Regional Releases

DENR CENRO Lipa City is speeding-up the resolutions of land disputes through conflict resolution process minus the tedious process of administrative hearing or court litigation. A formal and verified protest by the Local Government Unit of Barangay Majuben in Mabini, Batangas against a public land application with allegation that portion of property being claimed includes the parcel of land where the barangay hall stands was resolved by this Office on October 25, 2021 through an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). After a series of ADR sessions, CENR Officer and ADR Officer Allan Willard Estillore successfully mediated the case and amicably settled through a Compromise Agreement signed by both parties and approved by the PENR Officer of Batangas Noel M. Recillo through an Order Based on the Compromise Agreement.
 
Most of the land cases filed are now handled by the DENR Alternative Dispute Resolution Officers (ADRO) who were accredited after a rigorous training and examination. Mediation through the ADR has rebuilt relationships that were destroyed by land disputes, especially involving family and friends. The ADR became operational in December 2016 with the issuance of DENR Administrative Order 2016-30 calling for the establishment of mechanisms and tools for ADR in the disposition of land claims and conflicts, the organization of a pool of ADRO, and the creation of a committee and secretariat tasked to implement the ADR process.
 
The activity strengthened rapport between the DENR and its stakeholders on the efficient and effective administration, surveys, management and disposition of alienable and disposable lands of the public domain and other lands outside the responsibilities of other government agencies. Moreover, health and safety measures against COVID-19 were properly observed and practiced during the ADR proceedings.###
Bird monitoring is being conducted to provide a basis for estimates and monitor changes in waterbird population in all types of natural and man-made wetlands, including, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, freshwater swamps, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs, rice fields and sewage farms.
 
On November 10, 2021, a team from the DENR CENRO Calaca conducted monitoring of the migratory birds in Brgy. Alas-as and Pulang Bato San Nicholas, Batangas which are part of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL).
 
Compared to the monitoring conducted last October, it was observed that there are more numbers of migratory birds roosting within the area of TVPL this month of November but most of them were seen in the adjacent Brgy of Alas-as which is Brgy. Pulang Bato. This may have a connection to the greater vegetation growth in Brgy Pulang Bato than in Brgy Alas-as.
 
Birds from other countries migrate in the Philippines to escape the winter, find shelter, feed and some of them even breed. Most common migratory species observed during the monitoring were Great Egret (Ardea alba) which mainly feed on small fishes in Taal Lake. It was noticed that many juveniles were present this month which can be attributed to their breeding habit. Eggs of Little egret are incubated for a period of 21 to 25 days and the hatched young will leave their nest for about 35 to 50 days.
 
Additional bird species were also observed in the area such as White-Breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) and Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea). ###

As part of the Enhancement Planting of the Graduated NGP sites under the Enhanced National Greening Program (NGP), the DENR CENRO Lipa in partnership with barangay LGUs of Sto. Niño and Malitlit, Lipa City and People’s Organization - Malitlit Nature Savers Association Inc. (MNSAI), planted more than 163,000 pieces of indigenous seedlings of Molave (Vitex parviflora) and Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and 50,000 pieces of fruit bearing seedlings of Guyabano (Annona muricata) and Cacao (Theobrama cacao) in 361 hectares of NGP plantation located in Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve (MMFR), Lipa CIty. 

Continuous monitoring and protection activities such as weeding, replanting, brushing and other maintenance activities were recommended to ensure high survival rate of the seedlings by the PENRO Inspection and Acceptance Committee during the monitoring and inspection of the Enhancement Planting in Barangays Malitlit and Sto. Niño, Lipa City, Batangas on October 20, 2021. 

