Protected Areas

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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

History

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history

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had its beginnings in the old Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR). In May 1974, the DANR was split into two departments through P.D. 461 in recognition that natural resources and agriculture are broad and differing concerns. As such, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was mandated to ensure the conservation, optimum, utilization, and programmed exploitation of the country's natural wealth including the aquatic resources. With the shift to a parliamentary form of government in 1978, the DNR became the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). In 1984, by virtue of Executive Order No. 697, the management of fisheries sector through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), was transferred from the MNR to the Minitry of Agriculture.

The events of February 1986 brought social awareness among the Filipino people that altered the character of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of DENR under Executive Order No. 131 on January 30, 1987 and the issuance of Executive Order 192 on June 10, 1987 better known as the "Reorganization Act of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources" brought a radical shift in the Department's structure and functions. Pursuant to the Executive Order, the DENR became the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, development and optimum use of the natural resources as well as the protection and development of a sustainable environmental management system for the benefit and welfare of the Filipino people.

The approval of the Philippine Mining Act or R.A. 7945 and implementation of DAO No. 97-11 brought changes to the structure of the Regional Office, relieving Mines and Geo-Sciences Sector from the Region and authorizing this Sector to perform line function.

Changes brought by the passing and approval of the Clean Air Act or R.A. 8749 mandating the Region's Environment Sector to operate as line Bureau. To date, an interim structure has been organized to cater to the needs and demands of constituents in the Mainland Provinces and Island Provinces.

Implementation of DAO 99-14 dated May 05, 1999 provided for the redefinition of functions and realignment of administrative units in the Regional and Field Offices. DAO 99-52 dated December 15, 1999 prescribed a detailed defenition of functions for the realigned regional divisions that finally spelled-out the development and reforms initiatives.

jurisdiction

DENR Region 2 is presently located at #14 Dalan Na Pagayaya corner Angicacua, Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City. It covers five provinces (Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and the island province of Batanes), four (4) cities (Tuguegarao in Cagayan and Ilagan, Cauayan and Santiago in Isabela) and 89 municipalities and 2,311 barangays. Bounded by three mountain ranges, the Sierra Madre Mountains on the east, Cordillera Mountains on the west, and the Caraballo Mountains on the south, it is criss-crossed by the historical Cagayan River, the longest river and the largest basin in the country. The Cagayan River has a total stretch of about 410 kilometers, a drainage area of 2,811,000 hectares and 1,200,000 ha of major ground water resources.

The province of Cagayan, with 28 municipalities and one city is served by one Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and four Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) located in  Solana, Alcala, Aparri and Sanchez Mira.

Its nearby province, Isabela, has 35 municipalities and three cities which are served by one PENRO and five CENROs located in Cabagan, Naguilian, San Isidro, Cauayan, and Palanan.

The province of Nueva Vizcaya, served by one PENRO and two CENROs located in  Aritao, and Dupax Del Norte has 15 municipalities.

Quirino province with six municipalities has one PENRO and two CENROs in Diffun and Nagtipunan. And the island province of Batanes, with six municipalities is being served by a PENRO only.

 

Mission Vision & Program Thrust

MANDATE

Executive Order No. 192 mandates the DENR to be the government agency primarily responsible for the country's environment and natural resources.


VISION

We envision a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and clean and healthy environment.


MISSION

Our mission is to mobilize our citizenry in protecting, conserving and managing the environment and natural resources.


CORE FUNCTION

DENR is tasked to formulate and implement policies, guidelines, rules and regulations relating to environmental management and pollution prevention and control.

We formulate, implement and supervise the government's policies, plans and programs pertaining to the management, conservation, development, use and replenishment of the country's natural resources and biological diversity.

Further, we promulgate and implement rules and regulations governing the exploration, development, extraction, disposition, and use of our forests, lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources.


MAJOR THRUSTS AND POLICIES

In the coming years, the DENR will strengthen its capacity to provide a better environment for the people..

