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In the evening of June 9, Forest Officers of DENR CENRO Calauag apprehended 224 flitches of assorted species such as Mangga, Gmelina, Santol, Antipolo, Batino Acacia, Takip-Asin, Amlang, and Belwang. They were recovered in San Francisco, Lopez, Quezon. Another 40 pieces of lumber were apprehended in Tinigiban, Calauag in the Province.

Abandoned lumber found by DENR PENRO Quezon and  CENRO Tayabas personnel in Caisan II, Mauban, Quezon

Photo 2. Abandoned lumber found by DENR PENRO Quezon and  CENRO Tayabas personnel in Caisan II, Mauban, Quezon

 

The following day, 20 abandoned flitches were found by the DENR PENRO and CENRO Tayabas personnel, the PG ENRO, and member of the media, along a riverbank in Barangay Cagsiay II, in Mauban. Shortly after, another group found 15 more flitches a few kilometers away from the riverbank. The tree species include Banilad, Dulitan, Pilaway, Ayumit and Duguan.

Provincial Government of Quezon’s Environment and Natural Resources Officer Mr. Manuel Beloso said, “We will work closely with the surrounding communities in Cagsiay II to make sure that they will have a strong role in forest protection and conservation”. The forest products were hauled and deposited at the DENR Calumpang Forest Products Monitoring Station for safekeeping, pending the conduct of Administrative Confiscation Proceedings (ACP) in accordance with Department Administrative Order 97-32. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer and incoming Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services of DENR CALABARZON Forester Alfredo Palencia and CENRO Tayabas and incoming PENRO Quezon Forester Ramil Limpiada both committed to “continue to take an active role in the forest protection in the Province of Quezon”.  A few weeks earlier, they had also recovered several abandoned flitches and lumber and are now undergoing ACP.

Meanwhile, CENRO Calaca has conducted Lawin patrolling in the Forest Conservation Area in Lian, Batangas. They also conducted monitoring of quarry operations and coastal areas, maintenance of the look-out tower, and conduct of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns. These activities resulted to confiscation of one (1) abandoned chainsaw in Laurel, Batangas, and a turn-over of one (1) Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba luzonica), which is classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation and Nature.

 Photo 2. Turned-over Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon to CENRO Calaca

Photo 3. Turned-over Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon to CENRO Calaca

 

DENR PENRO Cavite, on the other hand, has worked closely with the Local Government Units in monitoring the inventoried furniture shops around their area of responsibility. 

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales continues to call on the PENROs and the CENROs to closely work with local communities in the conduct of illegal logging operations especially those which occur in the Protected Areas. ###   

Sa krisis na dala ng sakit na COVID-19, karamihan sa ating mamamayan ay hinimok na manatili sa loob ng kanilang mga tahanan.  Isa sa mga hamon na dala nito ang pagpapanatili ng suplay ng pagkain na maaring matugunan sa pamamagitan ng paghahardin o pagtatanim ng mga gulay at prutas.

Isang Web-Based Seminar (Webinar) series ang isinagawa sa pangunguna ng DENR CALABARZON at sa pamamagitan ng Manila Bay Site Coordinating Management Office 4A, upang talakayin ang paksa ukol sa pag-aabono, vertical gardening at edible landscaping.

Ang Webinar ay pinangunahan ni Manuel ‘Ka Noli’ Abinales, pangulo at tagapagtatag ng ‘Buklod Tao’, isang samahan ng mga mamamayan sa Brgy. Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal na nagpapatibay sa kakayahan ng mga komunidad na tumugon sa mga sakuna at mapahusay ang kanilang kapaligiran. Naglalayon sila para sa libre, mapayapa, at progresibong pamayanan kung saan ang bawat isa ay may malakas na ugnayan sa Diyos, kapwa tao, Inang Kalikasan, at may kakayahang alagaan ang kanilang sarili sa panahon ng kalamidad.

Sa unang parte ng webinar-series, ibinahagi at tinalakay ang mga paksa tungkol sa saligang paghihiwalay ng basura, partikular sa tamang paghihiwalay ng tirang pagkain at basurang pang-kusina para gawing abono; at saligang paghahardin sa pamamagitan ng ‘urban container’ na may mga ‘risers’ gamit ang abono na nagawa gamit ang basurang pang-kusina.

Nakilahok ang ilan sa mga kawani ng DENR mula sa iba’t ibang probinsiya ng Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, at Quezon at iba pang tagapanood, sa pamamagitan ng Facebook livestreaming sa opisyal na facebook page ng DENR CALABARZON. Ito ay lubos na ikinagalak ng nakararami lalo’t ito ay naging pagkakataon para masagot ang mga katanungan ng ating mga mamamayan tungkol sa saganang paghahardin sa pamamagitan ng epektibong paggawa ng abono at klase ng paghahardin.

Ani ng DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director na si Gilbert Gonzales – “If everybody knows composting, mababawasan po ang ating basura”. Isang simple ngunit napakahalagang gawain ang composting upang lubos na mabawasan ang basura sa rehiyon.

