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The DENR CALABARZON, in partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), conducted a series of Public Viewing of the DENR CALABARZON’s State of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), and free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Bird of Prey” last October 21-25, 2019 in five (5) provinces of CALABARZON Region, which was attended by more than 1,000 participants.

The DENR CALABARZON’s State of the ENR is a 14-minute Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) that highlights the current challenges of the ecosystems, aligned with the Ten (10) Priority Programs of the Agency. The video provides information on the tasks of DENR IV-A and how it addresses the challenges.

The Philippine eagle is the flagship species of the Philippine Raptors Conservation Program implemented by the Biodiversity Management Bureau and has sightings in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges in Luzon. This giant bird of prey that can only be seen in four (4) islands in the Philippines- Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. In CALABARZON, there were sightings in General Nakar, Quezon and in Tanay, Rizal.

 “We are doing our part but there is always a room for all of you to do your part in protecting the environment that includes the critically endangered species like the Philippine Eagle,” says Ms. Jorgine “Boey” Peña, Marketing Officer of Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), in hopes that bringing the movie to different parts of the country will raise awareness of the current situation of the wildlife. The PEF shared their organization’s initiative in supporting the implementation of environmental laws and protecting the environment, which includes providing the Indigenous People livelihood projects and programs. She disclosed that members of the IPs serve as the forest guards in the area. The IP community also produces handmade goods and merchandise which the PEF helps sell. She added that all proceeds are given to the communities.

The DENR’s initiative to protect the Philippine Eagle and wildlife includes the conduct of LAWIN patrolling, intensified forest protection, and the Expanded National Greening Program (e-NGP). 

The information drive, through a series of public viewing of the said AVP and film-documentary, served as an eye-opener and inspiration to the youth towards conservation and protection of various ecosystems for the succeeding generations.  ###

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The CALABARZON Regional Agencies of DENR and DILG introduced its CASABWATCH Program during the First CALABARZON Sanitasyon Basura Watch Program (CASABWATCH) Regional Support and Catalyst Group Meeting last October 4, 2019.

CASABWATCH is a program in support of the Manila Bay Clean-Up and Rehabilitation Program, Manila Bayanihan para sa Kalikasan Advocacy, and Tayo ang Kalikasan. It aims to reduce the solid waste flowing in the waterways of CALABARZON and in Manila Bay through strict implementation of NO LITTERING and NO ILLEGAL DUMPING of waste in the Region.

According to the report of the Environmental Management Bureau IVA, only two (2) out of the fourteen (14) monitored bathing beaches connected to Manila Bay are within the standard fecal coliform level of 100 MPN/100 mL. Further, EMB accounts 4,572 tons of waste generated per day within the Manila Bay Region of which 43% are biodegradable, 31% are recyclable, 25% are residuals, and 1% special waste.

Aside from the regular clean-up activities, continuous monitoring and inspection of establishments is being conducted in the Region. As of September, EMB IVA inspected 1,200 establishments and issued 344 Notices of Violations.

Moreover, the Regional Support and Catalyst Group will serve as a watchdog or monitoring body for the implementation of the CASABWATCH program. It is a support and monitoring group for the implementation of R.A. 9003 also known as the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Mandamus agencies, academe, media, and other concerned agencies, groups and organizations are the target partners for the said program.  ###

CARMONA, Cavite -- The signing of Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for the full implementation of Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA), between DENR CALABARZON and the Local Government Unit of Carmona, has been undertaken last September 30, 2019 at the Covered Court of Carmona Municipal Hall. The MOPA aims to expedite the issuance of land patents in the Municipality.

The adoption of the RLTA in Carmona was realized during the Orientation on Land Distribution Program conducted by PENRO Cavite For. Ruth Unlayao, held last September 23, 2019 at the Carmona Community Center. The process and requirements for land titling application was presented during the orientation.

The LGU of Carmona will hold a 5-day free patent drive from November 25 to the 29th, 2019. This will be in preparation for the Handog Titulo Program which will be scheduled tentatively next year.  PENRO Cavite is currently working with the LGUs of Silang and Magallanes for the implementation of the RLTA.

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales is encouraging Local Governments to partner with the agency in promoting the RLTA. LGUs may coordinate with the Region’s various Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices regarding this partnership.

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Sources: PENRO Cavite and the Regional Public Affairs Office

The Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IV-A (CALABARZON) conducted a Green Building Orientation last September 16, 2019, which was also in observance of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

The forum was attended by various Local Government Units (LGUs) of Laguna. Representatives from Engineering. Planning, City Environment and Natural Resources, Public Service and Treasury/Budget Offices were present to further utilize the successful implementation of green buildings.

Speakers from the Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines (GreenAP) and Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) presented topics to further raise awareness on the impacts of infrastructure to climate change. DENR CENRO Victor Mercado also presented their Ecological Rooftop and he also how to promote sustainable practices.

The rules and impacts of climate change and the infrastructure and building industry, including “designing with nature” and tools used by Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) that “defy the different credits that are essential in developing a green building project” were discussed by the resource persons from GreenAP and PhilGBC. 

CENRO Mercado shared their Ecological Rooftop initiative that was established to showcase different ecological friendly technologies, such as, composting and vermicomposting, hydroponics, vertical garden, 3Rs, seedling production of forest/fruit trees and  the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility. 

The DENR CALABARZON is working towards the direction of having a green building. There is a sewage treatment system to treat its wastewater;  it has a solar power back up, glass windows and cross ventilation that allows continued operations in case there will be power outages; use of LED lights and inverter-type air conditioners for energy efficiency; a vertical barrel garden with vermicomposting that has already provided a bumper crop of kangkong, alugbati, basil and other vegetables. In its vicinity, native flowering trees were planted such as Banaba, Bani, Ipil, Talisay, Teak, Molave, and Bamboo that help absorb carbon dioxide, dust particles, and pollutants, as well as to control rainwater runoff, and provide habitat for various species. It also aims for a zero-waste protocol in the building by reducing the use of single use plastic use in all events and activities, minimal plastic wastes that are generated are kept clean to make eco-bricks.

The DENR CALABARZON commits to add more to this list of initiatives to serve as a model in South Luzon. ###

The Regional Development Council members recently sealed an agreement on the establishment of the Regional Development Council Forest Park located in Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal. It is located within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape and has a total area of 25 hectares.

This initiative is in support of the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022. The RDP hopes to intensify protection and sustainable management of forest, watershed, coastal and marin and land through the adoption of the ridge to reef approach. DENR IVA (CALABARZON) proposed the establishment of the forest park to support watershed rehabilitation in protected areas.

DENR IVA prepared an Implementation Plan that will ensure an increase in forest cover in the next 5-10 years. The indigenous species to be planted with a distance of 4x5 meters[1]  include Batino, Makaasim, other Dipterocarp, and Bamboo Species. Fruit trees such as mango, calamansi, lukban, lipote and kasoy will also be planted. Seedlings will be provided by DENR IVA, while PENRO Rizal shall provide the technical assistance during the implementation of the project. The LGU of Antipolo will secure the area during the establishment. Each RDC member will have a specific site to adopt. Volunteer members will conduct maintenance activities that include: strip brushing/ ring weeding, staking, hole digging, and hauling. A 10-meter fire line will be established and flowering plants will also be planted along the boundaries of the parcels. The community in the area is entitled to possible harvesting and utilization later on.

 

[1] Prescribed planting distance as per FMB Technical Bulletin No. 10 Series of 2014