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Under Section 9 of the Republic Act (RA) No.9006 or the Fair Election Act of 2001, the posting of campaign materials may only be allowed in common poster areas and in public places such as plazas, markets, barangay centers, and the like.  In order to intensify the promotion of environmentally-conscious election campaign materials, the Monitoring and Enforcement Section (MES) personnel of CENRO Catanauan, Quezon conducted coordination with the Commission on Election (COMELEC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other concerned government agencies relative to the conduct of “OPLAN BAKLAS”, an operation to be conducted to ensure that the guidance and instructions cited in Memorandum dated April 8, 2022 of Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, CESO I, USEC for Field Operations and Environment were properly implemented.

Accordingly, prior to Memorandum dated April 8, 2022 of Undersecretary for Field Operations and Environment, Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, seven (7) municipalities composed of San Andres, San Francisco, San Narciso, Mulanay, Catanauan, General Luna and Catanuan had undertaken “OPLAN BAKLAS” led by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) on March 25, 2022 with the participation of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

In order to ensure that the election will follow Section 3 of Republic Act No. 3571 dated June 21, 1963 prohibiting the cutting, destroying or injuring of planted of growing trees, flowering plants, and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises or in any other public pleasure ground and to enforce the provisions of RA Nos. 9006 and 9003 dated January 26, 2001 on which to reduce the volume of wastes during the election and post-election periods, and encourage the use of recyclable, reusable and environment-friendly materials, the different Patrol Sectors of this Office conducted dialogue with the eight (8) municipalities within the administrative jurisdiction of CENRO Catanauan, Quezon.  During the coordination, the process of the said “OPLAN BAKLAS '' were discussed as well as its objectives.

Then on April 23, 2022, Patrol Sector assigned at Catanauan, Quezon together with the representatives of COMELEC participated during the “OPLAN BAKLAS” within the municipality of Catanauan, Quezon along the national highway.  A total of more or less 2.0 kilos of election paraphernalia were dismantled/removed.  The said posters/tarpaulins were deposited in the CENR Office.

Mulanay, Quezon – In observance of the 52nd International Earth Day, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) Catanauan in coordination with the Local Government of Mulanay, Quezon thru its Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer established temporary mangrove nursery at Sitio Mugos, Brgy. Patabog, Mulanay, Quezon on April 22, 2022.

Anchored to its year’s theme “Invest in our Planet”, the activity aims to produce and sustain planting stocks to be used in the mangrove tree planting initiatives of CENRO Catanauan and the LGU of Mulanay, Quezon. The activity is considered as a simple yet effective investment in our planet as it can contribute to our environment by sustaining planting materials to mangrove ecosystems restoration projects and initiatives to the denuded mangrove areas of Mulanay, Quezon.

Two families residing near the coastal water of the Sitio were involved in the activity. They were identified as the most vulnerable families concerning the impacts of high tide and storm surges. Since there is an existing mangrove area near their residences, they were engaged in selling mangrove propagules and seeds to the Local Government of Mulanay whenever there were tree planting initiatives in the said municipality.

The staff of CENRO Catanauan provides technical assistance to the families to gain technical know-how in establishing temporary mangrove nursery and be able to produce planting stocks wherein they can sell and generate income for their family, thus, helping them to end poverty and ultimately combat the impacts of climate change.

Establishment of temporary mangrove nursery includes the following activities:

  1. Identification of temporary mangrove nursery site;
  2. Collection, sorting and grading of mangrove propagules;
  3. Wildlings/regeneration survey and collection;
  4. Potting/bagging of soil medium; and
  5. Establishment of pot beds

“Let’s fight these problems together. Act and invest in our environment by engaging and initiating earth friendly activity, such as tree planting, waste recycling and segregation, clean and green, energy conservation, etc.”,  said Forester Elliane Jade Gadela.

The DENR CENRO Calauag, through the Monitoring and Enforcement Section (MES) conducted a capacity building for the newly appointed personnel and regular patrollers involved in the implementation of the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System.

Specifically, the activity seeks to familiarize and enhance the knowledge and skills of the personnel with the activities related to LAWIN patrolling. These include the CyberTracker software operation, response to environmental threats, forest conditions observation, and other matters relevant to LAWIN implementation.

The LAWIN System was launched by the DENR in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program on March 10, 2016. LAWIN is currently adopted by the DENR as a national strategy for forest and biodiversity protection in the Philippines pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-21.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tayabas conducted a performance evaluation of Kalantog Fisherfolks and Farmers Association Inc. (KFFAI) in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in their Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) agreement that was issued on August 12, 1998.

Included in the evaluated performances were their activities and involvement in forest rehabilitation, forest protection, development of alternative livelihood opportunities, forest products utilization, linkaging, Five-Year Work Plan of the People’s Organization (POs), other activities consistent with their Community Resource Management Framework (CRMF), and their encountered problems in the implementation of CBFM program.

Based on the evaluation, the organization has satisfactorily complied with the terms and conditions specified in their agreement. KFFAI will still undergo a participatory evaluation regarding their performance based on the obligations in said agreement as basis for the renewal of their CBFM Agreement, which is due on August 12, 2023. ###

Mulanay, Quezon - As part of the continuous implementation of activities under Marine Turtle Conservation and in order to instill in the minds of the community and develop their knowledge and skills on marine turtle conservation concerns, the DENR-CENRO Catanauan together with the LGU of Mulanay conducted a Lecture on Marine Turtle Conservation which includes (1) Threats to Sea Turtle; (2) Hatchery Management and Hatchling Releasing; (3) Marine Turtle Conservation Strategies; and (4) Presentation of Marine Turtle Conservation Effort of LGU-Mulanay held in Sitio Bayanan, Brgy. Ibabang Yuni, Mulanay, Quezon.

The objective of the activity is to engage and mobilize the community in conserving and protecting marine turtles, specifically in the management and protection of its eggs.

Part of the activity is the actual handling and transplanting of sea turtle eggs using ping pong balls instead of real eggs of the subject wildlife since there were no existing nests ready for excavation in the area.

In the actual exercise conducted, the community has gauged the sensitivity of the marine turtle egg and the risk of damaging the eggs all throughout the process. This reminded the community to be careful and dedicated in the operations required from digging up and excavating the nest to removing and transplanting the eggs piece by piece in the egg chamber (ex-situ).

To support the activity, Tanggol Kalikasan and some community volunteers from Sitio Bayanan and Sitio Mugos of Brgys. Ibabang Yuni and Patabog, Mulanay, Quezon were invited to participate in the activity.

It has been noted and recognized that five (5) out of the seven (7) types of turtles that can be seen in the Philippine coastal areas (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - CITES), two (2) species (Olive Ridley and Green Sea) remain to exist and seen in the coastal area in Brgy. Ibabang Yuni, Mulanay, Quezon.

CENRO Ramil J. Gutierrez said that “sea turtles have a significant role in maintaining the balance of our ocean; they swam to eat our seagrasses, corals and other marine animals leading to an overall improvement of the quality of each ecosystem thereby benefited by other marine life. We all together will protect marine turtles for a balanced and healthy ocean.”

The Barangay Officials and community expressed their sincere thanks to the DENR personnel for providing them technical assistance and mobilizing them by sharing important knowledge and skills in the conservation and protection of marine turtle eggs, in particular.