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.


Press Release
April 7, 2014

RGAD-FPS spearheads Women’s Month

The Regional Gender and Development - Focal Point System (RGAD-FPS) spearheaded this year’s observance of Women’s Month with the theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”

The celebration kicked off with a short program which coincided with the flag raising ceremony held on March 3 where a short oratorical piece on women empowerment was delivered and the System’s contribution to the seedling production initiative of the Office was launched.

A clean-up drive was conducted on March 7 to maintain cleanliness of the Office and its surroundings.

Around 3,500 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees were produced by the employees from the different Sectors on March 3. This was aimed at augmenting the seedling production for the National Greening Program (NGP).

A free Pap smear and prostate examination for early detection of Cancer symptoms was conducted at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.

The Philippines’ Women’s Month celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 224 s. 1998 “Declaring the First Week of March Each Year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day”, Proclamation No. 227 s. 1998 “Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month”, and Republic Act No. 6949 “Declaring March 8 of Every Year as National Women’s Day.” #JPC


Photo Releases

EXCELLENT PUBLIC SERVICE - Aparri, Cagayan Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgar T. Martin (6th from left) receives from Dr. Ma. Luisa Salonga-Agamata, Public Assistance and Information Office director of the Civil Service Commission, the Seal of Excellence “for its Excellent performance in providing services to the public and its adherence to the requirements prescribed by the Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.” CENRO Aparri is among the 168 offices nationwide that garnered excellent rating out of 929 evaluated institutions. The Office was also given a monetary incentive amounting to One Hundred Thousand pesos during the awarding rites held on June 27, 2014 held at Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City.  CENRO Martin is flanked by PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba and staff from Cagayan and Aparri. Director Agamata is assisted by CSC Cagayan Valley Regional Director Neil S. Agustin and his provincial directors. #

LIBERATION FROM ‘ILLWIL’ CASES – Assistant Secretary for Internal Audit and Anti-Corruption Daniel Darius M. Nicer expounds on the e-filing and monitoring system for illegal logging and wildlife cases among forestry specialists of Regions 1, 2, 3, 4B and the Cordillera Administrative Region during the learning session held at Hotel Roma, Tuguegarao City. He emphasized that the session commenced in time with the Philippine Independence Day as a declaration of liberation from lack of real-time information on illegal logging and wildlife trade as this will result in the accessibility and transparency of information on the apprehension, seizure and confiscation of illegal forest products and wildlife. The learning session is aimed at piloting the system for proper recording, monitoring and retrieval of information on illegal logging and wildlife ‘illwil’ cases.#

CLIMATE CHANGE ADVOCACY PRE-LAUNCH – Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix C. Taguba answers queries from the media during the press conference dubbed “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” held today, June 3, at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.  The press conference was held to drumbeat awareness on the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign before its nationwide launch on June 10. The advocacy campaign is a partnership project of the DENR and PIA by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement. PIA Regional Director Purita S. Licas (extreme left) and DENR Regional Public Affairs Office In-Charge Victoria D. Baliuag also joined in the press conference facilitated by PIA Information Officer Oliver T. Baccay. #

TREE FOR BIODIVERSITY  – Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon C. Agnar  leads teachers, local officials, officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and members of the Sang-at Salug Outdoor Club Inc. (SSOCI)  in  planting about 1,000 seedlings of  Molave, Narra and Bignay on May 23, this year as a maintenance activity of the 80-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) plantation established in 2012 in Barangay Bintawan Sur, Villaverde, Bayombong. Kakauate and Jathropa cuttings were also planted beside and in-between the seedlings. The tree planting was conducted in line with the celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 and Ocean Month. The plastic bottle seen in the photo contains water that drips to the roots of the newly planted seedling for about three days to ensure its survival. This maintenance technique is an innovation of the PENR Office in Nueva Vizcaya. #

PERSONNEL COMMITMENT TO NGP  – Forester Samuel V. Berlin, in-charge, PENRO Satellite Office in Roxas, Isabela, monitors the seedlings of different forest and fruit tree species produced through personnel initiative. The seedlings will be used for replanting in NGP sites within his jurisdiction.  The personnel initiative in seedling production has yielded about 13,000 seedlings composed of Arius, Mahogany, Gmelina, Acacia, Ipil-ipil and Guyabano as of May 20, this year. This is in compliance with Regional Memorandum No. 2014-01 issued by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan prescribing guidelines on “Individual Employee’s Commitment to the National Greening Program.” #

A TREE FOR THE COUNTRY – Former environment Secretary Elisea G. Gozun leads the tree planting that highlights the National Flag Day celebration today at the DENR Regional Office. In her message during the program, Secretary Gozun emphasized every employee’s role in making government service effective. With Sec. Gozun are regional executives headed by Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan.#

