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4 NV protected area boards hold unified meet

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 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.#

Engaging the Youth in Wetland Conservation

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Engaging the Youth in Wetland Conservation

2019 04

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has found an ally in the conservation of the Buguey Wetlands following the engagement recently of the youth in World Wetlands Day.

These young partners are elementary and high school students residing near the Buguey Wetlands.

The students learned the importance and benefits of wetlands through the Buguey Wetlands Summit held on Feb. 2, this year in the said town. The Summit highlighted the celebration of the World Wetlands Day.

With the theme, “Wetlands and climate change,” the participants from Minanga Elementary School, Mala Weste Elementary School, Leron Elementary School, Centro West Elementary School, Buguey Central Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Sta. Maria Primary and Licerio Antiporda Senior National High School also learned the roles of wetlands in mitigating the effects of climate change.

The students participated in different interactive lectures and activities which allowed them to tour in some areas within the wetlands.

In the first station, the students experienced bird watching and were asked to identify the migratory birds visiting the area. The participants identified five species, namely; Black-winged Stilt, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron and Purple Heron.

The students learned the common species of mangroves and its parts and functions in the second station. They identified seven species in the area which include Bakawan Lalaki, Bakawan Babae, Pagatpat, Pototan, Saging-saging, Nipa and Bungalon or Api-api.

The students also learned the functions of wetlands and the interconnection of natural resources through find-a-word and memory games in the last two stations.

In his message, Buguey Sangguniang Bayan Member Adolfo Miranda Jr. appealed to the participants to actively join in conserving the Buguey Wetlands as the survival of the migratory birds and the source of income of the locals depend on it.

Prior to the Summit, a series of Dalaw Turo were conducted in schools to widen the students’ knowledge about wetlands. Campaign materials like pamphlets, game cards, shirts and hats were also given to the students and their teachers.

The Summit is part of the Buguey Wetlands Awareness Campaign (BWAn) Project, a grant given to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Cagayan with Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Aparri and Local Government Unit of Buguey as implementers. It aims to provide supplemental activities for the conservation and development of the environment and is funded by Ramsar Regional Center-East Asia.

BWAn Project Lead Emerlynn Daliong encouraged the students to share their learnings during the Summit to their family and friends to build a bigger and stronger network in wetlands protection and preservation.

Buguey Wetlands with an approximate area of 500 hectares cover about 80 percent of the total area of the said municipality. These wetlands are composed of coastal lagoons, freshwater marshes, mangrove swamps, mudflats, with some fish, crab and shrimp ponds, and large rice paddies.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every 2nd day of February to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.#

DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

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DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

2019 02

 

The regional anti-illegal logging task force (RAILTF) created under Executive Order No. 23 will again come into action soon following the order made by the new Cagayan Valley environment chief to reactivate the team.

In the first expanded executive committee meeting held on Jan. 24 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag discussed priority directives to intensify the campaign against forest destruction in Region 2 being a transshipment point of illegal forest products.

Pursuant to Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force Resolution No. 2011-003, the regional task force is chaired by the DENR regional executive director with the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional director as vice chair. The Philippine National Police regional director and the brigade commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines serve as members.

According to RED Abawag, he will meet the task force in February to formulate anti-illegal logging operations.

He said the DENR will train partners to be deputized for forest protection activities and shift other Forest Rangers from forest development to forest protection activities.

The DENR lawyers will also participate in anti-illegal logging operations particularly in the filing of cases.

The regional environment chief instructed the field officials not to recommend new lumber dealer permits for his approval and not to renew permits with reports of violation as he ordered the conduct of stock inventory of lumber dealers. He also announced that he will not release apprehended conveyances.

To intensify the integration of mining and environmental programs into the Department’s priorities, RED Abawag ordered the creation of ENR law enforcement task force to be composed of DENR technical personnel and consultant lawyers, and staff from the Environmental Management Bureau, and Mines and Geosciences Bureau. The task force will immediately act on violation of environmental laws. # CCC

3 regions to intensify resource protection

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3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection

 

Convergence includes wildlife and mineral resources

The protection of the natural resources of three regions will soon be strengthened following the interregional convergence meeting held in Baguio City on Nov. 20, this year.

The meeting resulted in the preparation of a memorandum of agreement among the regional executive directors (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the mutual complementation and collaboration will unify, and streamline efforts and resources toward achieving overall protection of the environment and natural resources.

