Regional Releases

Alabat, QUEZON ― The DENR-CENRO Calauag commenced the establishment of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) plantations in Alabat, Quezon involving the upland community in the forest rehabilitation of Alabat Watershed Forest Reserve (AWFR).

Based on Section 33 of Presidential Decree No. 705, known as the “Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines,” forest reserves are included in the lands that need to be reforested. Thus, the CENRO Calauag opted to subject the AWFR as a suitable site for the project.

Composed in the aforesaid ENGP site projects are the 26-hectare Other Fruit Trees Plantation in Brgy. Bacong, and a 50-hectare Indigenous Plantation that extends in Brgys. Bacong and Caglate, as per Survey, Mapping and Planning (SMP) that had been conducted in 2021.

With the implementation of the Family Approach Strategy, under FMB Technical Bulletin No. 30 of the Forest Management Bureau, it addresses the involvement of Filipino families in the implementation of ENGP in the development and rehabilitation of the subject lands. It is the latest approach of the DENR to rehabilitate the denuded and degraded portions of our forests, while providing livelihood to the upland communities that reside within and adjacent the forestlands.

The MANOSIKAP Upland Farmers Association, Inc., the concerned PO of the project that concurred to rehabilitate the portions of forests in AWFR, already started the site preparation activities including brushing, hole digging, planting, among others.

The PO also accomplished to produce sufficient numbers of seedlings for the initial kick off of the plantation establishment in the 2 subject plantations. This includes a total of 32,000 seedlings of Coffee (Coffea arabica), Cacao (Theobroma cacao), and Narra (Pterocarpus indicus).

The DENR-CENRO Calauag has facilitated a ceremonial MOA Signing under Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) for the adoption of two (2) graduated National Greening Program (NGP) sites situated within its area of jurisdiction.

The DENR CALABARZON through the Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria signed a separate Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Gumaca Tree Planters and Pallet Makers Agriculture Cooperative (GTPPMAC) and GLTC Woodcraft and Charcoal Credit Cooperative (GLTC WCCC) through the representation of their respective presidents, Mr. Preciliano B. Aviles Ms. Remedios F. Avila.

The adoption of the graduated NGP sites is also with the implementation of Executive Order 193 or the Enhanced National Greening Program (e-NGP) which aims to rehabilitate the remaining estimated 7.1 million hectares unproductive, denuded, and degraded forest lands from 2016 to 2028.

GTPPMAC and GLTC WCCC have sworn to conserve and protect the two graduated National Greening Program (NGP) plantations that had finished their 3-year financial support from the government. Said budget that had been allocated for the graduated plantations had supported relevant activities of the program including but not limited to the procurement of seedlings; Survey Mapping and Planning (SMP) activities; Plantation Development Plan preparation; and maintenance and protection activities.

DENR CALABARZON NGP Coordinator Herminigildo Jocson imparted experiences in his assignments in different projects of DENR specifically NGP and e-NGP, wherein graduated NGP sites are being prioritized.  He iterated that as per the TAK MOA, the maintenance and protection of the designated project areas should be consistent with the approved 5-year development plan that will be submitted by the partner organizations 3 months after MOA signing.

GTPPMAC President Precilliano B. Avilles mentioned his full responsibilities as the president of the cooperative and assured convenience of the organization as counterpart in terms of labor, manpower, and other contributions for a successful implementation of the project. Likewise, GLTC WCCC President Remedios F. Avila expressed the same support to DENR and CENRO Calauag for the implementation of the activities under TAK.

Meanwhile, an audio-visual presentation of success stories in different provinces in CALABARZON under Tayo Ang Kalikasan were viewed for the participants.  Afterwards, the members and officers of the two partner organizations together with RED Nilo B. Tamoria took their oath of Tayo ang Kalikasan (Panata Para sa Kalikasan) led by CENRO Calauag TAK Focal Person, Forester II Aleli C. Alvarez.

The ceremonial signing of the MOAs with the GTPPMAC and GLTC WCCC was held in Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City, Quezon with the presence of their respective presidents and vice-presidents.

It was witnessed by members of the said organizations via Zoom teleconferencing installed in Gumaca City Coast, Gumaca, Quezon, wherein the latter have written their oath in the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Pledge Wall.

RED Nilo B. Tamoria, deeply expressed his gratitude and congratulated all the officers and members of GLTC WCCC and GTPPMAC. He expects that the ceremonial signing will strengthen the advocacy of Tayo Ang Kalikasan relative to the conservation and protection of our environment and natural resources.

