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EMPOWERING WOMEN, GIRLS, AND CHILDREN TOGETHER. As part of women’s month community outreach program, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 distributed tokens to beneficiaries of the Regional Haven for Women and Girls (RHWG) and Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) on March 21, this year in Lingu, Solana, Cagayan.
Through the assistance of Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4), Bureau of Forest Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Lands Integrated Cooperative, almost 50 beneficiaries were provided basic needs such as clothing, towels, umbrellas, tumblers, papers, colored pencils, ballpen, blue-tooth radios and percolators.
In her message, K4 President Marina Malamug commended the efforts of the institutions for their hard work and commitment. She said the DENR is in support of the gender and development programs where empowering women, girls and children is one of its external activities.
Also gracing the event were Shirley Labugen and Rosario Corpuz, both center heads, and other DENR personnel.
The RHWG is an alternative form of family care to disadvantaged and abused women and girl victims or survivors, and their qualified dependent whose needs cannot be adequately met by their own families and relatives over a period of time; while the RSCC provides protection and rehabilitation services through temporary residential care to neglected, abandoned, abused and exploited children and those with special needs such as children at risk and who are in need of alternative family care.#
PAMO-CPL CAPABILITY ENHANCEMENT. The Protected Area Management Office for Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL) in Nueva Vizcaya has recently trained its staff on Protected Area (PA) management and biodiversity conservation.
Atty. Juny Vic Andaya, CPL protected area superintendent (PASu) of Dupax community environment and natural resources office (CENRO) said the two-day orientation cum capacity building will prepare the PAMO in implementing the 2023 target activities being the support arm to the 62 members of the CPL-Protected Area Management Board covering 86,168.445 hectares.
β€œWe have to be ready and be equipped with environmental laws to improve our operations," said forester-lawyer Andaya.
To adapt to strategies and build stronger partnerships, representative from the neighboring PA located at Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed Forest Reserve (PCWFR) was invited to discuss laws covering the PA and its operation to enhance the natural resource conservation.
Forester Leonardo Udasco, forest management specialist of CENRO Munoz, explained the provisions of the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) as amended by RA 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS) focusing on prohibited acts, rules on communities, and indigenous peoples and their existing rights.
Legal bases on the different activities of the PAMO was also discussed during the orientation.
The CPL is a PA dominated by indigenous peoples who belong to the Bugkalot, Ilongot, Kalanguya and Kalahan tribes.#
By CENRO Dupax
CAPACITATING FRONTLINERS ON ENR LAW ENFORCEMENT. Around 100 forest rangers, forest protection officers, and park rangers were capacitated with environment and natural resources laws, rules and regulations during the recently held one-day orientation at the provincial environment and natural resources office (PENRO) of Cagayan.
In her message, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 stressed the importance of having a common understanding and implementation of environmental policies and regulations in the regional and field offices.
She also reminded the forest officers to be vigilant in their respective monitoring and surveillance operations and strategize in preventing illegal activities from the source, cutting the routes, and monitoring the destination of the forest products.
Learning service providers Atty. John Lee Rumusud of the Legal Division and Aldwin Ricamora of PENRO Cagayan discussed respectively Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, Republic Act No. 9175 or the Chainsaw Act, and Department Administrative Order No. 97-32.
The participants were also tasked to accomplish the documents required under DAO No. 97-32 during the workshop.
Forest rangers, park rangers and enforcement personnel of PENRO Batanes also joined the orientation online.#
By PENRO Cagayan
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE RISKS. The Gender and Development Focal Point System of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has recently conducted a community outreach program in San Jose, Baggao, Cagayan to build resilient communities prone to disasters and risks.
As part of promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, the event included lectures and presentations on mining and environment-related programs.
The municipality of Baggao is vulnerable to typhoons, landslides, and other natural disasters. As a climate-vulnerable area directly hit during previous typhoon, the environment and local government officials collaborated to empower individuals, families and organizations living in the community.
CENR Officer Aida Adap of Alcala, Cagayan emphasized in her message the importance of knowing the areas prone to landslides and determining appropriate measures in order to reduce vulnerability to disasters.
Geosciences Division Chief Felicitas Piligan, Geologist Aina Claravall, and Science Research Specialist Rea Maye Leslie Mejares, all women officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 2 explained Geohazard Mapping and Role of Women in Disaster Management, Landslide or Mass Movement, and Flooding and Karst Subsidence, respectively.
Meanwhile, Regional Youth Desk Officer Ralffe Concepcion of DENR discussed with the youth participants the Pinas Basura Buster (PBB) Campaign of the Department. He introduced PBB mascot as the image of DENR in its solid waste management advocacy campaign to raise awareness and behavioural change on proper waste management and disposal.
In attendance were 120 participants from the 48 barangays composed of local officials, Sangguniang Kabataan members, and residents; while other DENR and LGU personnel assisted in the event.#
π—˜π— π—£π—’π—ͺπ—˜π—₯π—œπ—‘π—š π—•π—¨π—šπ—žπ—”π—Ÿπ—’π—§ π—ͺπ—’π— π—˜π—‘. In celebration of Women’s Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quirino province conducted series of small group discussions with the province’s Bugkalot women informing them of their basic rights and the things they can do for environmental protection and conservation.
Women members of the Bugkalot Indigenous Cultural Communities in San Pugo in Nagtipunan town learned about Republic Act No. 9262 or the law that addresses violence against women and children, and basic environmental laws.
The participants also conducted a tree growing activity in their old community affected by soil liquefaction due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Ulysses in November 2020.
They pledged to maintain the planted Narra seedlings until these grow and eventually serve as barriers during calamities and will strengthen the soils in the affected area.
Forester Olivia Lazarte, gender and development focal person of PENRO Quirino, expressed her appreciation for the Bugkalot women’s passion to restore their community through reforestation that will mitigate the effects of climate change.
"We thank you for your desire to reforest this area. The DENR will continue to provide you with technical assistance in any way we can to protect your forests for your own good and for the benefit of future generations," For. Lazarte said.
A tree growing activity in partnership with uniformed personnel, youth organizations, and other government agencies was also conducted in Dipantan, Nagtipunan for the same celebration.
Topics on public land disposition, and wildlife and other ENR laws were also discussed among the Bugkalot women in Landingan in Nagtipunan town, and DENR personnel in separate focus group discussions.#
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PENRO Quirino