Divilacan watershed is priority site for SIAD

 

A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the Philippines.

Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the “Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project” will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan.

The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectares covering six barangays and basin length of approximately 12,500 meters.

The SIAD project will be managed by the Asosasyon ng Nagmamalasakit ng Kalikasan (ANAK) and Divilacan Agta Rattan Gatherers Association (DARAGAT) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Divilacan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

A new approach in project implementation, SIAD aims to apply area-based interventions, concepts on its natural resources development programs including but not limited to national greening program and integrated island development. It takes into consideration Marginalized civil society organization (CSO) Sectors including, but not limited to Indigenous Peoples (IPs), urban poor, farmers and fisherfolk, Muslim Filipinos, rebel returnees, youth, vocational work force, and men and women stakeholders.

The adoption of SIAD as a strategy is authorized by Memorandum Circular No. 2017-02 issued by Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez on Feb. 15, 2017.

In an interview aired over Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao, DENR Regional Director Gil A. Aromin said: “The Divilacan Watershed is a home for endemic plants; abundant rattan and nito for handicraft making. These livelihood opportunities were considered in selecting the site.”

“While they (Dumagats) are there to plant trees, we also capacitate them to provide livelihood for them,” Atty. Aromin added.

The Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project according to Director Aromin employs the ridge to reef concept considering that water from the watershed flows down to the sea.

The area where the project is located is known to have three species of Makabuhay used to treat stomach ache and dysmenorrhoea according to the Dumagats or Agtas, the Indigenous People in Divilacan. Tsaang gubat also thrives in the area.

Within the site, a 100-hectare area in Barangay Ditarum will be developed for the Enhanced National Greening Program.

After the identification of the site as priority for integrated development, a meeting with Divilacan Mayor Venturito C. Bulan, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Arthur V. Umengan and DARAGAT IP Chairperson Floro Flores was conducted.

The DENR will also deputize 27 Forest Protection Officers for the six barangays.

To develop business enterprise, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Isabela conducted the Training on Bee Keeping on March 30-31, this year in Barangay Dicaruyan.

Using SIAD as a strategy for the project, the DENR envisions the sustainable multiple-use of the natural resources within the watershed in a manner that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable.

It aims to rehabilitate through enrichment planting and reforestation of the idle and open areas, and safeguard and preserve the natural tropical forests of the watershed while improving the quality of life of people in the area.# 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).#

 

 

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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