DENR-CAR fetes environmental partners

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

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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

Photo Releases

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