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REC transfers anew to DOT

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REC transfers anew to DOT

The committee that governs ecotourism development in the region has been turned over again to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

In his message during the turn-over ceremony on March 11, this year at the DENR Narra Hall, Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) outgoing Chairperson and Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. 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.

“This is it . . . another great responsibility,” said incoming Chairperson Blessida G. Diwa as she formally received the turned over documents. She also expressed her gratitude to RED Tumaliuan for his three years of leading the REC.

Dr. Mina Labugen, In-Charge of Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector presented the REC’s accomplishments under the leadership of RED Tumaliuan.

She emphasized in her report the publication of Cagayan Valley Region Ecotourism Destinations Magazine; field exposure in ecotourism development; compilation and mapping of priority ecotourism sites in the region; preparation of ecotourism business plans for Fuyot Spring National Park, Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape and Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape; participation in the Capability Building Training, National Tourism Development Planning and World Ecotourism Conference; and conduct of the Ecotourism Assessment and Strategic Planning Workshop.

As provided for by Executive Order No. 111, the REC is mandated to: review, evaluate, approve and monitor minor ecotourism projects in the regions; implement policies, guidelines, programs; projects and activities formulated by the National Ecotourism Development Council; identify network of ecotourism sites in the region; and recommend plans and programs for ecotourism.

The REC chairmanship is rotated every three years between the DENR and the DOT. #PMSA

 

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RED Tumaliuan presents study on flood forecasting, warning system


To provide better understanding and promote preparedness to weather conditions, the DENR Region 2 oriented members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), Regional Committee on Sustainable Development (RCSD), Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC), media and other stakeholders on flood forecasting and flood warning system for Cagayan Valley on April 24, 2012 at the Ivory Lodge, Tuguegarao City.

In a forum jointly conducted by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the RDRRMC, RDC2 vice chairperson and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Milagros Rimando said the activity aims to strengthen all phases of disaster risk management through a better understanding of the processes and concepts involved in weather forecasting and the effects of climate change on the environment and ultimately on the population.

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CSU, DENR ink MOA on NGP


The Cagayan State University (CSU) – Piat Campus took on its share in the implementation of the National Greening Program as it signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of a clonal nursery on Jan. 12, 2012 with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the lead agency in the implementation of Executive Order No. 26.

The MOA was signed by CSU President Roger P. Perez and Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan with CSU Piat Chief Executive Officer Vicente S. Binasoy and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix C. Taguba as witnesses. 

The clonal nursery will be constructed for the production of high quality seedlings for planting in the NGP sites. 

Prior to the signing of the Agreement, the DENR through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has identified agricultural schools, colleges and universities within its area of responsibility as potential partner in supporting the greening program. The CSU immediately responded and signified its interest to put up a clonal nursery within Piat campus to cater the needs for seedlings for the NGP project sites.

As incorporated in the mutual covenant, CSU Piat will identify suitable site for the clonal nursery; spearhead and supervise its construction; undertake mass production of quality seedlings and ensure the maintenance of the nursery; and send technical staff to attend training and orientation in order to gain more knowledge and technical know-how on the scientific approach of clonal nursery operations. For its part, DENR will extend technical assistance thru CENRO Solana, Cagayan; provide financial assistance amounting to P400,000 in the construction of the nursery; and conduct monitoring on the progress of its construction.

RED Tumaliuan is optimistic that other stakeholders and partners will also be encouraged to support the program through mass propagation of fruit-bearing and forest trees as this would mitigate climate change and ensure water supply, food security, biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

To cope with the seedling requirements of NGP and ensure its success, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has urged all REDs to tap the academe in the production of genetically superior seedlings.

NGP is a priority program of President Aquino and it mandates all sectors of society to participate in the greening of open lands and tenured areas by planting 1.5 billion trees to an area of 1.5 million hectares within a period of six (6) years until 2016. #

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Sec. Paje declares R2 eco-park, training center


Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has ordered the establishment of a one-stop ecological facility in Cagayan Valley.

The instruction was contained in DENR Administrative Order No. 2012-02 declaring the DENR Regional Training Center in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya as Ecological Park and Training Center of Region 2.

The ecological park and training center will serve as a show window of the rich biodiversity of Region 2 for education, research and conservation-oriented purposes in Nueva Vizcaya, and a venue for training programs requiring field practice.
Formerly leased by the Church of the New Tribe Mission, the Center covers more or less 10 hectares. It was turned over to the DENR on August 13, 2008 thru a memorandum of agreement.

Although there was no regular fund allotted for the Center last year, this was transformed as DENR Regional Training Center using savings of the regional office. Since its operationalization, it has served as venue for trainings, seminars and workshops conducted by the DENR and other sectors of the society earning a total of P36,800 in the form of rental for 2011.

DAO 2012-02 also mandates Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan to issue a memorandum circular for the management of the Center and immediately prepare its developmental and operational plan. Region 2 is further instructed to include in its annual Work and Financial Plan the operation, improvement and maintenance of the Center and provide regular funds for the purpose.


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Construction of Calayan hospital set


Through the collaborative efforts and support of the different government agencies and the local officials of the island municipality of Calayan, the construction of a P17M municipal hospital was put into place after the Subproject Financing Agreement was inked on Jan. 6, 2012 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management (PAWCZM) Regional Technical Director Jovito B. Layugan Jr. congratulated the Calayan LGU officials, the Provincial Technical Working Group (PTWG)members, DENR personnel and all the people behind the realization of the said project.

Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Felix C. Taguba presented the Subproject Financing Agreement (SFA) key points. PENRO Taguba added that it is not just the hospital that the government has provided in Calayan but also the development of a 400-hectares mangrove and watershed project in the area.

In his response, Dr. Edward Albano, representing Department of Health (DOH), stated that it has been Secretary Enrique Ona’s aim to provide the people with quality health services. Aligned with this objective, the DOH will provide medicines and other facilities for the municipal hospital.

“I don’t know what words best represent my thanks to the people behind the project. As deep as the seas and as wide as the forests of Calayan is our gratefulness to the people behind the construction of a hospital in our town,” said Mayor Alfonso M. Llopis. According to the chief executive, the problem on transportation motivated them to work on the project as this would ease his constituents especially in times of emergency.

Environment Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, in his message, commended the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) region 2 since the municipal hospital of Calayan is the first project proposal in the country approved for implementation by the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO).

This notable project is in line with one of the 16-Point Agenda or the “Social Contract with the Filipino People” of President Aquino which is to ensure that every Filipino should have access to basic health services. It also entwines with DENR Secretary Paje’s mandate to balance population, health and environment.

The ceremonial signing of the SFA was graced by the other members of the RSC, namely; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Jovita P. Ayson; Department of the Interior and Local Government Director Rolando L. Rafael; Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Officer Robert E. Adap. Dr. Lucena U. Mercado, ICRMP national coordinator, LGU Calayan officials, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers of Aparri and Sanchez Mira, Cagayan and other DENR personnel also attended the signing ceremonies.#