6, this year. The Department’s new strategy in project implementation called Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) was introduced to the IOs through Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag. Aside from SIAD, the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program was also presented through Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Chief Salome G. Bonnit.#
ONE BILLION WOMEN RISING – Officials, staff and Day Care pupils of the DENR Regional Office perform the One Billion Rising (OBR) dance on Mar. 6, this year as part of the kick-off program of the Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”. The OBR led by GABRIELA in the Philippines, is a global movement in support of the campaign for a systematic change towards ending violence against women and children. The dance was performed simultaneously at 8:45 in the morning in all DENR offices nationwide. #
AGROFORESTRY FOR ENHANCED NGP - Dr. Carlos S. Arida Sr. (standing) of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) discusses the rationale of the Capability Building on Agroforestry under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) held on March 8-9, 2017 at the Visitors’ Center, PENR Office, Basco, Batanes. In his message, PENR Officer George R. Reyes emphasized that the training is in line with the thrust of Secretary Gina L. Lopez to involve the community people in all DENR programs and capacitate them for enterprise development. The learning event was participated in by members of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) group in Barangay San Antonio who will be involved in the ENGP for 2017. The implementors from the PENR Office joined in the training. #     
PURSUING A REWARDING CAREER – After administering the oath of office, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, congratulates Atty. Ismael T. Manaligod, who was   promoted on Feb. 28, this year to the position of Attorney V by Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” L. Lopez.  This was highlighted in the kick-off ceremonies of the Women’s Month celebration on March 6, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  Atty. Manaligod, OIC, Chief, Legal Division since June 2010 shepherded Region 2 to attain the highest rate in conviction and resolution of criminal cases for violation of ENR laws nationwide.  He also led the successful handling of six civil cases involving annulment of fake titles.  Atty. Manaligod authored the development of a land case data base tracking system, now operational in the region.  The system has reduced waiting time for party litigants requesting for case status update and facilitated retrieval of case records. The youngest division chief in DENR Region 2 history, Atty. Manaligod is backed-up by a public administration degree from Saint Paul University and passed the bar in 2009 immediately after finishing Law School at the Cagayan State University in 2008.  He rose from the ranks, starting his professional career as Casual Laborer in 2003; Forest Ranger, designated as Information Officer in 2004; and Land Management Officer III in 2007.#
PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT – “Be loyal to your job. Your loyalty to your work is what counts most to me because you will be rated based on your performance and not on your loyalty to me,” appealed Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Cagayan Valley environment chief, to the regional and field officials as he closes the Regional Management Conference held on March 13, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The Management Conference was conducted to convey updates and new instructions of Secretary Gina L. Lopez as a result of the Special Regional Directors’ Meeting with the Undersecretary for Field Operations, the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, and the three Assistant Secretaries for Field Operations; and assess the region’s accomplishments in terms of physical performance and financial utilization. Issues affecting the different divisions in the Regional Office and field offices and the Strategic Performance Management System Indicators for Calendar Year 2017 were also discussed during the Conference. Director Aromin also said the management expects full cooperation of the personnel in the implementation of DENR programs as he committed support to everyone.#
IMPROVING SUPERVISORY SKILLS – “You will be the agents of change in the Department. You are the future of the DENR.” Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes underlines this in his message during the opening program of the Supervisory Development Course – Track I on Mar. 15, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. He also emphasized the importance of the continuous learning of the supervisors in order to create a better relationship with their subordinates and to deliver a more efficient service to their clients. The three-day Course conducted by the Civil Service Commission is aimed at improving the leadership and management skills of the learners. The 34 participants who hold supervisory positions were engaged in lectures and activities on Enhancing Personal Effectiveness, Managing Self-esteem, Becoming an Achiever, and Coaching and Delegating. #
STRENGTHENING ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT – As part of Women’s Month celebration, Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel, Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) chairperson, conducts lecture on Production of Organic Fertilizer through Proper Solid Waste Management on March 10, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  The RGADFPS chairperson explained the procedures of Vermicomposting which uses earthworms to convert organic wastes into organic fertilizer called vermicast.  “As practicing environmentalists, we do not only protect our environment but also we can benefit and earn a living,” said the Chief, Administrative Officer.  The women employees were encouraged to become entrepreneurs through proper waste segregation.  As a continuation of the activity, a demonstration on Vermicomposting will be conducted at the Regional Office. #
SERVICE EFFICIENCY - Engr. Dominador A. Penera (center), assistant chief of the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD), explains the Digital Land Survey Data (DLSD) lodgment in an interview aired over DPWE Radyo ng Bayan in Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City on Mar. 23, this year. The DLSD lodgment is covered by the e-survey plan which is a computer program designed to prepare, encode, print and view survey data records and plans. According to Engr. Penera, private engineers and clients can lodge automatically to the e-survey kiosks for the immediate processing of their transactions. “This is a fast track process for verification and approval of survey plans because there is no more manual encoding of survey data. This is also the standard format of submission and exchange of data under the LAMS (Land Administration and Management System) Philippines,” said Engr. Penera. The SMD assistant chief was accompanied by Enforcement Division Assistant Chief Joselito D. Razon who discussed about the region’s Forest Fire Management Plan.# 
EDUCATING THE ACADEME – Biodiversity Monitoring Section Chief Samuel P. Telan (extreme left) leads in briefing Tourism students of the Batanes State College (BSC) before they conducted observation of priority wildlife species along the transect line at Mt. Iraya in Basco. The activity was held on Feb. 10, this year. Zerjei Ballada, BSC instructor, accompanied the 11 students. #  

 

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP – Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from right), discusses with Batanes Gov. Marilou H. Cayco (center) priority programs of the DENR specifically foreshore development and management, and Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program. The two executives agreed to harmonize their programs and activities for a better partnership toward environmental integrity. Gov. Cayco said the foreshore development and management plan will be integrated in the ecotourism development master plan which is being formulated by the province. She also solicited assistance on waste management. The interaction was made during the courtesy visit of RD Aromin on April 6, this year. With him are Forester Dionicio C. Deundo( 2nd from left), in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Ecosystems Management Specialist I Darcy N. Labrador (extreme left) and Park Maintenance Foreman Ariel S. Agabin (extreme right).#
LAND POLICIES TRAINING - Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Marlon C. Agnar explains his earnest desire to equip the newly-appointed personnel about land policies during the opening ceremony of the two-day Learning Event on Land Disposition and Tenurial Instruments within Forest Lands that started earlier today at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. “From the Department’s process of shifting from sectoral to functional structure under the Rationalization Plan, there were new officers who were given items, or transferred to sectors, concerning both lands and forestry,” said PENR Officer Agnar that caused him to initiate the learning event for 69 participants from the PENR and CENR Offices of Cagayan. “This training aims to capacitate the participants on the concepts and procedures in the issuance of all types of tenurial instruments including evaluation,” added Samuel M. Vinarao, Management Services Division chief. #

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