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

3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection

 

Convergence includes wildlife and mineral resources

The protection of the natural resources of three regions will soon be strengthened following the interregional convergence meeting held in Baguio City on Nov. 20, this year.

The meeting resulted in the preparation of a memorandum of agreement among the regional executive directors (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the mutual complementation and collaboration will unify, and streamline efforts and resources toward achieving overall protection of the environment and natural resources.

“The interregional convergence is one of our initiatives pursuant to the commitment of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop illegal environmental activities,” RED Aromin said.

During the meeting, the environment chiefs agreed that the monitoring checkpoints for forest products in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; and Luna, Apayao will also be utilized to regulate the transport of wildlife and mineral products.

Mobile checkpoints will also be established in strategic places to intensify monitoring of forest products, wildlife and mineral resources.

The team leaders of the monitoring stations will closely coordinate to monitor any movement of illegal products including apprehension.

It was also agreed that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer whose jurisdiction covers the monitoring station will supervise the activities of the checkpoint and will submit report to concerned RED.

Meanwhile, the administrative adjudication of the apprehended or seized forest products, wildlife and mineral products and transportation used, tools and equipment including filing of complaints against the perpetrators will be conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) office concerned. The disposition thereof will be in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will assist in the apprehension and evaluation of mineral resources to be transported.

It can be recalled that on August 15, 2018, Secretary Cimatu issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2018-18 establishing a centralized coordinative mechanism at the Regional Office of DENR, MGB and Environmental Management Bureau.

Under the said DAO, the DENR RED, assistant regional director for technical services, PENR and CENR officers are deputized to police mining activities and enforce environmental laws, rules and regulations. They are also authorized to issue orders and to arrest violators of environmental laws. # CCC

DENR to launch PIPLS flagship mascot

MASCOT

The flagship species icon of the Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS) will be launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The launch of the mascot for rabbitfish Siganidae locally known as Barangan will highlight this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15.

Mascot “Barry”, short term for Barangan, will serve as a social marketing tool under the flagship communication campaign of the DENR’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP). It will represent the protected area’s campaign slogan, “You and me for the sea.”

CMEMP is a national program that aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems. It seeks to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency.

The identification of the flagship species was made through a focus group discussion with key stakeholders of the PIPLS.

The mascot, a representation of the flagship species, will be the symbol to stimulate awareness of the people for them to consequently take action in the conservation and protection of coastal and marine resources.


“We solicit the support of the community to sustain the rich biodiversity of the Palaui Island Protected Landscapes and Seascapes and to promote responsible ecotourism,” DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin said.

The Cagayan Valley environment chief added that PIPLS is a pride of Region 2 as it was awarded 3rd Outstanding National Integrated Protected Areas System - Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPA) in the country in 2017. The award was given by the MPA Support Network Philippines during the Para El Mar (for the sea) MPA Awards and Recognition in Iloilo City.

Director Aromin also urged the public to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), a global effort which aims to protect coastal and marine areas against solid waste and litters and inspire behavior change toward reducing single-use plastic materials. He requested volunteers to coordinate to the nearest DENR office for the activity.

Region 2 has a total coastline of 1,247.49 kilometers where the annual ICC is held.

Proclamation No. 470 s. 2003 declared every third Saturday of September as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.# CCC

 

 

 

DENR to fast track permit issuance for gov’t projects

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will fast track the processing and issuance of tree cutting and earth-balling permits to give way for infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has issued DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16 prescribing guidelines in the processing and issuance of permits on the removal and relocation of trees for the construction of roads, bridges, flood control and other infrastructure duly certified as government projects of the DPWH.

Under the new law, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Offices are mandated to issue within three (3) working days the corresponding tree cutting permit and or earth-balling permit, after evaluation of the complete requirements of the application.

The CENR Office is authorized to conduct ocular inspection to verify the correctness of the submitted requirements in coordination with the DPWH before the issuance of the permit. It shall determine the number of trees, location and its species, classification if naturally grown or planted, and verify the corresponding volume upon the conduct of geotagging and tree scaling during the actual tree cutting activities.

