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All programs, projects and activities to be carried out in a protected area, whether an initial component of the National Integrated Protected Area System or a legislated one, must be cleared by the Protected Area Management Board.
This, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo, stressed in a recent special meeting with the Lower Agno Watershed Forest Reserve on August 4.
Pablo told barangay captains, who are also members of the PAMB, that immediately upon knowledge or coordination of any program, project or activity, the proponents must be referred to seek the clearance of the Board.
The E-NIPAS Act provides that the PAMB shall approve policies, plans, and programs, proposals, agreements, and other related documents for the management of protected areas.
Almost 9,000 trees of various species were planted across the Cordilleras as part of a nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Of these, 1,953 were planted in Abra; 555 in Apayao; 1,955 in Benguet; 1,860 in Ifugao; 1,850 in Kalinga; and 732 in Mountain Province.
Seedlings planted were a variety of Benguet pine, bamboo, narra, mahogany, anchoan, dilaw, auri, ipil ipil, coconut, coffee, calliandra, bignay, guyabano, kamagong, dao, gmelina, Philippine ash, and alnus among others.
“It’s only been a day and we have already planted this much. We have just kicked off the Environment Month. More tree planting activities are slated this month so I am sure we are going to plant more,” DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo said.
“We are looking forward to plant more with our partner stakeholders both in the public and private sector, especially so that we are really slowly going back to normal. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, we can again call for massive tree planting activities while still observing health protocols and guidelines,” he added.
Apart from the national simultaneous tree planting, a regionwide tree planting and watershed cleanup will also be conducted in celebration of the Arbor Day on June 25.
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Daniel Darius Nicer, together with the personnel of Watershed and Water Resource Research Development and Extension Center headed by Helen Maddumba, led a study on water interception capacity of trees in Wright Park, Baguio City.
Water interception capacity is the amount of water that the parts of a tree can intercept before it reaches the soil.
Knowing the water interception capacity of different types of trees will help in determining the kind of vegetation needed to prevent calamities such as flooding, surface run off, and other related environmental problems especially during the rainy season.
Said study started last year with experiments on the water interception capacity of pine trees then recently, on agoho trees.
Asec Nicer and his personnel also connected with nature through a forest bathing/ hiking in the Yellow Trail.
Having been excellent in four core management areas which are recruitment, selection & placement; learning and development; performance management; and rewards and recognition, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR was awarded Bronze medal under Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management - Human Resource Management (PRIME - HRM). The award was given by the Civil Service Commission-CAR.
"We are happy and proud that you are one of the very few agencies (who have achieved this). We hope that it won't just be an award but more importantly, a matter of how you maintain this and how you would even compete with yourself as an agency to raise it to level three," said CSC-Cordillera Regional Director Victoria F. Esber.
DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Engr. Ralph C. Pablo expressed his gratitude to the employees in working together to achieve the Bronze level despite the pandemic and challenged them that " Everyday must be an improvement day."
The achievement will also not be possible without the recognition of the clients of the excellent services rendered by the Department. This, Engr. Pablo said adding that the DENR-CAR ranked number one in the Client Satisfaction Survey of the DENR nationwide.
The enhanced PRIME aims to transform the agencies' Human Resource Management Systems, competencies and practices to a level of excellence that fosters good governance. CSC implements the program to insitutionalize meritocracy and excellence in HRM.
In 2016, CSC enhanced the PRIME HRM such that it adopted to the maturity level indicators that are aligned with global standards of good people management practices.
A series of information dissemination campaign on PD 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulations is being conducted by the Water Resources Utilization Section (WRUS) of the Licenses Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) of the DENR-CAR in the province of Kalinga about acquisition of water rights.
The eight municipalities in the province is clustered into four with diferrent schedules from March to September 2022. The participants are barangay and municipal officials incharge of the Committee on Environment, Health and Sanitation.
In September 2021, 64 water related business concessionaires such as refilling stations, recreation resorts and hotels from different barangays of Tabuk were served with show cause orders from the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) for failure to comply with the provisions of the Water Code specifically the lack of necessary permit for their water source. This stemmed from the findings in an inspection conducted by said office during the latter part of 2021.
Article 13 of PD 1067 states that "Except as other herein provided, no person including government instrumentalities or government owned or controlled corporations, shall appropriate water without a water right, which shall be evidenced by a document known as water permit."
Of these establishments served with show cause orders, two are undergoing the process necessary in acquiring the needed permit. Tabuk Water has already submitted its documents directly to the NRWB main office. Likewise, Atawe Refilling Station is working on its Certificate of Non-coverage (CNC). CNC a is a permit granted by the Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR for projects that are not expected to have significant impacts on the environment. It is a basic requirement in applying for a Water Permit.
NWRB is the national coordinating and regulating agency on water resources management and development. On the other hand, WRUS serves as NWRB's deputy in the DENR Offices to perform some functions relative to regulation of water use.
Next to these information campaign is the conduct of inventory of all water sources.