Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance

To improve the processing and issuance of survey plans, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan issued on Feb. 13, 2015 guidelines in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01 mandates that approval of survey authorities requires a clearance from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO).

The regional policy had also established the new procedure in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Before the issuance of the PENR Office clearance, the Records Officer of the CENR Office shall conduct preliminary assessment to verify the status of the lot applied for. The assessment shall be submitted to the PENR Office.

The PENR Officer shall refer the application for survey authority to the Inspection Team which shall be composed of one (1) Ecosystem Management Specialist, one (1) Forester and one (1) Geodetic Engineer.

After the conduct of the inspection, the Team shall submit report to the PENR Office within 48 hours. The Inspection Report shall include geo-tagged pictures of the corners of the subject lot to determine if it is within Alienable & Disposable (A&D) land, tenured/untenured agricultural area and foreshore area.

Based on the Inspection Report, the PENR Officer shall issue clearance to the CENR Officer for the approval of survey authority and execution of survey.

After the survey, the Geodetic Engineer (government or private) shall forward the survey return to the PENR Officer who will transmit the same to the Office of the Regional Director thru the Records Unit. No survey return shall be directly submitted to the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD).

The Records Unit shall forward the Survey Return to the SMD for evaluation. If survey return is found in order, the SMD shall forward it to the Office of the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services for approval. In case of correction and/or deficiency, the SMD shall inform in writing the Geodetic Engineer through the Records Unit. The SMD shall not be allowed to hand-in the survey return directly to the Geodetic Engineer for correction.

The Office of the ARD for Technical Services shall forward the approved survey plan to the Records Unit for release.

The Circular directs the Records Unit of the Regional Office to post all survey plans (approved or for correction) for purposes of transparency. #


Press Release
March 21, 2014

ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT

The Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) in partnership with the Cagayan State University (CSU) Carig Campus conducted a training on Clonal Propagation Technology (CPT) in support of National Greening Program (NGP).

The training was held on March 6, 7 and 10, this year at the ERDS Clonal Nursery, Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC), Carig, Tuguegarao City. This was aimed at inculcating the value of greening by letting the students experience soil potting and other nursery-related activities. The students were grouped into three batches to facilitate the learning process and for better appreciation of the training.

“We will teach you not just to plant trees but how to plant and care for the trees,” said Noel S. Soriano, Technology Transfer and Utilization Division chief, who discussed the concept of Clonal Propagation Technology in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Other topics discussed include Seed Collection, Clonal Propagation Using Mist and Non-Mist System, and definition of some technical terms like scion, ramet and ortet.

The 240 students who attended the training were exposed to actual demonstration on Clonal Propagation Technology. They produced a total of 6,000 potted soil as part of resource-sharing scheme between CSU and DENR. In return, the DENR will provide seedlings to be planted by CSU graduating students. #JPC


March 24, 2014

ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM

In line with the objective of National Greening Program (NGP) to plant 1.5 billion of trees in about 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016, the clonal nursery and seedling facility of the Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) had undergone physical and structural expansion for the Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM).

The facility expansion and upgrading included the construction of additional 10 elevated rooting beds with complete roofing and equipped with water system. The lower part of each potting bed is also utilized as recovery area to maximize space. All seedlings ready for hardening are transferred to the newly expanded hardening areas covered with multi-layered nets. The seedlings are gradually exposed to increasing sunlight intensity until they are ready for field planting.

The newly constructed seed bank building will serve as depository of seeds collected from individual plus trees (IPTs) located within seed production areas (SPAs) in the region. SPAs are areas where there are good IPTs which serve as good seed sources. The seeds are packed with complete label such as common name, scientific name, seed source, seed count per kilogram and other vital information for record purposes.

The collected seeds shall be used for mass propagation of seedlings to augment the seedlings needed by the different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the Region for NGP and for disposal to the public and private individuals.

The planting requirements of NGP for this year will no longer be purchased but should come from clonal nurseries of the DENR and academic institution in the region. Non-government organizations also produce seedlings for the Program. #JPC

Cagayan town hosts 1st National Ecotourism Fest, Launches OTOP


The town of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan hosted the 1st National Ecotourism Festival with the theme “Gameng ti Nakaparsuaan: Takuaten ken Saluadan” (The Gift of Nature: Discover and Protect) showcasing the various unexplored ecotourism destinations in the municipality and promoting environmental awareness and conservation.