“Tree removal and relocation operations, including turnover and transport of logs, shall only be done under the presence and close supervision of the DENR,” Secretary Cimatu ordered.

The DPWH shall shoulder all operational costs.

The policy provides that in case of tree removal and relocation in public forestlands, the corresponding permit shall only be processed upon issuance of appropriate land tenure instruments secured by the DPWH from the concerned regional directors, subject to existing regulations.

The DENR is also required to attend consultation meetings during pre-project activities of the DPWH to further facilitate issuance of permit.

“The design of the road projects should always consider the least number of trees to be affected,” the DAO reads.

According to Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, DENR Region 2 issued six (6) tree cutting permits for DPWH projects in Cagayan Valley since January 2018.# CCC

 

 

 

New law declares 5 CV national parks

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Five protected areas in Cagayan Valley are recently classified as national parks.

These areas with a total of 225,424.44 hectares are included in Republic Act (RA) 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 which amended RA 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

The new law signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on June 22, 2018, also declares protected areas under national parks and provides for their management.

The five protected areas included in the 94 now classified as national parks in the Philippines are: Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS); Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS); Tumauini Watershed Natural Park (TWNR); Salinas Natural Monument (SNM); and Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL).

The PPLS located in the province of Cagayan has the largest area with 118,653.67 ha. The CPL in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, and Aurora in Region 3 follows with a total area of 86,246.77 ha; the PIPLS in Cagayan, 8,048.57 ha; TWNP in Isabela, 6,509.38 ha; and the SNM in Nueva Vizcaya, 5,966.05 ha.

Under the ENIPAS Act, the composition of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) is amended to include the DENR regional director, governor, senator, district representative, mayor, barangay chairperson, regional directors of the Department of Agriculture, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine National Police and Department of National Defense as ex-officio members who shall serve for the duration of their respective term of office. The PAMB is the governing body of a protected area.

The new law provides for the imposition of higher rates of fines from P200,000 to P5 Million; and the stiffer penalty for committing illegal acts enumerated by the law such as imprisonment from one (1) year up to not more than 12 years, and perpetual disqualification from public office for public or government officials.

The Act also creates a protected area management office to be headed by a permanent protected area superintendent with a sufficient number of support staff.

In a special meeting with key personnel of DENR Region 2 on July 30, this year, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin has ordered the technical staff to orient the PAMB members on the salient provisions of RA 11038.
“The State shall ensure the full implementation of this Act, the mobilization of resources for the institutional mechanisms…and the full scientific and technical support needed for the conservation of biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystems, culture and indigenous practices,” the expanded protected area law reads.# CCC

 

 

Region 2 fire brigades on high alert

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cagayan Valley has alerted its forest fire teams with high temperature besetting numerous plantations established under the National Greening Program (NGP).

Since January this year, the DENR has reported 25 incidents of forest fire in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces which affected 900 hectares of plantations. Reported causes of forest fire include throwing of cigarette butts, burning of agricultural wastes, and burning of garbage along roadsides adjacent to the plantations.

“The fire occurrence is very alarming. Let’s be serious. Everybody should cooperate,” said Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba in his recent meeting with information officers, NGP focal persons, forest fire team leaders and forest protection officers of the different provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) and community environment and natural resources (CENR) offices in the region.

ARD Taguba has ordered the field officials to conduct regular forest patrolling and monitoring including Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in communities adjacent to fire prone areas.

The regional technical services chief emphasized the urgent need to protect the NGP plantations because these are funded by taxpayers’ money.

As a strategy for forest fire prevention, the DENR will intensify its IEC through broadcast and regular meetings with upland communities to ensure their cooperation on forest fire prevention.

As proactive measures, the Department has conducted trainings and has mobilized its forest protection officers including those in the barangays, local government units, people’s organizations and NGP beneficiaries who are residing adjacent to fire prone areas. Firefighting tools and binoculars were also provided to the PENR and CENR offices aside from the lookout towers constructed in strategic places.

