Forest Protection CY 2011

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The activity’s main objective is to protect the physical resources within the untenured and tenured forestlands from any form of forest destructions, including the effective enforcement of other forest laws and regulations.

• A total of 380,278 h e c t a r e s o f u n t e n u r e d forestlands or 23% of the total land area of CALABARZON are be i n g p r o t ec t e d through foot patrol and conduct of preemptive measures by F o r e s t R an g e r s assigned in thei r respecti ve patr ol sectors wi th the assistance of deputy forest officers such as military, police, and concerned civilian volunteers. (See Table III-14).

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• In order to properly monitor the entry and exit of forest products in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon and Rizal, 7 strategic monitoring stations are being maintained and manned by the dedicated Forest Rangers on twenty-four hour basis. These are the following:

1. Km. 2 Multi-purpose Checkpoint located at Brgy. Kapatalan, Siniloan, Laguna – checking forest products coming from mountain areas of Laguna and REINA areas.

2. Tongohin/Minuson Monitoring Station located at Brgy. Minuson, Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon – checking products emanating from Infanta and Gen Nakar, Quezon.

3. Umiray Multi-sector Monitoring Station located at Brgy. Umiray, Gen. Nakar, Quezon – checking forest products coming from Umiray, Gen. Nakar, Quezon and Dingalan, Aurora.

4. Polo Mauban Multi-sector Monitoring Station located at Brgy. Polo, Mauban, Quezon – checking products coming from Umiray, Gen. Nakar, Quezon, and Regions 2 & 3.

5. Magsaysay/Kamagong Multi-sector Monitoring Station located at Brgy,. Magsaysay, Atimonan, Quezon – checking products coming from Bicol Region.

6. Teressa/Maya Farm Monitoring Station located at So. Hinudyungan, Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal – checking forest products coming from Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal, Laguna and Quezon Prov.

7. San Isidro Monitoring Station located at Rodriguez, Rizal checking products coming Montalban, Rizal and from Bulacan area.

• Strengthening of Regional Multi-sector Forest Protection Committees The creation of Multi-sector Forest Protection Committee (MFPC) aims to bring forest protection to the grassroots by involving the various sectors of the community. The MFPC will provide the forum where sectors from the community and government agencies combine to take action together on forest protection issues.

The Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC) was conducted by the Regional Office where in a new set of officers were elected. It is now chaired by Mr. Guillermo O. Formaran, III of Quezon Province.

For the year, four (4) quarterly RMFPC meetings were conducted. The dates and locations of the meetings are:

-First Quarter RMFPC meeting was held on March 18, 2011 at Sangguniang Panlalawigan Conference Hall, Legislative Bldg., Capitol Compound, Trece Martirez City, Cavite.

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-Second Quarter RMFPC meeting was held on June 22, 2011 at Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant, Brgy. Bantigue, Pagbilao, Quezon.

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During this meeting, the turn-over ceremony of Chairmanship was conducted. Mr. Manuel A. Beloso was the outgoing Chairman, whereas Mr. Guillermo “Gemi” O. Formaran III was the incoming Chairman. Several guests were invited to this ceremony and it was ended successfully.

-Third Quarter RMFPC meeting was held on September 16, 2011 at Municipal Session Hall, Municipality of General Nakar, Province of Quezon. Mayor Leovegildo Ruzol of General Nakar attended the meeting.

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First Quarter RMFPC meeting at Trece Martires City. The second Quarter RMFPC meeting held at Pagbilao, Quezon. The third Quarter RMFPC meeting held at Gen. Nakar, Quezon.

-Fourth Quarter RMFPC meeting was held on December 14, 2011 at Multi- purpose Hall, Provincial Capitol Building, Ynares Sports Complex, Antipolo City.

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• Conduct of Trainings on Forest Protection There were five (5) trainings/re-orientation conducted by the Forest Resources Conservation Division (FRCD) in coordination with Human Resources Development Section for CY 2011. The five (5) trainings enumerated as follows:

1. T raining on Deputation of Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENRO) upon the request of Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) held on March 3-4, 2011 at Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

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2. Training of DENRO upon the request of Institute of Social Order (ISO) held on April 14-15, 2011 at Sta. Monica Beach Resort, Brgy. Boboin, Infanta, Quezon. 

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3. Training of DENRO upon the request of Bantay Kalikasan Volunteers of the Municipalities of Polillo, Burdeos, Panukulan Polillo Group of Islands, Province of Quezon and the South Luzon Tollway Corporation held on September 6-8, 2011 at Sta. Monica Beach Resort, Brgy. Boboin, Infanta, Quezon.

4. Re– orientation of Team Energy Corporation held on November 24, 2011 at Pagbilao, Quezon.

5. Manila Southcoast Development Corp. (MSDC) held on October 17, 2011 at Nasugbu, Batangas.

• Conduct of Information Education Campaign (IEC)

There were seven (7) trainings/orientations conducted by the Regional personnel on the basic policies, rules and regulations being implemented by the DENR particularly for the smooth implementation of EO 23. These trainings/orientations were conducted upon request of different LGUs and other law enforcement agencies. It is worthy to note that as a result of these orientations, the Sector was able to conduct successful anti-illegal logging operations based on information/tips from unidentified informants.

