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Among the 10 finalists, Brgy. Pulong Sta. Cruz emerged as the champion in the Search for the Best Ecological Garden and Solid Waste Management Practices in Urban Barangays of Santa Rosa City, as revealed during the awarding ceremony held on July 13, 2022 at Hotel Marciano, Calamba City.

The champion received the following prizes: biodegradable shredder, hydroponics, mushroom growing kit, planting materials, African night crawlers, net for nursery, cubic container, Plaque of Recognition, and a book written by Laguna Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eriberto Saños entitled “Pasyon ng Inang Kalikasan”.

Brgy. Labas and Tagapo won the second and third places, respectively, and received a portion of the above prizes. The remaining finalists, Brgys. Aplaya, Sinalhan, Don Jose, Macabling, Caingin, Ibaba, and Market Area, received the consolation prizes that include hydroponics, mushroom growing kit, planting materials, net for nursery, and Plaque of Recognition.

“Ito po ay part ng overall effort natin sa paglilinis ng Manila Bay,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Executive Director Nilo Tamoria said, referring to the garden competition organized by the DENR Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO) of Laguna, which started in October 2021.

He said the Search is not the solution to the prevailing solid waste management problems, but is one of the strategies of the department to creatively promote ecological solid waste management so as to achieve the main goal of restoring the water quality of Manila Bay to SB level as mandated by the Supreme Court through the Writ of Continuing Mandamus. He emphasized that the main purpose of the said activity is to engage the community and eventually change their behaviors towards practicing effective solid waste management.

“’Yung ginawa nating aktibidad, bagama’t kompetisyon, pero ang patutunguhan ay may kinalaman din sa mga maaaring pagbabago ng gawi, na pwede palang mabawasan ang basura, pwede pala ‘yung basura hindi lamang diretso sa landfill, pwede pala na kaunti lang ‘yung maitapon at ‘yung ibang hindi na kailangang ideretso sa landfill ay mai-divert natin sa effort na ito,” he said.

Laguna PENRO Eriberto Sanos said the establishment of eco-gardens, and the other activities that go with it, is the core of ecological solid waste management that should begin at the household level.

“Ito pong pagtatayo ng eco-garden at saka ‘yung recycling, reduce, reuse, ito na ‘yung essence ng ating ecological solid waste management na dapat ay sinusunod nating lahat. Hindi lamang LGU, lahat po ng pamilya, dapat doon po mag-uumpisa. Kung ‘yung segregation at source, composting, recycling nagagawa natin sa sarili nating tahanan, kaunting-kaunti na lang ang ilalagay natin sa sanitary landfill. Kung maaayos po ang ating solid waste management, ay napakalaki ng epekto n’yan dito sa mga bodies of water,” he said, highlighting also the direct impact of proper waste management in the quality of the rivers and the Manila Bay.

Tamoria said he eyes that this initiative will inspire the other barangays of Santa Rosa City, all municipalities and cities of Laguna, and the entire Manila Bay Region to establish and maintain their own eco-gardens and practice solid waste management along the way.

“Itong maliit na kompetisyong ginawa natin, alam ko, may isa, dalawa, tatlo o mas marami pang maiimpluwensyahan at maeengganyo dahil sa ating programa. Hindi po ito ang pagtatapos ng ating programa. Sana po magtuluy-tuloy ito at lumawak pa, makaisip pa tayo ng ibang pang mga istratehiya,” he said, hoping for the sustainability and expansion of the eco-garden project.

Laguna MBSCMO Site Manager, Melvin Lalican said they will continue to monitor the established eco-gardens in the city as part of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program. He also urged the barangay LGUs of Santa Rosa to facilitate in the collection of the garbage of the residents living along the rivers and its tributaries to divert them from dumping the same into the said waterbodies draining towards Laguna Lake and, further, to Manila Bay through Pasig River.

Calamba City, Laguna - A quadripartite Memorandum of Agreement among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON Region, Tribal Council Association of Puray Inc. (TCAPI), Bamboo Professionals Inc. (BPI), and Rotary District Club 3780 for the adoption of the 10-hectare plantation in Marikina River Watershed was signed on July 11, 2022, at DENR Central Office, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. 

The 10-hectare plantation is located at Sitio Macapicapic, Brgy. Puray, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL). The said plantation is an NGP graduated site established in 2013. 

Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) Executive Director Rene “Butch” Madarang presented their projects aligned with Rotary International’s 7th area of focus which is protecting the environment. “We have 62 bamboo species available in the country where 21 are endemic and 41 are introduced,” Madarang said. 

“There is a need to address the root causes of the flooding, which is climate change and the denudation of the country’s watersheds” Director Madarang added. He also explained that bamboo has proven climate change mitigation properties such as soil stabilization, and carbon capture that cleans the air according to the research or studies of international and local experts. 

