PENRO Abra sponsors environmental photo contest

PENRO Abra sponsors environmental photo contest


PENRO Abra sponsored the 1st Environmental Photo Contest and Exhibit. The 16 photo entries were put together for the Photo Exhibit during the Environment Month Culminating Activity held in Malammin Resort, Manabo, Abra.  The Photo Contest was launched during the World Environment Day celebration in June 5, 2017.

The winners were given certificates and cash prizes.  The 1st placer Ms. Albie May A. Liyad  of Abra Provincial Police Office winning  the cash prize of 5,000.00.  The 2nd Prize of 3,000.00 was brought home by Gerald Timbreza of La Paz, Abra while Jo Derrick Barriga from Calaba, Bangued, Abra.  They were also given Certificates of Appreciation. All the photo entries were showcased during a photo exhibit at the PENRO Office Lobby, Casamata Hill, National Park.

This was one among the series of activities conducted by PENRO Abra in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month with the theme, “Connecting People to Nature”.

Photography enthusiasts and nature lovers were invited to submit their original photos of the amazing places in the Province of Abra. This activity aimed not only to showcase one’s talent but to promote the eco-tourism of Abra and create awareness and appreciation of a beautiful environment. The contest was open to all Abrenios except professional photographers. During the culminating program, Engr. Ralph C. Pablo in his talk emphasized the importance of the environment, that it is the source of life and the source of life is law (land, air, water). Pablo stressed that, “we, as human beings manage the environment and the LAW.  As such, we always connect ourselves to Nature. Our Connection with Nature is an essential part of our survival. What we see in our surroundings are our friends. The flora and fauna play a very important role. That’s why God created them equally as God created Man. Therefore, we give them value and as members of the DENR- CAR family, we take the lead in the preservation of the beauty of Nature.”

The Board of Judges include DENR – CAR Regional Director. Ralph C. Pablo, Regional Director, Forester Vicente Ato of ASIST Lagangilang, Engr. Gilberto Leo M. Tagura, CENR Officer of Lagangilang, Jose Maria Honorato Madriaga, the Resident Auditor of DENR Abra and Mr. Amer Valera, an established photographer of Qualiarts Abra.|P. Abra, IABello


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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