1. Dialogue with the Nasugbu Municipal Council re: DENR Policies conducted at Nasugbu, Batangas on February 8, 2011;

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2. Lectures on Forestry Policies and EO 23 regarding Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) at Infanta, Quezon on February 11, 2011 participated by the LGUs of Infanta and Peoples Organization (PO’s);

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3. Orientation on Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force at Philippine National Police held on June 8, 2011 at PNP Camp Sta. Cruz, Laguna;

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4. Lectures on Forestry Laws, Rules and Regulations to Brgy. Captains, residents/teachers of Infanta Quezon on June 16, 2011 at Malachi Resort, Brgy. Comon, Infanta, Quezon;

5. Orientation on Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force at Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal held last June 23, 2011;

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6. Orientation on Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force atte at CBK Kalayaan, Laguna last October 20-21, 2011 and;

7. Orientation on DENR Policies participated and attended by LGUs, Brgy. Captains of Majayjay, Laguna at Hanzel’s Restaurant, Kalayaan, Laguna conducted on November 18, 2011.

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• Anti-illegal Logging Campaign

Pursuant to the implementation of Executive Order EO No. 23 issued on February 1, 2011, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forest, the intensified campaign and operation against illegal cutting/gathering transporting of forest products were undertaken which resulted in the following:

-137 incidents of apprehensions and the confiscation of a total of 1,369.06 cubic meters of major forest products. 1,038.07 cubic meters of logs/shortlogs/poles, 325.54 cubic meters of lumber/ flitch, 3.76 cubic meters of Kasco/Banca hull and 1.689 cubic meters of semi-finished forest products with an estimated gross value of P 13,432,247.89; and 53 units of conveyances with a gross valued of P 9,970,000.00. (Table III-15 and Annexes 10 & III11).

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-Confiscated, likewise are the following: 34.5 cu.m, 848 sacks and 700 plastic/repack of charcoal with a value of P147,400.00; 50 unit of tools and equipments; 8 units of bandsaw/circular saw, 4 units of chainsaw, 10 units electric motor/diesel engine, 3 units of table plainer and 25 units of other tools with a gross value of P642,000.00.

Relative to the anti-illegal logging campaign efforts a n d t h e determination of the O f f i c e t o p ut minimum level of incidents of illegal l o g g in g / c ut t in g within the region, they created the Regional Anti-illegal Logging Task Force pursuant to EO 23. Likewise, the Region initiated and strengthened its collaborations with the other law enforcement agencies, LGUs, religious, civic groups and NGOs. Relative thereto, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was executed last October 6, 2011 by and among the DENR-IV CALABARZON 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, LGU-Infanta, Quezon and PNP, Infanta, Quezon specifically to address the illegal cutting/gathering and transport of forest products, ejection of untenured migrants and demolition of their shanties within Proclamation 1636.

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The incidents of apprehensions were high this year (137) as compared to (84) of last year (CY 2010). The increase is attributed to intensified and concerted effort in the implementation of EO 23.

Likewise, eigth (8) complaints were filed against the persons found violating Section 77 of Presidential Decree No. 705. The complaints are presently being litigated by the Presecutors Office before the concerned Regional/Municipal Trial Courts. The list of cases filed is shown in Annex III-12.

• Disposed Forfeited Forest Products The disposition of forfeited forest products was done either through donation, or use for government infrastructure. This Office has facilitated the conversion of “hot logs” to good use. The confiscated logs and lumber with a total volume of 176,926.53 board feet and three (3) units of banca hull were disposed as follows:

-Donation— (128,558.64 bd. ft.)

-DepEd — (82,165.84 bd. ft.)

The confiscated logs and lumber w ere man ufac ture d into finished armchairs and fabricated desk wherein around 50 primary and secondary schools were benefited.

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-LGUs — (38,607.64 bd. ft.)

These includes the donation made to the constituents of Cong. Irvin Alcala, 1st District of Quezon (7,738 bd.ft, 500 pcs. of armchairs); Cong. Lorenzo Tanada, 4th District of Quezon (9,796.14 bd.ft , 580 pcs); Mayor Moises Villasenior of Lucban, Quezon (9,603.60 bd. Ft, 320 pcs arm chairs and 50 pcs desk); and Prov’l. Gov’t. of Rizal (10,450 bd.ft.)

-Other Government Agencies — (7,784.64 bd. ft. and 2 units of banca hull)

Donated 2 units of banca hull to MFARMC of Infanta, Quezon and to Southern Luzon Phil. Navy, Naval Force for their patrolling and 7,784.64 bd. ft to the 76th IB, 2ID, Phil. Army used for the construction of mess hall and barracks.

-DENR USE — (48,368.41 bd. ft.)

Likewise, 48,368.41 bdft. forfeited forest products were utilized by PENRO Rizal (11,000 bd. ft.) and CENRO Real Quezon (37,368.41 bd. ft.)for the construction of their respective office buildings and repair of other office facilities while the one (1) unit banca hull was donated to Quezon Ecosystem Research and Development Services (QERDS) for their forest protection activities and in the collection of propagules. The list of recipients of the forfeited forest products with the corresponding volume donated is shown in Annex III-13.

• Registration of Chainsaw

Also in support to the implementation of EO 23 and continuing information dissemination on the existing policy with regard to ownership, possession, importation and use of chainsaw as mandated under DAO No.2003-24 dated June 2003, 328 individuals have registered their chainsaw at the different field offices.

• Other Accomplishment on Forest Protection

The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) was able to conduct four (4) anti-illegal logging operations resulted to confiscation of 2,232 pieces of logs/lumber/flitch and 5 units of tools for CY 2011 as shown below in Table III-16 .

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