FMB Reorients bantay gubat
The Forest Management Bureau (FMB), through the assistance of the DENR-CAR facilitated an Orientation on Forestry Rules, Regulations and Law Enforcement for Forest Guards hired under the The PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in the entire Cordillera Region.
With due consideration to the geographical convenience of the participants, the FMB decided to deliver the two-day capacity building training to 2 clusters of participants. The provinces of Benguet, Abra, Ifugao and Mountain Province were assembled to form the first cluster that received training in Baguio City from September 28-29, 2016. The second cluster ensued in Tabuk City, Kalinga consorting the northern provinces of Kalinga and Apayao from October 4-5, 2016.
PAMANA Program reintegrates the members of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) to become productive members of society after reaching a peace agreement with the government dating back during the administration of former President Corazon C. Aquino. The DENR in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) provides employment opportunities to the former rebels by hiring them as Bantay Gubat (Forest Guards).
The facilitators discussed the State of the Philippine Forest and Programs and Directions of the Forestry Service on Forest Protection and Law Enforcement. They endeavored to put into perspective all efforts of the participants in the performance of their duties as well as grounding them in the actual and current data that show various aspects by which their dedication is sought to assure the continuance of the gains of the DENR’s Forest Protection programs with the help of the Bantay Gubat.
Moreover, members of the Bantay Gubat received some paralegal mentoring from the facilitators. The visitors from the FMB explained the Administrative and Adjudication Proceedings for Apprehensions and Seizure of Undocumented Forest Products, Conveyances and Implements. They also updated the participants by initiating a comprehensive discussion on the Green Courts and New Rules of Procedures for Environmental Cases. In addition, the FMB representative delivered the salient features as well as the violations that pertain to E.O. 23, P.D. 705 and the R.A. 9175 known as the Chainsaw Act.
The capacity building program also accorded the members of the Bantay Gubat in the entire region to voice out their concerns. In the spirit of camaraderie, it was an occasion of levelling off between the group of rebel returnees and their new employer, the DENR, to further strengthen their partnership as a result of the former’s reintegration in society through the initiative of the OPAPP.
To refresh their memories of their initiation to the DENR, the participants were reintroduced to the Forest Tenure Instruments and Permits that the DENR administer. It centered on the legal bases as well as the different functionalities of the different tenurial instruments in the allowable usage of the forestlands in the country.
Seeing the need to be further enhanced in the performance of their critical functions, the team of resource persons gave the participants a very animated talk on the Rules of Procedures for Environmental Cases. They were led into a run through of different scenarios from the apprehension to confiscation and eventually in the filling of appropriate charges against environmental offenders. The participants were given a chance to showcase their learnings in this activity with a role-playing activity they participated in mimicking different scenarios they have to respond to in the field. |AJTuraray
2017 Asian Waterbird Census Conducted at Alfonso Lista
The 2017 Asian Waterbird Census and the International Black Faced Spoonbill Census (IBSC) was done at Maris and Magat Dams spillways, Namillangan and Sto Domingo, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on January 13, 2017. The activity was to count, monitor and capture different species of waterbirds dwelling in the reservoirs. It was also to spot and take photo of new specie called the Black Faced Spoonbill that is said to have migrated to the dams as its new habitat.
The Census was participated by the different offices, schools and organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended by representatives of the different PENROs and CENROs of DENR-CAR, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of A. Lista, Ifugao as the Municipality host, the National Power Corporation (NPC) Isabela, SN Aboitiz, National Irrigators Association (NIA), Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) represented by some Instructors and students, Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) CENRO A. Lista designated and members of the Wildlife Photographers Association (WPA) Baguio city as lead photo captures of the different kinds of waterbirds.
The participants from the different PENRO and CENRO offices arrived on the 11th day of January 2017 and had an orientation at the CENRO A. Lista, Namillangan A. Lista, Ifugao on January 12, 2017 in the morning regarding the details of the activity and had another orientation in the afternoon of the same date with all the participants from the different Institutions and Organizations at the SB Office, Municipal Hall, A. Lista, Ifugao to further explain the essence and flow of the activity. It was decided that it should consist of Two (2) schedules of counting; the 1st schedule was at 5:00 PM (sunset) of January 12, 2107 right after the orientation and the 2nd was at 6:00 AM (sunrise) on January 13, 2017 with two (2) teams per schedule having two (2) locations, one at Maris and the other one at Magat Dam simultaneously.
The two teams with different locations had spotted, counted and captured various species of birds such as Heron, Egret and the Philippine Duck. Details of the sighting of the Black Faced Spoonbill, other species and the official count of the species mentioned were said to be consolidated and to be published/reported by members of DENR-CAR Biodiversity Division, Baguio City.
After the conduct of the Census, the participants took the opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities of the proposed Eco- Tourism Park of the Municipality of A. Lista, these include sight-seeing, boating and the 1000 steps hiking. They all departed in the afternoon of January 13, 2017. |C. A. Lista, PBalao