Mechanized forest nursery aids NGP beneficiaries


Mechanized forest nursery aids NGP beneficiaries

Three People’s Organizations (POs) and two Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) under the National Greening Program (NGP) were the first recipients of forest tree seedlings produced from the region’s first Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery (MMFN) located in Lannig, Solana, Cagayan.

As of August 18, this year, the forest nursery has a total production of 1,348,600 seedlings. Of the total production, 645,027 seedlings were delivered: 481,800 to NGP beneficiaries and 163,227 to other partners and stakeholders.

Seedlings composed of forest and fruit bearing-trees such as Mangium, Mahogany, Gmelina, Ipil-ipil, Falcata, Rain Tree, Narra, and Cacao were distributed to Upland Farmers Association, San Antonio, Baggao; Agri-Fisheries Producers Cooperative, Joacquin Dela Cruz, Camalaniugan; Maguirig Upland Farmers Association, Maguirig, Solana; and BLGUs San Isidro and Zitanga of Claveria and Ballesteros, respectively.

Said seedlings will be planted to the 300 hectares additional NGP reforestation areas covered by the PENR Office of Cagayan aside from its target of seedling production for 2016 which was already more than 100 percent accomplished before June, this year.

The same seedlings to include Fire Tree, Acacia, Anchoan Dilaw, Tindalo and Binuang were also given to LGUs of Tuao and Sta. Maria; Baliuag Elementary School and Bical Elementary School, both in Peñablanca, Cagayan; CENR Office in Cabagan, Isabela; Cagayan I Electric Cooperative; and private individuals.

PENR Officer Felix C. Taguba said he prioritizes disposing the seedlings to the NGP adopters for them to start establishing their plantation this onset of the rainy season.

“As PENR Officer, I personally supervise the operation of the forest nursery in order to ensure the survival of the growing seedlings. This is the first mechanized forest nursery in Region 2 so we have to fully provide technical assistance to run the operation smoothly,” said PENR Officer Taguba.

Operational in February, this year, the MMFN can produce up to 12 million seedlings per year. The seeder machine has the capacity to plant seeds in 200 trays per hour which is equivalent to 20,000 seedlings. These seedlings, which are not the usual ones packed in a soil bag, have higher survival rate and contain proper amount of soil media nutrients composed of coco peat, rice hull, carbonated soil and mycorrhiza fertilizer. #CAT with report from PENRO Cagayan#


Parties ink Cagayan River Management Agreement

The rehabilitation, protection and conservation of one of the most important river basins in the Philippines have been ensured following the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council (CRBMC).

The signing of the MOC has formalized and operationalized the management council for Cagayan River Basin which covers the Cordillera Administrative Region and Regions 2 and 3.

Led by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr., the ceremonial signing was held on June 7, this year at the Crown Pavilion, Tuguegarao City.

Representing Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, chair of the CRBMC, USEC Ignacio underlined the national impact of the Cagayan Riverbasin as one among the 18 priority major river basins in the country.“Power generation, agricultural and industrial production, tourism and biodiversitynot only impact regionally but also outside the three regions,” he explained.With these important roles, the Cagayan River should be conserved and protected according to the DENR field operations chief.

The top official also stressed the critical role of the local government units in the implementation of the Cagayan River Basin Integrated Management and Development Master Plan (CRBIMDMP) being the managers on the ground and having jurisdiction over the River Basin.

Four years in the making, the CRBIMDMP addresses four thematic areas, namely; water resource management, watershed management, climate change adaptation/disaster risk reduction management; and coastal and freshwater resources management.

The Master Plan has recommended the creation of an organization as the governing body that shall oversee and coordinate all relevant departments, agencies, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges and all other stakeholders for the proper management of the Cagayan River basin and its resources.

According to USEC Ignacio, the ridge to reef approach was adopted in the preparation of the Plan. He emphasized that the programs and projects as indicated in the Master Plan should be integrated in the budget of the national government agencies starting 2017.

The official pinned his hopes that the stakeholders will continue joining hands in the conservation of the environment and natural resources as he thanked themfor working on the Master Plan. # (CCC)

New DAO requires geo-tagging of land for PLAs

The integrity in the processing of public land applications (PLAs) is now ensured after the issuance of DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-22 on June 29, this year.

The Order requires the public land inspectors and or investigators “to take geo-tagged photographs showing the location of the subject lot and its existing improvements together with the actual occupant or his/her representative.”

“At least three (3) photographs of the subject area shall be taken using at least a 3.2 megapixel camera resolution,” the DAO specified. The photographs shall include the geographic position, and date and time of shooting.

The new instruction also provides that “the shots shall be taken at a distance that will show the different angles of the subject lot.” It requires that a picture of the investigator and or inspector in the subject lot shall also be taken.

“Taking geo-tagged photographs shall be at the cost of the government and at no time shall be charged to the applicants,” the Order further stressed.

In August 2015, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan issued additional guidelines in public land surveys (PLS).

