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
DENR-CAR recognized in Gawad KALASAG
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR has been recognized for its contribution in terms of disaster response during the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin last year.
In this regard, a Plaque of Recognition was awarded to the DENR-CAR during the Cordillera Gawad KALASAG 2016 held on January 18 at the CAP John Hay Convention Center in Baguio City.
The plaque was in recognition of the DENR-CAR’s contribution in attaining safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Cordilleran communities by providing assistance in the joint cutting and pruning of trees for disaster risk reduction.
The plaque was received by Engr. Gilbert Mangliwan and Ecosystems Management Specialist Ronaldo Barongan who are members of the DENR-CAR’s region-based Disaster Quick Response Team (DQRT).
During the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin on October last year, the DENR-CAR lent two licensed chainsaws to the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to be used in cutting and pruning of fallen trees.
The DENR-CAR in coordination with the Benguet Electric Cooperative also took rounds in the major thoroughfares of Baguio City to cut and prune trees which then pose threat to lives and properties.
A team from the Enforcement Division of the DENR-CAR also went to Calanasan, Apayao to document the extent of damage of the typhoon and respond to the needs of the local communities.
Since 2015, the DENR-CAR has activated its DQRT to man DENR-CAR’s Disaster Operation Center during typhoons and in times of disaster. In addition to their regular functions, they are tasked to report and promptly respond to any environment and natural resources-triggered disasters.
The Cordillera Gawad KALASAG awards led by the Office of the Civil Defense recognizes its partner agencies both from the public and private sector who has valuable contribution in disaster risk reduction and management; and humanitarian assistance.|GJNFontanilla