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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 joined yesterday in the simultaneous monitoring to market and business establishments in Tuguegarao City as part of Consumer Welfare Month celebration this October.
 
Spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry headed by its Regional Director Romleah Juliet Pulido-Ocampo, the activity aims to ensure the compliance of business owners and market vendors with the different regulatory programs mandated by government agencies.
 
Earlier in her message, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR encouraged the public to be an advocate of sustainable consumerism.
 
"I enjoined everyone to heighten our advocacy to no to single use plastic," she said with emphasis to reduce environmental threats and hazards.
 
In a briefing conducted, Mayor Maila Rosario Ting-Que of Tuguegarao City underscored shared responsibility to uphold public welfare by undertaking government interventions for the rights of both consumers and producers or online sellers.
 
"It takes all of us to attain development and sustainability," Mayor Ting said.
 
Director Bambalan also plead to give preference in the procurement of materials and supplies produced, made and manufactured in the Philippines in support of Administrative Order No. 227 s. 2008. "Let us promote buying locally-made products which could stimulate national economy, create more jobs, and support the livelihood and culture of families living in the community," Dir. Bambalan underlined.
 
The composite team represented by national government agencies held its monitoring activity at the macapagal avenue wet market to check prices of basic commodities and test accuracy of the vendor's weighing scale.
 
Almost 20 unsealed and defective weighing scales were confiscated.
 
Other areas monitored included shopping malls, lumber and wood panel shops, and other enterprises.
 
The celebration, with the theme, "Sustainable Consumerism in the Digital Age," will be highlighted with a Memorandum of Understanding among regional agency heads to reactivate the Regional Consumer Network Council, a policy-making body to implement mechanism for consumer welfare and protection.#
 
 
After the successful simultaneous regionwide bamboo growing activity last September in celebration of the 2022 World Bamboo Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to ensure survival of the planted seedlings.
 
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, DOLE Regional Director Joel Gonzales and DTI Regional Director Romleah Juliet Ocampo represented by Assistant Regional Director Winston Singun signed yesterday the memorandum of agreement with funding support from the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the DOLE.
 
The Program provides internship opportunities for high school, technical-vocational, or college graduates who want to pursue a career in public service in either local or national government. Through this, the interns will be assigned in the 14 different sites regionwide to conduct maintenance and protection activities like replanting, weeding, brushing, and watering from November this year to January 2023.
 
Under the MOA, the DOLE shall facilitate and supervise the implementation of the GIP and shall assign the interns to perform the functions identified by the DENR. It shall also facilitate the payment of the interns equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region and issue a certificate of completion upon fulfilment of the agreement.
 
The DENR and DTI shall identify place of assignments of the interns and shall submit accomplishment reports and other pertinent documents to the DOLE. They shall also adhere to the DOLE guidelines and procedures stipulated in the agreement.
Regional Director Bambalan expressed her appreciation to the DOLE and the DTI for always supporting the DENR’s greening efforts in the region.
 
“This partnership supports our concept of bamboo growing. Through this program of the DOLE, we will ensure the growth and survival of the bamboos we planted last September,” the regional environment chief said.
 
She added the importance of growing bamboo in mitigating the effects of climate change as it can sequester more carbon than any other types of trees and can aid in riverbank stabilization.
 
Aside from their assistance in the maintenance of bamboo sites in the region, DOLE Regional Director Gonzales has also committed to deploy 50 Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD beneficiaries for cleaning and greening the Regional Government Center in support of the Solid Waste Management Program of the DENR.
 
The MOA signing was witnessed by DENR Assistant Regional Director Marcos Dacanay, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Jesus Elpidio Atal Jr. and other officials and personnel of the three agencies. #
 
 
100 land titles with a total area of 119.98 hectares were recently awarded to the residents of Nagtipunan, Quirino in a Handog Titulo Program facilitated by the provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) office.
 
Landowners in barangays Landingan, San Ramos, San Pugo, and Anak have secured their land titles through the said program graced by town Mayor Noel Lim.
 
