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


Municipal LGU of Balbalan, Kalinga engaged  in Forest Land Use Planning (FLUP) activities


The Forest Land Use Planning is a governance-oriented and participatory process of allocating forests and forest lands as a natural resources asset by the government under appropriate management, tenure arrangement.  Eventually, these assets are placed according to their best uses in order to harmonize uses of forest lands to attain balanced-production activities by not disregarding the concept of forest protection and biodiversity conservation. The Forest Land Use Plans (FLUP) shall be integrated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) of the Local Government Units (LGUs).

At the Office of CENRO Pinukpuk a Letter of intent was sent by the office of the Local Chief Executive of MLGU Balbalan expressing their interest in the preparation of FLUP of their Municipality. Upon the receipt of the said letter, personnel of DENR CENRO Pinukpuk joined the session of the Sangguniang Bayan where a resolution was drafted authorizing the Local Chief Executive to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the preparation of the FLUP on behalf of the Municipality.

As a result, an FLUP orientation and workshop was conducted recently at Balbalan by representatives from DENR Regional office, PENRO and CENRO Staff.  Participants to the orientation include the Barangay Local Government Unit officials, other MLGU officials and employees, and other concerned stakeholders within the municipality.

The orientation/workshop employed an interactive type of discussion.  During the open forum, the participants sought to be clarified on some points, concerns, issues and constraints of the target LGU which were answered by the facilitators.

After the fruitful discussion the Local Chief Executive of the Municipality of Balbalan, Mayor Eric L. Gunayon represented the Municipality by signing the Memorandum of Agreement that finally engaged the MLGU and BLGU Officials in the activities to be undertaken under the FLUP.  Also CENRO Imelda B. Casiwan and MPDO Sonia S. Duggoy signed as witnesses to the MOA.

CENRO Casiwan said that she looks forward to a  strengthened partnership as they join efforts to prepare the FLUP of Balbalan, Kalinga.

She added that it is crucial that before forest land use planning can take place in a certain province or municipality, the executive and legislative branches of the LGU, where planning will be conducted, have already executed their dedication to come up with the FLUP for a guided improvement and or development in the forestland cover.  As manifested in their letter of intent that while they recognized the link between the improved management of forest resources and the overall development direction of the province or municipality, this would facilitate their involvement in the planning process and ensure that the plan gets legitimized and implemented.|C. Pinukpuk, RTBanawa

Photo Releases

FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Shanum (left) and Eloy (right) welcome passersby during the Exhibit cum Talakayan sa Parke on July 3-6 at Malcolm Square, Baguio City. Eloy, the DENR-CAR mascot, represents eels which are indicators of clean water, thus, we must strive to maintain and make our rivers clean. ERDB-WWRRDEC mascot, Shanum, derived from the Ibaloi term for "water," represents the cool, clean, and refreshing water; with leaves that represent "green" watershed wherein it is fully stock with vegetation|SJEMauting

Bokod, Benguet - Some lumber seized and hauled by the team of DENR – CAR, LGU Officials of Bokod, Benguet, some PNP Bokod and some other officials from the barangays of Bokod. According to CENR Officer Alejandro De Jesus, the forest products totaled to 107 pieces of Benguet Pine lumber with a volume of 326.33 board feet and specifically taken in Sitio Naubanan, Ekip, Bokod, Benguet, the head source of Bokod River. (read more...)

Mga Minero parin Kayo. DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu enters into dialogue with the mining community of Itogon, Benguet on the stoppage order on all illegal mining activities in the Cordilleras. Cimatu assures the legalization of the small scale mining industry upon the declaration of a Minahang Bayan by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB)|AJTuraray