Management of Forestlands and Forest Resources CY 2011
Management of Forestlands and Forest Resources
Resources Conservation, Protection, and Productivity Enhancement
Among the major accomplishments of the Forestry, Lands, Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone, and Research Sectors for the year that are supportive of this Agenda were the following:
► Management of Forestlands and Forest Resources: This activity deals with the promotion of effective management of forestlands, monitoring, assessment and reporting of forest conditions. The computerized monitoring and assessment system in reporting of forest conditions including the compliance of forest users with the conditions of the agreement has been religiously implemented.
• Operationalization of Forestry Information System (FIS) – The FIS, wherein all data related to the CALABARZON’s forest land uses and resources were stored and mapped using the Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques is being maintained in the Regional Office by the Forest Resources Conservation Division. This Information System has two components: the Database Component and Geographic Information System (GIS) Component.
⇒ Database Component— Continuous updating and maintenance of 13 databases in the region are being done, one (1) for each PENR and CENR Offices and one (1) at the Region Office. The FIS focal persons were advised to keep on updating and encoding all the information in each application modules provided in the database/datasets. The said datasets maintained is presented in Table III-8.
⇒ Geographic Information System (GIS) Component— Since the implementation of FIS-GIS Component in 2008, the Region was able to convert the sixty (60) analog maps of all sites with tenurial instruments into digital format. The said digital maps were further subjected to the so-called “Geo-Rectification” process using the NAMRIA’s geo-referenced DMA topographic image. For the year, 25 maps of CBFMA were digitized and geo-referenced in accordance with mapping and survey standards. Among the geo-rectified maps, 10 tenured areas were verified on the grounds. Also, various datasets from other sectors or areas of concern such as, Protected Areas, Land Classification provided by the Land Evaluation Party (LEP) and mining areas from Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) were accommodated and stored. The digitized and geo-referenced maps are now being used for spatial analysis necessary for forestry, protected area, mines, and land investment planning. The list of tenured areas is presented below as Table III-9 and sample maps are attached as Annex III-2a & 2b.
• Generation of Forestry Statistics/Forestry Statistical Reporting System (FSRS) - Latest Statistics and Information on ENR-related concerns were generated and made available. Pursuant to Republic Act No. 7581 known as the “Price Act of 1991” and its implementing order (DTI, DENR, DOH, DA; Joint Administrative Order No. 1, series of 1993), the DENR is tasked to monitor the supply and prices of forest products. The purpose of which is to ensure availability of these products in the market in sufficient quantities and that prices do not increased beyond ten (10) percent set by law. The consolidated report shall be submitted on or before January 15, 2012 as per existing guidelines on the matter.
Meanwhile, the reports of PENR and CENR Offices are submitted to Region Office on a monthly basis, then being consolidated by FRCD and submitted on time, the FSRS and price monitoring reports to Forest Management Bureau quarterly using the prescribed forms i.e. FS # 1 to FS # 10. The 4th Quarter Forestry Statistical Report are currently being prepared for submission to the Bureau on or before January 25, 2012.
• Forest Product Utilization and Land-use Regulations involves the processing and evaluation of applications for the extraction and utilization of forest products and resources including the issuances of permits and the monitoring of compliance with the conditions of the permits and tenurial instruments.
⇒ The processing and evaluation of applications for the extractionand utilization of forest resources were made stricter in compliance to the implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 23 dated February 1, 2011 declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of trees in residual and natural forests. Series o f I n f o r m a t i o n Education Campaign (IEC) to the legitimate lumber dealers/ permittees were conducted for them to be aware and updated on the aforementioned policy, and the compliance was observed. Out of the 101 applicants for issuance of permit to extract and utilize forest products , 49 were issued with permits (Table III-10). The strict implementation of EO. No. 23 has brought a decrease in issuance of Certificate of Registration as Lumber Dealer A shortage in the supply of local lumber materials was noted. Some applicants failed to submit the required Lumber Supply Contracts. The detailed list of permittees are attached as Annexes III-3 and 4.
⇒ On the other hand, eleven (11) tenure holders and 282 existing permittees were monitored by the Region Office and PENROs and CENROs. (See Table III-11 and attached Annex III-5)
• Urban Forestry Development and Management in support to Nati onal Greening Program— This activity aims to promote multi-sector participation in tree planting and to develop greater aw a r e n e s s o n t h e importance of trees in the environment, health and human l i f e. In the implementati on of this program, the DENR is task to provide technical assistance in planting, site and species selection, maintenance operations including provision of the planting stocks, IEC, and lectures on ENRM. Understandably, the DENR is also looked up to as the lead agency when inter-agency collaboration is involved in the program.
⇒ To ensure participation and commitment in the project, 137 Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) in collaboration with the concerned LGUs or partners were forged to spell out the obligations of the parties in support to National Greening Program. Ninety-three (93) LGUs/NGAs/individuals and 76 schools were provided technical assistance in terms of planting, site preparation, species selection and provision of planting stocks.
Also, seven (7) meetings/lectures were given to disseminate information about importance of caring for the environment, proper planting techniques, maintenance and protection of planted seedlings. The list of MOA’s, LGU’s and Schools that were given assistance was presented as Annexes III–6 and III-7.
• Implementation of Private Land Plantation Tree Program (PLTP) - under this program, a total of 82 private land owners were given certi ficate of registrations and 11 Private Land Tree Plantation Information System (PLTPIS) were implemented and operationalized regionwide. This is intended to assess the tree pl antati ons established within private lands; and set the means to recognize the participation of private land owners in the tree plantation development of the government.
The data gathered from the monitoring of private plantations include the numbers of trees planted by species, average height, diameter and volume per species planted, and the total volume of the plantation. Also the period of cutting for those planted trees that are ready for harvesting is provided by the System.
• On Verification of Legal Status of Land Claims, a total of 486 cases were referred and issued certifications. Out of this, 134 cases were referred at the Region Office Forest Engineering Section, Forest Resources Development Division to verify the legal status and control of the existing proposed uses. The certification issued at the field offices were mostly verified for land conversion.