The selected species for tagging and labeling of priority flora species within Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) are species with certain significance such as conservation status, utilization, and bio indicator status and occurrence in the Philippines. A total of 24 flora species are identified within the ecotourism sites of TVPL. The species included are native in the Philippines such as Bitaog, Malapapaya, Igyo, Lamio, Talisay, Dita, Amugis, Malaikmo, Piling liitan, Betis, Ilang-ilang, Takip-asin, Binuang, Narra, Tangisang-bayawak, Anonang, Himbabao, Rain tree, Banaba, Molave, Antipolo, Kakawate, Tibig, and Lamog. ###

Ngayong taon, ang kweba ng Pinagdaop sa Bayan ng Sta. Maria sa Lalawigan ng Laguna ang nakatakdang pag-aralan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatasa nito upang magkaroon ng tamang pangangasiwa, pangangalaga at pagkonserba ng mga likas yaman at buhay ilang na matatagpuan sa loob at labas ng kweba.

Ang Pinagdaop Cave ay isang uri ng kweba na kung saan ang mga lagusan nito ay nalikha sa pagitan ng mga bato na nakasalansan sa mga dalisdis ng bundok. Ito ay matatagpuan sa loob ng Presidential Proclamation 1636 sa Brgy. Cueva, Sta. Maria, Laguna at may elevation na 514 masl.

Simula taong 2021, ang naturang kweba ay binuksan upang isa sa maging atraksyon sa NSJ Forest Park. Naitala na 4.39 m ang pinakamalawak na daan sa loob ng kweba, habang 0.64 m naman ang pinakamakitid.

Nagkaroon din ng obserbasyon tulad ng paglalagay ng kahoy na hagdan sa labasan nito; paglalagay ng konkretong sahig sa loob nito; at pagtitirik ng kandila na naging banta hindi lamang sa kweba, gayundin sa mga naninirahan dito na mga buhay ilang.

Bilang rekomendasyon, ang Pinagdaop Cave ay papatak sa Class 1 na kung saan ito ay may maselan at marupok na mga geological formation, nanganganib na mga buhay ilang at may mapanganib na mga kondisyon.

Patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan ang CENRO Sta. Cruz sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Sta. Maria para sa tamang pangangasiwa at pagpaplano ng mga gawain na makakatulong sa pagsasaayos at pagprotekta ng Pinagdaop Cave. ###

Catanauan, Quezon– Ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Catanauan, Quezon katuwang ang Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Catanauan, Quezon sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Mayor Ramon A. Orfanel ay nagsagawa ng malawakang pag gawad ng titulo bilang inisyatibo sa ilalim ng RA 10023.

Ang RA 10023 ay ang batas na nagbibigay pahintulot sa mamamayang Pilipino na makapag-apply ng titulo sa isang residential na lupa upang legal na maging pag-aari. Sino mang may kwalipikasyon batay sa kinakailangang criteria nito ay maaaring makapag-apply ng Residential Free Patent.

Sa pamamagitan ng programang Handog Titulo, nasa 88 Residential Free Patent ang iginawad sa mga residente ng Brgy. 10, Poblacion, Catanauan, Quezon.

Ayon kay Mayor Ramon A. Orfanel, ang pagkakaroon ng ugnayan sa ahensya ng CENRO Catanauan at ng Lokal na Pamahalaan ang naging susi ng pagpupursige ng kinatawan ng CENRO Catanauan upang matulungan na magkaroon ng sariling titulo ng lupa ang mga residente ng Barangay 10, Catanauan, Quezon. Ipinaliwanag din niya ang kahalagahan ng titulo bilang isang katibayan ng pag aari ng isang palagay na lupa na maaaring ipamana sa susunod na salinlahi ng nagmamay-ari.

Sinabi ni PENRO Raymond A. Rivera, “ang gawain pong ito ay nagpapakita ng resulta ng pagtutulungan ng isang National Government katulad ng DENR at ng Lokal na Pamahalaan. Kapalit po ng inyong titulo ay habang buhay na kapanatagan na sa tuwing kayo ay gigising sa umaga, hindi nyo na iisipin na kayo ay paaalisin sa lugar. Kapalit din ng titulong ito, akin pong hinihiling sa inyo na sana ay maging responsableng mamamayan po tayo sa pagbabayad ng buwis ng inyong titulo.”

Dagdag pa ni CENRO Ramil J. Gutierrez, “makasaysayan po ang araw na ito dahil mapapasakamay na ninyo ang titulo na matagal niyo ng hinihintay, isa lamang po ito sa mga serbisyo na amin pong pinoproseso para sa inyo at sa mamamayang Pilipino, nagpapasalamat ako sa suporta na ibinibigay ng Local na Pamahalaan ng Catanauan lalong lalo sa enforcement ng mga batas pang kalikasan. Ang amin pong opisina ay bukas upang mag serbisyo para sa inyo.”###