DENR-CAR launches 1st Regional Cave Congress

DENR-CAR launches 1st Regional Cave Congress

 

Abundant in a variety of trees, rich in different kinds of rock formations and blessed with clean rivers and falls; a province of sincerely conserved environment in the Cordilleras, no wonder it’s been titled, “The Last Nature Frontier of the Cordilleras.”

Have you guessed where this is? If you’ve got it right, it’s Apayao. A truly remarkable province. Warm as it may be but it upholds that essence of “nature at its best.”

With its title alone, it calls for further protection and preservation of its nature. Republic Act No. 9072 otherwise known as “National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act” states that it is the policy of the State to conserve, protect and manage natural wealth and heritage which includes cave and cave resources.

In support to this, with the initiative of Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) in collaboration with the provincial and municipal Local Government Units of Apayao, Department of Tourism-CAR, Civil Society Organizations and Apayao State College, a Regional Cave Congress took place on April 20-21 in the province of Apayao specifically in the municipality of Luna where Dupag Rock Formation, Lussok cave, and Manacota cave and Underground River resides.

There were over 110 attendees composed of tourism officers, local tour guides, students, concerned government employees and cave enthusiasts all-over Cordillera and neighboring province.

Gov. Elias Bulut Jr. also supported this event to help in the protection of the province’s nature and also convinced other locals to join the Congress to gain more knowledge on how to take better care of Cordillera’s “Last Nature Frontier” which is also their home.

DENR-CAR Representative, For. Henry Valleros talked about the Philippine Laws, Rules and Regulations concerning caves; caves as ecotourism destinations; cave management planning and implementation; and survey, assessment, validation and classification of caves.

For. Wrexton Afidchao discussed on conducting surveys in caves and safe cave exploration. He also gave guidelines on how to protect yourself and minimize disturbance of wildlife when exploring caves starting with the use of protective gears and wearing proper attire.

Cave enthusiast couple Eric Bangad of Sang-at Salve Outdoor Club and wife Prissy Bangad of Gaia Exploration Club also shared their knowledge and experiences in caving.

Robert Pangod, the Tourism Officer of Sagada, warned of the effects of tourism boom in Apayao. As observed in Sagada, tourism boom has affected them in ways such as their culture and waste management. Anticipating more tourists for the province would have the need for extensive preparation and in as much as possible, the preservation of nature.

One of the best ways to ensure protection of our nature is knowing the “Why?” Ely Cadang of PENRO Nueva Vizcaya emphasized that if people have that love and care for their nature, they would have that sense of protection since “Human is the best caretaker of the environment.” He also gave the advised to make Apayao’s culture intact – not allowing foreign culture change their culture, despite tourist influx in the future.

Apayao Tourism Officer, Rebecca Mamba, also gave an introduction of Apayao’s history and landscapes in preparation for the adventure the following day.

Participants were able to experience the wonders of the caves and Dupag Rock Formation crossing rivers just to discover their hidden beauty.

The Dupag or Marag Rock Formations is a naturally designed landscape. With its sharp edges, locals were able to use it as their fort during the revolutionary years.

Fishes were evident in the Manacota Underground River as well as bats and other insects that prove sustained life in its cave.

Lussok cave astounds its visitors with its numerous chambers, underground creek and served as home to several bats.

Aiming to have the Regional Cave Congress at a regular basis, the host and participants gave suggestions for the next host province. Abra was taken into consideration.

Prior to the Congress, the Regional Cave Committee held a meeting on April 19 to evaluate on the recommended classification of five caves in the Region. In agreement, the following caves were categorized as Class II: Pita Cave of Bangued, Abra; Punsian Cave of Luna, Apayao; Dukligaw Cave of Kabugao, Apayao; and Takadang Cave of Tuba, Benguet. Pipingew Cave of La Trinidad, Benguet was sorted as Class 1. Class 1 are delicate caves limited only for mapping, photography, educational and scientific purposes; it is not open for the public while Class 2 is open to the public but must be accompanied with tour guides; some areas may have hazardous conditions and sensitive biological values. Lastly, Class 3 is generally safe to inexperienced visitors with no threat to its environment. These agreements will be forwarded to the DENR Secretary for issuance of classification order. |SJEMauting

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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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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MATERIALS  - Resource speakers to the Learning Event discuss how to make effective communication materials.Prof. Fe Abalos (left) focuses on the content of the communication material while Instructor James Beltran (right) emphasized on the design and lay-out. Prof. Abalos (left) helps the participants in determining how to create the content by determining first who are the audience of the material while Mr. Beltran (right) shows how a certain picture used in the communication material would affect the “tone of the content” or “the emotion of the reader”|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR trainees. Some DENR – CAR employees closely follow instructions of Prof. Fe Abalos on how an IEC material, particularly on how a 3-fold brochure, should be laid out during designing process.  She also demonstrated how a brochure would look like when printed and folded.|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR CONDUCTS JINGLE WRITING CONTEST. First and Second Place Winners (left photo) of the DENR – CAR 2017 Jingle Writing Contest, Jesher Nicolas and Jirah Vercelyn Teliagen are with Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo (left photo-right end) and contest organizer Perlita Nerja (left photo-left end) and third placer, (right photo-right end) Cristifan Toring after receiving their cash prizes and Certificates of Appreciation. (Read more...)|SJEMauting

FOREIGN PATROLLERS - Beberly Calugan (left) of the DENR-CAR’s Enforcement Division assists the Indonesian visitors in handling the Lawin patrolling gadgets.  These gadgets are equipped with android applications with cyber tracking capacity and spatial monitoring and reporting tool to generate field data for speedier analysis and intervention.(Read more...)|AJTuraray

Bamboo Movement - Members of the Bantay Gubat put on the finishing touches while assembling bamboo shavings for a table during a bamboo furniture training-workshop.  The training was initiated by the DENR-CAR in partnership with DTI-CAR (Read more...|P. Abra, VIDeVera

THE WINNERS TO THE FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL QUIZ BEE. Together with the judges and the DENR Officials, the winners show off their Certificates and medals.  From left to right are three of the judges Mr. Jose Maria Bringas Madriaga, Ms. Michelli Lazo and Ms. Carmelita Bersalona Leano.  They are joined by PENR Officer of Abra For. Shirley Leano and Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo (Read more...) .|PTNerja