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ZERO WASTE TO PHILIPPINE WATERS BY 2040. In order to prevent marine litter in the region's water bodies, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has launched the National Plan of Action-Marine Litter (NPOA-ML) on Sept. 13, this year at the Go Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
The NPOA-ML aims to provide a blueprint to enhance the current efforts of the country in resource and waste management and to bring additional lens to marine litter issues and the control of additional leakage of waste into bodies of water. It has an overarching goal of “Zero Waste to Philippine Waters by 2040”.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Cagayan Valley expressed optimism that the region can reduce the volume of solid waste that will end up in sanitary landfills with the NPOA-ML’s goal of zero waste in the Philippines by 2040 through shared responsibility, accountability and participatory governance among stakeholders.
“I am confident that with the active participation of all sectors of the society particularly the local government officials and with the NPOA-ML that we adopted, we can control the rapidly increasing levels of marine litter in the country’s waterways and marine environment. I am appealing to everyone to help us advocate waste management solutions through a science-based and systematic approach to various sources generating pollution, both land-based and sea-based,” RED Bambalan emphasized.
The adoption of the NPOA-ML is embodied in DENR Memorandum Circular 2021-10.
EMB Regional Director Nelson Honrado acknowledged the local government officials for taking the lead in their barangay and community levels for the continued implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM). He also stressed that practicing proper waste segregation would redound to reducing marine litter.
The launch was highlighted with the recognition of 13 cities and municipalities for their outstanding performance in ESWM.
Sta. Fe in Nueva Vizcaya and Peñablanca in Cagayan were awarded outstanding in Material Recovery Facility operations.
Aritao and Dupax in Nueva Vizcaya, Jones in Isabela, and Gattaran in Cagayan were recognized for their outstanding practices in composting operation.
Camalaniugan and Allacapan in Cagayan were cited for their outstanding practices in sanitary landfill operations and in the closure and rehabilitation of dumpsite, respectively.
The cities of Santiago and Cauayan and municipalities of San Isidro in Isabela, Sta. Praxedes in Cagayan, and Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya were also recognized for their outstanding practices in upcycling and crafts production.#
STRENGTHENING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION. Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley recently met the local chief executives in Nueva Vizcaya to discuss environmental development programs implemented in the province.
Director Bambalan discussed with Santa Fe Mayor Liwayway Caramat the status of the National Greening Program (NGP) implemented; and the intensification of protecting the Malico's pine forest which is proposed as future ecotourism hub in the municipality.
She also appealed for support on forest protection and law enforcement activities along the forest areas where the new Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya road is situated. “We earnestly request the assistance from local government officials to help us protect our natural resources, ” the regional environment chief plead.
Meanwhile, RED Bambalan talked with Bambang Mayor Benjamin Lloren Cuaresma III on the operations management of the town's sanitary land fill.
They also discussed the need for the LGU to secure environmental clearance for development undertaking initiated by the local government to establish a training facility of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority within the agro-ecotourism farm of the LGU.
As part of the commitment of Oceana Gold Philippines, Incorporated to reforestation program, they also agreed to identify an NGP site covering 80-100 hectares which will be developed from the tree replacement scheme of the DENR.
In 2020, the DENR and major mining companies in the region signed partnerships agreement for the tree replacement program as part of the mining companies' compliance with the terms and conditions of the tree cutting permit issued by the DENR.
The permittee is required to replace each tree cut with 100 seedlings of indigenous species.
RED Bambalan recommended for this area development initiative in support of the NGP to yield better impact rather than producing, buying and donating seedlings.
She also visited the 25-hectare NGP site in Villaflores, Sta. Fe, funded out of the tree replacement requirement of FCF Minerals. “You have to nurture the plantation so that this will become a mini forest later,” she said to the association members while discussing the importance of protecting the area.
The 15-hectare plantation in Nagcuartelan, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya was also visited during the NGP site monitoring.#
HUMAN RESOURCE @ UR SERVICE. In celebration of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary this month of September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has again facilitated the extension of government frontline services for its employees through the Department's HR @UR SERVICE program on Sept. 12-13, this year at the DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.
Among the government services extended include PAG-IBIG Fund for transaction on member’s data verification, update and correction of records, multi-purpose loan application, merging and consolidation of records, issuance of Loyalty Card Plus, and application of PAG-IBIG MP2 membership; Department of Health for Covid-19 vaccination; PhilHealth for verification of records, and total number of contributions; Land Bank of the Philippines for loan application and updating of LBP I-Access; and Land Transportation Office for application and renewal of driver’s license.
In her message, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Cagayan Valley appreciated the participating agencies’ representatives for their time and efforts to offer and extend their frontline services.
“My heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and assistance to our employees,” RED Bambalan said.
Family members of DENR employees and office personnel within the regional government center were also encouraged to avail these services.
The DENR HR @ UR Service, launched last June 20 this year during the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, aims to bring government frontline services closer for its employees on a particular scheduled dates. It is also part of the Agency’s intervention to take care of its human resource because they need not anymore go out from the office to make their government transactions.
The PAG-IBIG Fund has extended its provision of frontline services until Friday, September 16.#
LOOK: The Cagayan Valley Product Monitoring Station under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Nueva Vizcaya in partnership with other law enforcement agencies has apprehended two conveyances today loaded with undocumented Narra lumber with an estimated value of almost 1 million pesos.
A white Hi-Ace van with plate number BAA 1694, discovered abandoned inside a compound in Barangay Villaflores, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, was loaded with 55 pieces of undocumented lumber with a total volume of 983.39 board feet and estimated market value of P491,695 pesos.
Development Management Officer III Jay Marshal Jasmin, Team Leader of the south exit monitoring station disclosed that another Toyota Hi-Ace van with plate number S2 U119 was involved in a hot pursuit conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Santa Fe town.
The second vehicle, loaded with 53 pieces of undocumented forest product with an aggregate volume of 804 board feet, was later apprehended in San Nicolas, Pangasinan by joint operatives from PNP San Nicolas and Santa Fe, CENRO Urdaneta in Pangasinan and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Local Government Unit of San Nicolas. It has an estimated market price of P402,000 pesos which accordingly originated from the province of Apayao.
The apprehended lumber and conveyances were temporarily deposited at the monitoring checkpoint of CENRO Aritao for safekeeping pending further legal action.
The transport of forest products and conveyances without any lawful permit is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 705 known as the “Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines”.#
By PENRO Nueva Vizcaya

Message of DENR Cagayan Valley Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan, DPA, CESO III to the region's environment officials and employees in line with the celebration of the 122nd CSC Anniversary, this month of September:

𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦! 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘊𝘚𝘊 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩.

𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵, 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘶𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺.

𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘴, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘋𝘌𝘕𝘙 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺. 𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯, 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨.

𝘈𝘴 𝘐 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘴 𝘊𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘍𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘨𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦.

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