Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, through its Enforcement Division, headed the Training Orientation for the Prospective Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) within CALABARZON Region. Personnel from various Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organization (NGOs), and other private organizations joined the 2-day training.
Strong emphasis was placed on the equal importance of both wild flora and fauna and its role in the natural processes in the ecosystem were reminded by Laguna Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eriberto B. Saños.
Further, Chief Enforcement Division, For. Annabelle M. Barquilla stressed the importance of wildlife law enforcement in ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources.
Salient Features of R.A. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, Cyber Crime Investigation on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Law Enforcement Protocol Techniques, Manual Forms and other documents on Apprehension, Seizure and Confiscation of Wildlife were discussed during the orientation.
Identification of commonly traded flora and fauna, basic wildlife handling techniques, and an actual wildlife handling and restraining were also conducted to further capacitate the prospective WEOs. The actual handling and restraint activity was facilitated by Doc Nielsen Donato, Wildlife Farm Permit Holder and the Co-host of the TV Show, Born to be Wild.
DENR CALABARZON calls for direct involvement of the citizen through recruitment, training, and deputization as Environment and Natural Resources Officer (ENROs) and WEOs. The conduct of WEO training is one of the requirements in the deputation of WEOs, as stated under section 30 of RA 9147.
Calamba City, Laguna – DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria directed all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Offices (CENRO) within the region to remove election materials posted by political candidates in compliance with the directive of DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna.
Under Section 9 of the Republic Act No. 9006 or the Fair Election Act of 2001, the posting of campaign materials may only be allowed in common poster areas. Moreover, Section 21.b. of COMELEC Resolution No. 10730 dated November 17, 2021 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. No. 9006 “Fair Election Act of 2001”, stipulates that “in no instance shall an Election Officer designate as common poster areas any trees, plants, shrubs, located along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises or any public grounds''. Section 3 of the Presidential Decree No. 953 dated July 6, 1976 states that "any person who cuts, destroys, damages or injures trees of any kind shall be penalized to six (6) months to 2 years of imprisonment or a fine of Php 500.00 to Php 5,000.00”.
PENRO Laguna conducted its operation last February 22-26, 2022 in the cities of Biñan, Cabuyao and Calamba in coordination with the concerned LGUs, COMELEC and PNP. Likewise, CENRO Sta.Cruz, Laguna conducted their operation on April 23, 2022.
For Batangas, CENRO Lipa conducted its operations on February 26, 2022 and April 21, 2022 within its areas of responsibility, removing more than 2500 pieces of campaign materials. On the other hand, CENRO Calaca conducted operations on February 26 and 28, 2022 within municipalities of Agoncillo, Sta. Teresita, Taal, Nasugbu, Lian, Lemery, San Nicolas, Tuy, Balayan and Calaca resulting in the removal of approximately 1000 pieces of illegally posted campaign materials.
On April 13, 2022, PENRO Cavite spearheaded an operation in Ternate and Gen. Trias, Cavite in close coordination with the LGUs. The campaign materials were turned over to the local barangays so that the same may still be posted on designated areas only.
PENRO Rizal, on April 20-21, 2022, conducted removal of illegal campaign material on trees along Marilaque Road, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City and Manila East Road, Brgy. Lagundi, Morong, Rizal. They also informed political candidates to advise followers and supporters to stop posting campaign materials on trees, and reminded them of the existing rules and regulations. The said office conducted its third operation on April 26, 2022 in Antipolo City and Taytay, Rizal, wherein, 221 pieces of campaign materials had been removed.
PENRO Quezon also conducted joint operation with CENRO Tayabas removing a total of 1,335 campaign materials nailed and tied on trees on April 21, 2022 along roads of Barangays Lakawan, Ibabang Alsam, Lawigue, Kanlurang Palale, and Ibabang Palale in Tayabas City. The team leaders of Patrol Sectors under CENRO Tayabas were also instructed to conduct similar activities within their respective areas of jurisdiction. CENRO Catanauan removed campaign materials within its AOR on March 25, 2022 in coordination with DILG, PNP, and COMELEC.
