Learning Event on Strengthening Apprehension and Operation on environmental violations

Learning Event on Strengthening Apprehension and Operation on environmental violations


“The growing threat on forest resources calls for the strengthened technical capabilities of the forest officers in the enforcement of environmental laws. This also needs the renewed commitment in environmental protection among DENR employees who are primarily concerned in the protection of the environment”.  This is emphasized by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) - Sabangan Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Elizabeth B. Antolin during the three-day Learning Event held in Sinto, Bauko, Mt. province.

Antolin urged the participants to take this opportunity to maximize their learning and to familiarize themselves with the relevant technical and legal requirements necessary in the enforcement of environmental laws.

The participants to the learning event are the fifty (50) regular and contractual forest rangers, forestry technicians and forest protection officers who are directly involved in the enforcement of environmental laws.

Resource speakers from CENRO Sabangan include Forester Christopher G. Bosaing, Forester Paul P. Lobchoy and Forester Daniel Cayabas who talked on forest violations as prescribed in Presidential Decree (PD) 705, the Report Preparation on the apprehension, seizure and forfeiture of apprehended forest products and the dispositions of forest products. Also, Ms. Alice Polisco from the DENR Regional Office talked on the importance of Lawin patrolling as an automized monitoring tool strategy for forest protection on natural forest.  Likewise, Atty. Ranier Laita elaborated on proper manner in the conduct of apprehension of forest violators and affidavit making.  Laita emphasized that the DENR, being the lead agency mandated in the enforcement of the environmental laws and in the protection of the environment, all the employees should be the first agency to be aware and be responsive for any forest violations in their area of responsibility.

He emphasized the “simplicity of words to be used in the preparation of affidavits to avoid misinterpretation of thoughts when cases are filled in the courts”. He also pointed out that the “gathering of facts and proper filling up of documents relative to the incidents is a must to build up a case against forest offenders”.

Forester Manuel Magkachi was also present and clarified some of the concerns raised by the learners during the open forum and discussion time.                      

As part of the learning event, the participants are divided into three groups and presented a simulated response and actions to given scenarios of forest violations. The lecturers and Magkachi gave their comments and inputs on the presentations as simulated by the participants.

The DENR – CAR is continuing its human resource development and capacitation as it builds its manpower.  With the infusion of the young, idealistic and fresh blood in the DENR – CAR workforce, capacitation and strengthening activities are needed to better the services given to the Cordillerans. |C. Sabangan


Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models



A “Green Economy Model” (GEMs) orientation for the selected 2017 e-NGP PO partners was conducted particularly to the members of the Bulo Farmers Association based in Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga in February 26, 2018.

The activity was facilitated by Miss Melanie M. Pis-oy and Ms. Alma I. Dajoya from the DENR Regional Office together with Ms. Sheila B. Bakidan, Ms. Novalyn Dacay-og, Ms. Libertee Da-o, and Ms. Hazel Gay Lay-asan, Forestry Technicians of CENRO Tabuk.

Since it is a mandate of the law to ensure that gender and equality shall always be incorporated in every activity and in introducing development intervention inclusive growth, Ms. Pis-oy discussed the topic on Gender and Development. She emphasized that gender equality is vital in every development endeavor.  In every work, more hands are needed, men and women need to be empowered too.

The GEM was presented by Ms. Dajoya who discussed the guidelines in the operation and transition of the DENR’s programs and projects into GEMs as provided by DAO 2017-08.

Dajoya emphasized that GEMs aim to transform DENR programs and projects into GEMs where household members create sustainable goods and services for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and create viable community enterprises where households are the focal members and players in creating value-added environmental products and services.  It also moves to accelerate the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and promote the protection of the environment through the creation of green jobs.

Based from the objectives, GEM is a holistic approach in forest conservation. The Department is now shifting into a new paradigm from its usual practice that restoration of degraded forest land is merely through reforestation and agro-forestry. With this new program, the DENR together with the Community people will treat hills and mountains especially the e-NGP sites as enterprises in accordance with the plans and interest of the PO members.

The main output of the activity was to come up with a business plan. It was agreed by the group that they will go into wine production, chili paste, and banana chips processing. The needed raw data will be identified by the PO members while the drafting of the business proposal and business plan were assigned to the PO president with the assistance of GEM Focal person and assigned site manager. It is therefore important that the DENR personnel and employees shall possess the skills and passion to lead the POs in the realization of the GEM ultimate goals in the pursuit of sustainable economical and ecological development.

After the orientation, some of the participants visited the 2017 e-NGP as proposed GEMs site.  Their plantation was intercropped with agri-crops such as pegion pea, banana, beans and monggo.  With the collaboration of the members of the PO and the technical assistance by the DENR Technicians, the people will benefit from their reforestation areas.|SBakidan

Photo Releases

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MATERIALS  - Resource speakers to the Learning Event discuss how to make effective communication materials.Prof. Fe Abalos (left) focuses on the content of the communication material while Instructor James Beltran (right) emphasized on the design and lay-out. Prof. Abalos (left) helps the participants in determining how to create the content by determining first who are the audience of the material while Mr. Beltran (right) shows how a certain picture used in the communication material would affect the “tone of the content” or “the emotion of the reader”|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR trainees. Some DENR – CAR employees closely follow instructions of Prof. Fe Abalos on how an IEC material, particularly on how a 3-fold brochure, should be laid out during designing process.  She also demonstrated how a brochure would look like when printed and folded.|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR CONDUCTS JINGLE WRITING CONTEST. First and Second Place Winners (left photo) of the DENR – CAR 2017 Jingle Writing Contest, Jesher Nicolas and Jirah Vercelyn Teliagen are with Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo (left photo-right end) and contest organizer Perlita Nerja (left photo-left end) and third placer, (right photo-right end) Cristifan Toring after receiving their cash prizes and Certificates of Appreciation. (Read more...)|SJEMauting

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