“The interregional convergence is one of our initiatives pursuant to the commitment of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop illegal environmental activities,” RED Aromin said.

During the meeting, the environment chiefs agreed that the monitoring checkpoints for forest products in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; and Luna, Apayao will also be utilized to regulate the transport of wildlife and mineral products.

Mobile checkpoints will also be established in strategic places to intensify monitoring of forest products, wildlife and mineral resources.

The team leaders of the monitoring stations will closely coordinate to monitor any movement of illegal products including apprehension.

It was also agreed that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer whose jurisdiction covers the monitoring station will supervise the activities of the checkpoint and will submit report to concerned RED.

Meanwhile, the administrative adjudication of the apprehended or seized forest products, wildlife and mineral products and transportation used, tools and equipment including filing of complaints against the perpetrators will be conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) office concerned. The disposition thereof will be in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will assist in the apprehension and evaluation of mineral resources to be transported.

It can be recalled that on August 15, 2018, Secretary Cimatu issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2018-18 establishing a centralized coordinative mechanism at the Regional Office of DENR, MGB and Environmental Management Bureau.

Under the said DAO, the DENR RED, assistant regional director for technical services, PENR and CENR officers are deputized to police mining activities and enforce environmental laws, rules and regulations. They are also authorized to issue orders and to arrest violators of environmental laws. # CCC

Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief

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Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief

 

2019 01

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 has a new Regional Executive Director.

The change of command took place on Jan. 11, 2019 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City officiated by Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones.

USEC Leones relayed to the two regional heads the marching order of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to focus on river rehabilitation. “The rivers must be clean,” said the national planning top official.

Incoming Regional Executive Director Antonio A. Abawag said “the swapping could be for the betterment” as he urged everybody to do his tasks and “continue to work on the priority programs of our Secretary.” “Let’s respect one another. That’s basic,” the new Cagayan Valley environment chief emphasized.

The reshuffling of REDs was announced by Secretary Cimatu during the New Year’s Call on Jan. 5, this year at the DENR Central Office, Quezon City.

The designation of Atty. Abawag as OIC, RED is contained in Special Order No. 2019-06 issued by Secretary Cimatu on Jan. 7, 2019.

Director Abawag took over the leadership from OIC, Regional Executive Director Gil A. Aromin who is designated as OIC, RED of DENR Region 5, where Atty. Abawag came from.

Prior to his designation as OIC, RED in the Bicol Region, Atty. Abawag was the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services in the same region after serving as ARD for Technical Services from 2015 to 2017 in CALABARZON. He was also the Regional Technical Director for Forestry in Region 5 for four years.

A licensed forester, he worked as a CENR Officer for 10 years and became the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer of the different provinces in Region 5.
He first joined the DENR in 1979 as Senior Forester at the then Bureau of Forest Development in Region 5.

A Director III by position, Atty. Abawag was appointed Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV on August 23, 2013. # CCC

DENR to launch PIPLS flagship mascot

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DENR to launch PIPLS flagship mascot

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The flagship species icon of the Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS) will be launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The launch of the mascot for rabbitfish Siganidae locally known as Barangan will highlight this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15.

Mascot “Barry”, short term for Barangan, will serve as a social marketing tool under the flagship communication campaign of the DENR’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP). It will represent the protected area’s campaign slogan, “You and me for the sea.”

CMEMP is a national program that aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems. It seeks to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency.

The identification of the flagship species was made through a focus group discussion with key stakeholders of the PIPLS.

The mascot, a representation of the flagship species, will be the symbol to stimulate awareness of the people for them to consequently take action in the conservation and protection of coastal and marine resources.


“We solicit the support of the community to sustain the rich biodiversity of the Palaui Island Protected Landscapes and Seascapes and to promote responsible ecotourism,” DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin said.

The Cagayan Valley environment chief added that PIPLS is a pride of Region 2 as it was awarded 3rd Outstanding National Integrated Protected Areas System - Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPA) in the country in 2017. The award was given by the MPA Support Network Philippines during the Para El Mar (for the sea) MPA Awards and Recognition in Iloilo City.

Director Aromin also urged the public to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), a global effort which aims to protect coastal and marine areas against solid waste and litters and inspire behavior change toward reducing single-use plastic materials. He requested volunteers to coordinate to the nearest DENR office for the activity.

Region 2 has a total coastline of 1,247.49 kilometers where the annual ICC is held.

Proclamation No. 470 s. 2003 declared every third Saturday of September as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.# CCC