30th ICC yields 145 sacks garbage in Batanes

One hundred seventy volunteers collected 145 sacks of garbage weighing about 2,500 kilograms in a kilometer stretch of shoreline along Loran Beach in Uyugan town in celebration of this year’s International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC).

Most of the collected marine debris are non-biodegradable like plastic materials, rubber, glass containers and metals. Last year, 358 ICC volunteers collected 1,404 kilograms of non-biodegradable wastes in the shorelines of Basco, Mahatao, Ivana and Uyugan.

Led by Uyugan Mayor Jonathan Enrique V. Nanud, this year’s ICC volunteers came from the local government unit, Philippine Coast Guard headed by SN1 Richard Torres and the Philippine National Police under the leadership of PINSP Dominic L. Rosario. They were joined by 65 personnel from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

Prior to the clean-up, PENRO Ecosystems Management Specialist Darcy H. Labrador conducted a short lecture on ICC among the volunteers. She mentioned that “over the past 29 years, more than 10.5 million volunteers from 153 countries have shown their support to this significant event”.

The ecosystems specialist also differentiated ICC from ordinary clean-up saying “in ICC, volunteers are requested not only to pick up litters but also to identify and record the garbage being collected”. Knowing the source of the marine debris makes it easy to support such policy concerning marine conservation,” she added.

The participants were also encouraged to put their acts together in preventing marine debris. “Joining our hands in managing our trash instead of relying on clean-up is moving closer to our common goal of trash-free seas,” the lecturer concluded.

Held on Sept. 18, this year at the site of the National Museum, the 30th ICC was inspired by the theme “Bayanihan para sa Malinis na Katubigan at Karagatan”. # VDB


BuB projects support NGP


Sustainability of the National Greening Program (NGP) has been ensured with the lined-up projects of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for 2015. 

Thirty-seven BuB projects are enrolled in DENR which are implemented in 28 municipalities regionwide under NGP menu of activities. Out of the 28 partner Local Chief Executives, 21 had signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department. 

Isabela has the most number of projects with 13 followed by Cagayan, 11. Nueva Vizcaya has 7, Quirino has 5 and only one project is implemented in Batanes. 

Forester Felina R. Malupeng, BuB Projects focal person, said that out of the 21 projects in 2014, a total of 19 had been completed while two are on-going implementation. The two currently implemented projects are found in Isabela. 

BuB is a process through which priority projects are identified jointly by communities and their local government units. The proposed projects are incorporated into the proposed budgets of the implementing national government agencies which are submitted to Congress for approval. 

For. Malupeng also said that BuB ensures transparency of the budgeting process and aims to facilitate institutional reform that is not under the control of any single person, group or agency. #



USEC Ignacio lauds Region 2 for unity, discipline


 Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. cited unity and discipline as factors that contribute to the success of Region 2 in the implementation of the Department’s programs.


Addressing the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Sub-Office In-Charge and Regional Office personnel on July 8, this year, the top official said every personnel of the region deserves to be promoted under the Rationalization Plan not only for patience in waiting but also for good performance.


“You are one of the best performing regions in the country,” USEC Ignacio said. He underscored oneness and high level of discipline among the personnel emphasizing that breakdown of discipline leads to breakdown of rules which consequently results in failure in performance.


The top official also cited the increase in the workload of each personnel resulting from the triple increase in the budget of the Department under the present administration but decrease in manpower by half because of the moratorium in the filling up of vacant positions to implement the Rationalization Plan. “Each one of you is now doing six times more work than you were doing prior to the Aquino administration,” he added.


USEC Ignacio came over to Region 2 for the national conference of the Environmental Management Bureau and meeting of the Pollution Adjudication Board, being the chairperson, on July 9, this year. #


KBP to adopt NGP site

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cagayan Chapter will adopt a two-hectare National Greening Program (NGP) site located in Barangay Lannig, Solana, Cagayan.

The adoption is in line with the nationwide tree-planting project of KBP dubbed “Oplan Broadcastreeing” which will be held simultaneously in August 15.

The KBP Cagayan Chapter chaired by DCZV Station Manager Floricadel L. Trilles, has tapped as partners in the project the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office, the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection, all based in Solana town.

In a meeting held on July 9, this year at the CENR Office in Solana, the group finalized the activities to be undertaken for the “Oplan Broadcastreeing”. As agreed upon, the CENR Office will lead the site preparation such as strip brushing and hole digging. They will be assisted by representatives of media stations, PNP and BFP, and barangay officials. Site preparation will be conducted five days prior to the actual planting.