More than 66 million of forest and fruit-bearing trees planted in almost 82,000 hectares under the NGP from 2011 to 2018 are being guarded from forest fire.# CCC

 

Cimatu: No letup in strict enforcement of environmental laws

secretary batanes



Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said there will no letup in the government effort to strictly enforce environmental laws and regulations designed to restore, preserve and protect the country’s rich environment and vast natural resources.

“We will prioritize the environment. We will strengthen our Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in the provincial level which job is to take care of the environment,” Cimatu told national and regional officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during their management conference held in Batanes recently.

He said the Boracay problem should serve as a lesson not just for local government officials but also for those in the DENR who must be proactive in handling environmental concerns.

Cimatu said he plans to put up a DENR office in every tourist destination in the country, just like what he did in Boracay.

Even before Boracay was closed to tourists to pave the way for its rehabilitation, Cimatu already ordered the re-establishment of a Community Environment and Natural Resources Office there to ensure the sustainability of environmental programs intended solely for the world-famous island paradise.

Cimatu said he won’t recommend the reopening of Boracay until the fecal coliform contamination is addressed.

“The ball is in our hands. We have to bring down the coliform. This is non-negotiable,” Cimatu said, as he announced the deployment of some DENR and EMB regional directors to the island to solve the problem in a month.

The DENR chief also directed all his field officials to prioritize the cleanup of water bodies within their jurisdiction. “I am very particular on the cleanliness of our rivers,” he said, as he warned them of his one-strike policy for non-compliance.

Apart from strict enforcement of environmental laws, Cimatu reminded his field officials of their duty to ensure the protection and conservation of natural resources, particularly the forests.

He ordered them to ensure the cooperation and support of the local government in their respective areas of jurisdiction in the DENR’s forest protection and anti-illegal logging campaign.

Cimatu said that regional offices will not get commendation for “hot logs” they have confiscated, but for their effort to prevent trees from being cut.

He urged all other field officials to follow the example of Batanes, which has become a good model for protecting the environment. Batanes is the only province in the country, which has been declared as a protected area in its entirety. #

 

 

DENR, CEZA, LGU inspect Nangaramoan Beach


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"We do not like to happen in Nangaramoan what happened in Boracay."

This was the statement of Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin during the joint site inspection by the DENR, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sta. Ana in Nangaramoan Beach, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, on March 22, 2018. 

Regional Director Aromin emphasized that even before the situation in Boracay became a national issue, DENR Region 2 has already taken positive steps to contain and preserve the beach.
"What is best for the environment will be best for the people. All we have to do is to manage the resources properly and comply with environmental laws," Atty. Aromin added.

In January this year, business operation along Nangaramoan Beach, one of the world's finest beaches, was stopped for failure to comply with environmental laws and for violating Section 69 of Presidential Decree No. 705 as amended by Section 78 of Republic Act 7161, the Clean Water Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

According to Engr. Avelino Natividad, chief safety officer of CEZA, self-demolition and clearing of establishments within the 20-meter salvage zone has already started.

After acquiring all the necessary documents such as the previous surveys of the site and the foreshore development and management plan, the DENR-CEZA-LGU team will convene to plan for necessary actions.

It can be recalled that in October 2017, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office of Aparri, CEZA and LGU Sta. Ana issued final notice to the president and members of the Nangaramoan Environmental Protectors Association to stop their business operation including further construction and improvement of establishments which were illegally erected.

 

There are 138 cottages, nine variety stores and five souvenir shops in Nangaramoan Beach.#

 

 

Parties ink Phil croc conservation hub

The population of Philippine Crocodile in Region 2 will soon increase following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of a conservation center and groundbreaking ceremony held on Feb. 15, 2018 at the Isabela State University (ISU) - San Mariano campus.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Mariano, ISU Echague campus, Mabuwaya Foundation Inc. and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be jointly managing the Conservation Center.

In his message of support, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his gratitude to the partners for helping the Department in wildlife protection. “The DENR is the primary government agency mandated to protect and conserve our wildlife, however, we lack the technical and financial capabilities and facilities for the conservation of Philippine Crocodile,” Director Aromin said.

The LGU shall provide sand, gravel and boulders, and heavy equipment in the construction of the facility; designate information and tourist officer, and caretaker; promote the Philippine Crocodile breeding facility as a tourist attraction; and provide additional funding for the management of the facility.

