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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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DENR awards certificates of commendations to PNP Apayao

 

As an expression of the Department’s utmost gratitude for the continuing support and participation of the uniformed personnel of the Apayao Police Provincial Office in implementing PD 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, the DENR Apayao initiated and took a chance in formally recognizing the very supportive performance of the PNP Personnel.

As the keen partners for the betterment of the province particularly in the apprehension of illegally sourced lumbers and fitches, the partnership and joint efforts resulted to the confiscation of a total volume of 14,000.09 board feet of lumber taken from different municipalities within the jurisdiction of CENRO Calanasan, Apayao.

The Certificates of Commendation (COC) were given to the 120 PNP personnel. Said awarding was attended by Provincial Director Ceasar Zafiro Lumauig Tannagan of Apayao Police Provincial Office with the presence of OIC CENR Officer Domingo O. Enciso, Jr. OIC DMO IV Arsenio G. Magayano and Interim Planning Officer Celistie V. Budeng of CENRO Clanasan, Apayao.

OIC CENR Officer expressed his gratitude for the exerted efforts by these personnel as one of the major partners of the departmet in the enforcement of environmental laws which positively contributes to the whole province.

Moreover, PD ZLTannagan acknowledged his personnels’ commitment to their respective duties for the province. He encouraged them to value their responsibilities in omproving crime prevention and control and to be a wiser and highky effective and capable public servants as steps for leadership groundwork. He was able to emphasize the significance of of conducting information dissemination involving the deprived residents particularly the IPs toraise awareness among them who are not so exposed of the advanced technologies wherein through this, they are reaching out the local communities to be amore responsive community. Further,he encouragedthem to improve themselves towards outstanding performance and to deveop their respective skills forthem to beeffectively capable as the next leaders intheprovince . he also expressed his appreciation to the department for recognizing his personnel which is a great encouragement for them topursue commitment and demonstrate leadership qualities.|C. Calanasan,JPDuldulao

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DENR Apayao-CENRO Calanasan facilitates tree planting activities in Sta. Marcela, Pudtol and Luna, Apayao

 

“While there is rain, keep planting!” 

This motivated the DENR-CENRO Calanasan personnel to facilitate the tree planting activity in collaboration of the Philippine National Police (PNP), personnel of Sta. Marcela and Pudtol, Apayao and the students of Lower Maton Elementary School of Pudtol, Apayao in celebration of the 24th Police Community Relations Month and Nutrition Month respectively.  The PNP Sta. Marcela, Apayao conducted the tree planting within the premises of the Municipal Police Station at San Carlos, Sta. Marcela, Apayao while the PNP Pudtol, Apayao conducted similar activity within the said elementary school. As a result of such activities, a total of 150 seedlings were planted within the two identified areas with 100 mahogany and 50 narra trees.

Likewise, a tree planting activity was also conducted within the premises of Swan National Agricultural and Trade High School (SNATHS) of Swan Barangay of Pudtol, Apayao, as they celebrated Nutrition Month. The tree planting activity was also participated by some employees from the municipal government of Pudtol, barangay officials and some barangay residents, the faculties and students of SNATHS, and CENRO Calanasan personnel.  The group planted a total of 200 mahogany seedlings.

Further, some other CENRO Calanasan personnel joined the tree planting activity led and conducted by the Peoples Organization of the CBFM CARP of 2019 at municipality of Luna, Apayao. Barangay officials and students of Marag Valley Agricultural and Trade High School (MVATHS) actively plant trees which resulted to a total of 100 seedlings of narra, rambutan and lansones covering an area of one hectare.

The DENR CENRO Calanasan personnel suggested that the participants can adopt the trees they planted as their “legacy tree”.  As such, each of the participant should should continually visit the areas where they planted seedlings, take care of their plantations and ensure the survival of each seedling planted for the next generation.|C. Calanasan, JPDuldulao

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La Paz Integrated High School bags the "Green ka na ba? Interschool Quiz Bee" Championship

 

La Paz Integrated High School proved an outstanding performance and they were declared as the Quiz Bee Champion during the “Green Ka Na Ba? Interschool Quiz Bee” sponsored by the DENR PENRO Abra on 16 July 2019.

Likewise, Abra High School Main Campus garnered the 1st Runner Up while Little Flower High School got the 2nd Runner Up place.

A total of eleven (11) schools in the province of Abra competed for the Green ka na Ba? Inter School Quiz Bee championship. The Quiz Bee was one of the highlights of the Environment Month Culminating Activity and the 32nd Anniversary of Cordillera Day held in the new building of the Agency. The contest was open to Grade 10 students from participating schools namely:La Paz Integrated School, Western Abra National High School, Dalit National High School, Tagodtod National High School, Little Flower High School, Abra High School – Sinalang, Holy Cross School, Manabo National High School, Luzong National High School, and Abra Valley Colleges. Each group was represented by two students. The group who gets the most number of points will be the Champion. Students braced up for the three categories: easy, average and difficult rounds. Questions were about the environment in general and the DENR, its programs and policies. The students were tested with how much they know about the environment as well as the level of participation and awareness they possess on matters like climate change, action towards protection and preservation, and among others.

Winners were awarded with trophies and cash prizes of P5, 000.00, P3, 000.00 and P2, 000.00, for the first, second and third placers, respectively while non-winners were also give consolation prizes of 500.00 per school.

Participating schools received a plaque of appreciation, which were received by their respective coaches.

The Quiz Bee proved a heightened awareness of Abrenian Youth on environment. As such, DENR PENRO Abra commits to strengthen the implementation of its programs in the province towards promoting environmental awareness and education to the youth through its CEPA Activities.|P. Abra, IAPBello

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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