DENR Calabarzon's New Lawyer
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A CALABARZON Legal Division chief Atty. Fernando S. Belandres (right) congratulates Legal Assistant Jonas Anton Mulingbayan Manalo (left) for passing the 2015 Bar Examinations. He is one from the total of 1,731, or 26 percent of the 7,146 admitted candidates, who successfully hurdled the bar examinations last year. The Supreme Court released the results on Tuesday, May 3. Manalo took his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College Alabang School of Law, and finished this in 2014. Belandres conscripted Manalo as legal assistant for the DENR CALABARZON in December 2015, right after the exams. He is expected to take his oath along with the other 1,730 successful examinees and become an official member of the Bar in June 16, 2016.
Mt. Banahaw still a 'no go zone' --MBSCPL-PAMB
Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, concurrently chairman of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Mounts Banahaw–San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL), said majority of members of the board in an en banc meeting on February 19, 2016 agreed in passing the resolution "PAMB-MBSCPL Kapasyahan Blg. 001-2016" on the continued moratorium on certain areas of the Mount Banahaw and Mount San Cristobal for another three years, or until February 19, 2019.
PAMB Chair Juan said some members proposed a shorter period of one year but agreed as one body that further preparations should be made before lifting the moratorium. He stressed that the management board's decision was based on the members' recommendation that preparedness in "disaster risk reduction and management" of the local government units, be assured primarily. The municipality of Dolores, Quezon, particularly since it is the most visited part of Mount Banahaw, should prepare. The Dolores side of the PA and some other areas, such as in Lucban, also in Quezon, are found to be highly susceptible to landslides, erosion, flash floods and fire.
Juan said preparation is a must for the concerned LGUs particularly in the strict implementation of the "carrying capacity" or limiting the number of persons at one time within specific a specific site, in "puestos" or pilgrim sites. He added that a visitor management scheme should be in place.
He added that the PAMB also recommended a continued conduct of biodiversity monitoring and assessment and water quality monitoring.
Gene Beloso of the Quezon Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (Quezon -PGENRO) said he was for the extension of the moratorium for another year, but the PAMB should prepare for the lifting. He emphasized the need for thorough assessment of the resultant effect of the closure and if the reasons for its closure, since 2004, such as water quality or presence of coliform and other contaminants, and other factors have been resolved.
Oliver Viado, chief of DENR CALABARZON's Conservation and Development Division is optimistic that the conduct of the assessment on biodiversity and preparation of the PAMB and stakeholders in the implementation of the management plan for the PA, particularly in the multiple use zones and in the strict protection zones, can be completed in one year.
Randy Matibag municipal environment and natural resources officer (MENRO) of Dolores was open to a more long term extension of the moratorium, but his office will have to prepare in the event of its lifting after a year. He said the PAMB has to be provided with a more concrete basis for (or not) lifting the moratorium.
Salud Pangan, Protected Area Superintendent of MBSCPL, reported that animal and plant wildlife have somewhat flourished in the areas with restricted human activity. She said the rafflesia, said to be the largest flower, has been seen in some parts of the mount. Birds and other animal wildlife have also been seen in bigger numbers. She stressed that the areas where these are sighted are to remain strict protection zones.
Mount Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape, the first full-fledged protected area in CALABARZON, was declared as such by Republic Act No. 9847 by the Philippine Congress on December 11, 2009 and covers an area of 11,133.30 hectares straddling the provinces of Laguna and Quezon
Declared still off limits until 2019 starts in Kinabuhayan towards the approach to Kristalino Falls to Dungaw, to Tatlong Tangke and back to Kinabuhayan in Dolores, Quezon; and Puesto Pagbuga in Brgy. Bugon and Bagong Ilaya in Brgy. Concepcion, Pinagbakuran and Concepcion Banahaw on the part of Sariaya, Quezon. In the province of Laguna, part of Brgy. Bukal in Nagcarlan; Brgy. Ilayang Sungi and Novaliches in Liliw; and Brgys. Bukal and Taytay in Majayjay.
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.Read more...
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