Director Madarang ended his presentation with “kung sama sama, tulong tulong ay kayang kaya. May kasabihan na ‘if coconut is a tree of life, bamboo is a green grass of hope”. 

The DENR CALABARZON was represented by For. Herminigildo C. Jocson, the Regional National Greening Program (NGP) Coordinator and focal person of Tayo ang Kaikasan (TAK) Task Force during the signing of the agreement. “Isa sa mga prioridad ng DENR ay palawigin pa ang National Greening Program na nakapaloob sa Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK)” Jocson said. 

He expressed “salamat po sa pagtutulungan para sa ating kapaligiran, tayo po ang kalikasan, ang kalikasan ay buhay dapat nating ipaglaban”. 

In the agreement, there are two (2) phases for the bamboo plantation project. The initial phase was the establishment of the nursery which includes the growing of bamboo planting materials for six (6) to eight (8) months. To be followed by the transplanting of grown bamboo planting materials within the allocated 10-hectare land. TCAPI will maintain and protect the said area for 5 (five) years.

Moreover, Rotary District 3780 handed the check amounting to Php 500,000.00 to TCPI President Angelito Cruz to fund the project.  President Cruz expressed his gratitude for choosing their organization for the bamboo plantation project.###

Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON joins the Environmental Management Bureau CALABARZON in the launch of the National Plan of Action for the prevention, reduction, and management of Marine Litter (NPOA-ML) and the Environmental Summit this July 14, 2022. 

According to a study conducted by the World Bank Group (2021), the Philippines is classified as 3rd of the main contributors of mismanaged plastic waste that ends up in our waters. EMB CALABARZON Regional Director Noemi Paranada emphasized that the regional launch of the NPOA-ML shall serve as a  nationwide call for the prevention and reduction of waste at source to curb the problems of improper solid waste management (swm), as well as air and water pollution.

In addition, Regional SWM Coordinator Corazon Gasapos urged the National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), and all partner organizations to step out of their comfort zones. She emphasized that understanding the concepts of the NPOA-ML and other relevant policies are necessary for its smooth implementation.

The Natural Solid Waste Management Commission issued Resolution No 1441 last 2021 for the adoption of the National Plan of Action. The NPOA-ML shall be a collaborative effort among LGUs, NGAs, and other relevant stakeholders. One of its goals is to raise the current efforts on waste management to further reduce wastes and other marine litter issues in the country. The goal of the NPOA-ML is to achieve “zero waste to Philippine waters by 2040” to support the vision, “A Philippine free of marine litter through shared responsibility, accountability and participatory governance.”

Aside from partner NGAs, LGUs, and private stakeholders, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations for Luzon, Visayas and Environment Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna expressed his support for this initiative.

Moreover, the EMB CALABARZON also awarded partners and LGUs with outstanding implementation of the RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000. “Behind the beauty of these practices are the perseverance and commitment of each and everyone of us”, Regional SWM Gasapos expressed as she gave her appreciation to the chosen LGUs.

LGUs of Mauban, Quezon; Mendez, Cavite; Tagkawayan, Quezon; Liliw and Kalayaan, Laguna; and Calatagan, Batangas are awarded for their exemplary practice in Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operations. In addition, LGUs of Carmona, Cavite; Atimonan, Quezon; Santa Cruz, Laguna; and Teresa, Rizal are recognized for their composting operations, while Biñan, Laguna and Brgy. Briza in Teresa, Rizal are recognized for their upcycling and crafts production. 

Further, private partner organizations as well as industrial parks are also awarded and recognized for their valuable implementation and support for the ESWM. 

“Although we acknowledge the Mandamus Agencies and our partner LGUs in the implementation of the ESWM Act, we are still faced with the looming problems of both solid and liquid waste. As we launch our NPOA-ML, let us use this as our guide in improving our responsiveness to marine litter that threatens our country’s waters”, added Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamorira

“We know that the battle for SWM and marine litter is far from over, so we challenge you to be part of the change”, urged RED Tamoria. “Be your own environmental champions. Let us look beyond usual activities in battling SWM, we should initiate new and out-of-the box initiatives to keep our communities engaged and to elicit public participation and behavioral change within our communities” he added. ###

