Butuan City- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region has developed and planted at least 1,303 hectares with trees at the Taguibo Watershed over the past 10 years since 2004 which is a clear manifestation that the agency is consistently doing its part in reforestation program in the area.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo showed this report at the recent First Butuan Water Rights Summit held in Butuan City to correct false impression that the agency has done nothing in the development of the 4,367 hectares Taguibo Watershed area, the source of water supply of the city residents.
“The DENR was fully involved in the development of the watershed since 2004 when the agency had embarked on a tree planting activity first in an eleven-hectare area,” he said.
Since then, he said the agency particularly the Provincial Environment Office employees has tapped other government and non-government agencies and organization to join the reforestation projects. In 2006 the DENR planted tree seedlings on a 15-hectare land at the watershed. Over the next four years until 2010, the DENR conducted enrichment planting and reforestation of 50 hectares. It has also mobilized and engaged the members of the AKTFAI, an organization of lumads farmers living within the watershed in the reforestation and development of 192 hectares in 2009 to 2010.
Director Tamayo said that with the full implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), a total of 825 hectares were rehabilitated and planted with indigenous species and fruit trees by several IP organization in the area.
In February 2012, the DENR had released P1,208,400 to the Anticala-Kabulay Tree Farmers Association Inc. (AKTFAI), Anticala Tribal Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ATRICMPCO), and San Antonio Integrated Farmers Multi-Purposes Cooperative (SAIFMULCO) for the reforestation of 76 hectares .
In 2014, the DENR under the NGP has again release P 9,294,250 for the members of the Anticala Watershed Farmers Association (AWFA), the beneficiaries of the Butuan City Water District, the AKTFAI, the ATRICMPCO, and the Anticala Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders Association (ATRICELA) for the development and reforestation of 565 hectares planted with fruit trees and indigenous species.
This year, the DENR under the NGP has allocated P8,428,558.25 to the IPs under CADT 135 to develop and plant tree seedlings in 184 hectares ancestral land.
Director Tamayo said the DENR and its 1,300 strong employees are committed to protect and preserve the natural resources at the Taguibo Watershed but the whole community nevertheless, must share efforts in the sustainable development and rehabilitation of the area.
Butuan City – Some leaders of people’s organizations engaged in the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement holders in Surigao del Sur have asked the officials of the DENR-13 to list them in the Bantay Gubat program to strengthen the government’s anti-illegal logging campaign in their respective area.
The PO leaders have disclosed one of their concerns at a forum-workshop initiated by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) headed by Forester Maritess M. Ocampo under the Technical Services of the DENR-13 in coordination with the PENR office, Surigao del Sur on July 24, 2015 held at the Goat Together Conference Center in Butuan City. The other concerns involve new learning on financial management and scientific applications about high survival rate of planted seedlings.
Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo who presided over the questions and answers forum said the POs are interested to join the recruitment of forest guards through the “bantay gubat” program to prevent illegal logging activities in their respective jurisdiction in Surigao del Sur.
Director Tamayo also asked the PO leaders to submit a list of their nominees who will undergo a seminar about forestry laws and regulations before they can be deputized forest officers. (EFG)
Butuan City - A new guidelines for the operationalization of the Joint Regional Committee on Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Land Registration Authority (LRA) and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) have been officially formalized at a signing ceremony held at the Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City on July 24, 2015.
Dubbed as “the Operating Manual”, the four regional heads namely Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, CESO IV of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Director Julita A. Ragandang, CESO III of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Regional Director Atty. Pinky Grace Pareja-Pabelic of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the Officer –in –Charge of the Register of Deeds, LRA XIII, Ms. Susan B. Afable, have signed the document in a simple rite attended by employees from the concerned agencies.
The Operating Manual has paved the way for the creation of a Joint- Regional Committee that will address or resolve conflicts that affect the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, Indigenous People Rights Act, Public Land Act and Land Registration Act/Property Registration Decree in relation to their respective mandates.
