DENR-CAR joins Baguio Creative Hub

DENR-CAR joins Baguio Creative Hub


The DENR – CAR as it continues to support the Baguio Flower Festival celebration, it participated in the launching of the Baguio Creative Hub led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the Department of Tourism (DOT)- Cordillera and UP-Baguio.  The Hub showcased the City’s different and unique forms of crafts and folk arts and the City’s new identity as one among the 64 cities from 44 countries which were included among the Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Hub was opened to local media practitioners during a presscon launching held on February 10, 2018, at 5:00 pm held at the People’s Park, Malcom Square, Lower Session Road, Baguio City.  

Domogan welcomed the guests and local folks to the event with the beat of ethnic instruments and dances.  The exhibit extended from February 10- 24, 2018.

Some Baguio residents and visitors witnessed the unique crafts and folk arts. The art works of the artists and makers in the industries of weaving, wood carving/ sculpture, silver craft were highlighted in the activity. The said hub served also as a venue for the unveiling of the official logo of the Baguio Creative City, Inc. which was designed by National Artist for Visual Arts, Ben Cabrera (Bencab).

The ceremony/launching was attended by UNESCO Philippines Secretary General Lila Ramos Shahani, Ms. Baguio Creative Council Chair, Adelaida Lim, Baguio, Tourism Undersecretary Mark Bautista and graced by Mayor Domogan and Ben Cabrera. 

Shahani shared what it means for Baguio to be a Creative City.  The prestigious designation is not only an honor for the City alone, but a triumph for the Philippines and the creative communities throughout the country. 

“This endeavor will definitely provide more opportunities for Baguio’s creative community to be recognized at a wider scale. We anticipate the formalization of the Baguio City Creative Council as a means to strengthen the legal framework and institutionalize the roles of various stakeholders,” Shahani emphasized.|NEspiritu/KCRosales


DENR CAR to push through third party evaluation of CY 2013-2016 NGP plantation sites within 100has and above


Responding to the instruction that DENR CAR field offices to conduct briefing or reorientation to the concerned People’s Organizations/NGP Partners with sites covering an area of 100 hectares and above which is the subject of Third Party validation, CENRO Lagangilang headed by CENR Officer Engr. Gilberto Leo Tagura met in July 22, 2019 with the People’s Organizations (POs) within the coverage of CENRO Lagangilang, the Site Managers and Extension Officers.  During which, CENRO Tagura encouraged the members of the POs’ to be well-informed of the validation process and the preparatory activities they have to undertake prior to the conduct of validation proper.  Said validation may commence on August 5, 2019 in all the provinces of the Cordillera Region.

For the province of Abra there are about 44 sites that are subjected for evaluation by 3rd Party.  About 17 of these sites are under the jurisdiction of CENRO Lagangilang.  The evaluators will come from a private institution in UP Los Baños, Laguna- a National Government Organization.  Accordingly, the validators will adopt the random sampling method of validation wherein 5% of the total area will be selected at 1 hectare each strategically located.

The meeting was a successful one as the participant POs had willingly expressed their commitment to support not only the validation but also to perform the necessary preparatory and restoration activities particularly to portions of the plantations with low survival rates. Towards the end of the orientation, the DENR and the POs have agreed to team up for the restoration activities starting June 25, 2019 until the start of the validation activity.

The conduct of third party evaluation is a determining activity for the release of ten (10) percent retention fee on the condition that the plantation site will register a survival rate of 85% and above. However, it will not only deal with the payment of retention fee but rather purposely provide credible Monitoring and Evaluation result that underscores good and bad implementation practices and the facilitating or hindering factors that led to the present status of these plantations. Ultimately, it also aims to provide inputs for future crafting of relevant project implementation guidelines and policies.|C. Lagangilang, RBPineda

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