The Regional Offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Public Works and Highways of CALABARZON entered into a partnership to expedite the acquisition of the required right-of-way (ROW) and prompt verification and approval of survey plans exclusively for DPWH CALABARZON.
The Agreement was formally signed on July 5, 2022 by DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria and DPWH CALABARZON Regional Director Jovel G. Mendoza.
With the agreement, there will be an express lane in DENR CALABARZON to process and verify the submitted survey plans and other related documents concerning the projects of DPWH CALABARZON.
RD Mendoza expressed his gratitude and considered the event a milestone for both government agencies to fast-track the streamlining processes for the implementation of civil works of infrastructure projects in the region. “As much as we want to get these projects to deliver on time with the approval of this MOA, it will be best for us to facilitate the regional projects much faster because of this agreement”, said RD Mendoza.
Meanwhile, RED Tamoria shared that the program of DPWH is ‘Build-Build-Build’ while DENR is ‘Plant-Plant-Plant’, recognizing the agency’s objective to plant more trees.
“Sa pamamagitan ng MOA na ito, pinapasimple po natin ang proseso ng ating ahensya, na hindi nasasakripisyo ang dignidad ng programa at ang impact nito sa ating kapaligiran at likas na yaman” said RED Tamoria.
DENR CALABARZON OIC Assistant Regional Director Alfredo C. Palencia and Chief of Surveys and Mapping Division Engr. Edgar S. Barraca of DENR CALABARZON; and the OIC ARD Engr. Isidro O. Encarnacion and OIC Office of the Division Chief of Planning and Design Division Engr. Ray Andrew K. Molano of DPWH CALABARZON witnessed the signing ceremony.

The CALABARZON Region launches the Regional Development Council (RDC) Forest Park inside the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) last June 25, 2022 at Sitio San Ysiro, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal.

The said activity was held in celebration of the 159th Year of Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day. A total of 1,500 seedlings of Bani, Narra, Malaikmo, Lanete, Bitaog, and Batino were planted by 110 individuals from various Government Agencies and Private Sector Representatives.

Engr. Ladislao Andal, Co-Chairperson of the RDC IV-A, provided an overview of the Forest Park and shared the plans of the RDC for its development. He said “We hope that our Forest Park will be replicated in other areas, inside and outside CALABARZON, so we can contribute to the rehabilitation and conservation of our environment. We have to collectively help shift the intrusive mindset of the people from the destructive attitude towards our forest to rehabilitation and conservation, as well as encourage low-impact ecotourism, community-based non-timber enterprises, new research, and new and innovative forest products value-adding and facilitating market linkages, so our people will protect our forest rather than destroy it.”

The RDC Forest Park is a 25-hectare land divided into 24 parcels to be adopted by member agencies of the RDC IV-A for its sustainable management in the next 5-10 years. As per approved UMRBPL Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Resolution No. 2 series of 2021, the forest park shall be established within the Multiple Use Zone of the Protected Area and necessary coordination with the stakeholders must be conducted while following the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (e-NIPAS) Act conditions.

The upland portion of the Forest Park will be planted with indigenous forest species while Dipterocarpaceae species will be planted in the lowland areas. Other parcels of the Park will be planted with fruit trees such as Mango (Mangifera indica), Calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa), Lukban (Citrus maxima), Lipote (Syzygium polycephaloides), and Kasoy (Anacardium occidentale). 

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director, Nilo B. Tamoria, highlighted the contribution of the RDC’s project for the environment and the critical role of UMRBPL as the water source of the neighboring Region. Tamoria shared “Ang UMRBPL ang watershed na nasa bukana ng kalunsuran ng National Capital Region na pinagkukunan ng pang-araw araw na inumin at tubig ng kalakhan ng Metro Manila. Malaki po ang magiging kontribusyon ng proyektong ito sa pag-raise ng awareness ng mga ahensya at ang kanilang partisipasyon para sa pagpapanatili ng Upper Marikina. Hindi po natatapos ang commitment natin sa pagtatanim, dapat po ay atin itong balik-balikan upang mabuo at mabigyan nating buhay ang 25-hectare na Forest Park. Lalapatan po natin ito ng Development Plan para magkaroon ng malinaw na direksyon ang mga susunod nating hakbangin.” 

On the other hand, Ms. Rowena Zapanta, City Planning and Development Officer of Antipolo City, emphasized the importance of sustainability of the project. “Higit sa ating gagawin, importante ang sustainability ng ating pagtatanim... Bilin po ng ating Mayor to make sure that this activity will not be the first and last activity for this area at sisiguruhin na ang lead agencies ay mapapangalagaan ang mga punong itatanim sa 25-hectare na area”, Zapanta said. She also extended the pledge of support of the City Antipolo to the project. “Ipinapaabot po sa ngalan ng ating punong lungsod ang lahat ng suporta na kakailanganin para sa proyektong ito”, she said. 

Further, Assistant Regional Director Susana Santiago of the National Economic Development Authority of CALABARZON also pledged their support to the project. Santiago shared that they will involve the children of NEDA employees in their initiatives for the Forest Park to enlighten the younger generations on the importance of protecting and conserving the environment.

The said Launching was participated by various Government Agencies and Private Sector Representatives in CALABARZON including DENR IV-A, PENRO Rizal, RDC IV-A, NEDA Region IV-A, LGU of Antipolo City, DOT Region IV-A, DTI IV-A Rizal, DILG IV-A, DILG Province of Rizal, TESDA, Provincial Agriculture Office – Rizal, LISP, National College of Science and Technology, ICCT Colleges, and Santos Alaba Pelayo & Company. ###