ICRMP Assessment

Members of the San Jose Fisherfolk Association in Gonzaga, Cagayan fill-out data sheet and assessment form during the Marine Protected Area-Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool orientation-workshop conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 on June 21, 2012 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Issues and concerns on conservation projects were discussed after the workshop. Other people’s organizations in Claveria and Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan also participated in the activity.



USAID Phil Deputy Director Pinzon lauds DENR, PLGU Isabela


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - Philippines commended DENR Isabela and the provincial government for spearheading the 2015 Earth Day Celebration.

Deputy Program Director Nora Pinzon of USAID Philippines Program Resources Management Office said she was elated that there is a robust pro-environment constituency in Isabela as represented by the large number of participants who joined the Advocacy Walk from Saint Michael Church in Gamu to the Amphitheater of the Provincial Capitol in Alibagu, City of Ilagan.

“I would also like to commend Governor Faustino G. Dy III, for his leadership in celebrating Earth Day in Northern Sierra Madre, a high conservation area for biodiversity and agricultural production,” she said.

Director Pinzon further said that she heard about great work that the province of Isabela has been doing to help conserve biodiversity with the active involvement of the Isabela Environment Protection Task Force in the Environmental Law Enforcement Program.

“We could not have chosen a better time and place to launch the ‘Bright Spots in Hot Spots’ campaign than here in Isabela as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Having witnessed your efforts, commitment and enthusiasm today, I am confident that your collective actions through this campaign will yield successful results. It is your time to lead, so lead well,” the USAID official said in her message.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer William C. Savella thanked the USAID for addressing the active threats to biodiversity in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP) in Isabela.

“It comes down to making choices, chances and changes. It just takes a little effort to change habits like planting a single tree monthly or yearly, recycling wastes, saving water, switching off lights and fostering biodiversity in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. It takes a little will to preserve our natural resources and protect the environment. We can make a difference,” PENRO Savella said in his opening remarks.

The ‘Bright Spots in Hot Spots’ campaign is a joint project of the USAID and the DENR under the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program.

During the launch, hundreds of people in all walks of life demonstrated support for environmental protection and pledged to help conserve the NSMNP.
The Earth Day Celebration was started in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. # (RMC)