Representing Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, Assistant Director Nelson Devanadera of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau presented a paper on ecotourism and development. He said the DENR and the Department of Tourism had signed a memorandum of agreement supporting the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) which includes ecotourism as one component. “Barely two months after the signing, Sta. Teresita, the youngest and a 4th class municipality in Cagayan, is now hosting this national festival,” he added. The town is one of the project sites of BPP.

After presenting a video documentary about the DOT’s tagline “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and a film on Philippine biodiversity, Director Devanadera pointed out that the DENR should protect nature and biodiversity in order to sustain the ecotourism industry in the region. He added that the success of the tourism industry always resides on the strong political will of the local government unit as well as the hospitality of the people.

As a highlight of the ecotourism fest, Sta. Teresita launched ecotourism as its ‘One Town One Product’ (OTOP).

Instead of showcasing the products abundant in the area, the town is making its name in the tourism industry. “The best commodity we can offer is the well preserved ecology,” Mayor Lolita Garcia said. “The presence of undisturbed caves, lakes and the 72 hectares aqua-farm owned by a private individual where shrimps are being cultured make Sta. Teresita a must-see place,” the local chief executive added.

The festival was a joint project of the Department of Tourism, the local government unit and the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club.# (maripi asino)


March 24, 2014

Ducks dominate waterbirds in R2

Ducks still dominate waterbirds in Region 2.

Based on the results of this year’s annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted on January 11-26 by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), around 8,000 heads of Philippine Ducks were recorded in Basao Lake, Penablanca, Cagayan; and Malasi Lake in Cabagan and Sta. Catalina Small Water Impounding Project in Quirino; both in Isabela. This was followed by Wandering Whistling Ducks with 2,000 population found at Malasi Lake. Tufted Ducks ranked third with 315 counted at Usol Small Water Impounding Project in Jones, Isabela Monterey Lake in Cauayan City and Malasi Lake.

Little Egrets dominate the herons and egrets while most of the shorebirds and waders are Common Sandpipers. Other waterfowl species recorded was Spotted Wood Kingfisher. The census also recorded terrestrial species particularly Philippine Bulbul, Blue-headed Bee Eater, Swiflet and White-eared Brown Dove.

According to Forester Mina L. Labuguen, PAWD officer-in-charge, 14 wetland sites were visited by the counters. She added that these are the same sites visited last year for the census.

The AWC is an annual event that takes place during the second and third weeks of January. It was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has expanded its coverage to 26 countries of South Asia, East Asia, Pacific and Russia Far East.

The census is aimed at monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular and standardized counts of representative wetlands, thus, providing the basis for estimates of waterbird populations. It also intends to improve knowledge of little-known species and wetland sites as well as increase awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international levels.

The other objectives of AWC are: identifying and monitoring (networks of) sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and providing information on the conservation status of waterbird species for use by international agreements.

Last year, Philippine Ducks had the highest population with 7,929 heads followed by Little Egrets, 341; and Kentist Plovers, 150. # (VDB)


“Put God first in everything you do and focus on your work.”

These are few of the secrets to success by Dr. Restituta V. Antolin, chief of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division.

Adjudged one of the Women Achievers in Cagayan in 2010, Madam Resty, to her staff, shared her secrets to being a successful woman during her radio guesting at DWPE Radyo ng Bayan on March 4, this year, in celebration of the Women’s Month.

Madam Resty is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the Isabela State University and finished her doctor’s degree in Development major in Rural Development at the Cagayan State University – Tuguegarao.

“God must be the center of your life,” she always advises. Walking her talk, she is one of the leaders of The Ruling and Reigning Kingdom Global Ministry.

As far as work attitude is concerned, everybody is a witness to this character of the woman achiever. You give her any topic on biodiversity, protected area, ecotourism, climate change and she will discuss it with much gusto! She also loves to work with the members of the Protected Area and Management Board.

“Quality time,” she emphasizes whenever the topic at hand is family. She confesses though that she is guilty of not being able to give this to her children because she was still starting in her career, thus she focused much on it. But certainly this did not stop her children form excelling in their chosen courses. In fact, the eldest is now a lawyer; the second, a human ecology graduate; and the third, a medical doctor. The youngest is a veterinary medicine student. Her plus point is a very supportive husband, Dr. Artemio Antolin, who is into consultancy.

Now that she is a grandmother of four, three girls and a boy, she is spending quality time with them. # (maripi asino)