In celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley will be spearheading the awarding of land titles through the ‘Handog Titulo’ Program, and planting of bamboo and indigenous species within the 49-hectare identified planting sites along the riverbanks and in upland and lowland areas.
The 'Handog Titulo' is one of the priority programs of DENR under the leadership of Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna. This is in support of the government’s program entitled Pamana sa Mamamayang Pilipino: “A Duterte Legacy”.
More or less 1,500 land titles will be given to qualified recipients in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya in June 13 and in Cagayan and Isabela in June 14.
"Through the 'Handog Titulo' under the Land Administration and Management Program of the DENR, we fast-tracked the resolution of several land cases because we understand how important it is to have land titles,” said DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan during the awarding of land titles in Batanes on May 27, this year.
Meanwhile, the planting of around 10,000 seedlings of bamboo and indigenous species will be held in June 8 at 6:00 in the morning to kick off the environment month celebration and commemorate the 35th DENR Founding
Anniversary in June 10.
This will be undertaken by all DENR employees in the region who will be planting at least five seedlings each per memorandum of Secretary Sampulna. Local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, uniformed personnel, youth, academe, media, and other partners and stakeholders have signified their intent to participate in the simultaneous nationwide bamboo/tree planting activity. Over 2,000 planters regionwide will be expected.
Earlier in a meeting, RED Bambalan directed the field officials to prepare quality planting materials. “We do not just plant, we have to grow the trees and ensure their survival,“ she emphasized.
Other activities to be conducted for the monthlong celebration are environmental symposiums, youth camps, cleanup drives, press briefings and radio guestings, regional sports fest and team building, seedling production, and distribution of seedlings and information, education and communication materials.
The Philippine Environment Month with this year's theme "Aksyon para sa Natatanging Mundo" is celebrated every June by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 s. 1988.#