Lagon Calls for Sustained Environmental Protection in CAR

Lagon Calls for Sustained Environmental Protection in CAR


Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Augusto D. Lagon called for the sustained environmental protection of Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) of CAR.

In a message delivered during a learning event for WEOs in Baguio Supreme from May 30-31, 2017, Lagon acknowledged the need for adequate legal and technical support for the enforcement of ENR Laws in CAR. Nonetheless, Lagon challenged the 29 learners to go beyond the inscribed demands of their functions.

“The protection the environment and natural resources is a sustained effort that extends to the next generation,” he said.

Lagon further enjoined the environmental enforcers present to deliver their mandate with integrity and godliness for it is the path to the achievement of the goals of environmental protection.  By “doing it (their job) right,” Lagon concluded that the next generation can learn and benefit from their example.

The learning event highlighted updates on pertinent environmental laws and regulations pertaining to their respective functions. These include RA 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation Act, RA 9072 also known as the National Cave Resources Management and Protection Act, RA 9175 or the Chainsaw Act, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), updates on ENR Law Enforcement Protocol and the role of the Local Government Units in the implementation of ENR Laws.

Provincial action plans were drafted as a final output of the activity. They were critiqued based on existing guidelines set by the Enforcement Division (ED) of the DENR-CAR Regional Office. As such, implementation of the action plans shall be monitored and evaluated by the ED. |AJTUraray


DENR-CAR fetes environmental partners


Five environmental partners were feted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources during the culmination of the month-long celebration of the Environment Month on June 29.

A “Gawad Gabay Kalikasan” was awarded to Burayukan Pagrang-ayan Movement Association; Society’s Awareness on Livelihood and Environmental Needs for Growth, Inc.; Guina-ang Community Development Association, Inc.; and the 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army. Architecture student Luke Labre was also recognized.

Burayukan Pagrang-ayan Movement Association from Balong, Tabuk, Kalinga was recognized for developing an 87-hectare area covered by a Community-based Forest Management (CBFM) Agreement into a forest plantation using indigenous knowledge, systems and practices. Through agroforestry crop production, the association has found a source of income.

Another CBFM partner, Society’s Awareness on Livelihood and Environmental Needs for Growth, Inc. from Cabiten, Mankayan, Benguet was also awarded for developing and protecting a 430-hectare timber and agroforestry plantation. The savings generated by the people’s organization from their comprehensive development projects with the DENR-CAR have been invested to various livelihood activities.

In addition, Guina-ang Community Development Association, Inc. from Guina-ang, Conner, Apayao was recognized for developing an agroforestry and timber plantation with an area of 3,904 hectares which has been considered a CBFM model site.

The 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division of the Philippine Army which is under the Leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Dominic Baluga was also recognized for their valuable contribution in environmental law enforcement in the region.

Moreover, from the youth sector, Luke Labre, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture student from the Saint Louis University was recognized for his active participation in the recently held poster-slogan making contest of the Department. His participation was noted as a way of supporting the Department’s advocacy of river protection in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Apart from its environmental partners, the DENR-CAR also feted the best offices in its jurisdiction whose performances and initiatives were essential in the accomplishment of the Department’s physical and financial targets.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Ifugao was adjudged as the Best PENR Office. PENRO Abra and PENRO Kalinga ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Lamut was honored as the Best CENR Office followed by CENRO Alfonso Lista and CENRO Sabangan, respectively.

For the bureau category, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR was adjudged as the Best Bureau Office besting the Environmental Management Bureau-CAR and the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center.

Moreover, Best Division awards were given to the Planning and Management Division of the DENR-CAR; Administrative and Finance Division of the MGB-CAR; and the Technical Division of the PENRO Ifugao for the Regional Office, bureau and PENRO categories.

Best Section awards were also given to the DENR-CAR Human Resources Development Section; MGB-CAR Administrative Section; and CENRO Lamut Conservation and Development Section for the Regional Office, bureau and CENRO categories.

Further, special awards were given to Pablo Bangkiko from the DENR-CAR Regional Office for being the 2017 Best Employee and the DENR-CAR Finance Division for their landscape which was adjudged as the Best Sustainable Area Development.

