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The CALABARZON Regional Agencies of DENR and DILG introduced its CASABWATCH Program during the First CALABARZON Sanitasyon Basura Watch Program (CASABWATCH) Regional Support and Catalyst Group Meeting last October 4, 2019.

CASABWATCH is a program in support of the Manila Bay Clean-Up and Rehabilitation Program, Manila Bayanihan para sa Kalikasan Advocacy, and Tayo ang Kalikasan. It aims to reduce the solid waste flowing in the waterways of CALABARZON and in Manila Bay through strict implementation of NO LITTERING and NO ILLEGAL DUMPING of waste in the Region.

According to the report of the Environmental Management Bureau IVA, only two (2) out of the fourteen (14) monitored bathing beaches connected to Manila Bay are within the standard fecal coliform level of 100 MPN/100 mL. Further, EMB accounts 4,572 tons of waste generated per day within the Manila Bay Region of which 43% are biodegradable, 31% are recyclable, 25% are residuals, and 1% special waste.

Aside from the regular clean-up activities, continuous monitoring and inspection of establishments is being conducted in the Region. As of September, EMB IVA inspected 1,200 establishments and issued 344 Notices of Violations.

Moreover, the Regional Support and Catalyst Group will serve as a watchdog or monitoring body for the implementation of the CASABWATCH program. It is a support and monitoring group for the implementation of R.A. 9003 also known as the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Mandamus agencies, academe, media, and other concerned agencies, groups and organizations are the target partners for the said program.  ###

CARMONA, Cavite -- The signing of Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for the full implementation of Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA), between DENR CALABARZON and the Local Government Unit of Carmona, has been undertaken last September 30, 2019 at the Covered Court of Carmona Municipal Hall. The MOPA aims to expedite the issuance of land patents in the Municipality.

The adoption of the RLTA in Carmona was realized during the Orientation on Land Distribution Program conducted by PENRO Cavite For. Ruth Unlayao, held last September 23, 2019 at the Carmona Community Center. The process and requirements for land titling application was presented during the orientation.

The LGU of Carmona will hold a 5-day free patent drive from November 25 to the 29th, 2019. This will be in preparation for the Handog Titulo Program which will be scheduled tentatively next year.  PENRO Cavite is currently working with the LGUs of Silang and Magallanes for the implementation of the RLTA.

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales is encouraging Local Governments to partner with the agency in promoting the RLTA. LGUs may coordinate with the Region’s various Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices regarding this partnership.

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Sources: PENRO Cavite and the Regional Public Affairs Office

The Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IV-A (CALABARZON) conducted a Green Building Orientation last September 16, 2019, which was also in observance of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

The forum was attended by various Local Government Units (LGUs) of Laguna. Representatives from Engineering. Planning, City Environment and Natural Resources, Public Service and Treasury/Budget Offices were present to further utilize the successful implementation of green buildings.

Speakers from the Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines (GreenAP) and Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) presented topics to further raise awareness on the impacts of infrastructure to climate change. DENR CENRO Victor Mercado also presented their Ecological Rooftop and he also how to promote sustainable practices.

The rules and impacts of climate change and the infrastructure and building industry, including “designing with nature” and tools used by Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) that “defy the different credits that are essential in developing a green building project” were discussed by the resource persons from GreenAP and PhilGBC. 

CENRO Mercado shared their Ecological Rooftop initiative that was established to showcase different ecological friendly technologies, such as, composting and vermicomposting, hydroponics, vertical garden, 3Rs, seedling production of forest/fruit trees and  the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility. 

