Calamba City, Laguna - Only 35% of the total land area of the CALABARZON Region is classified as forest lands.
With this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria emphasizes the urgent need for our poll candidates to take a stand, in favor of the protection of our natural resources and intensified forest protection.
In 2021 alone, the country faced various typhoons that left different parts of the country flooded and left huge loss of properties.
Director Tamoria is also calling on LGUs, NGOs, academe, other organizations and institutions, and local communities for continued collaboration to provide a whole of government and holistic approach for the protection and conservation of our natural resources, especially our forests.
“Through our Tayo Ang Kalikasan movement, National Greening Program, and preparation of Forest Land Use Plan, we invite you to be a part of the solution and partner with us for the protection, conservation, development, and management of our forests here in the Region”, RED Tamoria added.
Lemery, Batangas - Ginanap ang 4th quarter meeting ng Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) ng Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) na pinangunahan ni DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director bilang PAMB Chairperson.
Ilan sa pinag usapan sa nasabing meeting ay ang pagtatayo ng establisyemento tulad ng water pumping station, water supply systems, farm to market roads, wilderness trails, at iba pang land development projects sa mga nasasakupan ng TVPL.
Patuloy rin ang pag momonitor at imbentaryo ng fish cages na matatagpuan sa Taal Lake at pagbibigay ng livelihood assistance sa fisherfolk na naninirahan malapit sa lawa. Dagdag pa rito ay pinag usapan rin ang updating ng TVPL Management Plan, Water Quality Monitoring, Biodiversity Monitoring Systems, status ng Survey and Registration of Protected Area Occupants, imbentaryo ng mga establisyemento sa 40-meter legal easement ng Taal Lake, at patuloy na monitoring ng mga establisyemento na pinagkalooban ng PAMB Clearance.
Dinaluhan ito nina Mayor Janet Ilagan ng bayan ng Mataasnakahoy, Mayor Norberto Segunial ng bayan ng Sta Teresita, at mga kinatawan mula sa Provincial Government Office ng Cavite at Batangas, iba pang mga National Government Agencies tulad ng DOST-PHILVOCS, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, National Economic and Development Authority, Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, at iba pang mga representante ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa loob ng TVPL, at People’s Organization tulad ng Taal Lake Aquaculture Association Inc. at Kilusan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal.
Hinihikayat ng DENR CALABARZON ang publiko na makiisa sa laban para sa ating kapaligiran. Para sa may mga sumbong ukol sa ilegal na gawain sa loob ng Protected Area na may kaugnayan sa kalikasan ay maaaring tumawag o magbigay ng mensahe sa 8888 hotline numero 09561825774/ 09198744369 at Trunkline No. (049) 540-DENR (3367) / (049) 554-9840 - 48 local - 121. Ang mga litrato, bidyo, at iba pang impormasyon ay maaari ring ipadala sa opisyal na Facebook page ng DENR CALABARZON: https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/. ###
Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) currently has an on-going 5-day strategic workshop targeted to formulate a programmable work plan on the institutionalization of ENR law enforcement for the whole country on November 22-26, 2021 at Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas.
The strategic workshop is attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Offices of the UnderSecretary, Assistant Secretary, Regional Executive Directors nation-wide, MGB and EMB Regional Directors, and various staff and personnel of the Agency.
Objectives of the workshop are targeted in policy and direction setting which shall be analyzed using overarching framework/institutional direction, structural and institutional approach, and innovative systems approach.
The formulation of strategies and priority actions for 2022-2027 shall also be discussed, targeting the enforcement of relevant ENR laws in determining priority hotspots for illegal activities and violations, developing strategies, objectives and priority activities, and determining appropriate knowledge in skills needed to perform enforcement tasks. Strategic planning in closing institutional gaps shall also be evaluated as well as promoting emerging models and best practices in law enforcement.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Nilo B. Tamoria warmly welcomed the participants. “Ang ating pagpupulong sa araw na ito ay bahagi ng mga nailatag na nating mga aktibidad para lubos na mapagkasunduan at mabigyan ng direksyon ang pagpapalakas ng enforcement mandate ng ating Kagawaran” RED Tamoria said. “Bahagi po ng pagpapalakas ng ating enforcement ay naisalang na po natin sa kongreso ang panukalang Enforcement Protection Enforcement Bureau (EPEB). Inaasahan po natin ang patuloy na pagdinig nito sa mataas na kapulungan” he added.
In the Region, DENR CALABARZON has conducted various activities to further strengthen the implementation of ENR laws, and the conservation and protection of the Region’s natural resources.