Similar activities were conducted by CENRO Catanauan on April 23, 2022 along the national highway of Catanauan, Quezon removing 2.0 kilos of campaign materials. Moreover, simultaneous ‘Oplan Baklas’ was conducted by CENRO Real together with COMELEC and PNP within the municipalities of Real, General Nakar and Infanta, Quezon on the said date. On April 26, 2022, CENRO Calauag, Quezon undertook its operation along Maharlika Highway in Calauag, Quezon.
DENR CALABARZON thru its PENROs and CENROs continue to remove illegally posted campaign materials and conduct IEC activities to raise awareness on the existing environmental laws, rules and regulations.
The regional department also urges the public to report such incidences through its hotline numbers 0561825774 and 09198744369, and official Facebook page @DENR4AOfficial, and Instagram and Twitter accounts @denrcalabarzon.###
Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, in partnership with the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) has officially launched its mobile museum boxes for the priority rivers in CALABARZON last April 22, 2022, in line with the global celebration of Earth Day 2022.
CALABARZON is home to 345 river systems in the country. According to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) CALABARZON, 40% of these river systems are polluted and under the “Class C” category. The priority rivers for the region are Zapote River in Cavite, Pangil River in Laguna, Pansipit River in Batangas, Boso-boso River in Rizal, and Iyam-Dumacaa River in Quezon.
“Tayo po ay nagtitipon-tipon ngayon para ilunsad ang kauna-unahang mobile museum boxes ng DENR CALABARZON. Layunin po ng ating gawain na ito na hikayatin ang publiko na makiisa sa pagtugon sa mga isyu sa pamamahala ng solid waste at wastewater sa mga kailugan ng rehiyon”, Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns Jose Elmer Bascos said during his message.
For. Corazon Gasapos, Regional Ecological Solid Waste Management Coordinator of EMB CALABARZON emphasized the importance of the conduct of innovative Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaigns in reaching out to the public. “Bilang DENR CALABARZON at EMB CALABARZON, ay mananatili tayong magkasangga sa larangan ng pagkukwento sa mga adhikain natin na may kwenta”, she added.
In addition, OIC Jhaydee Ann Pascual of the Botany and National Herbarium Division of the NMP agreed to the importance of effective IEC Campaigns. “When people cannot go to the museums, we bring the museums to them”, she said.
The DENR CALABARZON museum boxes shall also be a traveling exhibition to promote cleaner waters in the region. “It should be durable enough, sturdy enough, and informative enough so it can reach further distances. These informative boxes remind us of the things that the next generations would be missing if no action will be undertaken on these priority rivers”, OIC Pascual added.
As the country still face the looming threats of solid and liquid wastes, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria calls for community cooperation for cleaner waters and cleaner environment. “Ang effort na ito ay isang effort rin ay maikonekta at maipalapit tayo sa ating kasaysayan, sa ating kultura, at sa ating likas yaman”, RED Tamoria added.
As of December 2021, the EMB CALABARZON has reported that the Region generated 5,778 tons of wastes per day. Cavite contributes the largest waste generation with 2,022 tons/day, while smallest generated wastes are from Quezon with 146 tons/day. In addition, EMB CALABARZON has disclosed that around 22 million tons of waste is projected to be generated by the region by 2020-2025.
Representatives from the River Basin Control Office (RBCO), CALABARZON water districts, and Adopt-A-River/Estero partners also participated in the event through face-to-face and zoom platform.
The late Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Real Miliarete “Milet” Buisan- Panaligan was honored on April 22, 2022, as an Environmental Hero by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno and DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna assisted by Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria and Provincial ENR Officer of Quezon, Raymond A. Rivera, handed the plaque to CENRO Panaligan’s daughter, Ms. Joyce Panaligan-Quinan. The officials who also witnessed the awarding to the bereaved family were DENR USEC for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Atty. Jonas R. Leones, and the President and Country Coordinator of Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) Atty Wigberto Tañada., Jr.
“She is the first Environmental Hero to be honored for exemplary and consistent service in protecting the environment rather than the circumstances of her death. Our glorious warrior of the environment deserves a dance with the angels” narrated by Atty. Daniel Darius M. Nicer, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units, and Executive Director of Environmental Heroes Foundation Inc. (EHFI).