Apart from these recognitions, awards were given to the winners of a photo contest led by the DENR-CAR Regional Public Affairs Office. The 1st place was bagged by the PENRO Kalinga; the 2nd place by the WWRRC; and the 3rd place by another team with a separate entry from PENRO Kalinga.|GJNFontanilla

Photo Releases

A team from CENRO Buguias headed by CENR Officer Rabindranath Quilala works together with Benguet Provincial Public Safety Command and PNP Buguias in hauling about 3, 000 bd. ft. of illegally sawn pine lumbers and slabs in Amgaleguey, Buguias on January 13.|C. Buguias, VSito

CENR Officer Rabindranath P. Quilala of DENR-CENRO Buguias gives his speech (top picture) during the formal presentation and courtesy visit  of the Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) (main picture) from the Municipalities of Atok, Bakun, Bokod,  Buguias, Kapangan. Kibungan and Tublay at the Provincial Capitol of Benguet last January 23, 2017 (Read more... )|Photo by C. Buguias

Dr. Marissa R. Parao (right), Dean of the College of Forestry, Benguet State University (CF-BSU) receives the eco bags from Ms. Perlita T. Nerja, Sr. Comm. Dev’t. Officer, DENR-CAR. The bags formed part of the information kits given during the 1ST International Conference on Forestry, Environment and Climate Change sponsored by the CF-BSU on January 12-13, 2017 at BSU, La Trinidad, Benguet. (Read more...) |GSAstudillo

CDD Chief For. Julius K. Cawilan presents DENR-CAR’s efforts in addressing Climate Change in the Cordilleras during the 1st International Conference on Forestry, Environment and Climate Change on January 12-13, 2017.(Read more...)|GSAstudillo

One, two, three, as Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) of A. Lista, Ifugao Engr. Eugene Culimay counts species of birds flying towards the bridge of Sto. Domingo, A. Lista, Ifugao, the second team and location of the ASIAN WATERBIRD CENSUS while (Read more...)|C. A.Lista, PBalao

Baguio City - UP Diliman Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry representative For. Gio Zaragosa explains to concerned DENR personnel how the Phil LiDAR Program works. This Program took off from the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation Program and branched into PHIL-LiDAR 1 and 2. (Read more...|SJEMauting

DENR-CAR LAMS Administrator Philippe Cosalan assists a Geodetic Engineer while facilitating the conduct of a training on “E-Survey Plan” held recently in Baguio City.  Cosalan explains to the participants the importance of learning and properly understanding how to operate the system.|SJEMauting

TOTAL UPGRADE. DENR-CAR Data Managers from different field offices listen intently to the instructions of Felix Gaschick, Biodiversity and Forestry Specialist for B+WISER during the Regional Workshop on Lawin Data Management from February 7-9, 2017 at the Eco Lodge, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City. (Read more...)|AJTuraray

WE ARE ALL IN. DENR Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez (Center), MGB-CAR Director Fay W. Apil and DENR-CAR Director Ralph C. Pablo do a Team Hand – Stack with the leaders of the mining community of Sitio Loacan, Barangay Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet as they vow (Read more...)|AJTuraray

Regional Team Leaders listen intently to the instructions of Forester Eligio Soliman of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) before the conduct of a controlled fire in a site in Sabkil, Itogon, Benguet. The activity form part of the Forest Fire Prevention and Management Training participated by DENR forest managers from Regions 1, 2 and CAR.|Photo by C. A.Lista

Tabuk City, Kalinga - Karen Razelle M. Duyan of PENRO Kalinga delivers a lecture on March 9, 2017 to students of Balawag National High School, Tabuk City.  Topic discussed focused  on Climate Change, its manifestation in the present times and its catastrophic effect on the planet should its inhabitants remain unconcerned. This regionwide environmental awareness campaign is in accordance to Republic Act 9512 known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act.|P. Kalinga, JBalla-ao

Women Power. DENR women employees of PENRO Kalinga known as Women Change Movers dazzle in their dancing costume as they take part in the Women’s Month Celebration in the Province of Kalinga on March 9, 2017 at the Kalinga Provincial Gymnasium.|AJTuraray

DENR-CAR Representatives (left) hand over educational materials to the Principal and teachers (right) of Batad Elementary School, Banaue, Ifugao after conducting the school campus information dissemination specifically on environmental degradation. Mahogany and Narra seedlings were also given to be planted near the school in exchange for the donated books as part of the continuing Trees for Books, Books for Trees project of DENR-CAR.|SJEMauting

Awardees : Rizal Elementary School Principal Mr. Jackson T. Caya-os (second from left), joins the winners Aprilynne D. Campos, Journey Y. Remiendo and Alfred A. Wacdagan who were the declared winners of the Philippine Eagle Coloring Contest (Read more...)|ANBasali

Participants composed of tourism officers, local tour guides, students, concerned government employees and cave enthusiasts all over Cordillera and nearby province pose to attest the first ever Regional Cave Congress in the Philippines initiated by DENR-CAR.|SJEMauting

Wildlife Brahmmy Kite Eagle (left) and Hawk Eagle (right) are finally released within Mt. Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve on April 11 after being diagnosed and declared as “in good condition” by an accredited veterinarian. (Read more...)|SJEMauting

BAGUIO CITY - ARD Augusto D. Lagon (right)  of the DENR-CAR receives the plaque of appreciation and variety of Sylvatrop issues from Editor-in-Chief Dr. Bighani Manipula (center) and Dir. Carlos Arida of WWRRC (left). Sylvatrop is the technical journal of the Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources.(Read more...)|SJEMauting