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The chairperson of the Regional Build Back Better Task Force (RBBBTF) has urged local officials to protect and maintain the green and gray infrastructure implemented by the government for the rehabilitation of the Cagayan River.
The green infrastructure is the mechanism adopted by the task force that includes the planting of bamboos and indigenous species to stabilize riverbanks. It complements the removal of sandbars and the construction of soil and water conservation measures or the gray infrastructure.
In monitoring the project implementation, RBBBTF chair and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan personally requested the village officials in Brgy. Minanga Sur in Lasam, Cagayan to ensure the survival of the 123-hectare bamboo plantation along Zinundungan River.
Last year, the DENR in partnership with 14 local government units established a total of 585 hectares plantation in the municipalities of Lasam, Gattaran, Enrile, Solana, Alcala, Amulung, Baggao, Peñablanca, Abulug, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Claveria, Sta. Praxedes and Tuguegarao City.
Director Bambalan also conducted on-site inspection of the soil and water conservation project along Paranan River in Brgy. Dalin, Baggao town where she discussed her plans of forging a memorandum of agreement with the local chief executive to turn-over the maintenance of the facility to the barangay. She also encouraged the barangay officials to plant bamboos and indigenous species to protect the riverbank against further erosion.
The site is one of the priority areas for rehabilitation of the DENR and the local government due to the confluence of the Paranan River and the Agaman River which has caused severe river erosion.
Aside from the municipality of Baggao, the towns of San Agustin and San Guillermo in Isabela, and Cabarroguis in Quirino province are also recipients of soil and water conservation projects for intensified watershed management under the Build Back Better initiatives. The small water impounding systems in these three towns are expected to be completed in March.
Provincial environment chief Eliseo Mabasa and community environment and natural resources officers Aida Adap and Joselito Razon joined the project monitoring. They also visited the sandbar dredging sites in Bangag, Lal-lo and Dummun, Gattaran.#
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region (DENR) 2 recently turned-over P111.8 million worth of infrastructure projects to five local government units (LGUs) in Nueva Vizcaya.
In separate ceremonies, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan and provincial chief Giovannie Magat handed in the completed agroforestry support facilities (ASF) to Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, local officials of Ambaguio, Kayapa, Dupax Del Sur, Dupax Del Norte and Kasibu, and people’s organizations (POs).
The facilities constructed under the agency’s Forestland Management Project (FMP) are the six irrigation pipeline systems in barangays Nansiakan, Kayapa and Carolotan in Dupax del Sur, Nantawakan in Kasibu, and Salingsingan in Ambaguio town; pathway in Brgy. Bit-nong, Dupax Del Norte; access road in Palabotan, Dupax Del Sur; and two bridges in Canabay, Dupax Del Sur.
Director Bambalan said the infrastructure projects primarily intend to provide convenient access to the more than 5,000-hectare plantations established by the DENR and people’s organizations under the FMP. These will also facilitate economic activities as the produce of the farmers will be easily transported from the farm to the market.
“While we support your livelihood, we hope you will not forget to conserve and develop our environment,” the regional environment chief said as she expressed her hopes that the said projects will bridge partnership among the national government agencies, local government, and the community in the protection and rehabilitation of the forestlands.
In her message, Congresswoman Cuaresma expressed her gratitude to the DENR for allocating funds which will improve the lives of her constituents.
“The communities should support the DENR in protecting the environment by not practicing kaingin farming, joining in the protection against forest fires and being stewards of the environment,” she said.
For their part, the village chiefs committed to take care and maintain the infrastructure projects given to them. One of the barangay captains recalled how women in his community including his wife suffered giving birth along the way due to poor road conditions.
Nueva Vizcaya DENR head Magat reported that the infrastructure projects are products of regular consultation with the project implementers and stakeholders. He encouraged the beneficiaries to continuously maintain their tree plantations to mitigate the impacts of climate change.#
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has recently turned-over six agroforestry support facilities (ASF) under the Forestland Management Project (FMP) in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.
The P40 million worth infrastructure projects are the 0.75 kilometers Pingkian Access Road, 2.08 km Talmoy-Daldal Pathway, 45 linear meters Udongaw Hanging Bridge, 0.68 km Latbang Pathway, and 4.2 km Bahlungay Irrigation Pipeline System, all in Kayapa town; and the 4.88 km Lazar Kalinga Irrigation Pipeline System in Dupax del Sur.
The irrigation pipelines will provide stable water supply to the households and agroforestry projects in the upland while the access roads and pathways will ease trasportation of produce from farm to the market thereby improving their economic activities.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan who led the signing of the tripartite memorandum of agreement for the operation and maintenance of the facilities reported that this year, a total of 13 ASF were turned-over to the local government units and people’s organizations (POs).
She thanked the local chief executives and the POs for their support to the department’s greening effort especially to the FMP.