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Photo Releases

LGU Uyugan NGP share - This three-hectare coconut and Bitaog plantation in Imnajbu, Uyugan, Batanes was established by the municipal local government unit in 2011 as its contribution to the  National Greening Program  (NGP). #
PREPARING FOR WORK – Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag discusses the State of Forestry Law Enforcement in Region 2 among the 34 newly hired Forest Protection Officers (FPOs) of the Regional Office and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office  (PENRO) of Cagayan before they will buckle down to work starting tomorrow, July 2. The hiring of FPOs is part of the thrust of the Department to neutralize the remaining illegal logging hotspots and prevent the emergence of new ones. Other topics presented with their corresponding discussants include: Presidential Decree (PD) 705 as amended and other forestry laws, rules and regulations by Legal Division Chief Ismael T. Manaligod; Department Administrative Order 97-32 prescribing procedures on administrative adjudication; legal procedures in filing criminal complaint in violation of PD 705; arrest, search, seizure and detention; and inquest proceedings and documentation, all by Aldwin Ricamora; and forest protection updates by Forester Joselito D. Razon.#
BuB ASSESSMENT – Forester Felina R. Malupeng, Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Projects focal person, presents to the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) the status of BuB projects implemented for Calendar Years 2014 and 2015 during its 15th meeting on June 24, this year at Las Palmas, Tuguegarao City. Out of the 21 projects in 2014, a total of 19 had been completed while two are on-going implementation in Isabela. The projects include bamboo and forest plantation establishment, greenhouse nursery and compost facility material. For this year, site assessment of the 37 projects is being conducted and 21 out of 28 mayors had signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DENR. RPRAT is composed of different participating agencies and some Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations. It is chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and co-chaired by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).#
TOWARD ECO-PARK DEVELOPMENT – This 20-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site was chosen as one of the national entries for Ecological Park Development during the recent evaluation made by the DENR Central Office. A total of 10,000 cacao, coffee and coconut were planted in 2012 with 100 percent survival. Located at So. Maluquit, Centro II, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, the plantation is adopted by the Masisit-Dacal Cooperative, Inc. #
LAND TITLING ADVOCACY – Licenses, Patents and Deeds Chief Eliseo D. Mabasa explains the process and requirements in applying for a land title of school sites and alienable and disposable lands during the “Tipon- Tipan sa PIA” held on June 9, this year at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Engr. Mabasa also talked about the issuance of permits on wildlife resources and forest product utilization which are now under the LPD Division.#
PUBLIC SERVICE PLEDGE - Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan administers the oath of office during the first mass oath-taking ceremony held today at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City to implement the Rationalization Plan of the Department. The 180 appointees are composed of 152 and 28 staff from the Technical and Management Services, respectively. In his message, RD Tumaliuan emphasized that the newly appointed personnel went through a rigid process of selection to ensure efficiency in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. #
GSMPCI NGP - Mahogany and Rambutan plantation established in 2012 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Gabriela Silang Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. covering 115 hectares in Gabriela Silang, Diffun, Quirino.
DEL PILAR COOP NGP - A portion of the mango plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Del Pilar Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. covering 86 hectares located in Del Pilar, San Mariano, Isabela.
FLGMA NGP - Calamansi plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Vladimir Valdepeňas FLGMA Holder covering 10 hectares located in Cabbo, Peňablanca, Cagayan.
DIMASALANSAN NGP - Mangrove plantation established in 2012 under the National Greening Program (NGP) of the BLGU Dimasalansan covering 50 hectares located in Divilacan, Isabela.
SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY INITIATIVES – Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim expounds on the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s thrust of sustaining biodiversity initiatives including the Biodiversity Partnerships Project in her opening message during the special meeting of the Local Project Site Committee of the Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) held on May 12, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Director Lim emphasized on the economic value of biodiversity  even from the non-extractive activities. #
PUBLIC LAND TITLING SYMPOSIUM – Engr. Eliseo D. Mabasa, Licenses, Patents and Deeds chief answers questions from one of the farmers who attended the Serbisyo Publiko Day on May 15, this year in Brgy. Sta. Maria, Lal-lo, Cagayan which highlighted public land titling. Engr. Mabasa informed the farmers on free patent application, different modes on land disposition and the value and impact of titled and untitled lands. The symposium is part of Sta. Maria’s annual fiesta. #
BIODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS – Sta. Teresita, Cagayan Mayor Lolita C. Garcia (left) shows their numerous products made of Bakong leaves to Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (2nd from left) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Titon Mitra (3rd from left) during the team’s visit on May 13, this year in Barangay Luga. The barangay residents use Bakong (Hanguana malayana) as the primary material in their enterprise under the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) funded by the UNDP. The visit was aimed at helping the local communities within Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) in promoting their biodiversity friendly-enterprise and at the same time weaning them from unregulated resource extraction.