According to RED Nilo, CENRO Panaligan was designated as OIC CENRO of Real, Quezon in 2010 during his term. “I already noticed her dedication and passion from the moment I met her (CENRO Panaligan)” Tamoria said.
CENRO Milet, who served as CENR Officer of Real from 2010 to 2016, made more than 200 apprehensions related to illegal logging. Her innovations in Real, Quezon include a close communication network with the People's Organizations, Indigenous Peoples, Law Enforcers, and Local Government Units. She has involved the Dumagat Tribe in the implementation of the National Greening Program in her area. Despite death threats, she continued her crusade against illegal logging in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, bordering the eastern part of Quezon province such as Real, Infanta, and General Nakar.
She passed away due to a lingering disease in August 27, 2018, National Heroes’ Day.###
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON and Municipal Government of Pakil, Laguna signed an agreement on April 19, 2022 for the preparation of a Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) for the said municipality.
Per duly signed Memorandum of Agreement, the proposed FLUP aims to strengthen the capacities of interested LGUs in addressing the threats to its forests and forest land resources. “Kayo po dito sa Pakil ang nakakaalam ng mga problema. Kami po sa national, tutulong po kami. Aayusin natin ito,” DENR CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Alfredo Palencia said, pledging the department’s full support by providing technical assistance, among others, to the LGU which will be the main actor in the process.
DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Laguna, Eriberto Saños said the preparation of FLUP is in accordance with Republic Act No. 7160. “Ito po ay sang-ayon sa itinakda ng ating batas, unang-una, ‘yung Local Government Code na sharing the responsibility in the protection, conservation and management ng environment and natural resources,” he explained.
“Napakahalaga po na tayo ay mag-formulate ng FLUP pero ito pong FLUP ay dapat i-incorporate natin sa Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) para ma-ensure ‘yung implementation, he added. Executive Order No. 318 “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Philippines” mandated the LGUs to incorporate FLUPs into their CLUPs.
DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Santa Cruz, Laguna, Venerando Garcia said the preparation of an FLUP is a participatory process which requires the participation of the different stakeholders. “Participatory ang proseso, mahalaga po na mahiyakat natin ang partisipasyon ng stakeholders ng municipality lalo na sa lugar ng forest and forestland areas,” he said.
Garcia said one of the most important steps in the planning process is the identification of the open access areas including the corresponding management interventions. “Kapag po kasi open access ang isang area, ito po ay napapasok ng mga may interes na i-utilize ang mga resources na maaaring hindi po magiging maganda para sa ating pinaka-management ng natitirang resources dito sa bayan ng Pakil,” he explained.
Saños said Pakil, Laguna has more or less 5,000 hectares of land, 883 hectares of which are classified as forestland.
Palencia laid down the importance of planning for the remaining forestlands of Pakil. “Ang ating tinitignan dito, hindi lang pansarili kundi ang future. Ngayon, maligaya tayo, sagana sa tubig, sagana sa benefits ng environmental services na ibinibigay ng ating kagubatan pero kapag hindi natin mapapamahalaan ng maayos ay masisira,” he said. He emphasized that the bountiful Turumba spring in Pakil would be greatly affected if the forests in the area would not be conserved and protected.
“Ang tubig ay iniimbak ng ating kagubatan at dahan-dahan niyang idinadaloy dito sa lowland. At kung wala na ang ating kagubatan, natural flashlood, landslide o erosion ang aabutin kagaya ng nangyari dito sa Leyte,” Palencia added, citing the recent catastrophe that happened in Leyte due to Tropical Storm Agaton.
“Malinis na tubig, malinis na hangin, kaaya-ayang kapaligiran, iyan ang gusto nating mangyari sa bayan ng Pakil. Hindi natin iyon maa-attain kung hindi natin gagawing sustainable ang pangangalaga ng kapaligiran lalong lalo na ng ating forest and forest resources,” he stressed.
While planning process is an important first step, Saños emphasized that the following steps such as the adoption and actual implementation of the plan are also vital.
Garcia said of the 23 municipalities within the third and fourth districts of Laguna, only four have no FLUP. He said Pakil and Mabitac are targets for FLUP preparation this year.###