Dialogue, Negotiation and Collaboration, Key to Sustainability in Solid Waste Management Efforts
“Change should start in the household level then in the community,” DENR CALABARZON Manila Bay Site Coordinating/Management Office (MBSCMO) Deputy Manager, Cynthia Rozaldo said while stressing the importance of an individual’s initiative to alleviate waste generation.
“Dapat magmula sa indibidwal na tao kung papaanong babawasan ang generation ng basura niya, kung papaanong paghihiwalayin ang mga basura niya, at kung paano niya itatapon ang basura niya,” Rozaldo said.
Photo 2. Piles of trash along, Taytay River in Brgy. San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal (left), and Zapote River in Brgy. Zapote I, Bacoor, Cavite (right)
On one hand, former DENR Calabarzon Regional Executive Director and Alyansa Agrikultura Representative, Arsenio Tanchuling emphasized the significance of mobilizing the stakeholders with different views and interests towards practical solutions to the problem of waste management.
“Tao ang mina-manage, hindi ang basura, at siya rin ang lulutas ng problema… kasama natin sa paglutas ng problema,” Tanchuling said.
He said the approach of dialogue, negotiation and collaboration between the government and the community should be practiced to achieve sustainability in solid waste management efforts. “Kung sustainability ang hinahanap natin sa komplikadong kalagayan, pakikitunguhan kita (community) para lang makisangkot sa problema,” he said.
“Dialogue, hindi ito for the sake na marinig, hindi ito na ma-inform sila, hindi ito consultation. Ito ay dialogue na magkaroon ng common ground para magkaroon ng collaboration at cooperation among stakeholders,” he added.
Tanchuling highlighted the value of building a good relationship between the government and the stakeholders from start to finish. “Ang dialogue, dapat malinaw ang relasyon. Obligado tayo from the start, maglatag tayo ng relasyon sa ating mga stakeholders. Anumang mangyari, kinakailangan nating ipakita ang ating tiwala sa mga stakeholders. Kailangan ng pakikitungo, pakikipagkapwa-tao tungo sa pakikisangkot,” he said.
Tanchuling explained the process of dialogue, negotiation, and collaboration in a webinar on community organizing which was live-streamed via the official Facebook page of the DENR Calabarzon on June 23, 2020.
Photo 3. Webinar on Community Organizing on June 23, 2020 with former DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Arsenio Tanchuling as resource person
“The webinar on community organizing actually helped us to plan our strategy by knowing what attitude to have and what to expect when we are finally down there with the people, people with different beliefs and upbringing. Mr. Arsenio Tanchuling challenged us to look closely to the community so that we will be able to address the problems we may encounter,” MBSCMO-Rizal Staff, Jenesis Erana said.
Mainly participated in by the Manila Bay focal persons from Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, the two-hour online seminar aimed to capacitate the field staff on how to effectively organize the community within the Manila Bay Region towards sustainable waste management practice.
DENR CALABARZON Supports Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity’s 1-hectare Plantation Project
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon through the DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Laguna extends its support to the Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association Theta Chapter of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos for its project “Magtanim nAPO Tayo”.
“Now more than ever, we need collective efforts from our active partners - the Alpha Phi Omega to help us in the DENR, especially here at PENRO Laguna, in maintaining and protecting our environment. Kaya kami po sa PENRO Laguna ay nagpapasalamat sa Alpha Phi Omega na kabalikat natin sa ating mga hangarin na maisaayos ang ating kapaligiran at likas-yaman dito sa lalawigan ng Laguna,” DENR-PENR Officer, Laguna, Ronilo L. Salac said.
APO’s environmental project was launched on June 27, 2020 in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month and Arbor Day.
Themed “Plant a Tree: Enhance Biodiversity”, the project aims to establish a one-hectare plantation of native and indigenous species at the Jamboree site in Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna.
“We will plant 1,600 seedlings of indigenous trees (such as) Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Molave (Vitex parviflora), Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi), Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa), and Bitaog (Calophyllum inophyllum). We have started clearing the one-hectare land near Langkawan hall in BSP (Boy Scouts of the Philippines), Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna,” APO Theta Alumni Association President, Mary Ann Guilatco said.
She said the organization will monitor the seedlings’ growth and will fund the project to ensure that the seedlings will grow into trees one day. “Our vision is to create a tree park that will last for generations to come,” she said.
