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In celebration of 156th Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day, the Forest Management Bureau and CENRO Calaca organized the Bike, Hike, Plant 2019 also known as “Moving Forest”. More than 700 bikers, hikers and planters trooped to Mt. Batulao Mt. Batulao in Brgy. Patugo, Balayan, Batangas last June 29. Participants carried the seedlings in their drawstring backpacks to be planted in Mt. Batulao.

“Tayo ay may 30 million hectares, at sa ngayon ang forest cover ay umaabot na lamang sa 7 million, ibig sabihin mga 23% ng ating bansa ang may forest”,FMB Director Nonito Tamayo said in an interview with ABS-CBN TV Patrol Southern Tagalog. 

With similar activities, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is able to continue to bring back to life the remaining forests and through the continuous implementation of the National Greening Program. 

A total of 2,000 seedlings of native/indigenous and fruit trees such as Narra, Banaba, Kalumpit, Bignay, Guyabano and Rambutan were planted. Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Corazon C. Davis said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because somebody planted a tree a long time ago”. She emphasized that the trees planted would be the shade of the youth and future generations. The trees will help beat air pollution and the fruit trees will serve as food for wildlife.

On the other hand, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Jose Elmer C. Bascos said, “May tatlong bagay para ma achieve ang immortality: Una, ay magkaroon ka ng anak na lalaki; Pangalawa, magsulat ka ng libro; at Pangatlo, magtanim ka ng puno.”

The event was graced by Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Corazon C. Davis and    Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus Ricardo L. Calderon, Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Nonito M. Tamayo, PENRO Jose Elmer C. Bascos, CENRO Januel R. Peras, CENRO Noel M. Recillo, Calaca Municipal Administrator Rexner Jown Pastorall, Balayan Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Glenn De Vera and other stakeholders.

Other partners include the Local Government Units of Balayan and Calaca, the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection-Balayan, Batangas Bikers Team, Calaca Cycling Team, and the University of Sto. Tomas Mountaineering Club. Corporate sponsors include: Holcim Philippines, Universal Robina Corp.—Sugar and Renewables Balayan (URC-SURE Balayan), South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC), Calaca Industrial Seaport Corp., Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc., (CADPI), Kiwanis Club of CADPI,  Energy Development Corp., City Water—Mr. & Mrs. Noel T. Lopez, and Laguna Water.

San Francisco Integrated National High School bagged first place in the recently conducted  Mural Painting Contest with the theme “Tayo Ang Kalikasan” on August 30, 2019. The contest was organized by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) - Sta Cruz. Out of the Seven (7) public highschools in Laguna that participated, the first placer wowed the judges with its mural as they explained, “sama-sama pong nagtutulungan ang bawat isa para po sa ikagaganda ng ating environment. nakikita naman po sa (mural) na  responsable po sila sa mga basura na napro-produce ng mga tao at sinesegrate ang basura ”. The winning entry embodied the Tayo Ang Kalikasan tagline:  “Sama-samang Pagkilos. Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”.

The OIC CENR Officer Victor H. Mercado underscored that “TAK is a movement that involves all citizens, not only the DENR, academe, and LGU, but it encompasses all sectors”. 

Second Place winner is Pagsanjan Integrated National High School. Their mural showed that any individual regardless of social status, race, educational background and others, have their own respective responsibilities towards environmental protection. The Third Place winner, Don Manuel Rivera Memorial National High School, reflects the strong connection between humans and the environment. The environment provides the basic goods and services vital for human survival, so in return humans shall undertake even the smallest effort like waste segregation (3Rs) to ensure its protection. 

Other participating schools are Gov. Felicisimo T. San Luis Integrated Senior Highschool, Linga National High School, Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School, and San Roque National High School. 

On the same day, the Ecological Rooftop Center was opened to the public.  The Center is a showcase of best practices on solid waste management, composting and urban greening. It also includes vermicomposting, hydroponics, and a mini Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The CENRO Sta Cruz office is located in Barangay Duhat, Sta Cruz, Laguna. To schedule a visit, a letter of request may be sent to CENRO Sta Cruz by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Philippines is hosting the first-ever international conference on conservation financing in a bid to scale up funding for ongoing efforts to conserve Southeast Asia’s rich biological diversity.

Slated for March 3-4, 2015 at the Hotel H2O in Manila, the International Conference on Conservation Financing in Southeast Asia will bring together conservation finance experts, key government officials and environmental policymakers, park managers of conservation areas, and noted resource and environmental economists in the region.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is organizing the conference, in collaboration with the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), and the Asian Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).

Among the objectives of the conference are to seek innovative financing schemes that mobilize funding and community action needed to provide the long-term sustainability, and secure healthier ecosystems and improved livelihoods for forest dependent communities.

The event is also expected to provide an avenue for the formation of Conservation Financing Knowledge Network as community of practitioners.

Among the expected resource persons include Dr. Herminia Francico, director of economy and environment program for Southeast Asia, WorldFish and Dr. Gem Castillo, president of the Resource and Environmental Economics Association of the Philippines. Dr. Francisco will present the overview of conservation financing schemes while Dr. Castillo will tackle fiscal gap and financing of Southeast Asia’s protected areas.

The 2-day event is divided into four sessions. Session 1 will focus on conservation finance mechanisms for global goods; Session 2 will cover conservation financing for ecosystem services with local benefits and as inputs to production; Session 3 will deal on conservation financing for consumption goods and nature-based recreation while Session 4 will be on conservation financing for coastal and marine ecosystems.

Two roundtable discussions on conservation fund and park management experiences in the ASEAN region will also be conducted during the event. ###