The Department's thrusts and priorities are anchored on a 5-point  agenda:

    Poverty reduction and hunger-mitigation
    Socio-economic development
    Natural resources conservation
    Climate change mitigation and adaptation measures
    Environmental education and enforcement

POVERTY REDUCTION AND HUNGER MITIGATION


UPLAND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

A substantial amount from in the coming years, the annual budget of DENR is used to support the upland development program using reforestation and agro-forestry as strategies for sustainable forest management, poverty alleviation and hunger mitigation.


DELINEATION OF FOREST BOUNDRY

As support to the upland development program, almost 22,000 kilometers of forest boundaries will be delineated starting 2009. This target is way higher than the DENR's 2008 target of 9,000 kilometers. At this accelerated pace, completion of nationwide forest boundary delineation is expected by 2011.
LAND DISTRIBUTION AND CADASTRAL SURVEYcadastral_survey_urban2

Patent application is a mode of acquiring a parcel of alienable and disposable public land suitable for agricultural purposes. Cadastral survey is a necessary step towards ownership of a parcel of land. Surveys of municipalities are done to identify and delineate the individual claims of all land applicants; the surveys comprise a basis for the issuance of titles or patents, and for land registration and real property taxation. These will also establish correct disputed boundaries between municipalities and accurately fix land area for purposes of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) computation.

To further advance social equity in the next years, the distribution of 171,236 patents covering 143,350 hectares will be fast-tracked. Also underway is the completion of cadastral surveys in 38 more municipalities, which will bring the total number of municipalities with cadastral surveys to 951, or 59% of all municipalities..

 
SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mineral Resources DevelopmentZambales_illegal_mines2


Mineral lands administration is geared towards the revitalization of the minerals industry. The DENR ensures that more benefits from the mining sector actually go to  the local communities. It manages the exploration, development and utilization of mineral resources through the issuance of mining rights and the conduct of      compliance monitoring.

Reforms are instituted towards responsible and sustainable mining.  Mining investment opportunities/projects are identified to accelerate the exploration and development of high-potential mining  prospects. The 2009 targets are US$1.8 billion in new investments and US$4.5 billion in mineral exports.
Abandoned/inactive mines are assessed and clean-up is implemented according to a rehabilitation plan. Also being implemented are remediation measures for areas  with mine tailing incidents.
mountain2Rehabilitation of the Bacagay mines in Samar will be pursued to showcase mine rehabilitation.
Delineation of Extended Continental Shelf (ECS)
Expected to be completed is the survey of the remaining 60,000 kilometers of the Philippines' extended continental shelf, for submission to the United Nations.
This should give the country sovereignty over its extended continental shelf and open up huge potentials for the exploration and utilization of natural resources in the  new frontier.
 
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION

Panhulugan_Cave_rangerjpg2Biodiversity Conservation Program

The protection and conservation of the country's natural resources is a prime responsibility of DENR. It is spearheading the boundary demarcation of 10 legislated  protected areas and is currently working on the establishment of a national research center on biodiversity as mandated by the Philippine Wildlife Act. The DENR continues to pursue conservation programs for endangered species and closely monitors wetlands for migratory birds that may be infected with the avian flu virus.

corals_pcra2A regular program of the DENR is the provision of technical assistance to the local government units (LGUs) on the management and protection of mangroves;  establishment of marine sanctuaries; and assessment of coastal areas for investment.

Ecotourism Program

The DENR establishes and sustains multi-stakeholder partnerships in the development of areas for sustainable tourism. Community participation is encouraged in the protection and management of natural resources and due respect is accorded to culture, indigenous knowledge, and local customs.

It also assists the LGUs in 33 protected areas in the preparation of business plans for ecotourism.


CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION MEASURES

Research and Development

Climate change is the priority subject of the DENR's research and development program. Special focus is given to sea level rise and vulnerability assessment of the country's various ecosystems and wildlife species.Geohazard_map_laguna2

Geohazard Mapping

Geosciences development is geared towards disaster preparedness through geohazard assessment and groundwater resources availability.

Inland and coastal geohazard mapping is conducted to identify priority areas or sites prone to geological hazards (subsidence, flood risks, landslides, etc.). This activity addresses perennial problems associated with natural hazards. Geologic maps are generated as references for land use planning, groundwater resource management, geohazard zoning, energy and mineral sourcing and solid waste disposal.