For its part, the ISU shall allow the use of the designated area of 4,000 sq.m.; provide security during the construction period; and involve students and staff in the development if tge facility as a crocodile headstart and breeding center.

The provision of funding for the main construction of the facility including technical supervision of the building and management of the facility shall be shouldered by the Mabuwaya Foundation. It shall also provide technical supervision of crocodile husbandry and handling, and continue to source funding for the facility after year 2022.

As a requirement in the establishment of wildlife centers, the DENR issued the wildlife farm permit on Nov. 13, 2017.

The DENR shall also provide logistics, technical assistance and other related services in the establishment and maintenance of the facility.

The monitoring of the facility will be jointly undertaken by LGU San Mariano, ISU Echague, Mabuwaya Foundation and the DENR.

The Philippine Crocodile is considered as one of the rarest crocodile species in the world and classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

RD Aromin urged the partners to collaborate for the success of the initiative. “Let the Philippine Crocodile Conservation Center in this Region be known and be the exemplary conservation center throughout the country,” he said.#

 

Isabela LGU to pilot anew land titling program in Region 2

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Inspired by the full support of the local government unit in the LGU-led Titling Program, the regional environment chief announced the pilot implementation of Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA), a systematic land titling approach, in Quirino, Isabela.

Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin made this pronouncement during the awarding of land patents to 120 land owners held on Feb. 13, 2018 at the Quirino Coliseum.

The Cagayan Valley chief recalled that the partnership in land titling between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and LGU Quirino started in 2012 when he convinced Mayor Jossie Maria Bella L. Juan to enrol in the LGU-led titling initiative of the Department. Regional Director Aromin was then the regional technical director for Land Management Sector.

The partnership resulted in the launch of the LGU-led Titling program on Sept. 25, 2013 and the signing of the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) on June 23, 2014 making Quirino town the pilot in Region 2.

As required in the MOPA, the LGU headed by Mayor Juan created the LGU-led Titling Office and designated personnel to operate it. The local chief executive also created the LGU-led Titling Council.

“Hindi po natatapos ang tulong ng DENR,” vowed RD Aromin as he expressed his commitment to the mayor that all untitled lots will be titled before her term ends.

“Through the partnership of the DENR and the LGU, the processing of titles has been facilitated, thus, our constituents need not undergo the long, complicated and expensive process of land titling,” Mayor Juan said.

The local chief executive added that the awarding of patents is a dream come true to her constituents who have been longing to have their lands titled.

Emphasizing the benefits of titling to the LGU, Mayor Juan said through the land titles, revenue collection in the form of real property taxes increases thereby improving economic development in the municipality.#

Photo Releases

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT UPDATES – DENR Region 2 Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel discusses recent guidelines on the issuance of appointments and other human resource actions during the Workshop on Competency-based System for DENR Technical and Support Positions held on November 23, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The new rules are provided under Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 1701009 promulgated on June 16, 2017. The Chief, Administrative Officer also presented the revised DENR Merit Selection and Promotion Plan emphasizing on the composition and responsibilities of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (then Selection and Promotion Board).#

 

BACK TO THE WILDERNESS – Newly designated Batanes OIC, PENR Officer Ilarde C. Viernes releases on Nov. 21, 2017 a Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula at Chadpidan Lake in Basco town after it was turned over by Police Officers Jensen Cobaria, Denvy Lurlaine Zureta and Darna Paco of the Mahatao Police Station. The migratory bird species, having the conservation status of “Least Concern” by the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) was surrendered to the Police Officers by school children in Mahatao. Witnessing the release are Basco Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Carlito Cari, and key officials and personnel of the PENR Office. #
1ST CAGAYAN RIVER BASIN SUMMIT – DENR Cagayan Valley Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin delivers his message during the opening program of the 1st Cagayan River Basin Summit on November 28, 2017 in Santiago City, Isabela. "We are here to see the best practices of other river basin managements. This will also stir up consciousness among ourselves on how to protect our rivers," the regional environment chief said. The activity aimed to address Cagayan River concerns such as the deterioration of its water quality and the lowering of its water supply, by gaining techniques from other successfully managed river basins in the country. In the two-day event, resource speakers from the local government of Iloilo and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission shared their best practices in river basin management before the members of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council and other stakeholders from Regions 2 and 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.#