CADASTRAL SURVEY AGREEMENT - Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan signs the contract of agreement with Engr. Antero C. Tiban of A.C. Tiban Surveying Office on May 5, this year at the Office of the RED, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Contained in the agreement is the execution of Cadastral Survey (Category B) for the municipality of Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya with a contract price of P2, 782, 000. A contract was also signed with Engr. Alfonso D. Taccad (standing left) of A. D. Taccad Surveying Services for the Cadastral Survey of Gonzaga and Sta. Teresita, Cagayan amounting to P2, 800, 158 and P1, 956, 447, respectively. The signing was witnessed by (from left) Surveys Division Chief Alberto S. Obedoza, Regional Technical Director for Lands Gil A. Aromin, Cadastral Survey Division Regional Coordinator Nenita Naranja and Budget Section Chief Catalina F. Pinson.#

HIGH LEVEL COMMITMENT – Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan turns over 500 Mahogany seedlings to the National Greening Program Regional Coordinator as his contribution to the Program. The turnover, held on May 5, 2014 at the DENR Regional Office, is pursuant to Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 prescribing guidelines on Individual Employee’s Commitment to the NGP. The Memo Circular, issued by RED Tumaliuan on Feb. 14, this year, requires every employee to produce 250 seedlings per semester or adopt an NGP site.#

NGP MODEL CENRO  – Forester Mario C. Bungubung, OIC CENR Officer of Sanchez Mira, Cagayan receives from Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan the Certificate of Commendation for achieving 93 percent and the regional highest in the total average percent survival of seedlings planted under the National Greening Program for Calendar Years 2011 and 2012. The Certificate was awarded during the Regional Management Conference on April 30, 2014 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City which was held to formulate strategic plans for the mandatory involvement of personnel in the implementation of NGP. #

TRANSFERRING ECOTOURISM LEADERSHIP – RED Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, outgoing Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) chair, hands in documents to Department of Tourism Regional Director Blessida G. Diwa during the turn-over ceremony held on March 11, 2014 at the DENR Narra Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City. In his message, RED Tumaliuan said that the 400 hectares of plantation to be established under the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Kalahan Educational Foundation in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya is a potential ecotourism destination. He also mentioned about the development of the Capisaan Caves in Kasibu which is being pushed by Gov. Ruth R. Padilla. Also in photo are REC members and technical working group:  (left - right) Roger G. Dela Rosa, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples; Restituta V. Antolin, DENR; Mina L. Labuguen, DENR; Perla A. Visorro, Cagayan Valley Partners for People’s Development; Mildred B. Maglaya, National Economic and Development Authority; and Angely L. Mercado, Philippine Information Agency. #  

PROJECT MAINTENANCE – Richard Miaga, caretaker of the 50-hectare Teak (Tectona grandis) plantation in Trinidad, Mallig, Isabela conducts regular pruning of the trees as a maintenance strategy. The plantation was established under the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011 within the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) issued to former Representative Edwin Uy. The NGP site is adopted by the Cagayan Valley Industries Corporation under the leadership of Dr. Lourdes Uy. Miaga said, in an interview, that the trees are intended for future export ventures. Teak makes good poles and is known for its antibacterial properties. #  

LEADING NGP BY DOING – Regional Technical Director for Forestry   Wilfredo C. Malvar presides over the meeting with the chiefs of the Management Group in the DENR Regional Office regarding the participation of the support services personnel in the National Greening Program (NGP). The Management Group agreed to produce around 32,000 seedlings which will be used in replanting the NGP site which the team will be adopting. The team will work closely with the adoptors to ensure more than 80 percent survival of the adopted plantation. #

PERFORMANCE CONTRACT FOR NGP – Personnel Section Officer-In-Charge Leonila D. Mariano explains on Feb. 11 to the focal persons of the different Divisions the Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR) of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) for the DENR approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The IPCR serves as the performance contract of all permanent employees of the DENR for 2014 as required in the SPMS. This is also in compliance with the Memorandum issued by Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan to all Regional Technical Directors, Division Chiefs and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers as well as Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers requiring all employees to submit their performance contract as basis for evaluation. In the IPCR, all employees are required to participate in the National Greening Program (NGP) as 80 percent of their rating will come from their participation in the Program. #

BIODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY ENTERPRISE – Sta. Teresita Mayor Lolita C. Garcia (2nd from left) shows to officials of the academe and the local government unit (LGU) samples of materials that can be derived from Bakong (Hanguana malayana) crafted by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) before their visit to So. Bangalao in Barangay Luga where the plant species abound. The site visit, initiated by the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP), was conducted to validate biodiversity-friendly enterprises identified by the University of the Philippines Institute for Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI) within the Northeast Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area (NECKBA) for possible sourcing and mobilization of financial resources. BPP Private Sector Partnerships and Investments Specialist (PSPIS) Vivian Castillon (extreme left) led the team that visited Sta. Teresita, Lallo and Baggao on January 15-17, 2014. BPP intends to identify and mobilize modalities to finance biodiversity-friendly livelihood activities to discourage destructive practices by forest dependent communities. # (photo by D. Deundo)

SETTING TIMELINES – PENROs, CENROs, Planning Officers and key staff from the Regional Office work on the schedule of activities of the major programs for implementation this year that include forest protection, National Greening Program, Patent Processing and Issuance as well as biodiversity conservation. Setting timelines has been instrumental in the remarkable performance of Region 2. The workshop was held on Jan. 9, 2014 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

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