DENR CALABARZON ensures climate-responsive planning for Zapote, Timalan River Watersheds in Cavite, Palico Watershed in Batangas
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.###
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2 DENR-CENRO Real Quezon personnel, recognized Alagad ng Kalikasan
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.###
DENR CALABARZON conducts capacity building to enhance Marine Protected Area management in the region
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.###