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

NEWS

 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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SETTING DIRECTIONS FOR 2019 – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang appeals to the officials and employees to be passionate in their work during the Strategic Planning Workshop for 2019 held at the PENR Office in Basco town on Jan. 16.  The planning activity intended to formulate the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the activities of the technical services and monthly distribution of targets of the management services to facilitate implementation of targets and monitoring of accomplishments. The workshop was highlighted by the discussion on the different concepts, frameworks, plans and programs where the 2019 annual work targets of the DENR evolved and the presentation of WBS by the section chiefs.  To set the standard behavior in the organization, Atty. Fevie Gay J. Castaneda, PENRO consultant-lawyer, discussed Republic Act No. 6713 and other related laws. #
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).#
“LET’S WORK AS A FAMILY” – Regional environment chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag (center) poses with his ‘new family’ at the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office in San Isidro, Isabela during his visit in Feb. 7. The regional top official announced his contact number allowing the DENR staff to communicate with him especially on contributions in improving the delivery of public service. He also encouraged the personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Isabela whom he visited the following day to keep working well. “I’m here to lead you to the direction that is mandated of us,” Director Abawag said. Also in photo are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Isabela PENR Officer Marlon C. Agnar and San Isidro CENR Officer Felix C. Ganapin.#
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.#

 

 

GUIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE – Cagayan Valley DENR Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag expresses his support to the members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) – OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. as he vows guidance for the mining company to easily comply with environmental regulations. In his first meeting with the MRFC held on Feb. 7, this year at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Director Abawag recommended solutions to some of the company’s concerns that were discussed in the meeting which include the reforestation project conducted in alienable and disposable lands, rehabilitation and protection of water systems or tributaries covered by the mining operations, and training of local government units that are part of the Multipartite Monitoring Team, a public independent entity that assists the DENR in monitoring environmental impacts and compliance. The meeting was presided over by Committee Chair and Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta (3rd from left). Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Diosdado C. Doctor (extreme right) and Quirino Governor Junie E. Cua (2nd from left) were also present in the meeting.#
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. #

 

 

COUNTING THE BIRDS – Technical staff of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes conduct the 2019 Asian Waterfowl Census at Sitio Diblolon in Barangay Savidug of Sabtang town, one of the seven monitoring sites in the province. The census held on Jan. 5-20, this year revealed that Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos is the dominant species with 36 heads recorded followed by Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres (19) and Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (17).#

 

 

MONITORING FOREST AND BIODIVERSITY – For. Samuel P. Telan (in blue shirt), Enforcement chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes, leads his staff in monitoring forest and other flora and fauna resources on July 11, this year within Batan Island. The team patrolled a total of about 38 kilometers on June 26-28 and July 9-11. The patrolling resulted in the sighting of five heads of black-chinned Fruit Dove and hearing of a Ryukyu Scops Owl. The highest forest regeneration recorded during the patrolling is the open uncultivated with 161 records. There was no recorded threat in the forest area within Batan Island. The activity is part of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System of the DENR.#
ESTERO CLEANUP – Personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Batanes join about 300 representatives of other government agencies, local government officials and residents in cleaning up Padangan Creek and San Antonio Creek both in Basco, the province’s capital town. The cleanup, held on July 16, yielded about 75 kilograms of solid waste that should have drained to the West Philippine Sea. It launched the project “Developing Sustainability Mechanisms through Adopt-An-Estero Project in Basco, Batanes” implemented by the PENR Office. #
GEOHAZARD ASSESSMENT – Batanes Officer-In-Charge, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang (right) personally inspects the coastal erosion and collapsing of cliff along Valugan Boulder Beach in Barangay San Joaquin of Basco town on Feb. 26, this year. The inspection was prompted by the report submitted by Engr. Felix T. Matanguihan Jr. (left), the embedded personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Based on the report, the cliff is about one kilometer stretch approximately 25 meters away from the shoreline. The incident has been reported to the MGB Regional Office for appropriate intervention. #

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