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
Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF