Stakeholders Converge for Laguna Lake's
Sustainable Development and Management
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local Government Units (LGUs), academe, and other concerned sectors and agencies join hands for the rehabilitation of Laguna de Bay using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach, during a convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.
"Perhaps, one of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is to not only plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained that the SIADM approach is one of the key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, which aspires to attain an improved quality of life and sustainable environment through the convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of an area. Usec Mendoza said, "The DENR can never implement this approach by itself. This approach will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".
Construction of DENR 4A Permanent Office Building Commences
All eyes on the pouring. The Project Monitoring Team members are all eyes on the very first concrete foundation pouring for the planned DENR 4A office building.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 15, 2016 for the construction of the proposed four-storey office building of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A in Barangay Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna.
Gathered for the blessing of the site were the DENR 4A Project Monitoring Team (PMT) composed of Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela; Planning and Management Division Chief, Ronita A. Unlayao; Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief, Atty. Marilou P. Alutaya; Finance Division Chief, Mabel C. Grasparil; and DENR Rizal Office Management Division Chief, Marilyn C. Paunil; together with the construction team from Abratique and Associates Philippines, Inc. headed by the Project-In-Charge, Engr. Jeffrey Anton Garchitorena; DENR Construction Engineer, Gerardo D. Unlayao; and the Arce Architects.
DENR Secretary Gina Lopez knights "Earth Warriors" in CALABARZON Region
DENR Sec. Lopez (fourth from left, standing), DENR Usec. Perlas (third from left, standing), DENR Usec. Montejo (fifth from left, standing) and Save the La Mesa Watershed Project Manager David Azurin (second from left), knighting the Pamb members as Earth Warriors. "Ng may karangalan at katapatan, gampanan ninyo ang inyong tungkulin at maging isang ganap na earth warrior," declared Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez and the knighting team as they gave a rank of honor to the DENR Region 4A officials and staff, as well as members of Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) within the Calabarzon region, after they have completed the Earth Warriors Training on September 1, 2016. With Madam Secretary were DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon and Visayas, Dr. Isabelo Montejo; DENR Undersecretary for Civil Society and Societal Partnerships Nicanor Jesus Perlas III; DENR Human Resource Development Service (HRDS) Director Rolando Castro; DENR Hrds Training and Development Division Chief Hiro Masuda; Save the La Mesa Watershed Project Manager David Azurin; and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. thru Bantay Kalikasan (ALKFI-BK) volunteers.
DENR CALABARZON holds the 5th Regional PAMB Summit
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON conducted the 2016 Regional Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) Summit from August 30-September 1, 2016 at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. A hundred and seventy members of the PAMBs of 16 protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) within the region, convened for the fifth time on this annual event which began in 2012.
"Alam po ninyo, isa ito sa mga initiative na ginagawa ng ating regional office sa Calabarzon. Pang-limang taon na ginagawa natin ito -- na paminsan-minsan sa isang taon, magkapulong-pulong po tayo at magbigayan ng iba't ibang kuro-kuro [tungkol sa kung] ano yung mga issues na naandyan sa inyo at ano pa yung mga pwedeng solusyon na dapat po nating gawin," DENR 4A Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan said to the participating PAMB members.
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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