The guidelines require that after the Geographic Information System specialist certifies that the subject area is within alienable and disposable land (agricultural land), the inspection team from the CENR Office should conduct validation of the area taking geo-tagged photos inside the polygon. The geo-tagged photos should show the area including the validation team.

RD Tumaliuan also mandated that during the conduct of the survey, the PLS team should take, on a daily basis, geo-tagged photos individually and by group inside the polygon of the area.# CCC


FMB chief presents NGP gains, challenges for 2017 onward

The Department has accomplished 113 percent more than the reforestation in the past 25 years.

This was the announcement made by Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Ricardo L. Calderon in his visit to Cagayan Valley on Mar. 9-11, this year.

In a general assembly meeting with regional executives and personnel held in Mar. 11 at the Narek Hall of the DENR Regional Office, Director Calderon presented the gains of the country in reforestation.

“Aside from having planted 1,352,147 hectares of forestlands with 916,766,691 seedlings, 3,058,184 jobs were generated and 432,508 persons were employed through the National Greening Program (NGP),” the FMB chief reported as he recognized the contribution of Region 2 in achieving these accomplishments.

Director Calderon presented the “positive growth of the country’s forest cover vis-à-vis the reduction in open/denuded areas through massive implementation of the NGP.” “There is reversion of forest cover: more forested areas than denuded forestlands,” the NGP National Coordinator emphasized. He added that NGP is extended from 2016-2028 by virtue of Executive Order No. 193 to sustain the gains of the Program and to harmonize all forest development activities in the country consistent with the updated Master Plan for Forestry Development.

The forest management head also announced that the Philippines ranked fifth in the annual forest area gain from 2010-2015 based on the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 
He also presented the forward estimates for Fiscal Year 2017 of NGP, Land Survey and Records Management, Management of Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal and Marine Resources, Geohazard Mapping and Assessment, Ecosystems Research, and Foreign-Assisted Projects.

The bureau head lauded Region 2 not only for always being on top in accomplishments and compliance but also in innovations especially in forest protection, conservation and development. # CCC



May is Ocean Month

DENR calls for coastal and marine conservation

Highlighting the interplay of biodiversity and sea food security, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 is spearheading the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May focusing with the theme “Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity.”

The conduct of activities for the celebration of MOO was authorized by Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. through DENR Special Order No. 2016-233 dated May 2, 2016. Hence, field offices having jurisdiction over coastal areas were directed to organize activities emphasizing the importance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.

Ocean Month seeks for the continued participation of local government units (LGUs) and other partners in the implementation of Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program to rehabilitate and protect the coral reef ecosystem in strategic, sustainable and ecosystem-based approach per Department Administrative Order No. 2013-12 signed by Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje on Feb. 25, 2013.

To date, the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section has reported a total of 3,230 ha marine protected areas (MPAs) rehabilitated and protected; 8,804.89 ha habitat and vulnerability assessed; three people’s organizations (POs) mobilized, capacitated and provided with livelihood programs; 4,250 ha MPAs established and strengthened; and a series of consultations and meetings conducted among POs and LGUs on MPAs establishment and protection and formulation of integrated coastal management plan.

These interventions on coastal and marine resource conservation were concentrated within the four MPAs in the region, namely: Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes; Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape; Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape; and Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.

Partners from the national government agencies and non-government organizations including POs and other stakeholders are enjoined to participate in the coastal cleanup drive along the coastal areas of Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes provinces. The ‘Bangkarera’, which has been a joint-activity of LGU Claveria and DENR, will be conducted on May 30, 2016.

The celebration of the Philippine Ocean Month, which was declared by Pres. Joseph Ejercito Estrada through Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1998, is in support of the DENR’s vision of a resilient and well-managed coastal and marine biodiversity. #CAT

Reg’l councils cite anti-illegal logging task force


Reg’l councils cite anti-illegal logging task force

The Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) have commended the members of the Cagayan Valley Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

In their joint resolution, RDC and RPOC said “given the active involvement and campaign of the task force’s members against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as Zero (0) Hotspot in Illegal Logging during the second semester of CY 2015.”

“…the selfless dedication and performance exemplified by the members of the task force…are acts worthy of emulation, praises and commendation,” Resolution No. 02-71-2015 further stated.

The Regional Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was created “to fully enforce the moratorium and lead the anti-illegal logging campaign in Cagayan Valley.”

In January last year, DENR reported a significant reduction of illegal logging hotspots in the country from 197 prior to the issuance of Executive Order No. 23 to 31 in 2015 and remained optimistic that its target for a “zero illegal logging hotspot” will be achieved by 2016 through continued imposition of the total log ban in virgin and residual forests.

In Cagayan Valley, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan has continuously appealed for support to curb timber poaching in the three hotspots in Region 2.

The environment chief has also instructed his field officials to prevent the emergence of new hotspots by being vigilant on illegal logging activities 24/7.

The commendation for the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force was issued during the joint session of the two Councils on Sept. 30, 2015 in Cauayan City, Isabela. # CCC