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Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley has emphasized the importance of valuing the environment and natural resources as one strategic initiative to counter environmental threats and abuses.
In a unified PAMB Meeting held yesterday at the Lower Magat Eco-tourism Park in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya, Director Bambalan said in her opening message, "We have to strengthen the operation of each protected area to ensure its protection and conservation."
The PAMB chairperson lauded the support and cooperation of the Board constituting the Bangan Hill National Park, Salinas Natural Monument, Casecnan Protected Landscape and Seascape, and Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve.
These Protected Areas (PAs) in the province contribute the region's enhanced watershed resources and sustainable ecotourism serving as one of the major solutions to climate change.
Part of park protection and conservation measures within the PAs are development and improvement of facilities and natural attractions that tourists would enjoy such as view deck, garden and forest landscapes, creative pathways, information center, comfort rooms, cottages, water falls, springs, diverse flora and fauna, and other scenic spots and facilities.
In the meeting, Protected Areas Superintendents (PASus) presented the status and implementation of their respective ecotourism management plans; proposed projects and programs to be funded from the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF); and intervention on communication, education, and public awareness campaign.
The regional environment chief ordered an orderly and organized operation flow within the PA by passing a resolution endorsing to the PAMB guidelines on collection of fees and charges specifically for entrance and ecological services.
"Our protected areas are popularly attracting tourists not only because of its essence to safeguard biodiversity and deliver vital ecosystem services but also as an avenue to let the public now embrace its value and importance. And one indicator is their willingness to pay for environmental development," Dir. Bambalan underscored.
She also instructed the PASus to include in their plan the establishment or improvement of a Protected Area Management Office per legislated PA as mandated in Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 which amended RA 7586 known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992.
The meeting also discussed monitoring and regulation of PA natural resource user's fee and to encourage them to apply for appropriate tenurial instrument.
Collection of fees must be properly implemented to increase the earnings deposited in the IPAF.
Joining the environment officials in PA development discussions were representatives of the local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, academe, and civil society organizations.#
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley has partnered with SN Aboitiz Power - Magat, Incorporated (SNAP-MI) and Ongkay Abetungan Tree Farmers Association Bufferzone Occupants, Incorporated (OATFABOI) for the development of a 10-hectare reforestation project within Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve (DWFR) in Nueva Vizcaya.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, Engr. Ed Bundalian of SNAP-MI and Engr. Omer Guiab, president of OATFABOI recently inked the Memorandum of Agreement at the DENR Ecological Park and Training Center in Aritao town.
The 2 million worth reforestation project called A-PARK Project or ‘Aboitiz Passion for Agroforest and Reforest to Keep’ is funded by SN Aboitiz Power Group under its corporate social responsibility fund.
The DENR will identify the planting sites within the multiple-use zone of the protected area while the members of the people’s organization will develop the areas by producing and planting native and indigenous trees including fruit trees.
“I would like to thank and commend SN Aboitiz Power Group for prioritizing reforestation initiatives for your corporate social responsibility,” Director Bambalan said.
The regional environment chief also said the development of the agroforestry park will further promote the DWFR as one of the ecotourism destinations in the region.
She also instructed DENR officials and personnel in Nueva Vizcaya to monitor and ensure the successful implementation of the project as their commitment to the environment. “This project will greatly contribute as we mitigate the effects of climate change,” she added.
In his message, Engr. Bundalian said the project is part of their commitment to protect and preserve the environment and to restore and rehabilitate watersheds in Luzon area.
The MOA signing was witnessed by PENR Officer Giovannie Magat, Dupax CENR Officer Bernardino Aganon and other key staff of DENR.#
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For more stringent protection and conservation of the five marine protected areas (MPA) in Gonzaga, Cagayan, members of the Gonzaga Marine Protected Area Development Federation have committed to strengthen environmental law enforcement within the MPAs.
The commitment was made during the two-day capacity-building activity organized by the local government unit of Gonzaga in partnership with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Aparri, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
Five fisherfolk associations of Barangays Amunitan, Tapel, San Jose, Casitan, and Sta. Cruz served as participants in the activity.
Newly-elected Federation President Vivencio Agcaoili planned to acquire patrol boats for monitoring activities that will safeguard each MPA against illegal encroachment.
“We will empower our law enforcement committee by adding more fish wardens who will conduct regular monitoring within our MPAs,” said Agcaoili in Iloco language.
He added the establishment of buoys to mark the coverage of MPAs. These also serve as demarcations for strict protection or ‘no-take’ zones.
During the capacity building, CENRO Aparri represented by Ecosystems Management Specialist II Emerlynn Daliong and municipal Agricultural Technologist Jamelita Flores discussed the importance of MPA and MPA network, including the roles and functions that each federation member has to play.
The participants were engaged in team-building activities that enhanced their leadership and management skills.
They also conducted a cleanup activity along the coastal area of Barangay Amunitan in observance of the Climate Change Consciousness Week.#
The Cagayan Valley Region is one of the recipients in the 2nd year nationwide search dubbed "Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan Recognition Awards."
In a virtual awarding ceremony held today, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Climate Change Service and Gender and Development Office in partnership with Globe recognized the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Cagayan for its efforts to restore the Cagayan River and address the perennial problem on flooding in the province.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan and Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba represented by Provincial Administrator Charo Mamba-Villaflor received the second place ‘KLIMA-likasan Award’ with a cash prize of 40,000 pesos for winning the video and narrative entries entitled "Restoring Cagayan River: A H.O.P.E. (Hub of Opportunities for the People and Economy) to Build Back Life Better." Joining in receiving the award were Cagayan PENR Officer Eliseo Mabasa and Provincial Information Chief Rogie Sending.
This DENR-PLGU initiative in collaboration among all government and private sectors is a continued climate action to strengthen partnership, cooperation and mechanism for environmental sustainability.
A total of 12 participating individuals, groups and local government units all over the country were recognized for their efforts and contributions toward sustainable and climate-resilient Philippines.
The recognition scheme aims to feature stories of the provinces and regions in addressing the impacts of climate change in their communities focused on pursuing relevant programs in environmental protection and conservation, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.
Other entries of the region which were also recognized for active involvement in mitigating the worsening impact of climate change were Federation of Vista Hills, Kalongkong and Kakilingan Upland Farmers, Inc. in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Municipal LGU of Ivana, Batanes and Barangay LGU of Naggasican, Santiago City in Isabela.
The virtual awarding ceremony, part of the observance of this year’s National Climate Change Consciousness Week, was also witnessed by stakeholders and government officials and employees nationwide.#
ENSURING PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF ENR LAW ENFORCERS. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office 2, conducted yesterday a One Stop Shop Firearms Registration and License To Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) at the DENR Rogelio B. Baggayan and Nature Park and Wildlife Center Gymnasium, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.
The LTOPF caravan, through the initiatives of DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, is in line with the effort of the Department to ensure the protection and safety of employees in the implementation of environmental laws and regulations.
The PNP Regional Civil Security Unit 2 oriented the participants on procedures of acquiring LTOPF and firearm registration and its related uses as identified in RA No. 10591 or the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.
The LTOPF valid for up to ten years is a license to allow an individual to purchase or obtain a firearm in the Philippines.
The caravan also offered drug testing, neuro-psychiatric testing, and notarial service.#