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Mahigit na 200 Show Cause Orders ang inisyu ng DENR CALABARZON sa mga istruktura sa kahabaan ng Marilaque Highway na napapaloob sa Road Right of Way na itinalaga ng Department of Public Works and Highways sa loob ng mga Pinangangalagaang Pook ng Rizal na kinabibilangan ng Kaliwa River Forest Reserve, Upper Markina River Basin Protected Landscape, at Presidential Proclamation 1636 na may bahagi din na sakop ng Laguna at Quezon noong ika-3 ng Nobyembre ng kasalukuyang taon.
 
Ani DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, “Kapuna-puna po ang mga istruktura sa loob ng mga Pinangangalagaang Pook at isa po sa mandato ng DENR, sa pamamagitan ng Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), ay i-enforce ang E-NIPAS. Malaki po ang implikasyon ng mga istrukturang ito sa biodiversity…hindi na po kaila ang epekto ng climate change, kaya po sinimulan po namin sa araw na ito at itutuloy tuloy ang pagse-serve ng show cause order.”
 
Dagdag pa ni Tamoria “Eventually, ang layunin natin sa Protected Area ay mapanatili ang paglago ng ating kagubatan at ng biodiversity…Ang atin pong ginagawa ay bahagi lamang po ng implementasyon ng pagpapatupad ng ating batas, kung may legal na karapatan pong manatili, ay irerespeto po natin iyon, kaya nanawagan po kami sa ating mga kababayan na sumunod lamang po sa batas nang sa gayon ay wala po tayo maging problema.”
 
Ayon sa Section ( n) at (o) ng Batas NIPAS (RA 7586, as amended), kailangan ng permiso mula sa Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) at sa DENR bago manatili o magtayo ng kahit anong istruktura sa loob ng Pinangangalagaang Pook.
 
Ang Show Cause Order ay isang paraan upang mabatid kung ang isang okupante ay may legal na karapatang okupahan ang isang lugar. “Ito po ay proseso para mabigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang mga kababayan nating naninirahan o nag-o-operate ng establishment sa loob ng Protected Area na makapagpaliwanag kung bakit sila naroon”, ani RED Tamoria.
 
Noong ika-27 ng Oktubre ay nagsagawa ng pagpupulong ang DENR CALABARZON kasama ang mga katuwang na ahensya kabilang ang DILG4A, PRO4A, DPWH4A, PIA4A, NICA4A, PA at LGUs bilang paghahanda para sa Sabayang Pag-Isyu ng Show Cause Orders (SCOs) sa mga istruktura sa mga Pinangangalagaan Pook at Timberland sa Rehiyon. Bago ang aktibidad ay pinulong rin ng mga Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers at Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers ang mga LGUs, Barangays, at counterparts nito sa mga katuwang na ahensya para bigyang linaw ang mga hakbangin at ikasa ang detalye ng aktibidad.
 
Patuloy ang pag-isyu ng SCOs sa tatlong probinsya. Susuriin ng DENR CALABARZON ang mga paliwang at kalakip na dokumentong ipinresenta ng mga may-ari ng mga istruktura. Sakaling ang pananatili o/at pagtatayo ng istruktura ng isang okupante ay iligal, papatawan ang may-ari ng kaukulang Notice to Vacate o/at Cease and Desist Order. Ang may ari ng istruktura ay maaaring pagmultahin o sampahan ng kaso.
 
Ayon sa Section 24 ng DAO 2019-05, ang Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) ay kailangang magsagawa ng imbentaryo ng mga pasilidad sa loob ng Pinangangalagaang Pook. Sa tulong ng DENR, ang PAMB ay maaaring magpatupad ng mga kondisyon hinggil sa operasyon ng mga pasilidad na maaaring magdulot ng masamang epekto sa Pinangangalagaang Pook hanggang sa matalaga ang relokasyon nito. Ang may-ari ng pasilidad ang siyang mananagot mangyaring malabag ang mga kondisyong itinakda.
 
Ang nasabing aktibidad ay pinangunahan ng DENR CALABARZON Regional Office, PENRO Rizal, Laguna at Quezon, CENRO Sta Cruz at Real, sa tulong ng DENR Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS), National Bureau of Investigation, DPWH4A, PRO4A, PIA4A, NICA4A, DILG4A, at LGUs. ###

General Trias, Cavite -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON ensured climate-responsive planning as it reviewed the Watershed Characterization and Vulnerability Assessment (WCVA) for Zapote and Timalan River Watersheds and the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for Palico Watershed from October 20-21, 2022.

DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2008-05 defined watershed characterization as “the process of describing the biophysical and socio-economic characteristics and features of a watershed in order to have an understanding of the various processes therein”. On the other hand, vulnerability assessment is the analysis of the relationship between natural and anthropogenic hazards and the watershed, identifying the strength and weaknesses of the watershed in relation to the identified hazards.

Per training manual on WCVA using Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing, the preparation of the said assessment is the first step in the sustainable management of watershed resources. It provides watershed managers and decision-makers basis for development and conservation strategies to be implemented within the watersheds.

Both watershed characterization and vulnerability assessment are part of the initial phase of the IWMP process. Per DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2008-05, IWMP is the detailed holistic, integrated, and participatory management plan for a watershed that fully takes into account the well-being of the affected communities including indigenous peoples. 

