Rotary, CESB renew efforts to help DENR rehabilitate Marikina watershed
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis and Krys Dancel, President of Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell (RC-MR) join hands in planting a Lipote (Syzigium curanii) seedling during the "tree growing activity" held early in the morning of Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City while DENR Region 4A Regional Director Reynulfo Juan (standing, right), Dr. Rolando Metin, past President of RC-MR (2nd from left), Dr. Isidro Mercado, Rizal Provincial ENR Officer (left) and Dr. Ric Enriquez (partly hidden), Director of the DENR Internal Audit Service, look on.
Some 100 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell and the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) joined the DENR and the San Ysiro upland farmers organization in planting 2,000 Philippine indigenous tree species like Lipote, Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Kalumpit (Terminalia microcarpa) and Dungon (Heritiera sylvatica) in upland Sitio San Ysiro, part of the 26,125-hectare Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL).
In October last year, the volunteers planted 1,000 native fruit-bearing and forest trees in the area.
The UMRBPL is part of the Marikina watershed which supplies most of Metro Manila's water needs. Rehabilitation of the watershed means sustainable water supply as well as prevention of flooding of Metro Manila; and providing livelihood to the upland community by helping implement the National Greening Program or NGP. (Photos by Carmela Reynoso, Office of the Regional Coordinator, NGP)
VP Leni Robredo visits 4th District of Quezon
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director, Reynulfo A. Juan, poses with the 14th Vice President (VP) of the Republic of the Philippines, Honorable Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo (right of Juan) and the Representative of the 4th Legislative District of Quezon Province, Honorable Angelina “Helen” DL Tan, MD (right of Robredo) together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Quezon, Alfredo C. Palencia (upper right of Tan), the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Calauag, Quezon, Ruben C. Mabesa (upper left of Palencia) and other representatives of different government agencies at the regional level, during the “Thanksgiving Day” held 15th of July, 2016 in Barangay Camohaguin, Gumaca, Quezon.
VP Leni Robredo paid a visit to the 4th district of Quezon, serving as the guest of honor for a special occasion organized by Congresswoman Helen Tan.
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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