DENR Calabarzon People’s Day: “Happy ang New Year”

DENR Calabarzon People’s Day: “Happy ang New Year”

 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A has once again celebrated People’s Day on January 9, 2017.

Among the participants are representatives of PKMM (Pambansang Katipunan ng Makabayang Magbubukid), a people’s organization composed of local farmers and fishers from Barangay Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon, who aired their concern on the confiscation of wood allegedly illegally sourced from Palanan, Isabela. They said they were supposed to use the wood for repairing their wrecked boats.
“Paano ang aming hanapbuhay?” one of the members said, expressing his worry that they might not be able to continue fishing, hence, could no longer provide for their families.

Regional Director Reynulfo Juan said that he is all for supporting livelihood. Understanding their plight, he provided them with possible solutions to help their situation: “Pwede akong gumawa ng endorsement letter sa BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources), may binibigay silang libre[ng bangka], o kaya pwede namin kayo matulungan sa paghahanap ng makukuhanan ng kahoy”, he stated.

He asked them to specify the kinds of wood they need to repair their boats so that the Office could assist them in looking for legal sources. He also assured them that it will be verified whether or not the apprehension was conducted properly.

Another concern of the group was a problem regarding the rightful owner of the land they are residing in. Accordingly, there are two groups claiming the land: the Magallanes and the Maharlikans. The complaining party conveyed that they are confused as to whom they should pay their dues, as the Magallanes drives them away every time they cannot pay them.

“Magko-conduct tayo ng investigation. Kailangang malaman kung ano ang land classification, sino ang occupant, at sino ang claimant” Juan said. He also asked the residents to be present during the investigation.

On the other hand, some residents of Barangay Tunha, Famy, Laguna relayed their petition to cancel the survey plan of a certain Mr. Sotalbo, who was given survey authority despite him not having a land title. The residents are now facing the threat of possibly losing their homes to demolition. At present, the case has been brought to the court.

The RD instructed Engr. Olivia Bejo of Patents and Deeds Section to form an investigation team so that they could identify the right course of action. Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Atty. Antonio Abawag assured the residents that the DENR Regional Office is more than willing to assist them. “Gagawa (ang DENR) ng letter na nagko-constitute ng team na magko-conduct ng investigation. Pwede niyo ito magamit sa presentation sa korte” he said.

Lastly, 34 residents of Barangay Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna, through their representatives, made a follow-up on the requested issuance of their Certificates of Recognition as tenured migrants so that they could keep their land. “Have it checked kung lahat ng 34 ay tenured migrants, it should be done by this week and dapat makapagbigay tayo ng update sa kanila by Monday” RD Juan instructed the concerned DENR officials.

The participants of People’s Day were glad that the Department is acting on their concerns. “Salamat po, salamat. Happy ang New Year (namin) gawa nito”, one of the participants said.

Likewise, a permit signing for lumber suppliers was also held. RD Juan signed permits for St. Peter, Herdex, and Boy and Zeny. “Please make sure that the source (of lumber) is legal”, Juan reminded them.

Shortly, RD Juan greeted the listeners of DWBL 1242 a “Happy New Year” in a recording through one of its hosts, Francis Marcaida. Juan said that a new year means a new commitment to improve the condition of our environment. “Anytime po tumawag kayo at may mga tao kami na handang magbigay ng tulong”, he also told the listeners, should they need the assistance of the DENR.

People’s Day is an initiative of the DENR Central Office “in response to the need to provide a venue for the people to express their concerns”. This is the second time the DENR Calabarzon Office has conducted this, following the last one held on December 12, 2016. (with Veranelle Merano)


DENR CALABARZON Lays down Campaign for Women in Rural Communities


          In line with the celebration of women’s month, the DENR CALABARZON Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section as Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point for IEC conducted a Lecture on GAD Advocacy and Principles and Magna Carta of Women last March 26, 2018 at Barangay Alitas, Infanta, Quezon.
          Participants of the activity are members of Alitas Farmers’ Association, Inc. who were awarded as best implementors in 2012 of DENR’s National Greening Program.
            Ms. Melinda G. Gordo, In-charge of RSCIS, said the activity aimed to gauge the level of awareness of the members of PO on their role as women and men in society, as well as to empower women in rural communities in CALABARZON.
           Gordo also emphasized the Gender and Development Vision: Partnership of Women and Men for Sustainable Development. She told the participants that the activity is not only for women but also for men. “Ginagawa po natin ito hindi lamang para sa mga kababaihan, kung hindi para sa mga kalalakihan din…dahil kung ano ang mga nararanasan ng mga kababaihan ay maaari ring maranasan ng mga kalalakihan”, she said.
          Further, topics discussed during the whole day lecture include GAD Advocacy and Principles, Salient Features of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-violence Against Women and Children Act of 2003), and Republic Act 9710 (Magna Carta of Women).
          Mr. Ronald Rozaldo, Chief of the Enforcement Unit of CENRO Real, Quezon, reiterated the role of women in molding the youth. He said “Ang mga kababaihan ay may malaking role na dapat nating i-recognize sa paghubog ng mga kabataan…dapat talaga ay magkaroon tayo ng awareness na ang mga kababaihan ay una nating i-empower para makuha natin ang gusto nating makamtan na lipunan na makatao, makaDiyos at makabayan”.
           DENR CALABARZON intends to conduct more IEC campaigns for rural communities. Gordo said, “gusto sana natin mas maabot pa ang mga communities na hindi masyadong napapansin at ibaba ang programa ng DENR para sa kanila”.

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