Capacitating the youth towards environmental management

Capacitating the youth towards environmental management

 

Bangued, Abra – The DENR is the primary agency tasked to enforce environmental protection, conservation and management. In DENR-Abra, the top officials called on the youth of Abra to be the eco-ambassadors who will work with the office to attain its vision to have a sustainable and clean environment.

A total of fifty (50) students from the different schools in Abra attended recently the Lecture on Environment and Natural Resources Programs at the CENRO Bangued conference Hall.

Forester Shirley T. Leaño, the CENR Officer – CENRO Bangued welcomed the students and inspired them to become more sensitive on environmental matters. She said that they can make their homes and schools more environmental friendly by adopting eco-friendly practices such as recycling of different materials, tree planting and clean-up drives

Ianne April P. Bello, the Human Resource Management Officer discussed the vision, mission, mandate and the sustainable development goals of the DENR. Likewise, Rex B. Ballacillo, Ecosystems Management Specialist II, discussed the topic protected area and biodiversity, its importance and how to protect and manage them.

When the students were asked about Casamata Hill being a protected area, most of them were unaware of its proclamation. Mr. Ballacillo showed photos of endangered floras and faunas in the Philippines and cited mitigating measures.

Meanwhile, Kevin Haji F. Aguinaldo, the Youth Desk Officer of CENRO Bangued concluded the activity by discussing climate change and presented a video clip on its causes and effects. He encouraged the students to put into heart and mind all the lessons they have learned from lecture and to apply and enforce them at home and in school.

The youth are essential in the management of the environment. They represent almost half of the world’s population. Educating and engaging them in environmental protection not only creates direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes, but possibly influences their parents, relatives and other community residents.|C. Bangued, KHFAguinaldo

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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

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