4 NV protected area boards hold unified meet

 4 NV protected area boards hold unified meet

 2019 07

To enhance the development and conservation measures for the protected areas (PAs) in Nueva Vizcaya, members of the four Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) in said province gathered for a unified meeting on Feb. 13, this year at the Highlanders Hotel in Solano town.

As chairman of the PAMBs, newly-installed DENR Regional Executive Director Antonio A. Abawag presided over the meeting with the members of the Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL), Salinas Natural Monument (SNM), Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve (DWFR), and Bangan Hill Natural Park (BHNP).

At the onset of the discussions, Director Abawag recommended the management board of the CPL to involve ‘Bantay Gubat’ volunteers from the 19 barangays covered by the area to intensify the protection of the rich biodiversity and resources within said PA.

For the SNM, the PAMB chief instructed the PA managers to push through with their proposal of a multi-sectoral dialogue with cattle owners concerning the issue of stray cattle grazing within the National Greening Program site. The meeting will be participated in by the members of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, barangay and municipal local government units, Philippine National Police, DENR lawyers and technical personnel and holders of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title.

In line with the ecotourism services of the DWFR, Atty. Abawag signed the proposed resolution of the Board to adopt Administrative Order 2016-24 or the Revised Rates of Fees for Entrance and Use of Facilities and Resources in PAs. The resolution was approved with the provision that the Board will only identify what is applicable and available in the PA based on the administrative order.

The DENR regional chief also approved the proposal of the BHNP Board to conduct demarcation in the PA to prevent the encroachment of settlers. He instructed the DENR officials in Bayombong to take charge on the delineation survey to also address the alleged squatting and tunnel mining activities within the BHNP.

“We should partner with these settlers and make sure that we don’t violate their rights,” Atty. Abawag explained as he told the PA managers to come up with strategies in protecting their area.

Meanwhile, Bayombong Mayor Ralph Lantion was awarded during the meeting with a certificate of appreciation for his initiatives of concreting the roads in some barangays covered by the BHNP including the construction of road drainage system.#

Engaging the Youth in Wetland Conservation

Engaging the Youth in Wetland Conservation

2019 04

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has found an ally in the conservation of the Buguey Wetlands following the engagement recently of the youth in World Wetlands Day.

These young partners are elementary and high school students residing near the Buguey Wetlands.

The students learned the importance and benefits of wetlands through the Buguey Wetlands Summit held on Feb. 2, this year in the said town. The Summit highlighted the celebration of the World Wetlands Day.

With the theme, “Wetlands and climate change,” the participants from Minanga Elementary School, Mala Weste Elementary School, Leron Elementary School, Centro West Elementary School, Buguey Central Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Sta. Maria Primary and Licerio Antiporda Senior National High School also learned the roles of wetlands in mitigating the effects of climate change.

The students participated in different interactive lectures and activities which allowed them to tour in some areas within the wetlands.

In the first station, the students experienced bird watching and were asked to identify the migratory birds visiting the area. The participants identified five species, namely; Black-winged Stilt, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron and Purple Heron.

The students learned the common species of mangroves and its parts and functions in the second station. They identified seven species in the area which include Bakawan Lalaki, Bakawan Babae, Pagatpat, Pototan, Saging-saging, Nipa and Bungalon or Api-api.

The students also learned the functions of wetlands and the interconnection of natural resources through find-a-word and memory games in the last two stations.

In his message, Buguey Sangguniang Bayan Member Adolfo Miranda Jr. appealed to the participants to actively join in conserving the Buguey Wetlands as the survival of the migratory birds and the source of income of the locals depend on it.

Prior to the Summit, a series of Dalaw Turo were conducted in schools to widen the students’ knowledge about wetlands. Campaign materials like pamphlets, game cards, shirts and hats were also given to the students and their teachers.

The Summit is part of the Buguey Wetlands Awareness Campaign (BWAn) Project, a grant given to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Cagayan with Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Aparri and Local Government Unit of Buguey as implementers. It aims to provide supplemental activities for the conservation and development of the environment and is funded by Ramsar Regional Center-East Asia.

BWAn Project Lead Emerlynn Daliong encouraged the students to share their learnings during the Summit to their family and friends to build a bigger and stronger network in wetlands protection and preservation.

Buguey Wetlands with an approximate area of 500 hectares cover about 80 percent of the total area of the said municipality. These wetlands are composed of coastal lagoons, freshwater marshes, mangrove swamps, mudflats, with some fish, crab and shrimp ponds, and large rice paddies.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every 2nd day of February to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.#

DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

2019 02

 

The regional anti-illegal logging task force (RAILTF) created under Executive Order No. 23 will again come into action soon following the order made by the new Cagayan Valley environment chief to reactivate the team.

In the first expanded executive committee meeting held on Jan. 24 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag discussed priority directives to intensify the campaign against forest destruction in Region 2 being a transshipment point of illegal forest products.

Pursuant to Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force Resolution No. 2011-003, the regional task force is chaired by the DENR regional executive director with the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional director as vice chair. The Philippine National Police regional director and the brigade commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines serve as members.

According to RED Abawag, he will meet the task force in February to formulate anti-illegal logging operations.

He said the DENR will train partners to be deputized for forest protection activities and shift other Forest Rangers from forest development to forest protection activities.

The DENR lawyers will also participate in anti-illegal logging operations particularly in the filing of cases.

The regional environment chief instructed the field officials not to recommend new lumber dealer permits for his approval and not to renew permits with reports of violation as he ordered the conduct of stock inventory of lumber dealers. He also announced that he will not release apprehended conveyances.

To intensify the integration of mining and environmental programs into the Department’s priorities, RED Abawag ordered the creation of ENR law enforcement task force to be composed of DENR technical personnel and consultant lawyers, and staff from the Environmental Management Bureau, and Mines and Geosciences Bureau. The task force will immediately act on violation of environmental laws. # CCC

Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief

Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief

 

2019 01

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 has a new Regional Executive Director.

The change of command took place on Jan. 11, 2019 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City officiated by Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones.

USEC Leones relayed to the two regional heads the marching order of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to focus on river rehabilitation. “The rivers must be clean,” said the national planning top official.

Incoming Regional Executive Director Antonio A. Abawag said “the swapping could be for the betterment” as he urged everybody to do his tasks and “continue to work on the priority programs of our Secretary.” “Let’s respect one another. That’s basic,” the new Cagayan Valley environment chief emphasized.

The reshuffling of REDs was announced by Secretary Cimatu during the New Year’s Call on Jan. 5, this year at the DENR Central Office, Quezon City.

The designation of Atty. Abawag as OIC, RED is contained in Special Order No. 2019-06 issued by Secretary Cimatu on Jan. 7, 2019.

Director Abawag took over the leadership from OIC, Regional Executive Director Gil A. Aromin who is designated as OIC, RED of DENR Region 5, where Atty. Abawag came from.

Prior to his designation as OIC, RED in the Bicol Region, Atty. Abawag was the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services in the same region after serving as ARD for Technical Services from 2015 to 2017 in CALABARZON. He was also the Regional Technical Director for Forestry in Region 5 for four years.

A licensed forester, he worked as a CENR Officer for 10 years and became the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer of the different provinces in Region 5.
He first joined the DENR in 1979 as Senior Forester at the then Bureau of Forest Development in Region 5.

A Director III by position, Atty. Abawag was appointed Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV on August 23, 2013. # CCC

NEWS

 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

2019 09 

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

 

 

Photo Releases

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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