Sa ikalawang parte ng Webinar-series sa Ika-10 ng Hunyo, ibabahagi ng mga kalahok ang kanilang mga natutunan sa unang parte ng Webinar sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng kanilang ginawang pagkilos at hakbang para mabawasan ang basura sa ating kapaligiran sa pamamagitan ng pag-aabono, vertical gardening at edible landscaping.

Halimbawa ng vertical gardening, kuha sa lektyur ni Manuel 'Ka Noli' Abinales

 

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Calamba City, Laguna – as the region shifted to General Community Quarantine last June 1, DENR CALABARZON continues to take actions related to COVID-19 Management and Response.

The DENR CALABARZON Regional Task Force for COVID-19, headed by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services (ARD TS) Arturo Fadriquela, has conducted monitoring of the transport and disposal of waste materials to the respective sanitary landfills. This includes the disposal of hospital wastes by Local Government Units through their accredited treaters to ensure compliance with DENR standards and protocols.

DENR CALABARZON has also donated Personal Protective Equipment that includes overall suits, alcohol/sanitizers, facemasks produced out of old clothes, as well as food items and cash assistance to various frontliners in selected health facilities in CALABARZON. These donations are voluntary contributions and pledges from DENR CALABARZON Management and Field Offices.

According to ARD TS Arturo Fadriquela, DENR CALABARZON Field Offices will be donating around 100,000 board feet of lumber upon the issuance of Certificate of Finality. The lumber will be donated to various Local Government Units for the establishment of quarantine facilities.

Inventory of confiscated lumber for donation as material for quarantine facilities, Photo courtesy of DENR PENRO Rizal TSD Ernesto Diso

Strict adherence to safety precautions was also observed in the offices. DENR CALABARZON through its field offices has also facilitated and assisted in designated checkpoints within their respective area of responsibility. Activities within protected areas are also closely monitored. ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON invites the public to participate in the activities lined up in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June with the theme, “Protect Nature, Sustain our Future #WeHealNature4OurFuture”.

There are webinars lined up for the celebration of the Philippine Eagle, Basic Photography, and Philippine and Biodiversity. The first of two parts of the webinar on composting and gardening has successfully concluded on June 3, with the next one slated on June 10. A sea turtle expert from the Biodiversity Management Bureau will do a radio guesting on June 17 at 2 pm which will also be live-streamed on Facebook via DZJB 1458 - RADYO CALABARZON, in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency CALABARZON. These activities are intended to raise environmental consciousness towards the protection, enhancement, and development of the Philippine environment.

On June 25, the Local Government Units with Centennial Native Trees within CALABARZON, will be announced and be given a Certificate of Appreciation via the DENR CALABARZON Facebook page. 

Other environmental events this June include the World Environment Day (June 5), Philippine Eagle Week (June 4-10), World Sea Turtle Day (June 16), and Philippine Arbor Day (June 25). To keep abreast of the DENR CALABARZON activities, follow the DENR CALABARZON Official Facebook Page @DENR4AOfficial, and DENR CALABARZON Twitter and Instagram Accounts @denrcalabarzon. ###

Catanauan, Quezon – In 2014, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Catanauan, Quezon in partnership with the Samahan ng Malayang Magbubukid ng Brgy. Cambuga (SAMACA) Inc. headed by P.O. President Rodrigo N. Navela established a 52 hectares fruit-bearing plantation with planted cacao seedlings at Sitio Batod, Brgy. Bani, San Narciso, Quezon under the National Greening Program (NGP) pursuant to Executive Order No. 26.

Due to diminishing forest cover, the government sets a reforestation program that will also provide the opportunity to help upland communities with livelihood activities as well as pursue the country’s economic growth while protecting the forest.

Starting in 2018, the farmer-beneficiaries had begun to harvest their fruits of labor. An average of 500 kilograms of cacao seeds was produced in 3 to 4 times harvest annually according to one of the interviewed beneficiaries.

“Talagang malaking tulong ito para sa amin dahil umaasa lamang kami noon sa pagniniyog, lalo na nitong nagmura ang halaga ng kopra at buo ng niyog, kaya ngayon ay mayroon pa din kaming ibang ikabubuhay” said Mang Ote, a farmer in the area.

Cacao is one of the high-value crops planted in NGP sites due to its high demand in the market. The seeds harvested by the NGP beneficiaries are being sold to Batangas and Mulanay, Quezon for production of chocolate “tablea” and cookies.

The plantation is sustainably managed by the forest occupants under the supervision of the CENRO Catanauan, Quezon.

“I am pleased that the efforts of those who have helped and supported the government’s reforestation program such as farmers, POs, LGUs, and DENR employees have been very positive. I hope that more people's lives will be changed and make our forests more productive in the years ahead” OIC, CENRO Joselito Barros said, as the impact of this NGP is seen positively to the lives of the beneficiaries.

Other NGP sites within the jurisdiction of CENRO Catanauan, Quezon are regularly monitored by the officials and forest extension officers to ensure a high survival rate. ###