 

LATEST DISCOVERY IN BATANES – This Oriental Pratincole Glareola malvidarum was discovered by the team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office during the conduct of Biodiversity Monitoring System   in the island municipality of Sabtang. Sighted   at Diblolon of Barangay Savidug on March 7, 2018, the bird is considered the latest record of avian species in the biodiversity-rich province.   Oriental Pratincoles are common in drier open areas, dry rice fields, pasture areas and plowed fields. They are seen in large groups. #
EMPOWERING WEOS – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Ilarde C. Viernes reorients the deputized Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) on their duties and responsibilities on March 13, this year at the municipal hall of Itbayat. After the short reorientation session, the WEOs were given their protective gears in order to become more effective and efficient in their work. With OIC, PENR Officer Viernes are (L-R) Sangguniang Bayan Member Alejandria C. Asa; Sangguniang Bayan Member Onesimo G. Manzo; OIC, Mayor Zenas Labrador; Technical Services Division Chief Dionicio C. Deundo; Environmental Management Specialist Antonio Mina of the Environmental Management Bureau; and Enforcement Chief Samuel P. Telan. #
ENSURING GOOD WATER QUALITY – “All local government units are mandated to put up a septage management system in order to prevent sanitation problems,” says DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin during the 1st Quarter Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao Water Quality Management Area (PdT-WQMA) Governing Board Meeting held at the Carmelita Hotel, Tuguegarao City on April 3, this year. Director Aromin said if local government units (LGUs) cannot establish a waste water treatment facility, they should at least require every household to have their own septic tank. “But these septic tanks must be devised by either the LGU or the Department of Health to make sure that there will be no seepage of effluent underground,” Atty. Aromin added. He also emphasized that the harmonized efforts of the DENR, Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and LGUs in formulating approaches will have a great impact in addressing environmental problems, especially on the water quality of the region. “Let us all come together to ensure that Cagayan Valley will sustain good water quality for the community,” the regional environment chief enthused. Pinacanauan River, which traverses along Tuguegarao City and Peñablanca, was designated as WQMA by virtue of Department Administrative Order No. 2013-06. The meeting was attended by representatives from concerned LGUs, barangays within the WQM area, different line agencies, academe, business sectors and other partners who are members of the governing board. #
RESTORING FREEDOM – This hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata is being freed by a joint team from the Ivana Police Station, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes on Aug. 6, this year after it was trapped in a fishnet along the shallow seawater of Sitio Vatang, San Vicente, Ivana. The trapped turtle was reported to police authorities by a certain Joseph Meriel, a truck driver who ferried construction workers to their job site, upon sighting a moving creature trying to free itself from the net.#
GREENING THE MOUNTAIN, GREENING THE OCEAN – Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from left, front row) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta (3rd from left, front row), lead the officials and employees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes and the Local Government Unit of Ivana in planting about 1,500 Arius seedlings in Barangay Radiwan. The tree planting was held on April 19, this year in observance of the International Earth Day celebrated every 22nd of April. MGB Mine Management Division Chief Geoffrey Prado (4th from left, front row) and 56 beneficiaries of Special Program for Employment of Students under LGU Ivana also joined the tree planting. After the tree planting, the DENR and MGB team conducted a coastal cleanup along Kadpidan Beach adjacent to Ivana Marine Protected Area. #
INSTITUTIONALIZING GOOD HOUSEKEEPING – Management Services Division Chief Victoria D. Baliuag spearheads the official launch of 5S and Ecological Solid Waste Management in PENRO Batanes on June 6, 2018 as a highlight of the Environment Month celebration. Memorandum Circular No. 2018-03 issued by Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin directs the implementation of the program regionwide.#
SOCIAL MARKETING – Dibang, the mascot of the flagship species for Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (BPLS) has her first exposure during the cultural parade opening the 235th Batanes Foundation Anniversary held on June 26, 2018. The mascot is a social marketing tool under the Flagship Communication Campaign of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP). The flagship species was selected by the different environmental stakeholders in October last year through a Focus Group Discussion. The mascot was officially launched by OIC, Regional Director Atty Gil A. Aromin and OIC, PENR Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang on June 25, 2018. Dibang is the Ivatan term for flying fish.#