“Kayo na ang may full responsibility ng mga projects na ito. Sana ay maging daan ito upang mas mapabuti ang inyong kalagayan at mas mapangalagaan ang ating kalikasan,” Director Bambalan said to the village chiefs and PO officials.
Congresswoman Luisa Cuaresma thanked the DENR for providing projects that will uplift the lives of her constituents.
“Ganitong mga proyekto po ang talagang kailangan ng aming mga kababayan and we are grateful na madaming napunta sa amin,” she said.
Aside from the agroforestry support facilities, DENR Region 2 maintained and protected over 25,000 hectares of plantations to strengthen forestland management in critical river basins in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces.
Also present in the turn-over ceremonies were officials of the DENR and local government units of Nueva Vizcaya.#
Top performing offices and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 were commended during the agency’s Regional Management Conference and Year-end Assessment held in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
Three Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs), five Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs), and six divisions from the regional and field offices received the Regional Executive Director’s Award, the highest regional achievement for top performers who have excelled and given the best of their services in pursuing the DENR mandate.
To recognize those who have contributed in the efficient and effective implementation of the department’s goals, plaque of commendation was also conferred to Pedro Callo Jr., Jowin Abiva, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group, and the Regional ICT Unit. The team assigned at the Cagayan Valley Forest Products Monitoring Station in Aritao, the PENRO and CENROs of Quirino, and Aaron Rodriguez also received certificate of recognition.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan said the awards are consonant to the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), an incentive award system mandated by the Civil Service Commission to encourage creativity, innovativeness, efficiency, integrity and productivity in the public service. The DENR Region 2 PRAISE committee is chaired by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Ismael Manaligod.
The awarding ceremony was led by Undersecretary Benito de Leon who graced the management conference. He was assisted by Director Bambalan, ARD for Technical Services Marcos Dacanay and ARD Manaligod.
In his message, Undersecretary de Leon underscored excellence and valuing one’s accomplishments as he lauded the executives on the ground for the continuous efforts to strive for excellence and for putting at the forefront the fulfillment of the department’s mission and mandate.
DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna and the political leaders of Nueva Vizcaya also graced the three-day conference participated in by key officials of the DENR Regional Office, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Environmental Management Bureau, PENROs and CENROs.
The physical accomplishments; status of financial utilization; and issues and concerns on forestry, enforcement, protected area, biodiversity, lands, and COVID-19; and experimental forests were discussed. The online approval and monitoring of available seedlings for disposition was also launched.
The new officials of Isabela were installed during the conference. They are: Federico Cauilan Jr. as In-Charge, Office of the PENR Officer, Giovanie Taguinod as OIC, Technical Services Division, and Nelson Paguigan as In-Charge, Office of the CENR Officer of Palanan.
The DENR Region 2 officials also participated in the bamboo planting activity along the Sta. Fe River in Barangay Indiana, Bambang town and visited the sanitary landfill of the municipality and the arboretum at the Regional Ecological Park and Training Center in Aritao.#
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan Valley was adjudged first runner-up in the 1st Gawad ACE BEN of the Department of Education (DepEd) that highlighted the 1st Regional Public Affairs, Communication and Information Congress held today.
The Gawad ACE BEN which stands for Agency Contribution for an Ennobling Basic Education towards Nation-building is a competition among regional line agencies and local government units in Region 2 showcasing their contributions in basic education.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan in her statement thanked the education department for its support to engage the youth sector in all environmental conservation efforts of the region.
“We would like to commend our active partners from the Department of Education under the leadership of Regional Director Benjamin Paragas for your invaluable contributions in molding the youth sector to become better citizens and stewards of the environment," she said.
The region's DENR top official also recognized the students as potential partners in environmental conservation and protection.
“I am elated that the DepEd supports our quest for behavior change towards the protection of the planet we live in,” she added.
As a contribution to basic education, the DENR Region 2 has donated a total of 209,487 board feet with an estimated value of P5,053,166 to different public schools since 2011. These forest products were used by the DepEd for construction and repair of public school buildings, and for manufacture of school desks, arm chairs, office fixtures and other school essentials.
Sec. 2.7 of Executive Order No. 23 issued in February 2011 specifically states that the education department shall be given priority in the use of all confiscated logs.
The DENR through its communication’s group has also spearheaded the conduct of several environmental education in schools to promote awareness on the urgent need to protect the environment and natural resources. This is pursuant to Republic Act 9512 or the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.
Director Bambalan reported that since the declaration of the public health emergency in 2020 where schools have shifted to other modes of teaching and learning, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group has increased the agency’s social media presence to engage the youth in different environmental activities.
“Through the social media, students are encouraged to participate in different contests such as photography, vlog-making, dance, poster-making and environmental worksheets," she underscored.
Environmental youth camps and photo exhibits were also initiated.
The DENR has also provided students with coloring books, tumblers, eco-bags, umbrellas and paper fans to encourage them to support the department’s environmental advocacies.#