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Quezon, QUEZON ―The CENRO Calauag FLUP Team has conducted initial activities for the preparation of the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) of Quezon, Quezon in the early months of 2022.

Said undertakings are relevant to the drafting of FLUP. Of which, the said plan is of prime component of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), which is crafted by the LGUs in pursuant to Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines.

The municipality of Quezon, Quezon has a total area of forests and forestlands (FFL) of 1,404.73 hectares based on its land classification maps. Wherein, the 553.08 hectares are unallocated areas or open access areas. These are the portions of FFLs without tenurial instruments like Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA), and not under programs and projects such as National Greening Program (NGP).

The LGUs have direct authority within their territorial jurisdiction. Likewise, the latter has the responsibility of managing and maintaining the ecological balance within their respective area. The DENR and its offices in the same way is the primary agency that facilitates these directives for the protection and conservation of natural resources towards sustainable development.

As of July 2022, the FLUP preparation Team has completed the community profiling in the 18 subject barangays of Quezon, Quezon. The draft FLUP was already submitted to the FLUP Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) of the DENR CALABARZON for finalization and affirmation of the Regional Executive Director.

The next phase, the adoption of the finalized FLUP by the municipality of Quezon, Quezon is expected to materialize in 2023.

Gumaca, QUEZON ― The DENR-CENRO Calauag conducts a joint tree growing activity with the uniformed personnel (UP) of Gumaca, Quezon along Pipisik River, in celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2022.

With this year’s theme, “Sambayanang Pilipino, Nagkakaisa Tungo sa Katatagan at Maunlad na Kinabukasan,” the CENRO Calauag, Quezon headed by CENR Officer Joselito D. Barros conveys the message of the recently concluded kick off activity with the uniformed personnel ― to join hand-in-hand in times of disasters and calamities.

The celebration of the said environmental event emphasizes the importance of collaboration in addressing the challenges of climate change and disaster risk reduction and management during times of calamity.

Forester II Aleli C. Alvarez encouraged the participants to continuously support all the priority programs and projects of DENR. The Forester also emphasized the “Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK)” as a platform of the DENR for the conservation and protection of our environment and natural resources, and further explained the significance and benefits of plants and planting of trees to the changing climate.

Moreover, the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) Chief of Gumaca Charlie Beltran expressed his gratitude for the support of DENR, particularly in the provision of seedlings, and for other agencies’ time and effort in making the activity possible.

A total of 150 Guyabano seedlings were planted by uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Gumaca, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Gumaca, and Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) Gumaca, as well as partakers from MENR Office of Gumaca and CENRO Calauag.

CENRO Calauag looks forward to a stronger link between their office and the said offices, especially now that the potential detrimental weather systems are approaching that may affect the country starting July 2022.

Calauag, QUEZON ― PENR Officer Ronilo L. Salac, new Officer-In-Charge of PENRO Quezon, set his first rounds in the area of responsibility (AOR) of CENRO Calauag after visiting the said office and getting acquainted with its personnel.

PENRO Salac has paid a courtesy call to 201st "Kabalikat" Brigade, Philippine Army Calauag to coordinate issues and concerns related to forest protection. CENR Officer Joselito D. Barros on the other hand offered the sincerest support for the tree growing activities that are planned to be conducted by the troop.

With the assistance of CENRO Barros and PENRO Quezon Technical Services Division Chief Julieta P. Narte, also the concurrent Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of MSPL, PENRO Salac and his team then moved to visit and experience the Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL) and the developments therein.

On the last day, 15 July, PENRO Salac also monitored the forest nursery located in Brgy. Peñafrancia, Gumaca, Quezon. Said nursery as of June is with a total of 56,618 seedlings of Cacao, Guyabano, Kalumpit, Kamagong, and Narra.

During PENRO Salac’s visit in CENRO Calauag, Quezon, he highlighted the significance of the office and field personnel in the accomplishment of targets indicated in the Work and Financial Plan (WFP) of the office. He expressed his trust and confidence to CENRO Calauag that it can efficiently accomplish its targets.

The DENR-CENRO Calauag headed by CENR Officer Joselito D. Barros spearheaded a ceremonial MOA signing and ground breaking of Alabat Forest Nursery at the municipal hall of Alabat in Brgy. Camagong, Alabat, Quezon.

The undertaking was made possible through the request of the municipal LGU of Alabat, wherein, the said nursery aims to provide quality planting materials to sustain the planting activities and maintain forest areas not only within the municipality of Alabat, as well as the adjacent towns in the Alabat island.

The MOA was inked between the first party, CENRO Calauag, through CENR Officer Joselito D. Barros; and the second party, Local Government of Alabat, Quezon, through the representation of Mayor Fernando L. Mesa. This was with the presence of Conservation and Development Section Chief Novet Joy S. Pantalunan, Alabat MENRO Designate King Marco A. Polo, and Camagong Brgy. Captain Carlito L. Sasis.

This initiative is one of the visions of CENRO Calauag to provide support for the continuous conservation, protection and development of our environment. 

The Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL) of CENRO Calauag, Quezon facilitated a 2-day capacity building for its Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) members and Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) personnel, In addition, a Paralegal Training and 1st Special PAMB meeting for CY 2022 were also held at the conference hall of Villa Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant, Brgy. Sta. Maria, Calauag, Quezon. 

The 2-day activity aims to familiarize the PAMO staff and PAMB members on their duties and responsibilities related to the conservation and protection of the MSPL. It also intends to provide the basics and importance of being a paralegal in order to improve their decision-making in performing tasks in legal-related circumstances.

The basics of parliamentary procedures, awareness regarding the existing forestry laws in the country, and RA 11038 also known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were also discussed in the capacitation.

The discussions were provided by resource speakers, Atty. Marianito Dio Jr. and Atty. Aries Matibag from Regional Office Legal Division, and attended by PAMB members, and personnel from the CENRO Calauag and PENRO Quezon.

Meanwhile, the 1st Special PAMB Meeting was called in order to discussed adoption and approval of the predetermined management zones of Multiple Use Zone (MUZ) and Strict Protection Zone (SPZ) of MSPL, Also, the approval and endorsement of the 8-Year Strategic Communication Action Plan of MSPL. 

At the end of the 2-day activity, the participants have been familiar with their duties and responsibilities, learned the basics and importance of being a paralegal, oriented on the fundamentals of parliamentary procedures, and advanced knowledge in the implementing rules and regulations of existing forestry laws in the country and the RA 11038.