 

STRENGTHENING CRBMC -- “Each agency has an important role to play. What we will agree upon today will spell out what will happen to the Cagayan River Basin,” says DENR Region 2 Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin as he welcome participants to the Regional Technical Working Group Meeting of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council (inset) on July 12, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. Among the agenda of the meeting are the presentation of the proposed additional thematic areas of concern to be included in the organizational structure and the creation of Addalam Sub-River Basin Management Committee. These are in preparation to the Executive Committee Meeting to be held on July 18-19, 2018 in the province of Quirino. OIC, Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority Region 2, Engr. Ferdinand T. Tumaliuan, presided over the meeting. #
NUTRI-ADVOCACY – Information and Communication Technology Chief Roderick Y. Abad feeds the minds of 100 Kindergarten and Grades I-III pupils of Diptan Elementary School in Basco, Batanes on July 6, 2018 as part of the Nutrition Month Celebration. The pupils were treated with free food while listening to the lecture cum film showing on wild animals found in the province. Debbie, the mascot of Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (BPLS) delighted the pupils with her second public exposure.  On the same day, the PENR Office personnel planted 500 seedlings of Arius and Malugay at Sitio Maluyloy in Barangay San Antonio as part of the month-long celebration. #
TAYO ANG KALIKASAN – DENR Region 2 top officials headed by OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (center) leads the employees of the Regional Office in reciting the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” pledge during the convocation today, July 30, 2018. “Tayo ang Kalikasan”, a citizen’s movement for environmental stewardship and sustainable development, was officially launched on April 24, 2018 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The movement aims to encourage the citizenry in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and to contribute in the achievement of the 2017-2022 Philippine Developmen Plan. Also with RD Aromin are Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba (left) and ARD for Management Services Engr. Marcos G. Dacanay (right).#
FMP MIDTERM REVIEW – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative Kessy Reyes (standing) interviews the officers of Magsaysay United Upland Farmers Developers Association (MUUFDA) People’s Organization (PO) on July 18, this year in Magsaysay, Diffun, Quirino. The interview aims to evaluate the extent of Forestland Management Project (FMP) implementation in the community such as seedling production, plantation establishment, enterprise development and establishment of agro-forestry support facilities. The MUUFDA, with 60 beneficiaries, has already completed its 30 hectares reforestation project. It is also maintaining a 110-hectare agro-forestry plantation and currently in the process of procuring bee colony for honey bee production as part of their livelihood enterprises. The association has been one of the active among the 10 POs involved in the FMP within the Ganano Sub-watershed funded by the JICA. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa pagkakaroon ng proyektong ito dahil nadagdagan ang kita naming mga miyembro. Kung may namatay man sa aming itinanim, pinapalitan agad namin ito. Sinasama din namin ang mga anak namin sa pagtatanim at tulong-tulong kami sa pag-akyat ng mga punla sa bundok,” said Mr. Wilbert Natura (3rd from left), chairman of the MUUFDA, during the interview. The Midterm Review was conducted to assess the project performance of the POs within the nine sub-watershed areas in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. It also aimed to analyze the factors affecting their performance and formulate recommendations to improve the project implementation which is now on its 6th year.#

 

 

SPEEDING UP LAND SURVEY – With the purpose of settling issues on the submission of Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) and in order to harmonize conflicting policies between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in processing survey returns, a joint consultation meeting was conducted on September 6, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. The consultation meeting was participated in by the different municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers in the region, and heads of the various sections of the Surveys and Mapping Division of the DENR. In his message, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his appreciation to the agrarian reform office in initiating the conduct of the consultation meeting. He said: “The DENR is here to help the DAR. This meeting is important for us to see what we can do to tackle issues that can be resolved on our level and arrive at a consensus for a better public service.”#

 

 

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

 

 

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