Ridge-to-reef coastal mgmt approach introduced to students

Ridge-to-reef coastal mgmt approach introduced to students


What we do in the uplands affect the people in the lowlands. This was the gist of the recent environmental awareness campaign series conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR in three schools covered by the Marcos Highway Forest Reserve.


The series of environmental awareness campaigns were conducted at Nangalisan National High School, Tuba Central National High School, and Taloy Sur National High School all in Tuba, Benguet. The activity was participated by 3rd year and 4th year students.


Senior Environmental Management Specialist Ma. Trinivic Silang said the activity aimed to introduce the ridge-to-reef approach in coastal management to the youth who live in areas near to the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan which have several coastal areas.


“We are promoting the protection of the Marcos Highway Forest Reserve at the same time the ridge-to-reef approach, a concept which suggests that what we do here in the uplands will eventually have an effect to the people in the lowlands”, Silang said.


She cited forest degradation and improper solid waste disposal as examples. Forest degradation in the Cordilleras will have an effect on the amount and quality of water discharged by watersheds.


On the other hand, improper solid waste disposal may pollute not only water bodies and systems in the region but also those of the nearby provinces.


The activity started with a lecture on the Circle of Life to make the students realize the interconnectedness of all elements and life forms.


Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Baguio’s Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief Glea Lagon also discussed on the status of the Marcos Highway Forest Reserve as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area Systems (NIPAS) Act. She noted that although there have been several developments in the area, there is a need to preserve its remaining forests.


Aldrich Nicole Basali from the DENR-CAR Conservation and Development Division (CDD) elaborated on the ridge-to-reef approach and the several ways or activities the student participants can practice it.


To encourage the students to initiate or participate in environment-friendly activities in and out of their schools, he asked them to post photos of youth in action with hashtags related to ridge-to-reef in social media. From their submissions, the CDD will choose the best photos and give awards at the end of the year.|GJNFontanilla



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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