Air Quality Management

The DENR continues to focus on reducing air pollution in Metro Manila and in the country's other major urban centers, in order to achieve better air quality by 2010. This has assumed greater importance because the elements of air pollution are also the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change.

Solid Waste Management



Another source of greenhouse gas is the methane emitted by garbage. To address pollution emanating from solid wastes, the DENR assists LGUs in the conversion of their open dumpsites into sanitary landfills and the establishment of materials recovery facilities.

Water Management

In years ahead, DENR will continue to improve water quality in priority rivers and water bodies. A comprehensive plan will be implemented to effect substantial improvement of water quality in rivers and other water bodies.

Manila Bay will be completely rid of all illegal fish pens, up to Bataan. More pressure will be placed on the water concessionaires in Metro Manila for them to accelerate their respective sewerage programs. These will solve the water pollution problem in the water bodies transecting and surrounding the megapolis.wastewater_treatment_2

The Pasig River will undergo massive dredging. Riverbank structures will be relocated. Informal settlers residing along the banks of the river will also be relocated.

Laguna Lake will complete dismantling of illegal fishpens. The carrying capacity study will serve as the basis for rationalizing the use of the lake.

Taal Lake will also be freed of illegal fishpens. A management plan for this lake will be developed on the basis of its carrying capacity study.

More stringent measures will be initiated to rehabilitate the Marilao River. Informal settlers along the periphery will be relocated and land and coastal zoning will be developed.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT

asbu_IEC2Information, Education and Communication (IEC)

The most effective way of ensuring the protection of our environment and sustainable management of our natural resources is to transform our people into stewards of the environment. This should be possible through awareness raising and environmental education.

The DENR is undertaking a massive and comprehensive information campaign using all forms of information media — tri-media, cyberspace, text messaging, etc. The campaign includes the development of documentaries and the use of primetime spots to reach a maximum number of people.

Environmental education in the school system and training programs will also be institutionalized to teach children of school age the value and benefits of environmental protection.

Networking

To build capacities, the DENR networks and maintains partnerships with non-government organizations and civil society. The Department also partners and maintains sound working relationships with the LGUs. Training and capacity-building programs are given to barangay officials and communities to heighten their awareness and knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to the environment.

Law Enforcement

The DENR shall fully utilize the green legal army, the environmental ombudsmen and the green courts to increase rates in the detection, arrest, prosecution and conviction of violators of environmental laws, rules and regulations.

MANDATE

Executive Order No. 192 mandates the DENR to be the government agency primarily responsible for the country's environment and natural resources.
VISION

We envision a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and clean and healthy environment.
MISSION

Our mission is to mobilize our citizenry in protecting, conserving and managing the environment and natural resources.
CORE FUNCTION

DENR is tasked to formulate and implement policies, guidelines, rules and regulations relating to environmental management and pollution prevention and control.

We formulate, implement and supervise the government's policies, plans and programs pertaining to the management, conservation, development, use and replenishment of the country's natural resources and biological diversity.

Further, we promulgate and implement rules and regulations governing the exploration, development, extraction, disposition, and use of our forests, lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources.
MAJOR THRUSTS AND POLICIES

In the coming years, the DENR will strengthen its capacity to provide a better environment for the people..

The Department's thrusts and priorities are anchored on a 5-point  agenda:

    Poverty reduction and hunger-mitigation
    Socio-economic development
    Natural resources conservation
    Climate change mitigation and adaptation measures
    Environmental education and enforcement

POVERTY REDUCTION AND HUNGER MITIGATION
UPLAND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMPapaya_farmer2

A substantial amount from in the coming years, the annual budget of DENR is used to support the upland development program using reforestation and agro-forestry as strategies for sustainable forest management, poverty alleviation and hunger mitigation.
DELINEATION OF FOREST BOUNDRY

As support to the upland development program, almost 22,000 kilometers of forest boundaries will be delineated starting 2009. This target is way higher than the DENR's 2008 target of 9,000 kilometers. At this accelerated pace, completion of nationwide forest boundary delineation is expected by 2011.
LAND DISTRIBUTION AND CADASTRAL SURVEYcadastral_survey_urban2

Patent application is a mode of acquiring a parcel of alienable and disposable public land suitable for agricultural purposes. Cadastral survey is a necessary step towards ownership of a parcel of land. Surveys of municipalities are done to identify and delineate the individual claims of all land applicants; the surveys comprise a basis for the issuance of titles or patents, and for land registration and real property taxation. These will also establish correct disputed boundaries between municipalities and accurately fix land area for purposes of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) computation.

