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IMPROVED WATERSHEDS THROUGH FORESTLAND MANAGEMENT. The plantation establishment activities under the Forestland Management Project (FMP) implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has continued to improve the watersheds and natural resources in the Cagayan Valley Region.
 
In the Mid-year Assesment recently conducted in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, the DENR through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya reported a total of 25,377 hectares of forest plantations established in the said provinces.
 
"We should take responsibilities by heart in order to ensure the sustainability of what we have started on this project that contributed in the development of our watershed areas," Nueva Vizcaya PENR Officer Giovannie Magat said.
 
In addition, 36 agroforestry support facilities (ASF) were turned over to the local government units and People’s Organizations (POs).
 
Among the turned over facilities were projects on road improvement, pathway, bridges, irrigation pipeline system, among others.
Through the ASF, the POs and local residents have now better access to market and basic services which support their reforestation works.
 
Meanwhile, Conservation and Development Division Chief Enrique Pasion also emphasized the need to have full commitment in the maintenance and protection activities of established plantations.
 
The FMP which ends this 2022 is a 10-year partnership project between the Philippine Government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. It also seeks to strengthen the management of critical river basins in the Philippines through collaborative and comprehensive community-based forest management strategies.
 
The assessment was focused on the project's physical and financial status of accomplishments.#
 
PROTECTED AREAS FOR PROTECTED FUTURE. The Regional Ecotourism Council (REC) in Cagayan Valley has planned to hold the first Regional Protected Areas (PAs) Summit in observance of the Year of Protected Area (YoPA) slated this year.
The REC, chaired by Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and co-chaired by Regional Director Fanibeth Domingo of the Department of Tourism (DOT), discussed in the recently held council meeting the management of 'tourism circuit' tapping the involvement of travel and tour companies that will promote the ecotourism in PAs.
 
In her message, Director Bambalan emphasized to showcase in the summit the different PA natural attractions to include the diverse flora and fauna species endemic in the region.
 
“While we ensure the protection of our PAs, we also would like to promote economic and social development without of course compromising the state of our natural ecosystems and biodiversities," said the council chairperson.
 
She added that ecotourism program, for as long as it is implemented in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations, can bring the concept of sustainability of natural resources as management in PAs is contributing to the booming tourism industry in the Philippines.
 
The YoPA is an information campaign that geared towards the implementation of the country’s conservation roadmap called Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) from 2015 to 2028. It will be led by the DENR through the Biodiversity Management Bureau in partnership with the DOT and Department of the Interior and Local Government.#
 
YOUNG PARTNERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Students and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials and members in Diffun, Quirino participated yesterday in an environmental lecture conducted by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.
 
The participants from Brgy. Diego Silang in said town learned the Agency’s 10 priority programs; and basic environmental laws such as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and National Greening Program (NGP).
 
They were also encouraged to lead other youth in preserving the flora and fauna being enriched in their locality.
 
Diego Silang and its nearby barangays are home of hectares of forestlands and NGP plantations.
 
“While they are young, we introduce the basic laws and programs of our Department for them to be more participative in environmental protection and conservation efforts in their respective areas,” said PENR Officer Mariam Frances Malana.
 
Conservation and Development Unit Chief Loraine Anne Malvar, and Information Officers Ramon Sanchez Jr. and Jennilyn Gatin served as resource persons in the event.#
 
ENGAGING SK OFFICERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY. The municipal Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation presidents in the region have committed to share their part in intensifying environmental advocacy.
 
In the Environmental Education dubbed “Sangguniang Kabataan para sa Kalikasan” recently conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2, the participants formulated a doable community-based action plan from July to December, this year to be implemented in their respective areas.
 
With the aim to train the SK with environmental laws and protection programs, the event highlighted their important role in intensifying proper solid waste management, and nursery establishment in the barangay level.
 
The DENR has also committed to extend technical assistance to the local government through the SK to strengthen and sustain implemented environmental activities in their communities.
 
Regional focal person for Ecological Solid Waste Management Eliza Macarubbo of the Environmental Management Bureau and Development Management Officer Jennifer Arugay of DENR acted as resource speakers in the activity.
 
Facilitated by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group, in collaboration with the EMB, the event was also attended by the office' on-the-job trainees from Cagayan State University, University of St. Louis- Tuguegarao, and University of La Salette-Santiago.#
 
PHILIPPINE ARBOR DAY 2022. More than 5,000 bamboo propagules and indigenous species were planted yesterday in the entire region in celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day.
 
Led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the leadership of Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, the massive tree planting activity was joined by representatives from the national government agencies, local government units, religious sectors, people's organizations, civil society organizations and academe.
 
Director Bambalan has emphasized the importance of tree growing. She appealed to the partners to ensure the survival of the planted seedlings.
 
Among the planted indigenous species were Narra, Kalumpit, Bitaog, Ipil, Riwas, Aluyi, Yakal, Kamagong, Bignai, Talisay, Bitaog, Botong and Tuai.
 
The bamboo propagules were planted along the Cagayan River and its tributaries in support of the Cagayan River Restoration Project under the Build Back Better initiatives of the government.
 
Seedlings and information, education and communication materials were also distributed after the tree planting.
The Philippine Arbor Day has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants.
 
All government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry are enjoined to plant trees under Presidential Proclamation No. 396, s. 2003.#