DENR CENRO Lipa regularly conducts monitoring of established NGP sites from year 2011 to 2016 within its jurisdiction pursuant to Executive Order No. 26, which aims to plant 1.5 billion of trees in 1.5 million hectares of land of the public domain. Moreover, enhancement and rehabilitation of the 7.1 million hectares of the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands is being conducted in line with the Executed Order No. 193 or the Expanded National Greening Program in 2015. ###

Lipa City, Batangas – DENR CENRO Lipa recently presented to the members of the Forest Land Use Planning Committee, Technical Working Group, and City Development Council in the presence of Lipa City Chief Executive, Mayor Eric B. Africa, the Draft Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) for the City. The participatory and responsive Forest and Land Use Plan of the City of Lipa is a ten-year plan covering the year 2022-2031. The Forest Land Use Planning (FLUP) is a participatory process which aims to integrate and mainstream the management of forest and forest lands to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of a municipality or city. 

For Lipa City, the FLUP covers the 1,286.12 hectares of forest land area within the Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve, in Barangays Sto. Niño, San Celestino, Talisay, and Malitlit. The forestland of Lipa City exhibits a remarkable natural forest attributed to its wide range of flora and fauna.  

Prior to the finalization of the plan, series of activities were conducted such as planning and consultation meeting/workshop, field visits, creation of technical working group committee, formulation and signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), generation of maps, and allocation and prioritization of subwatersheds. 

The presentation activity was graced with the presence of Honorable Mayor Eric B. Africa and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, key officials of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) and the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR). The presentation of the draft FLUP of the City of Lipa is in line with the strengthened DENR-LGU partnership on the conservation and protection of the environment and sustainable utilization and development of the natural resources of the State. ### 

Taong 2020 ng simulan ng DENR CALABARZON, PENRO Laguna at CENRO Sta. Cruz ang inisyatiba na gamitin ang mga replacement seedlings mula sa mga Approved Tree Cutting Permit sa pagpapaunlad ng mga graduated National Greening Program (NGP) sites sa Lalawigan ng Laguna.

Noong 21 ng Oktubre 2021 ay ipinagpatuloy ang pangsampung tree growing activity sa 50-Hectare CY 2015 Indigenous Tree Plantation sa Brgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna katuwang ang Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Siniloan at Pangil; National Fire Training Institute-Bureau of Fire Protection (Camp Vicente Lim) sa pangunguna nina Sr. Superintendent Belinda B. Ochave, Chief inspector Marisol H. Odiver, Sr. Inspector Antonio A. Pahulaya, Sr. Inspector Jecker Luego, Sr. Inspector Khenlee D. Bawing, Inspector Maria Liza Tolero; Laguna Provincial Police Office sa pangunguna ni Police Lt. Rolly Dahug; Siniloan Municipal Police Station sa pangunguna ni Police Sr. Master Sgt. Racquelyn Tadique, MENRO Siniloan sa pangunguna ni Raymond Salay, Siniloan River Rangers at piling mga kawani ng PENRO Laguna at CENRO Sta. Cruz sa pangunguna ni PENRO Ronilo L. Salac at OIC, CENRO Venerando U. Garcia. Nakapagtanim ng kabuuang bilang na 200 na punla na kinabibilangan ng 150 Parkia timoriana (Kupang) at 50 na Callophyllum inophyllum (Bitaog).

Ani PENRO Ronilo Salac, “Wala sa dami ng bilang ng punlang itatanim ang ikatatagumpay ng isang tree planting activity, bagkus ang mahalaga ay masisigurado na ang mga punlang itatanim ay mapapalaki at mabubuhay.”

Ayon naman kay MENRO Raymond Salay, ang MENRO Siniloan ay nagsasagawa ng palagiang pagmomonitor at maintenance and protection activities upang matiyak ang paglaki ng mga naitanim na punla.

Sa huling bahagi ng aktibidad, lubos na nagalak si CENRO Venerando Garcia sapagkat ang nasabing aktibidad ay nagpapakita ng simulain ng matibay na ugnayan sa pagitan ng BFP at DENR hindi lamang sa pagpapalago ng ating mga kagubatan pati na rin sa patuloy na pagprotekta ng mga ito lalong lalo na sa forest fire protection and management.

 Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan! ###