To further advance social equity in the next years, the distribution of 171,236 patents covering 143,350 hectares will be fast-tracked. Also underway is the completion of cadastral surveys in 38 more municipalities, which will bring the total number of municipalities with cadastral surveys to 951, or 59% of all municipalities..

 
SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mineral Resources DevelopmentZambales_illegal_mines2


Mineral lands administration is geared towards the revitalization of the minerals industry. The DENR ensures that more benefits from the mining sector actually go to  the local communities. It manages the exploration, development and utilization of mineral resources through the issuance of mining rights and the conduct of      compliance monitoring.

Reforms are instituted towards responsible and sustainable mining.  Mining investment opportunities/projects are identified to accelerate the exploration and development of high-potential mining  prospects. The 2009 targets are US$1.8 billion in new investments and US$4.5 billion in mineral exports.
Abandoned/inactive mines are assessed and clean-up is implemented according to a rehabilitation plan. Also being implemented are remediation measures for areas  with mine tailing incidents.
mountain2Rehabilitation of the Bacagay mines in Samar will be pursued to showcase mine rehabilitation.
Delineation of Extended Continental Shelf (ECS)
Expected to be completed is the survey of the remaining 60,000 kilometers of the Philippines' extended continental shelf, for submission to the United Nations.
This should give the country sovereignty over its extended continental shelf and open up huge potentials for the exploration and utilization of natural resources in the  new frontier.
 
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION

Panhulugan_Cave_rangerjpg2Biodiversity Conservation Program

The protection and conservation of the country's natural resources is a prime responsibility of DENR. It is spearheading the boundary demarcation of 10 legislated  protected areas and is currently working on the establishment of a national research center on biodiversity as mandated by the Philippine Wildlife Act. The DENR continues to pursue conservation programs for endangered species and closely monitors wetlands for migratory birds that may be infected with the avian flu virus.

corals_pcra2A regular program of the DENR is the provision of technical assistance to the local government units (LGUs) on the management and protection of mangroves;  establishment of marine sanctuaries; and assessment of coastal areas for investment.

Ecotourism Program

The DENR establishes and sustains multi-stakeholder partnerships in the development of areas for sustainable tourism. Community participation is encouraged in the protection and management of natural resources and due respect is accorded to culture, indigenous knowledge, and local customs.

It also assists the LGUs in 33 protected areas in the preparation of business plans for ecotourism.
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION MEASURES

Research and Development

Climate change is the priority subject of the DENR's research and development program. Special focus is given to sea level rise and vulnerability assessment of the country's various ecosystems and wildlife species.Geohazard_map_laguna2

Geohazard Mapping

Geosciences development is geared towards disaster preparedness through geohazard assessment and groundwater resources availability.

Inland and coastal geohazard mapping is conducted to identify priority areas or sites prone to geological hazards (subsidence, flood risks, landslides, etc.). This activity addresses perennial problems associated with natural hazards. Geologic maps are generated as references for land use planning, groundwater resource management, geohazard zoning, energy and mineral sourcing and solid waste disposal.

Air Quality Management

The DENR continues to focus on reducing air pollution in Metro Manila and in the country's other major urban centers, in order to achieve better air quality by 2010. This has assumed greater importance because the elements of air pollution are also the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change.

Solid Waste Management
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Another source of greenhouse gas is the methane emitted by garbage. To address pollution emanating from solid wastes, the DENR assists LGUs in the conversion of their open dumpsites into sanitary landfills and the establishment of materials recovery facilities.

Water Management

In years ahead, DENR will continue to improve water quality in priority rivers and water bodies. A comprehensive plan will be implemented to effect substantial improvement of water quality in rivers and other water bodies.

