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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Isabela’s reforestation effort along selected rivers in the province with various bamboo species is now in full swing. A mutual covenant was set through with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Alinguigan 2nd in Ilagan City through Barangay Chairman Heherson L. Rivero and DENR Isabela represented by Chief, Technical Services Division Reynaldo M. Ramos witnessed by Barangay Councilor Corazon Gangan.

Under the MOA, the DENR provides the necessary technical assistance in the plantation, maintenance, and protection of planted bamboo and forest tree seedlings; provides planting materials, seedlings to be planted along the river banks, and monitor the seedlings planted to ensure a 100% survival while the BLGU shall be responsible for the maintenance and protection; continue to grow bamboo and other available indigenous forest tree species along the riverbank; and undertake any other actions necessary for the successful implementation of the project.

The identified area along the Pinacanauan de Ilaguen was planted with bamboo seedlings to help prevent riverbank erosion and siltation, one of the strategies that the Build Back Better Task Force has adopted to rehabilitate the Cagayan River.

In Isabela, 2,977 bamboo seedlings have been planted by the PENRO Isabela, CENROs Naguilian, Cabagan, Cauayan, Palanan, San Isidro, and PENRO Sub-office Roxas, Local Government Units (LGUs), Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP), Isabela Provincial Police Office (IPPO) men and women, Barangay officials and Youth Councils, Community members and some members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Isabela Chapter, covering approximately 652 hectares, along riverbanks.#PENRO Isabela


Barangay Officials from San Ignacio, Sta Isabel, Lulutan, Calamagui 2nd, Baligatan, and Bangag in the City of Ilagan vouched for unwavering support to DENR programs, especially the Build Back Better (BBB) of President Rodrigo Duterte chaired by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

The six Barangays expressed involvement by signifying their intention by signing the pledge of commitment to uphold cooperation supporting Executive Order No 120, such as delineating legal easements, identifying and removing the sand bars and bamboo seedlings production, and plantation along riparian zones.

PENRO Isabela and CENRO Naguilian IEC Team tackled several approaches to achieve the principles of BBB to ensure continued partnership and commitment with the communities towards efficient and effective typhoon mitigation and management. CENRO Naguilian Rolando Siggayo discussed EO 120 signed by President Duterte that ensures post-disaster rehabilitation and recovery efforts beginning with those ravaged by typhoon Ulysses. He said that the BBB Task Force is a high-level institutional platform that will streamline and expedite the recovery and rehabilitation of the Cagayan Rivers, capable of withstanding calamities and protecting communities during times of disaster.

Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) Science Research Specialist Jessa Ammugauan also said that the rehabilitation of flood control structures and the planting of bamboo and other indigenous species along the Cagayan River and its tributaries is to help protect vulnerable communities as well as boost resilience to erosion and the legal easement delivers sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the urban population.

BBB PENRO Isabela focal person, SEMS Baltazar Ranin, urged the officials to extend support to the DENR Survey Team during the delineation and demarcation of legal easements at the identified areas. Ilagan City ENRO, represented by Foresters Elvis Bayad and Pablo Cabaccan, empowered the communities to focus on recovery and rehabilitation preparedness measures before the activities will be implemented.

Forester Lena Mariel D. Telan, BBB CENRO Naguilian focal person, outlined growing several bamboo species planted and the importance of mixed planting with suitable species to help stabilize streams and riverbanks. At the request of Barangay chairpersons on the bamboo seedlings provided to the Cash forward beneficiaries, the City ENRO representatives pledged to distribute additional seedlings.

The Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) also lauded the PENRO isabela, CENRO Naguilian, and the City of Ilagan ENRO for their insights into a consultation meeting.#PENRO Isabela

IN PHOTOS: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan province through Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Eliseo Mabasa and the Cagayan Police Provincial Office (CPPO) through Provincial Director Renell Sabaldica have earlier entered into a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) for a joint environmental protection and preservation during the launch of the "Clean and Green: CPPO Dream program held in Brgy. Cataggaman Viejo, Tuguegarao City.
Engr. Mabasa expressed his appreciation to the Philippine National Police for their support to the DENR’s mandate through the launch of the said program.
Pursuant to the MOU, the PENR Office shall assist in the identification of sites and in the provision of technical assistance and seedlings for the tree planting activities to be undertaken by the CPPO all throughout the province.
A bamboo planting activity followed the signing of the MOU where 300 bamboo propagules were planted along the Cagayan River.# (PENRO Cagayan)


As a partner agency, the DENR was invited by the Fire Bureau to support their tree planting activity.

On October 15, 2021, the Bureau of Fire Protection Dupax Del Sur Fire Station together with the rest of the Fire Station personnel within the province of Nueva Vizcaya led a tree planting activity at the Benay Bridge, Bagumbayan, Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya.

In the invitation letter signed by the Officer in Charge, SF04 Arnold G. Guntalilib, the officer stated that the activity was in support of the President’s


The activity was also supported by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Dupax Del Sur headed by Forester Melvin M. Grospe.

The participants planted 200 seedlings of Tuai  and 50 Bamboo propagules along the Benay River.#(CENRO Dupax, Nueva Vizcaya)


The different government agencies of the province of Nueva Vizcaya are currently working on the updating of the Capisaan Caves System Management Plan.

Spearheaded by the Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of Casecnan Protected Landscape Junny Vic M. Andaya with the supervision of OIC CENR Officer of CENRO Dupax Bernardino B. Aganon, a workshop was done on October 7, 2021 at the People’s Museum, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. The Technical Working Group chaired by CENRO Aganon tackled about the activities needed for the updating of the plan.

Present were the members of the TWG For. Roger G. Havoc, Jr. from the ENR Officer, PENARO; Rhonmiel P. Paras from the Provincial Engineering Office; Dr. Jason Q. Caranza from NVSU; the Assisting Professional Jovito B. Layugan, Jr; Geologist Maya Josephine Almirol, the embedded personnel from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and staff from the PENR Office and CENR Office of Dupax.

Decided on the final schedule to visit the cave on October 22-24, the TWG needs to do the cave re-assessment, vulnerability assessment, and determination of carrying capacity.

During the workshop, the Assisting Professional, Jovito B. Layugan Jr. presented his monitoring of the installed barriers outside the Lion Cave to control flooding. The material will be one of the considerations in the management plan.

Another presentation was made by Dr. Jason Q. Caranza of the Nueva Vizcaya State University in his study Recreational Value, Sensitivity and Disturbance Assessment of the Capisaan Cave System, Nueva, Vizcaya Philippines will also be another reference in the updating of the plan.

The group is looking forward to the subsequent activities to complete the data that will suffice the updating of the management plan of Capisaan Caves System.#(CENRO Dupax, Nueva Vizcaya)