Zapote River Watershed has a total area of 5,070.62 hectares and is covered by the cities of Bacoor, Dasmarinas, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa. Timalan River Watershed, on the other hand, has a total of 4,532.05 hectares and is within the municipalities of Naic and Tanza, Cavite and city of Trece Martires. Once its WCVAs are approved, the said watersheds will then be subject to the preparation of its respective IWMPs.

Palico Watershed, which already has a draft IWMP, is one of the major watersheds of Batangas province discharging along the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor. Its catchment has a total area of 23,691 hectares.

Once approved by the DENR regional office, IWMPs will be subject to review and affirmation by the Watershed Multisectoral Technical Evaluation Committee in the DENR central office, per Forest Management Bureau Technical Bulletin No. 16-A issued in 2019.

“After ma-approve ang plano, ang next challenge sa atin is how to make this watershed management plan adopted by the concerned local government units… Sana maipilit nating maipasok ito sa Comprehensive Land Use Plan ng concerned local government units para ‘yung plano naman na ating pinaghihirapan ay maging realistic. Sana ‘yung specific activities na part ng plan, unti-unti, ay maipasok natin mismo sa plano ng lokal na pamahalaan,” Cavite DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Forester Januel R. Peras said.###

Calaca City -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit of Calaca, Batangas for the adoption of the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) for the newly declared city, on October 19, 2022.
 
“Finally, after one year para sa formulation, ang atin pong pipirmahan ngayon ay adoption na po (ng FLUP). May plano na po, at naging participative naman po ang ating proseso sa pagbuo ng FLUP. Ito ay isang mahalagang plano para ma-incorporate natin sa updating ng Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Timing na timing po na siyudad na ang Calaca. Ito po ay plano natin, plano na pagmamay-ari ng city government para sa magiging development plan ng ating siyudad,” DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria said.
 
DENR CALABARZON and Calaca LGU first forged a MOA for the preparation of the FLUP of then municipality, on July 27, 2021. Prior to the adoption of the plan, a series of activities, per Forest Management Bureau Technical Bulletin No. 2A dated June 2018, such as data and map collection, situational analysis, participatory prioritization of sub watershed and allocation of forests and forest lands, actual plan preparation, legitimization, and approval of plan by the DENR regional office, were conducted.
 
The recently concluded MOA signing for the FLUP adoption formally cued the start of the implementation of the 10-year plan by the LGU with the assistance of the DENR.
 
Executive Order No. 318 promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Philippines mandated LGUs to incorporate FLUPs into their comprehensive land use plans.
 
Per FLUP Training Guide, the FLUP for a municipality/city shows the concerned LGU how to map and assess its forest and forestland assets that will complement the analysis of its settlement and agricultural areas.
 
The plan also helps the LGU, DENR, and other stakeholders agree on the approach to assign forestlands under various tenure, management or allocation arrangements to close “open access” forests and forestlands, and guides the same in determining priorities for protection and production that considers the interdependencies between the uplands, lowlands and coastal areas. ###

Two personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Real, Quezon were recognized during the opening of the photo exhibit of the DENR Central Office titled "Alagad ng Kalikasan: The Untold Stories of DENR Environmental Defenders" on September 19, 2022.

Forest Technician II Rexmel B. Telan and Forest Ranger Windel A. Adornado, along with 10 other DENR field personnel from other parts of the country, have been recognized as DENR frontliners who exude unwavering commitment while protecting and defending the country’s natural resources.

Held in line with the celebration of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the photo exhibit aims to raise awareness about the frontline services of the department, recognize its frontline workers who are usually exposed to work hazards, and inspire excellence and genuine love for the environment among DENR employees. 

DENR Head Executive Assistant Jose Joaquin Yulo Loyzaga; DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations – Luzon, Visayas and Environment, Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna; DENR Assistant Secretary for Human Resources, Strategic Communication and Sectoral Initiatives, Hiro V. Masuda; and Dr. Carlos Primo C. David from the Office of the DENR Secretary, were present to formally open the exhibit. 

The said exhibit will be until September 30, 2022.###

Lipa City, Batangas – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON conducted the first training under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS)-Marine Protected Area (MPA) Capacity Building Program (NIMCAPB) focusing on the fundamentals of MPA management, on September 6-9, 2022.

The capacity building was participated in by 15 coastal and marine focal persons at the DENR Calabarzon regional and field offices. It was part of the Coastal and Marine Management Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), one of the flagship programs of the department.

The four-day learning event included lectures and workshops on MPAs, marine ecosystems, ocean processes, and MPA management approaches; strategic management planning including development of goals and objectives and identification of management strategies and actions; field work at a local MPA in Lobo, Batangas; and presentations on the enforcement of relevant laws and regulations, and climate change.

In her message to the participating coastal and marine focal persons, DENR Calabarzon Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Ronita A. Unlayao emphasized that the MPA activities should be in line with the manual and that, the same should not only include protection activities but also ecotourism and other activities where the community can benefit from.

As stipulated in the DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-26 or the guidelines for the implementation of CMEMP, an MPA is “a defined area of the sea established and set aside by law, administrative regulation, or any other effective means in order to conserve and protect a part of or the entire enclosed environment through the establishment of management guidelines”. 

At present, Calabarzon has seven MPAs established under CMEMP, four MPA Networks, and 96 locally managed MPAs. The said MPAs can be found in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, and Cavite.

John Erick Avelino, NIMCAPB national mentor from the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), said the capacity building program was developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2014. Through the collaboration of BMB and USAID, the first training of the eight-module program initially rolled out at the regional levels in 2019.

The recently concluded training was part of the Learning and Development Plan of DENR Calabarzon.###