Manila Bay will be completely rid of all illegal fish pens, up to Bataan. More pressure will be placed on the water concessionaires in Metro Manila for them to accelerate their respective sewerage programs. These will solve the water pollution problem in the water bodies transecting and surrounding the megapolis.wastewater_treatment_2

The Pasig River will undergo massive dredging. Riverbank structures will be relocated. Informal settlers residing along the banks of the river will also be relocated.

Laguna Lake will complete dismantling of illegal fishpens. The carrying capacity study will serve as the basis for rationalizing the use of the lake.

Taal Lake will also be freed of illegal fishpens. A management plan for this lake will be developed on the basis of its carrying capacity study.

More stringent measures will be initiated to rehabilitate the Marilao River. Informal settlers along the periphery will be relocated and land and coastal zoning will be developed.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT

asbu_IEC2Information, Education and Communication (IEC)

The most effective way of ensuring the protection of our environment and sustainable management of our natural resources is to transform our people into stewards of the environment. This should be possible through awareness raising and environmental education.

The DENR is undertaking a massive and comprehensive information campaign using all forms of information media — tri-media, cyberspace, text messaging, etc. The campaign includes the development of documentaries and the use of primetime spots to reach a maximum number of people.

Environmental education in the school system and training programs will also be institutionalized to teach children of school age the value and benefits of environmental protection.

Networking

To build capacities, the DENR networks and maintains partnerships with non-government organizations and civil society. The Department also partners and maintains sound working relationships with the LGUs. Training and capacity-building programs are given to barangay officials and communities to heighten their awareness and knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to the environment.

Law Enforcement

The DENR shall fully utilize the green legal army, the environmental ombudsmen and the green courts to increase rates in the detection, arrest, prosecution and conviction of violators of environmental laws, rules and regulations.

Regional Profile

Cagayan Valley Region has a distinct history.  Long before the coming of the Spaniards into the Valley, fishing villages had been in existence on the banks and at the mouth of the rivers and creeks flowing into the China Sea.  The Spaniards found natives inhabiting the narrow coastal plains of Northern Luzon and flood plains of Cagayan River. These inhabitants were Ibanags who lived on the riverbanks.  “Ban nag a native word for river.  They were of sturdy Indonesian type with a culture of their own.  They maintained their commercial relationship with China, Malaya, Japan and other neighboring countries,  The early Ibanagas kept their writings on barks of trees and bamboos depicting the heroic deeds of their chiefs.  These tales were used as songs and bards during the victories in wars, on weddings and other important events and were thereof handed down from generation to generation.It was in 1567 when Don Juan Salcedo explored Northern Luzon and landed his forces.  It was however in 1581 that the Spaniards headed by Captain Juan Pablo Carreon with his soldiers and their families settled in the Region.  Thereafter, Spanish missionaries gradually penetrated deeper into the valley teaching and converting the natives.  Later, the Americans improved the educational and political system and introduced improvements in infrastructure.Region 02 is considered the “last frontier” of the Philippines being one of the few regions with existing virgin forest.  It is bounded by three (3) mountain ranges, Sierra Madre on the east, Caraballo mountains on the south and Cordillera mountain on the west.Cagayan Valley Region includes all lands east of the Sierra Madre mountain,  west of the foothills of Cordillera mountain, and south of Caraballo mountain, making the region one big watershed area such that all the headwaters from the mountain ridges cascade down the tributaries to the Cagayan River, the second longest river in the country having a drainage area of 27,300 sq. km. and ground water reserve of 47,895 mcm.  The Cagayan River provides the water supply of the region for agriculture, industry, domestic and municipal needs before it drains into the Babuyan channel.  It has three major tributaries; the Elogan River which drains a major portion of the eastern watersheds, the Magat River which drains the southern portions and the Chico river which drains most of the north-western areas.The Pacific Ocean skirts the last coast and rest its waves on the foot of the Sierra Madre on the eastern side.  Temperature is distinctly tropical and the northern portion has a high precipitation due to the exposure of the northeastern air movements.  The region is composed of the distant but esoteric Batanes; the lustrous and fertile valley provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya and the predominantly mountainous but equally promising Quirino.  Cagayan Valley abounds with the natural resources and exudes the development potentials.  It consists of rich agricultural areas, forestlands and grasslands, inland and marine resources.By virtue of Executive Order No. 192 dated June 10, 1987, five (5)  Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and sixteen (16) Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) were created under the administrative jurisdiction of Region 02. These are:  PENROs Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya; and CENROs Aparri, Alcala, Sanchez Mira, Solana and Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Cabagan, Naguilian, Cauayan, San Isidro, Roxas and Palanan, Isabela; Diffun and Nagtipunan, Quirino; and Bayombong, Aritao and Dupax, Nueva Vizcaya.

