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


Cimatu Orders PMRB to Declare Minahang Bayan


Following the dialogue with the members of the association of small scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, on October 17, 2018, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu reaffirmed his position on the closure of all illegal mining activities in the Cordilleras pending the declaration of a Minahang Bayan by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB).

Responding to the petition made by the affected miners in Itogon for the DENR Chief to lift the stoppage order on all mining activities in Cordillera, Cimatu assured the mining community of Itogon that the order will be lifted only upon the declaration of a  Minahang Bayan by the PMRB inside the Benguet Corporation patented area in Sitio Luneta, Barangay Loakan, Itogon, Benguet.

“I am directing the PMRB to declare a Minahang Bayan for our miners,” Cimatu declared.

Cimatu underscored to the miners that the government’s utmost priority remains the safety of its citizens. He reassured those in attendance that they still retain their rightful claim to the mineral resources of their area even in the face of the stoppage order.

“Minero kayo noon, minero parin kayo ngayon, at mga minero parin kayo sa mga susunod na panahon,” he said explaining that the declaration of the Minahang Bayan shall legalize their mining activities.

Geologist Liza Manzano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau presented the findings of the Geohazard and technical assessment of Itogon that left 89 persons dead and 8 missing up to date.

Manzano characterized the area as highly vulnerable and a “shopping mall to all kinds of catastrophes” because of its susceptibility to all geological hazards.

“You’ve got it all,” she said, describing the danger of inhabiting the devastated mine sites in Itogon.

Cimatu also welcomed the commitment of the mining community to comply with all regulatory measures to be imposed by the different government offices for proper operation.

Further, the mining community of Itogon also committed to enter into a stewardship agreement in relation to reforestation and environmental protection and rehabilitation.

“Thank you for your benevolent offer, and I readily accept them,” he said, after reading a portion of the petition signed by the miners.

The DENR Chief also cited the commitment made by the miners to sell their gold to the Central Bank, urging them to contribute to governmental revenue by paying the right taxes from their income.

The PMRB shall be chaired by the MGB-CAR Regional Director Fay Apil.|AJTuraray


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