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.#


 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



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