The organization will protect and maintain the area as a tree park in the next three years.
Simultaneous with the launch of the APO Project, the DENR-PENRO Laguna spearheaded a tree planting activity in Brgy. Bambang, Los, Banos, Laguna, also in celebration of Arbor Day. The said activity was participated in by the 4th Regional Community Defense Group – Army Reserve Command (4RCDG-ARESCOM) and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. A total of 1,700 seedlings of indigenous and native tree species were planted during the activity.
By virtue of the Proclamation No. 237, s. 1988, the month of June was declared as Philippine Environment Month to raise environmental consciousness among Filipinos. On the other hand, Proclamation No. 643, s. 2004 declared every 25th of June as Philippine Arbor Day to promote a healthier ecosystem for the Filipino people through planting activities. ###
DENR CALABARZON led the celebration of Arbor Day
Calamba City, Laguna – In line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month and Arbor Day this June 2020, DENR CALABARZON Regional and Field Offices conducted various activities to promote environmental protection.
For the celebration of Arbor Day last June 25, 2020, Batangas Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Calaca, Catanauan, Calauag, Real, and Sta. Cruz conducted various tree-planting activities in their respective areas of responsibility.
The Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI), in collaboration with the DENR CALABARZON Regional Office, PENRO Batangas, CENROs Calaca and Lipa, planted a total of 500 propagules of Avicennia marina, Rhizophora apiculata, stylosa, and mucronata within the National Greening Program (NGP) site. There were six (6) sacks of trash collected during the said activity.
CENRO Catanauan planted a total of 300 Terminali edulis, commonly called Kalumpit, along the riverbank of Catanauan River. Kalumpit is an indigenous tree species that is good for riverbank stabilization.
CENRO Sta. Cruz provided a total of 30 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees to their personnel, to be planted in their backyard.
On the other hand, CENRO Real established an Arboretum located in Barangay Maragondon, in Real, Quezon. 1,500 seedlings of Narra, Dangula, and Kamagong were planted in the 275 hectares NGP Program site.
All tree-planting activities conducted observed proper physical distancing and other precautionary health measures to prevent the possible spread of the virus.
In addition, PENRO Cavite launched an Environmental Photo Contest to promote environmental protection and conservation. The announcement of winners will be on June 20, 2020. The grand prizewinners will receive a cash prize of Php 7,000, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive P5, 000 and P3, 000 respectively.
The Regional Office has issued a Certificate of Appreciation to Local Government Units with Centennial Trees. Local Government Units (LGU) including Tanay in Rizal, Lipa City, Tanauan City and Calatagan in Batangas Province, and Burdeos and General Nakar in Quezon were awarded the certificate for their continued efforts for the protection and conservation of the Region’s forest cover with centennial trees. The Mayors acknowledged the recognition with a pre-recorded video, which may be viewed thru the DENR CALABARZON Facebook Page.
DENR Greening Program Transforms Lives in Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City
Many lives of the community in Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City have been transformed through the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), a recent report of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO), Lipa City said.
The report cited that many jobs and alternative livelihood were given to the community. The community formed a People’s Organization named “Malitlit Nature Savers Association, Inc.” or MNSAI.
MNSAI was established and duly registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016. The organization handled and managed the 345-hectare ENGP plantation site in Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve, Lipa City also established in the same year.
The PO has ventured into seedling production through its small plant nursery in the barangay.
At present, male members regularly conduct monitoring and patrolling within their NGP site. Female members, on the other hand, are into peanut butter-making. The finished products are being sold within the community and in the nearby barangays.
“Napakalaking tulong ng NGP sa mga residente ng Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City. Nang dahil sa NGP, nakapagbuo sila ng isang asosasyon sa tulong na rin ng mga tauhan ng CENRO Lipa upang maging katuwang natin sa pagpapatupad ng NGP. Nadagdagan ang kanilang income dahil sila ang kinuha nating partner sa pag-implement ng NGP sa kanilang lugar simula seedling production, plantation establishment at maintenance and protection,” said former DENR-CENRO Lipa and now DENR-PENRO Batangas, Noel M. Recillo.
In 2015, Former President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 193 expanding NGP’s coverage to include all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands, and extending its implementation period until 2028. Under the Program, the Duterte Administration aims to reforest some 1.2 million hectares between 2017-2022. ###