Rehabilitation of CALABARZON Mangroves
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Field Operations Undersecretary Demetrio L. Ignacio (3rd from left), Assistant Secretary Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. (4th from left), DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Henry A. Adornado (left) and DENR Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan (2nd from left, behind Ignacio) marvel at the poster presentation discussing the accomplishments in the rehabilitation of mangrove areas in Patnanungan in the Polillio Group of Islands and in Tagkawayan, Quezon as part of the ERDB-supervised Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP). Juan discussed the merits of the poster design on the importance of mangroves specifically in the rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-prone coastal areas including Quezon and Batangas in Region 4A-CALABARZON. Although belatedly included as one of the areas of the MBFDP, the DENR Calabarzon head said that his group has started rehabilitating 1,000 hectares in the two Calabarzon provinces under the MBFDP. This, in addition to other mangrove rehabilitation efforts done under the National Greening Program. He said a rehabilitated and sustainably managed mangrove forests is something to be glad about as this "serves as life support to coastal communities and mitigation measure to the adverse impact of climate change." Ignacio revealed that this (MBFDP) is the biggest, most important project of the DENR, so far, since, he said, "Because of this (project), we come to meet the president (President Benigno S. Aquino III) face to face and report to him on developments monthly." DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje ordered a massive mangrove tree planting and rehabilitation particularly in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013 in recognition of the mangrove forests' serving as buffer against typhoons and storm surges. The Aquino administration allotted P1 Billion for the MBFDP for the rehabilitation of 50,000 hectares of mangrove and beach forest across the country.
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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