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)