The DENR CALABARZON is working towards the direction of having a green building. There is a sewage treatment system to treat its wastewater;  it has a solar power back up, glass windows and cross ventilation that allows continued operations in case there will be power outages; use of LED lights and inverter-type air conditioners for energy efficiency; a vertical barrel garden with vermicomposting that has already provided a bumper crop of kangkong, alugbati, basil and other vegetables. In its vicinity, native flowering trees were planted such as Banaba, Bani, Ipil, Talisay, Teak, Molave, and Bamboo that help absorb carbon dioxide, dust particles, and pollutants, as well as to control rainwater runoff, and provide habitat for various species. It also aims for a zero-waste protocol in the building by reducing the use of single use plastic use in all events and activities, minimal plastic wastes that are generated are kept clean to make eco-bricks.

The DENR CALABARZON commits to add more to this list of initiatives to serve as a model in South Luzon. ###

The Regional Development Council members recently sealed an agreement on the establishment of the Regional Development Council Forest Park located in Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal. It is located within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape and has a total area of 25 hectares.

This initiative is in support of the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022. The RDP hopes to intensify protection and sustainable management of forest, watershed, coastal and marin and land through the adoption of the ridge to reef approach. DENR IVA (CALABARZON) proposed the establishment of the forest park to support watershed rehabilitation in protected areas.

DENR IVA prepared an Implementation Plan that will ensure an increase in forest cover in the next 5-10 years. The indigenous species to be planted with a distance of 4x5 meters[1]  include Batino, Makaasim, other Dipterocarp, and Bamboo Species. Fruit trees such as mango, calamansi, lukban, lipote and kasoy will also be planted. Seedlings will be provided by DENR IVA, while PENRO Rizal shall provide the technical assistance during the implementation of the project. The LGU of Antipolo will secure the area during the establishment. Each RDC member will have a specific site to adopt. Volunteer members will conduct maintenance activities that include: strip brushing/ ring weeding, staking, hole digging, and hauling. A 10-meter fire line will be established and flowering plants will also be planted along the boundaries of the parcels. The community in the area is entitled to possible harvesting and utilization later on.


[1] Prescribed planting distance as per FMB Technical Bulletin No. 10 Series of 2014

The DENR IVA CALABARZON joined the First Imus City Business Cliniquing on August 17, 2019, at CityMall-Anabu, Imus, Cavite. The said event was launched by the Imus City Local Government, through the Imus Economic Investment Promotion Unit. The one-day event provided a platform for one on one consultations between potential and existing entrepreneurs and the various National Government Agencies (NGA).

Mr. Marx Nicholai Delmo, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer, disclosed that one of the main concerns of business owners is the lack of knowledge about the regulatory requirements of various agencies. They conducted the event to help small business owners start their businesses.

Ms. Teresita Llabres, Area Vice President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that Imus is a finalist for the most business-friendly Local Government Unit (LGU). She added that business owners should not fear the government agencies, but instead work with them.  and that it is easy to comply with the requirements of business owners follow the right protocols of owning a business. She urges other LGUs to replicate this kind of project because 99.6% out of 100% is comprised of small businesses.

Representatives from the DENR CALABARZON includes personnel from License, Patent and Deeds Division, Planning Management Division, and Regional Public Affairs Office, as well as personnel from Mines and Geosciences Bureau. LPDD Chief, Engr. Olivia Bejo shared that the DENR participated to offer assistance to the entrepreneurs. City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Imus reminded that it is a requirement for all potential and existing business owners to attend a Solid Waste Management (SWM) seminar when applying for a business permit. It is important that the business owners know about proper waste disposal and that they comply with environmental laws, rules, and regulation. CENRO also offers livelihood programs, such as making charcoal briquettes, composting, and recycling.

There are a total of 22 participating NGAs, which are Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, Department of Health, DENR, Department of Science and Technology, Agricultural Training Institute, Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Import Services, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Small Business Corporation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Labor and Employment, Pag-IBIG, Social Security Systems, PhilHealth, Intellectual Property Office, Business Permit and Licensing Office, CENRO, Zoning/Building, Bureau of Fire Protection, and City Health Office.

City Vice Mayor, Hon. Arnel Cantimbuhan expresses his gratitude to the 250 entrepreneurs and NGAs who attended the First Imus City Business Cliniquing. ###