 

NEWS

DENR, CEZA, LGU inspect Nangaramoan Beach


nangaramoan inspection

 

"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

RECOGNIZING PARTNERS – DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin awards the certificate of recognition to SPO2 Bernard S. Beran for his invaluable support in the implementation of Executive Order No. 23 during the culmination of the Environment Month celebration held on July 3, this year at the PENR Office of Cagayan. In his inspirational message, Director Aromin thanked the Philippine National Police for being the Department’s active partner in forest protection.  According to Atty. Aromin, the presence of police officials in anti-illegal logging activities boosts the morale of the DENR forest protection officers. Three other police officials of Rizal, Cagayan Police Station were also recognized. In the same event, the results of the Search for “The Most Environment Responsive Office” in Cagayan were presented where CENRO Aparri was adjudged as champion. Also in photo are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella and PENR Officer Marlon C. Agnar.#
OPLAN BROADCASTREEING – DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin leads the the “Oplan BROADCASTreeing” in General Balao, Solana, Cagayan on July 29, this year. Conducted simultaneously nationwide, the tree planting activity is a joint project of the DENR and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government. In his message, Director Aromin thanked the 245 participants from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Barangay Local Government Units of General Balao and Sampaguita, and the Quibuloy group and 10 drug surrenderees who joined the DENR and KBP in planting 1,200 seedlings of Acacia, Mangium and Falcata. “We hope to see you again in future endeavours not only in tree planting but also in other activities of the DENR,” RD Aromin concluded.#
SETTING 2018 DIRECTIONS – In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director, Lea A. Daquioag welcomes the participants in the Consultation cum Workshop on the Preparation of FY 2018 Budget Proposal on Aug. 3, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. According to the Planning and Management Division Chief, the activity is very crucial in the finalization of proposal for the budget next year. “Physical and financial accomplishments (for 2017) is important in the approval of the 2018 budget,” she reminded. To guide the participants in the workshop proper, Chief Daquioag presented the agreements made during the Crafting of the Unit of Work Measurements held on July 25-28, 2017 at the BSA Twin Tower in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.#
NEW DENR CV TOP EXECS – DENR Cagayan Valley Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (leftmost) turns over Special Order No. 2017-642 to OIC, Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs) William C. Savello and Felix C. Taguba during the Monday Convocation held on September 4, this year at DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Foresters Savella and Taguba were designated as OIC, ARD for Management Services and OIC, ARD for Technical Services, respectively by virtue of the Special Order issued by Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource and Information Systems Ernesto D. Adobo on August 22, 2017. In his message, RD Aromin pinned his hope for a more effective and efficient implementation of the programs and projects in Region 2 now that the top three officials are already complete.#
NEW GREEN LAWYERS – Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, expresses his appreciation to the newly-hired lawyers for their love for the environment in a meeting he presided on October 2, this year. The new lawyer consultants will be deployed to the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Offices and implementing Provincial ENR Office to work on administrative, land and forestry cases. They were hired pursuant to the thrust of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to strengthen the field offices being the frontline service providers of the DENR. #
TOWARD ISO CERTIFICATION – Administrative Division Chief of DENR Cagayan Valley, Lilia dL. Abel, presents to the regional office personnel the guidelines on the implementation of 5S in an orientation held on October 3, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The 5S, a productivity improvement tool which stands for Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Standardize and Self Discipline, is a workplace organization process geared toward ISO 9001 Certification (Quality Management Service). “In order to achieve high levels of quality, safety and productivity, workers must have a conducive working environment,” the chief administrative officer said.
FOREST IS LIFE – In an interview with DZGR Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao today, Oct. 23, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba shares his experience in joining thousands of foresters during the National Convention of the Society of Filipino Foresters Incorporated (SFFI) held on Oct. 18-21, this year in Davao City. According to Forester Taguba, president of SFFI in Region 2, the convention highlighted the importance of forests to life as these produce fresh air, water and forest products. “We have to conserve and protect our forests so there will also be continuous support to agriculture,” he added. A roadmap for the sustainable management of the forests was drafted during the convention. This plan involves strengthening of the National Greening Program implementation and massive reforestation of degraded areas to be identified by the foresters.#