The committee shall specify conflict-sensitive mechanism and rules to be applied by the agencies in the resolution of policy, jurisdictional and operational issues within identified contentious and potentially-contentious areas, in relation to the mandated operational mechanism.
In his remark, Director Tamayo greatly acknowledged the heads of the involved agencies of their commitment to the improvement of land titling in the region. “It is hope that problems arising from conflicts on land titling and recognition of property rights shall be eliminated through the Operating Manual,” he said.
The Manual contains clear guidelines about the jurisdiction of each of the agency concerned over lands of public domain and ancestral domains.
For instance, it is provided in the guidelines that “the DENR has jurisdiction over all lands of the public domain (i.e. agricultural lands, forest or timber lands, national parks and mineral lands) except those placed by the law and/or other issuances under the operation jurisdiction of other government agencies”. The DENR is also responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided by existing laws.
The DAR on the other hand, has jurisdiction on the following lands pursuant to Section 4 of Republic Act 657 as clarified in Joint DAR-DENR Memo Circular No.9, series of 1995 and Joint DAR-DENR Memo Circular No. 14 and 19, Series of 1997. These are all alienable and disposable lands of the public domain devoted to or suitable to agriculture which were (1.) proclaimed by the President as DAR Resettlement projects and placed under the administration of DAR for distribution to qualified beneficiaries under CARP; (2.) placed by law under the jurisdiction of DAR; and (3.) previously proclaimed for the use of Government departments, agencies and instrumentalities and subsequently turned over to DAR pursuant to E.O. 407 series of 1990, as amended by E.O. 448 and 506 series of 1992.
The DAR has also jurisdiction over all lands of the public domain in excess of the specific area limits as determined by Congress in the preceding paragraphs; all other lands owned by the Government devoted to or suitable for agriculture; and all private lands devoted to or suitable for agriculture regardless of the agriculture products raised or that can be raised thereon.
The Manual has also defined the jurisdiction of the NCIP, the recognition of the Rights of the ICCs/IPS, Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Patentees, guidelines about indigenous concept of ownership, CARP support services for ICCs/IPs, the recognition of existing property rights, exclusion from the coverage of CARP such as lands actually, directly and exclusively used for parks, wildlife, forest reserves, reforestation, fish sanctuaries and breeding grounds, watershed and mangroves pursuant to Section 10 of R.A. No. 6657 as amended.
The Manual has specific guidelines about contentious areas and issues. These are the subject of operational issues and conflicting claims between and amongst the DAR, DENR and NCIP. (ERIC GALLEGO)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resource Region 13 through the Conservation and Development Division headed by Maritess M. Ocampo has launched on July 16, 2015 the program dubbed Nature Exposure otherwise known as "LakbayKalikasan" in Agusan Marshland, for the people to appreciate the value of nature in that area.
"This undertaking is a community-based initiative that emphasizes on environmental education to stir consciousness about environmental conservation and preservation particularly among the young generation," OIC,PENR Officer Roberto Oliveros said.
"We want the people to understand the nature as they appreciate the values and importance of the Agusan Marsh which is host to various species of marine flora and fauna, and enjoy its aesthetic value," Ms.Ocampo said during the launching of LakbayKalikasan at the Integrated Protected Area Services Office complex at Barangay Mambalili in Bunawan, Agusandel Sur.
For instance, she said, there are about 200 species of migratory birds that spend few months on the Agusan Marshland during winter season in Japan, China, Russia and other Western Countries.
The launching program shall likewise introduce the newly acquired tour boats of the DENR to be utilized in the river cruise. It will travel from the wharf in Bunawan, Agusandel Sur to the center attraction of the Marsh which is Panlabuhan Lake in Loreto of that province.
This is the place where you can find the floating villages and the beautiful, cool and placid lake amidst the myriad of migratory birds. The visitors can also enjoy canoeing to complete their enjoyment inside the lake.
Agusan Marsh is also host to peatlands which sequester carbon dioxide gases responsible in the global warming. (EricF. Gallego)
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