The group will invite at least 100 individuals from the media, PNP, BFP, DENR and Barangay Lannig to participate in planting 2,000 seedlings of forest and fruit-bearing trees which will be provided by the DENR. Students enrolled in ROTC and NSTP will also be requested to join the activity.

To ensure the survival of the seedlings, the media stations have committed to visit the site every month. They will coordinate with the CENR Office prior to the site visit.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the adoption of the site will be forged by and between the CENR Office represented by OIC, CENR Officer Mariam Frances T. Malana and KBP Cagayan Chapter represented by Chairperson Trilles.#


CENRO Cabagan ties up with LGU Tumauini for cave mgt

The Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office in Cabagan, Isabela has linked with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tumauini for the maintenance of ecological balance and preservation of the aesthetic value of Sinabuluan Cave.

Officer-In-Charge, CENR Officer Bernardo B. Valiente said the Sangguniang Bayan of Tumauini adopted on July 13, this year the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) containing the responsibilities of the DENR and the LGU in the preservation, development and management of the cave located at So. Sinabuluan of Barangay Antagan 1st. He added that the MOA will improve the ecotourism potential of the cave.

“The SB members moved for the allocation of funds for the management of Sinabuluan Cave in their upcoming budget hearing in October, this year,” Protected Areas and Wildlife Specialist Luz S. Soriano said. She added that the legislators also decided to enact a municipal ordinance that will govern the management and development of the cave including the surrounding watershed.

Under the Agreement, the DENR shall, among others, regulate the collection and removal of cave resources prior to suitable clearance from Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (now Biodiversity Management Bureau), LGU, and/or National Museum; in general, provide trainings and other related services to the LGU that will ensure the effective protection, development and management of the subject cave/s; upon request, provide technical assistance to the LGU on the implementation of the Cave Management Plan; monitor the implementation of the Cave Management Plan; and implement the prohibition on the introduction of artificial structures or any similar development inside the cave. 

The responsibilities of the LGU include: provide manpower and financial resources for the protection, conservation and management of Sinabuluan Cave; integrate the management plan in the land-use, development, investment and revenue plans of the Municipality; enact the necessary ordinances, rules and regulations consistent with national policies in support of the co-management of the Cave; raise awareness among its constituents on the importance of conservation, protection and sustainable use of caves and cave resources; encourage and promote the participation of the private sector and entrepreneurs in the implementation of the Cave Management Plan and subsequent management/development plans especially those ventures that are related to agriculture and nature-based tourism; and provide such other resources and services that will ensure the effective conservation, protection and management of the cave.

A proposed ecotourism site by the LGU of Tumauini, Sinabuluan Cave was classified as Class II by the DENR per Memorandum Circular 2012-03 which means that it is “open to experienced cavers or guided educational tours/visits”. It is within the Tumauini Watershed Forest Reserve, a protected area under Presidential Proclamation No. 355 dated April 14, 1994. # 


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)



April 22, 2015


Dear Co-workers,

Today, we commemorate the most important celebration for humanity - The 45th International Earth Day.

Earth day is everyday. We have 365 days in a year for us to engage in activities like planting trees in our backyard, cleaning our homes or workplaces, putting off our electrical gadgets when these are not needed; walking or biking instead of riding on motor vehicles. But our level of environmentalism can be increased a notch higher by strictly implementing environmental laws and regulations.

Yesterday, I wrote the holders of lumber dealer’s permits urging them to refrain from buying illegal lumber at all times in support of Executive Order No. 23. This is in line with the thrust of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to achieve zero-illegal logging hotspot by June 2015.

Earth Day is everywhere. We should not look for a special place to advance environmental cause. A garbage bin awaits its user; a vacant lot looks forward to a planter; a wounded eagle expects a rescue and a truckload of illegally cut lumber shouts for a vigilant action officer.

Earth Day is for everyone. As DENR personnel, we are obliged to care for the earth whoever we are. But caring can be more meaningful only if we have full knowledge of our habitat.

I have always been telling you that you should know the Department by heart. This has become mandatory and compelling when the DENR’s vision, mission and mandate including vital statistics are among the general questions I asked in the knowledge tests conducted in relation to the implementation of our Rationalization Plan. I am sure your increased knowledge about the Department enhances your level of commitment and consequently the performance of your duties and responsibilities.

Let the theme of this celebration - “Earth Day, Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone”- remind us that caring for the earth is not bounded by time, place or status.


Regional Director