According to RED Tamoria, “through our Deputized ENROs and WEOs, the agency was able to promptly act on enforcement reports. Additional lawyers were hired region-wide to help in the conduct of investigation and provide legal assistance in the filing of cases. “
He also acknowledged the possible dangers and threats in being an environmental enforcer, “we will also ensure the protection of our employees through close coordination with ELEPS and conduct of continuous professional development of our personnel” he added.
For the first three quarters of the year, DENR CALABARZON has already received 526 complaints and was able to act on hundreds of complaints related to Environment and Natural Resources.
Various efforts and initiatives of the Agency are focused on strengthening enforcement of relevant ENR laws in aiding natural environmental degradation.
Calamba City, Laguna – More than 200 pieces of round and half-moon logs were apprehended during one of the continuous monitoring, patrolling, and surveillance operations of DENR CENRO Real last November 13-16, 2021 along the Magnac River located at Brgy. Maligaya and Canaway, in General Nakar, Quezon.
The apprehended forest products originated from the timberland areas of General Nakar. The said logs shall be hauled and deposited to DENR CENRO Real Impounding Area. Administrative Confiscation Proceedings (ACP) shall also be conducted in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
Currently, there are 20 identified illegal hotspots within the areas of Real, Infanta, and Nakar.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria continues to emphasize the importance of close collaboration among the PENROs, CENROs, law enforcement agencies, and the communities for the anti-illegal logging operations of the agency.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau entered into an agreement with the Rotary Club-Infanta Chapter for a Tree Nurturing project within a 32-hectare indigenous plantation in Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon.
Rotary Club Infanta President Nestor Coralde highlighted that the Infanta Community will benefit most from the project. “Gusto ko lamang i-emphasize na ang makikinabang dito ay ang community itself. Dahil sila mismo ang naandito, sila ang aming uupahan para magmonitor at magmaintain ng ating mga itinanim”, Coralde stressed.
The Memorandum of Agreement spans for 5 years of protection and maintenance of the site and the Rotary shall formulate a management plan for the adopted site. Quezon PENR Officer Engr. Cyril Coliflores said "Malaking bagay po ang limang taon na ating magagawa para mas maayos pa natin at maimprove ang ating environment within the 32-ha plantation and we will do it para sa kalikasan at para sa ating bayan.”
Moreover, Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria shared the importance of a collaborative effort of the National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, private sector, and communities for long-term forest protection. He said “Ito pong site ay graduated NGP. Ibig sabihin ay tapos na po ang intervention ng pamahalaan in terms of budget allocation and maintenance and protection. Kaya hinihikayat po natin ang mga pribadong sektor at organisasyon na mag-adopt upang patuloy itong mapangalagaan. Kinakailangan ang ibayong science-based nurturing at doon po pumapasok ang tanggapan ng ERDB. Hindi lang simpleng itatanim at didiligan. May iba pa pong factor.”
Tamoria also emphasized the sustainability of the project. “Alam po natin na ang pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan lalong lalo na ng ating kagubatan ay hindi dapat natitigil sa tatlong taon. Pagdating sa kalikasan, dapat walang timeline dahil walang hanggan din ang benepisyong ating makakamtan mula sa ating itinanim. Hindi po ito para lamang makapagcomply kundi para sa pangmatagalang benepisyong maibibigay sa mga susunod na henerasyon na may aabutang malinis na tubig, mayabong na kagubatan, at masiglang kapaligiran,” he said.
ERDB Director Henry Adornado reiterated that one of the focuses of Rotary Club-Infanta is the protection of the environment. He also added that the pilot project aims to involve the private and the public sector in the rehabilitation of the environment and at the same provide livelihood opportunities to local communities. “This is a task not only to the RCI but also to ERDB as the provider. Ang ERDB ay may developed protocols and technologies that can be utilized here,” Adornado said.
Prior the activity, the ERDB has conducted rapid site assessment to identify the type of vegetation and native species in the area.
After the signing of MOA, a ceremonial tree planting was held. A total of 200 seedlings of malaikmo, batino, igang, and malaruhat were planted within the identified NGP site.
The activity was graced by Real CENR Officer Oliver Olivo, Quezon PENR Officer Cyril Coliflores, DENR CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Alfredo Palencia, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau Director Henry Adornado, Rotary Club-Infanta President Nestor E. Coralde, representatives from the Infanta MENRO, Military and the Philippine National Police.
The 32-ha plantation is within the Presidential Proclamation 1636 – a protected area in Quezon. ###