Ex-DENR chief named among ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes hailed

Ex-DENR chief named among ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes hailed

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has applauded its former secretary, Dr. Angel C. Alcala, for being one of the 10 people who were named ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes at inaugural awarding rites held in the country last Monday.

Alcala, the lone awardee from the Philippines, is a marine biologist who was proclaimed a National Scientist in 2014 and served as DENR Secretary from September 1992 to June 1995. He is currently a professor emeritus at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

The 88-year-old Alcala was introduced by DENR Undersecretary for Planning, Policy and International Affairs Jonas Leones, who represented Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu at the awarding ceremony that was attended by other honorees, diplomats, and biodiversity experts and stakeholders from Southeast Asia.

Alcala was cited for his contribution to combating biodiversity loss, notably for creating artificial coral reefs that helped a lot to the country's aquatic ecosystem. 

He and nine other awardees were also recognized for raising greater awareness about biological diversity in the region and supporting ASEAN's vision of being a single community that champions biodiversity conservation.

Other honorees were Eyad Samhan (Brunei Darussalam); Sophea Chhin (Cambodia); Alex Waisimon (Indonesia); Nitsavanh Louangkhot Pravongviengkham (Lao PDR); Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid (Malaysia); Dr. Maung Maung Kyi (Myanmar); Prof. Leo Tan Wee Hin (Singapore); Dr. Nonn Panitvong (Thailand); and Dr. Dang Huy Huynh (Vietnam).

Each biodiversity hero was also given the Icon Award by Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Hyundai Philippines.

Coinciding with ASEAN's 50th anniversary, the Biodiversity Heroes award is a joint project of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, thr Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Union's Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in the ASEAN, and the HARI Foundation.

Speaking on behalf of Secretary Cimatu, Leones said the project was "an important step towards inspiring people from all walks of life to contribute their share in combating the loss of our biological resources."

The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes award was proof that the region is "teeming with champions in the biodiversity sector," Leones said.

The DENR official also took the opportunity to reiterate the Philippines' commitment to preserving the region's rich biological diversity, especially since the country has recently inaugurated the new headquarters of the ASEAN Biodiversity Centre in Los Banos, Laguna.|DENR Release

 

 

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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

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