ERDS installs automated weather monitoring systems

Two automated weather monitoring systems were installed by the Ecosystems Research and Development Sector at the clonal nursery within the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center in Carig, Tuguegarao City and in Maddarulug, Enrile, both in Cagayan on Feb. 28, this year.

The installation of the systems is part of two projects, namely; Application of Mycorrhiza and Other Soil Amendments in Improving Reforestation and Agroforestry in Cagayan Valley and Improved Rehabilitation Strategies, Schemes and Technologies for Highly Vulnerable, Severely Eroded Watersheds in Region 2.

The equipment will give accurate climatic data like existing temperature and rainfall in the two project sites as essential factors that influence the growth and development of plants. The data gathered help in achieving the climatic requirements for growth of plants in the clonal nurseries. # (charo caise)

Riverbank stabilization set for Claveria

The riverbank stabilization structure in Claveria, Cagayan will be constructed before June, this year.

On Oct. 8, 2012, the Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR and the Local Government Unit of Claveria was signed as part of the Subproject Financing Agreement. The Asian Development Bank has also issued a “no objection letter” on Feb. 19, 2013 for the subproject’s compliance with social and environmental safeguards.

Mayor Celia T. Layus said the 120-meter stabilization facility in the mouth of the Cabicungan River will minimize soil erosion, river pollution and flooding in the six directly affected coastal barangays. It will also protect the coastal and marine resources of the town.

The subproject, third in the entire country approved for implementation by the Municipal Development Office, is aimed at addressing the basic social service needs of the coastal communities and support local government’s effort to mitigate coastal pollution and degradation of resources. The project has an approved budget of P10M.

The project started on Feb. 28, this year, and will run for 122 calendar days. # (drm)

Grinning for the greening program

His smiles indicate positive impression on the program he is working on and his articulacy on it radiates inspiration to the implementers and other partners as well.

This is how one can best describe Mang Donato Gammad, the chair of the Kadikitan Association for Community Development (KAFCD), the people’s organization that implements the National Greening Program in one of the remote barangays in Nagtipunan, the municipal boundary of Quirino and Aurora provinces.

He proudly toured us around the five-hectare NGP site awarded to him and other members of his family in 2011. In between the visit, he made it a point to say something like a tour guide trained to entertain his guests. “Sari-sari po ang aking mga tanim dito, may mais at (iba pang) cash crops. Habang nililinis ang mga puno ng mangga at rambutan at hinihintay ang pamumunga ng mga ito, meron po kaming pangmadaliang hanapbuhay,” he enthused about intercropping.

One of the cash crops that gives Mang Donato a livelihood is squash. It was coincidental that he just harvested his squashes for the third time. He said the second time he sold his produce in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, he earned P30,0000 when squash sells at P11.50 per kilo. This strengthens his realization that NGP addresses the issue on poverty in the uplands. And just like any other parent who is much concerned about the education of his children, he says: “…alam po namin na malaki ang tulong pinansyal sapagkat ngayon malapit nang mamunga (referring to the fruit-bearing trees) at makakatulong po ito sa aming mga anak na nag-aaral. Among his six children, he is sending four to school: senior and junior high school, Grade VII and elementary.

Keen on the objectives of NGP, Mang Donato says: “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sapagkat bagama’t ito ay nakakatulong sa pangkasalukuyang pamumuhay at henerasyon, meron po tayong pangarap na makatulong din sa iba”. This is where he emphasized the ecological functions of trees which he termed as “di nakikitang benepisyo ng mga punongkahoy” like giving off fresh air, maintaining clean water (as the project site is located along the Cagayan River) and preventing soil erosion.

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Symposium marks World Wetlands Day

An environmental symposium entitled “Knowing our Wetlands” brought together 98 environment partners from the provincial government, different municipalities and academe in Isabela on February 5, 2013 at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Ilagan City.

The symposium marks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2’s celebration of the World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme “Wetlands and Water Management” underlines the important hydrological functions of wetlands and the dependence of their health in the quality of water that reaches them.

Regional Public Affairs Office chief Victoria Baliuag stressed in her message the critical role of Information, Education and Communication in all projects of the Department.
During the symposium, two of the banner programs of the Department were also discussed. Forestry Specialist Arnold Frogoso lectured on the National Greening Program and Lands Specialist Mylene Madduma briefed the participants about public land titling. Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Specialist Felicitas Gammad discussed what wetlands are and the wetland sites in Isabela.

Also in attendance are Information Officers of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the province. PENRO Isabela hosted the symposium.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every 2nd day of February.# corie corpuz


 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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