Regional Releases

DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca awards a certificate of commendation to PO3 Reverendo E. Bascos of the Philippine Navy for his outstanding performance on various environment and natural resources law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.  Also in photo are (from left):  DENR Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar and ARD for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with 10 people’s organizations (POs) in Central Luzon to develop 450 hectares of agroforestry and other livelihood projects under DENR-Region 3’s “Community-based Forest Management-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CBFM-CARP) project.

“The CBFM-CARP project seeks to address the twin issues of environmental security and climate change by providing them financial and technical support in the development of their agroforestry projects,” DENR-Region 3 Director Francisco Milla, Jr. said.

Milla identified the PO-beneficiaries as Alangan Farmers Producers Association in Bataan; Sentro sa Pamamahala ng Pamayanang Mambikap, Bulawen Livelihood Center and Dusoc Upland Farmers Association in Zambales; Parista Tree Planters Association in Nueva Ecija; and Dueg Agroforestry Farmers Association, Labney Upland Farmers Association, Cacupangan Tree Farmers Assocation and Bundok Sula Upland Farmers Association in Tarlac. ### 

Barangay Silangan I wins the grand prize in the 2015 Search for Cleanest and Greenest Barangay in Rosario, Cavite launched jointly by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its provincial office in Cavite, the Manila Bay Coordinating Council and the local government unit of Rosario.  Photo shows Silangan I Chairman Mark Jay Velarde holding the trophy and a check amounting Php 60,000 as prize money for the victory.  Also in photo are MBCO’s Deputy Site Manager Dr. Domingo R. Bravo (2nd row, 2nd from left) and Cavite Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rolinio Pozas (to Velarde’s right). ### 

The newsletter of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 6 “Bantala … ang dunang manggad” was adjudged one of the best agency newsletters in the region “for its relevance of content and messages, technical quality and responsiveness to the needs of the clients and effective communication support to development” by the Philippine Information Agency.  On hand to receive the award and trophy is Regional Communication and Development Officer Artemio Salvador C. Colacion (center) from PIA Regional Director Atty. Ma. Janet C. Mesa (left) and PIA Director-General and Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Jose Mari M. Oquiñena.  The awarding was held during the annual gathering of government information officers in Western Visayas held at El Circulo Convention Center in Roxas City. ### 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has inked an agreement with the provincial government of Iloilo to co-manage a part of the Maasin Watershed Forest Reserve and enhance the reforestation effort in the area.

DENR-Region 6 Assistant Regional Director for Management Service Livino B. Duran signed the agreement with Iloilo Gov. Arthur D. Defensor Sr. during the 16th Piyesta ng Kakahuyan held September 12, 2015 in Maasin, Iloilo.

“This agreement between the DENR and the Iloilo provincial government is indicative of Gov. Defensor’s active leadership to share in the responsibility of managing and maintaining the ecological balance in the province, a move that is in accord with the Local Government Code,” Duran said.

According to him, the Maasin watershed is a big boost to the water capacity of the province. But with a growing population, the DENR official expressed apprehension the watershed may not be able to sustain its capacity to provide sufficient water for the people unless it is rehabilitated and protected from destructive human activities.

The co-management agreement calls for the Iloilo government to implement rehabilitation and protection activities within the adopted area of 659.25 hectares, in accordance with the development plan that will be prepared by the local government.

The DENR, on the hand, is tasked under the MOA to provide technical assistance to the LGU to ensure the success of the project.

Aside from the agreement signing, a tree planting activity participated in by representatives from non-government organizations, national government agencies in the region and other sectors also highlighted the 16th celebration of Piyesta ng Kakahuyan in the province. ###