Illegal logging in Buguias averted

Illegal logging in Buguias averted

Through the Joint Operation of DENR-CENRO-Buguias, the PNP - Camp Molintas, the PNP - Buguias and the LGU - Buguias, an illegal logging operation at Sitio Polis, Brgy. Amgaleyguey, Buguias, Benguet was averted early morning of January 13, 2017 where a more or less 3,000 bd. ft. of illegally sawn  pine lumbers and slabs were seized.

The team from CENRO Buguias headed by the CENR Officer Rabindranath P. Quilala and Forest Protection Officer Benny M. Pesnek with the team from the Benguet Provincial Public Safety Command (PPSC) based at Camp Molintas, Bangao, Buguias headed by SPO 1 Joseph Miller Fakat and PNP Buguias proceeded to the target areas on the said date to suppress the on-going illegal logging operation.

The government operatives formed two (2) groups to cover the two (2) different sites where illegal logging activities are being undertaken. The team discovered the illegally sawn lumbers and slabs in the areas abandoned by the culprits, which were initially scaled to be more or less 3,000 board feet with a market value of about P120,000.00.  There were information gathered that the illegal loggers are not from the said area but are only being hired by the property owners and claimants to convert it to vegetable farms.

The said contrabands were manually hauled from the logging sites to the identified staging areas by the government operatives, which eventually were transported to CENRO-Buguias Office in Taneg, Mankayan, Benguet through the assistance of PPSC Truck and the 4WD Dump Truck of LGU - Buguias General Services Office (GSO).

Mayor Ruben Tindaan of the Municipality of Buguias and Co-Chairman of the LGU-Buguias Municipal Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (MAILTF) reminded all Barangay Captains of their mandate pursuant to Executive Order No 23 to actively be involved in the fight to stop illegal logging in the area. In fact, Buguias is known to be the Benguet Vegetable Capital in the North whose main industry is vegetable farming.

Meanwhile, CENR Officer Quilala is still very hopeful that the Sustainable Pine Forests Ecosystems Management Program that his office adopted last year will not be in vain. “There is a need to continually educate our people on the benefits of maintaining a healthy and balance ecology within the remaining pine forests in Northern Benguet”, Quilala stated.

Quilala reiterated that CENRO - Buguias have been campaigning for the revival of the pine resin tapping industry as a source of livelihood for the people of Benguet.  The collection of pine needles and pine forest wastes as fuel wood for biomass energy development and the revitalization of agro-forestry approach for forest conservation and development area are also part of the said program.  The challenge to convert pine forests into sustainable eco-tourism sites and the continuous strengthened forest protection activities within the jurisdiction of CENRO-Buguias are among their top priorities.|VSito, C. Buguias

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Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models

 

 

A “Green Economy Model” (GEMs) orientation for the selected 2017 e-NGP PO partners was conducted particularly to the members of the Bulo Farmers Association based in Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga in February 26, 2018.

The activity was facilitated by Miss Melanie M. Pis-oy and Ms. Alma I. Dajoya from the DENR Regional Office together with Ms. Sheila B. Bakidan, Ms. Novalyn Dacay-og, Ms. Libertee Da-o, and Ms. Hazel Gay Lay-asan, Forestry Technicians of CENRO Tabuk.

Since it is a mandate of the law to ensure that gender and equality shall always be incorporated in every activity and in introducing development intervention inclusive growth, Ms. Pis-oy discussed the topic on Gender and Development. She emphasized that gender equality is vital in every development endeavor.  In every work, more hands are needed, men and women need to be empowered too.

The GEM was presented by Ms. Dajoya who discussed the guidelines in the operation and transition of the DENR’s programs and projects into GEMs as provided by DAO 2017-08.

Dajoya emphasized that GEMs aim to transform DENR programs and projects into GEMs where household members create sustainable goods and services for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and create viable community enterprises where households are the focal members and players in creating value-added environmental products and services.  It also moves to accelerate the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and promote the protection of the environment through the creation of green jobs.

Based from the objectives, GEM is a holistic approach in forest conservation. The Department is now shifting into a new paradigm from its usual practice that restoration of degraded forest land is merely through reforestation and agro-forestry. With this new program, the DENR together with the Community people will treat hills and mountains especially the e-NGP sites as enterprises in accordance with the plans and interest of the PO members.

The main output of the activity was to come up with a business plan. It was agreed by the group that they will go into wine production, chili paste, and banana chips processing. The needed raw data will be identified by the PO members while the drafting of the business proposal and business plan were assigned to the PO president with the assistance of GEM Focal person and assigned site manager. It is therefore important that the DENR personnel and employees shall possess the skills and passion to lead the POs in the realization of the GEM ultimate goals in the pursuit of sustainable economical and ecological development.

After the orientation, some of the participants visited the 2017 e-NGP as proposed GEMs site.  Their plantation was intercropped with agri-crops such as pegion pea, banana, beans and monggo.  With the collaboration of the members of the PO and the technical assistance by the DENR Technicians, the people will benefit from their reforestation areas.|SBakidan

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