Cagayan town hosts 1st National Ecotourism Fest, Launches OTOP

The town of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan hosted the 1st National Ecotourism Festival with the theme “Gameng ti Nakaparsuaan: Takuaten ken Saluadan” (The Gift of Nature: Discover and Protect) showcasing the various unexplored ecotourism destinations in the municipality and promoting environmental awareness and conservation.

Representing Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, Assistant Director Nelson Devanadera of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau presented a paper on ecotourism and development. He said the DENR and the Department of Tourism had signed a memorandum of agreement supporting the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) which includes ecotourism as one component. “Barely two months after the signing, Sta. Teresita, the youngest and a 4th class municipality in Cagayan, is now hosting this national festival,” he added. The town is one of the project sites of BPP.

After presenting a video documentary about the DOT’s tagline “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and a film on Philippine biodiversity, Director Devanadera pointed out that the DENR should protect nature and biodiversity in order to sustain the ecotourism industry in the region. He added that the success of the tourism industry always resides on the strong political will of the local government unit as well as the hospitality of the people.

As a highlight of the ecotourism fest, Sta. Teresita launched ecotourism as its ‘One Town One Product’ (OTOP).

Instead of showcasing the products abundant in the area, the town is making its name in the tourism industry. “The best commodity we can offer is the well preserved ecology,” Mayor Lolita Garcia said. “The presence of undisturbed caves, lakes and the 72 hectares aqua-farm owned by a private individual where shrimps are being cultured make Sta. Teresita a must-see place,” the local chief executive added.

The festival was a joint project of the Department of Tourism, the local government unit and the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club.# (maripi asino)

The secrets of an achiever

“Put God first in everything you do and focus on your work.”

These are few of the secrets to success by Dr. Restituta V. Antolin, chief of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division.

Adjudged one of the Women Achievers in Cagayan in 2010, Madam Resty, to her staff, shared her secrets to being a successful woman during her radio guesting at DWPE Radyo ng Bayan on March 4, this year, in celebration of the Women’s Month.

Madam Resty is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the Isabela State University and finished her doctor’s degree in Development major in Rural Development at the Cagayan State University – Tuguegarao.

“God must be the center of your life,” she always advises. Walking her talk, she is one of the leaders of The Ruling and Reigning Kingdom Global Ministry.

As far as work attitude is concerned, everybody is a witness to this character of the woman achiever. You give her any topic on biodiversity, protected area, ecotourism, climate change and she will discuss it with much gusto! She also loves to work with the members of the Protected Area and Management Board.

“Quality time,” she emphasizes whenever the topic at hand is family. She confesses though that she is guilty of not being able to give this to her children because she was still starting in her career, thus she focused much on it. But certainly this did not stop her children form excelling in their chosen courses. In fact, the eldest is now a lawyer; the second, a human ecology graduate; and the third, a medical doctor. The youngest is a veterinary medicine student. Her plus point is a very supportive husband, Dr. Artemio Antolin, who is into consultancy.

Now that she is a grandmother of four, three girls and a boy, she is spending quality time with them. # (maripi asino)

3 POs receive ecotourism enterprise aid


Ecotourism in two towns covered by the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) in Cagayan will boost after three people’s organizations (POs) received grants for ecotourism enterprises on Feb. 27 and 28, this year.

The three POs are Portabaga Women in Development (PWD) in Sta. Praxedes and Timpuyog ti Panagrang-ay Dagiti Mangngalap Fisherfolk Association (TPDMFA) and Taggat Norte Fisherfolk Association (TNFA) in Claveria.

PWD will engage in forest adventure (hiking) and culinary enterprise within the Portabaga Falls while TPDMFA will focus on river expedition (floating restaurant and river paddling and cruise) and culinary.

TNFA will engage in reef discovery (snorkeling activities). The association will tie up with the local eatery or kitchenette within the Taggat Lagoon for accommodation and food services.

Sta. Praxedes Mayor Esterlina Aguinaldo-Ramos signified her support to the ecotourism enterprises of PWD which intends to offer hiking activities with the trained members of the association, catering service showcasing unique local and special delicacies and cooking and weaving demonstrations where guests can taste the cooked delicacy and experience weaving.

Mayor Celia T. Layus of Claveria expressed gratefulness for the alternative livelihood given to her constituents, thus, she advised the self-reliant group to responsibly monitor the overall management of its enterprises as well as the environment.

All the self-reliant groups assured their full support to the livelihood projects financed by the ICRMP. The ecotourism enterprises are under the Project’s Component C (Ecotourism Enterprise Development). # drm

ICRMP trains LGUs on info system

The Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) conducted a training workshop on Integrated Information Management System (IIMS) on February 21-22, this year, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

The IIMS focal persons of the local government units actively involved in establishing the IIMS database participated in the workshop.

Regional Technical Director for Land Management Sector Gil A. Aromin emphasized that information must be properly encoded in the updated software in order to effectively use the database.

Forester Enrique Q. Pasion, chief of the Coastal and Marine Management Division, said it is timely to introduce the new system to the sites so that they can transfer their data for coastal resources management planning.

During the workshop, the Geographic Information System (GIS) Manifold was also initially introduced by GIS Specialist Villasita Policarpio.

The local government units represented during the two modules of the IIMS were given a licensed GIS Manifold. These are Buguey, Ballesteros, Gonzaga, Claveria, Sta. Teresita, Sanchez Mira, Abulug, Sta. Ana and Sta. Praxedes. # (drm)


 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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