WWRRC supports implementation of E-NGP

WWRRC supports implementation of E-NGP



In support to the implemenation of the Enhanced National Greening Progam (E - NGP) in the Province of Abra, Mr. Diosdado A. Estigoy was tapped as resource person and facilitator during the “hands-on” training on bamboo propagation conducted recently at PENRO Abra. The training was attended by all the PENRO’s regular and contractual staff involved in the E-NGP, which include the NGP site Coordinators, Extension Officers, Assisting Professionals, Area Managers, as well as PENRO/CENRO Management staff.  Some PO representatives such as officers and members also participated in the said training.

PENR Officer Engr. Ernesto Aton gave the welcome remarks and “encouraged all the participants to plant and help ensure 100% survival rate of bamboo under the enhanced NGP 2017 as a way to uplift the bamboo industry in Abra. He challenged the PO’s to try new ideas and initiatives for the better result of the plantation so that the next generation can still make use of it. He also reminded all the POs, Extension Officers and Site Managers to put their hearts into it and extend more effort to ensure a successful implementation of the ENGP in the province”.

Mr. Estigoy discussed the characteristics of bamboo plant, growing habits, parts of bamboo and the socio-economic importance of bamboo. He cited bamboo-using industries such as for agriculture and farming, food, eco-tourism, fishery, construction, landscaping/gardening, furniture and handicraft.

According to Estigoy, “Bamboo is a high-yielding renewable source; it can also be an erosion-control agent because its netlike (fibrous) roots keep the soil intact.”

In the hands-on selection of planting material and potting of the cuttings,  additional instructions on proper culm  and branch cutting selection was emphasized to the participants; and that a sharp bow saw is best recommended for cutting to avoid  damage to the culm/branch. The participants were encouraged  to start things right and to adhere to the guidelines religiously, so as to sustain the benefits of growing a bamboo plant and so that the effort one engages in will eventually pay off.

“Through this undertaking, the DENR CAR Abra looks forward that the POs will be able to produce quality bamboo planting materials towards a successful implementation of the program. In the end, the POs and community people may achieve prosperity or at least mitigated poverty as they will harvest the benefits of more bamboo plantations in the province of Abra,” PENRO Aton commented.|WWRRC, DAEstigoy


Confiscated forest products turned beneficial


The economic value of some confiscated forest products would be redeemed by donating these to qualified recipient.  The National Food Authority (NFA), in its request for some logs intended for the fabrication of office chairs and tables for clients’ and visitors’ use, the DENR-CAR through CENRO Baguio donated a total of six point ninety four (6.94) cubic meter of Benguet pine logs. The 6.94 cubic meter is composed of thirty (30) pieces of logs with an aggregated length of about sixty-nine point twenty-three (69.23) meters.

In the Deed of Donation prepared, the Donor is represented by CENR Officer Rainier D. Balbuena of CENRO Baguio while the Donee is represented by Cecilia A. Cuncubierta, the Provincial Manager of NFA Benguet.

These logs were derived from previously cut Benguet pine trees with an approved permit from the DENR-CAR within the office premises of  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) situated in Loakan, Baguio City.  These were turned over to CENRO Baguio City in accordance to Section 2.2 of Executive Order No. 23, s. 2011 which states among others that “all logs derived from issued cutting permits within natural and residual forests shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal”. 

Based on the guidelines under Memorandum Order No. 162, s. 1993 confiscated logs, lumbers and other forest products may be disposed through donation if these are not subject of a pending case in court or with other appropriate office; if these are without claimants or offenders against whom the case could be filed; and if these are found abandoned within forest areas, the ownership of which could not be ascertained and without claimants.

Further, the Order also specifies which beneficiary to prioritize in the event that two (2) qualified beneficiaries request for forest products at the same time.  On top of the priority list are the needy victims of disaster as certified by DSWD, for the School Building Program of Department of Education (DepEd), and those undertaken by the Department of national Defense (DND)/AFP Engineering Brigade.

Other beneficiaries shall include Health Centers, Public Markets, Municipal Buildings, Police Station, AFP camps, DPWH, LGUs and the Provincial, Regional and National Projects.

For CY 2016 until June 2017, the DENR-CAR donated a total of 77.936 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 lineal meters(l.m.) of rattan to the different government agencies, of which the larger bulk is the donation to the DepEd. 

The breakdown of donated lumber per provincial office is in Abra .848 cu.m. lumber, in Apayao 51.390 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 l.m. and in Benguet 6.700 cu.m..  Likewise, in Ifugao the total donations is 3.149 cu.m., while in Kalinga .400 cu.m. and in Mt. Province 15.446 cu.m.

Further, under the DENR Manual of Authorities, the approving authority is dependent on the volume of forest products to be donated.  It specifies that for donations that are more than 100 cu.m., the Department Secretary shall approve the donation.  But for lumber to be donated with a volume of 30.01 cu.m. to 100 cu.m., the Regional Director,  with clearance from USEC for Field Operations shall sign the Deed of Donation. Also, for the donation of 10.01 cu.m. to 30 cu.m and for those  less than 10 cu.m, the PENR Officer and CENR Officer, respectively has the authority to sign donation documents.  The DENR in the Cordillera Region, shall continue to donate confiscated lumber as long as the requisites are properly complied with.  In this way, the economic value of the lumber shall be redeemed.|GSAstudillo

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