NGP AND FOREST PROTECTION SURVEILLANCE – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (standing right) and Lt. Colonel Ramon Joseph Dioso (standing left), Group Commander, Tactical Operation Group 2 of Philippine Air Force (PAF), meet the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers including NGP and forest protection focal persons in preparation for the aerial surveillance of NGP sites and illegal logging hot spots in Region 2. Each PENR Office will prepare a flightplan for the said surveillance operation. The forest protection initiative is by virtue of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of National Defence (DND) and the DENR concerning the use of PAF aircraft dated November 14, 2013. #
GIFT ON EARTH DAY – Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Ruth R. Padilla (2nd from right) together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon C. Agnar (2nd from left) leads the awarding of land titles to the residents of Barangay Manamtam in Bambang town on Apr. 22, this year. The Handog Titulo Program highlighted the Province’s celebration of Earth Day. There were 55 titles awarded with an aggregate area of 39.27 hectares. The awarding was attended by representatives from Registry of Deeds, Philippine Information Agency, PENR and CENR Offices and PLGU. #
LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH - Mayor Joel A. Ruma (center) of Rizal, Cagayan exemplifies love for Mother Earth by leading his constituents in a tree planting activity in celebration of the 45th Earth Day on Apr. 22, this year. With the theme “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone”, the activity was participated in by the town’s local officials and Solana Community Environment Natural Resources Office (CENRO) employees headed by Engr. Mariam Frances T. Malana. Other activities like clean up drive and Solid Waste Management campaign were also conducted. #
SUSIMO INSPECTION - For. Edmundo S. Malupeng, Forestland Management Project regional focal person inspects the Sub Project Site Management Office on Apr. 23, this year before its operation. The building serves as an office and quarters of the project implementers who directly supervise the participating people’s organizations in the implementation of the project. The construction of the office located within the Ganano sub-watershed project in Rafael Palma, Diffun, Quirino started in April last year with a project cost of P400, 000. #
STRENGTHENING FMP’S IEC - Forestland Management Project (FMP) stakeholders participate in the story telling and in-depth interview conducted by FMP Communication Specialist Harris Guevarra (in lavender polo) during the Consultation and Orientation for the Development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Framework and Communication Plan. The activity served as an avenue for gathering and auditing information that will be analyzed in preparation for the Communication Plan for FMP. The workshop was held at the DISADECO Hall, Diffun, Quirino on Apr. 22, this year and was participated in by the people’s organizations, project implementers and partner agencies. #
Taleb Upland Farmers’ NGP – This 50-hectare Mahogany plantation in Dallao, Cordon, Isabela was established in year 2012 by the Taleb Upland Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative Inc. in support of the National Greening Program (NGP). The three-year old plantation is intercropped with bananas.#
GREENING THE SCHOOL – A portion of the 1.8-hectare plantation established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011 by the faculty, staff and pupils of Kapinia-an Elementary School in Barangay Kapinia-an, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. #
WILDLIFE HABITAT MONITORING – Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) technical team, headed by Dr. Steven U. Toledo (2nd from left), monitors the status of wildlife rescue centers in Region 2 on June 17-20, this year. The team, which included Environmental Management Specialists Cecille G. Francisco and Pola Geneva A. Bumanglag, visited Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center in Tuguegarao City; and Punta Amelita Garden Resort in Cordon and Fuyot Spring National Park in the City of Ilagan; both in Isabela to share technical inputs on wildlife protection and conservation. Also in photo is Protected Area Superintendent Danie D. Bayani. # (photo and text by Robert V. Rivera)
MISSION: ZERO ILLEGAL LOGGING BY APRIL – Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan leads the PENR Officers and CENR Officers of Cagayan and Isabela in formulating a work and financial plan (WFP) on how to neutralize the illegal logging hot spots in Region 2 by April, this year. The WFP includes purchase of vehicles and equipment, hiring of Forest Protection Officers (FPOs) and Extension Officers (EOs) to conduct patrolling and surveillance in the hot spots. The target areas are the municipalities of Baggao, Cagayan; San Agustin, Isabela; and the provincial tri-boundary of Aurora, Quirino and Isabela. The work plan to be implemented up to 2016 will also prevent the emergence of new hot spots. #
COOPERATIVE GREENING - Mango plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Sta. Victoria Forest Credit Cooperative covering 27 hectares located in Sta. Catalina, City of Ilagan.
REDUCING POVERTY – A portion of the 51-hectare plantation established in 2012 by Domingo Escucharo of Barangay Nag-uma, Sto. Niño, Cagayan shows a combination of cash crops including fruit and forest trees such as corn, mango, coconut, Narra and Mahogany. #
WOMEN AND CLIMATE CHANGE -Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Urdujah A. Tejada receives from Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan her Certificate of Appreciation for being the guest speaker during the kick-off program in celebration of 2015 National Women’s Month with the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”. Director Tejada emphasized the vital role that women play in climate change adaptation and mitigation which commences when they educate their family. The Certificate was awarded on March 2, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. With RD Tumaliuan are Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Gil A. Aromin, ARD for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar and Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Chair Paulina A. Lingan. #
CARING FOR THE BIRD - Victoria Espiritu of Tanza, Tuguegarao City turns over in March 12, this year a Brahminy Kite (Lawin) to Johnlee M. Rumusud and Jimmy M. Narag, caretakers of the Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC). Espiritu said that the Brahminy Kite was caught by her son’s friend along the Pinacanauan River while fishing three weeks ago. They decided to surrender the bird because they can no longer provide its food. (Photo by Ralffe Conception)
ACADEMIC INITIATIVE FOR NGP - Mahogany plantation established in 2011 under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Luga National High School covering four hectares located in Luga, Sta. Teresita, Cagayan.

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