OUTSTANDING NIPAS-MPA – (From left to right) DENR Cagayan Valley Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, ARD for Management Services William C. Savella, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, PENR Officer of Cagayan Marlon C. Agnar, Protected Area Superintendent of Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS) Rodante A. Galamay and CENR Officer of Aparri Edgar T. Martin  present the plaque and cheque received in the Para el MAR 2017 Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition during the Monday Convocation on Oct. 23, this year at DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. PIPLS was awarded Third Outstanding National Integrated Protected Areas System – Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPA) by the MPA Support Network in October 19-20 at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City. Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes was also included in the top 8 finalists selected from 200 entries nationwide. Para El MAR is a biennial activity that highlights the best practices of coastal managers in MPA management. #
RESILIENCE GAME - Officials and employees from DENR regional and field offices play the Resilience: Survive and Thrive Game on Oct. 23, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City as part of the training on Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) for Reef Cryptobiodiversity, and Ocean Acidification. The players who are implementers of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program, acted as community leaders competing to have the most developed community without sacrificing the environment. The deployment of ARMS will mimic the complexity of coral reefs to attract and collect colonizing invertebrates and provide a systematic, consistent, and comparable method to monitor cryptic reef diversity. After the orientation, the implementers together with experts from University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute, De La Salle University and National Museum will proceed to Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. #
SIGHTED AT LAST – This Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor was spotted at Chadpidan, Basco, Batanes on Nov. 1, this year, by Forester Samuel P. Telan, Enforcement chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. The species is also sighted in Barangay Savidug of Sabtang town today (Nov. 3), the same site where it was observed on Dec. 5, last year after it was last seen in Mahatao from March to May 2011. The other reported sightings were in Olango Wildlife Sanctuary in Lapu-Lapu City in 2013; and Candaba Swamp in Pampanga and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, both in 2015. The species categorized as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is being monitored daily to ensure its protection. # (photo by R.Y. Abad and text by V.D. Baliuag) 
FOREST PROTECTION POLICY – “There will be trainings for forest protection officers on handling firearms,” told Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin in an interview with Latigo Online TV as he discussed the policy of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for a ‘more successful implementation of forest protection’. The Secretary initiated the arming of FPOs after learning that some officers in some regions were shot while apprehending illegal loggers. The hiring of lawyers is also a part of the Secretary’s policy where 16 were already employed for the 16 CENR Offices in Region 2. “It is a big boost to our efforts against illegal forest activities,” said Atty. Aromin.#
OUTSTANDING NIPAS-MPA – (From left to right) DENR Cagayan Valley Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, ARD for Management Services William C. Savella, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, PENR Officer of Cagayan Marlon C. Agnar, Protected Area Superintendent of Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS) Rodante A. Galamay and CENR Officer of Aparri Edgar T. Martin  present the plaque and cheque received in the Para el MAR 2017 Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition during the Monday Convocation on Oct. 23, this year at DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. PIPLS was awarded Third Outstanding National Integrated Protected Areas System – Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPA) by the MPA Support Network in October 19-20 at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City. Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes was also included in the top 8 finalists selected from 200 entries nationwide. Para El MAR is a biennial activity that highlights the best practices of coastal managers in MPA management. #
ENSURING MENTAL FITNESS – Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, leads the compulsory drug test of regional and field officials on Nov. 27, 2017 at the City Health Office in Tuguegarao City. This is in adherence to Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 13 s. 2017 providing guidelines in the mandatory random drug test for public officials and employees. The mandatory drug test ensures “effective and efficient service, free from the hazards of drug use in the workplace.” It is also part of the wellness program of the Office. #
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. #
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. #

 

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