In his Ulat sa Bayan or State of the Municipal Address, Mayor Lim pledged to continuously support the Department’s program on improved land administration and management.
 
“With the assistance of DENR, I look forward to having zero unclaimed titles at the Register of Deeds (ROD) in the coming days," the local chief executive said expressing his willingness to shoulder the registration fee of his constituents who plan to apply for residential free patents.
 
During the program, PENR Officer Mariam Frances Malana discussed the process of acquiring titles for agricultural, residential, including government lots.
 
She also expressed her gratitude to the local government unit (LGU) of Nagtipunan for being a partner of the Agency in providing secured property rights to every land owner.
 
"This shows the strong collaboration of DENR and LGU in expediting the processing and issuance of patents to qualified beneficiaries,” she added.
 
Also joining the ceremony were municipal mayors, department heads, punong barangays, and other officials of DENR, ROD, LGU Nagtipunan and other national government agencies.#
 
Regional Executive Director (RED) Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has appealed to the public for the protection of forest plantations following the recent forest fire incident in Bugatay, Peñablanca, Cagayan.
 
In a media interview yesterday, Director Bambalan said that no traces of 'kaingin' or forest clearing within the area per investigation report conducted by DENR personnel and representatives of local government unit and peoples organization concerned. "The fire was possibly due to thrown cigarette butt in the area," she underscored.
 
The investigation spearheaded by the PENR Sub-Office of Cagayan revealed that said incident took place within the National Greening Program (NGP) forest plantation of Bugatay Upland Farmers Association (BUFA) in Peñablanca town. Over 20,000 Narra, Tuai and Tindalo indigenous species planted in 12 hectares and the 2.5 hectares adjacent grasslands were burned with a total damage cost of P300,000 pesos.
 
“I appeal to the public especially to the local residents and barangay local government unit of Bugatay to be responsible in throwing your cigarette butts, not just anywhere especially if within forest areas and plantation. The government has invested funds to establish forest plantation under the National Greening Program as remediation measures against the effects of climate change such as strong winds," the regional environment chief added.
 
According to her, a replanting activity will be jointly conducted by the DENR and members of the BUFA using the NGP maintenance and protection fund.
 
"Upon our immediate investigation, the fire incident which alarmed us in the DENR did not happen within the mountainous part of Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park contrary to what the netizen posted on Facebook," Dir. Bambalan said as she informed that no bigger trees were affected in the said plantation.
 
She also emphasized the strict implementation of forest protection and law enforcement in the region through the operation of Protected Area Management Board chaired by the DENR, enlisting the active involvement of law enforcement agencies.#
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley through the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) will reopen to the public the Bangan Hill National Park (BHNP) in November, this year.
 
DENR Regional Executive Director and PAMB chairperson Gwendolyn Bambalan underscored the need to promote ecological tourism in Protected Areas (PAs).
 
She said the park reopening is a sustainable development approach for greater economic livelihood opportunities and preservation of natural habitat and resources.
 
“The Board is directing for the improvement of Bangan Hill being a PA show window that features the verdant forest and mountainous landscape of Nueva Vizcaya province,” Director Bambalan said.
 
The BHNP is a protected area located in the municipality of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. It covers an area of 12.777 hectares and was declared a national park by virtue of Republic Act No. 7954 s. 1995.
 
Aside from the majestic scenery overlooking the capital town of Bayombong, the park will also establish a coffee shop serving locally manufactured coffee and native rice cakes. Memorabilia and woodcraft production are also potential livelihood projects the PAMB will be introducing to the BHNP People’s Organization.
 
Earlier in March this year, the DENR inaugurated the rehabilitation and improvement of ecotourism facilities in the said park funded by the Biodiversity Management Bureau. This was timely accomplished during the pandemic.
 
The visitors, however, are reminded to be responsible ecotourists when inside the PAs to preserve the natural environment and biological diversity present within the national parks.
 
In Region 2, there are 14 PAs. Of this number, seven PAs are already open to visitors namely; Dupax Watershed Forest Reserve, Fuyot Spring National Park, Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, Quirino Protected Landscape, Tumauini Watershed Natural Park, Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape, and Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes.#