By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
The DENR Caraga Regional office participated and won a prize in a float competition last August 2, 2014 in celebration of the 64th Adlaw Hong Butuan with the theme “Rooting for Butuan 20/20”.
The competition was centered on promoting the agency’s thrust, vision, mission and services integrated with a forest theme. The parade of the 18 participating floats started at 8:00 a.m. from J.C. Aquino Avenue all the way to Libertad Sports Complex.
The motorcade was participated by various Regional line-agencies, Barangay Associations, Non-Government Organizations, Academic Institutions and Socio-Civic Organizations.
Kasi’s Horticulture and Gardens won the 1st place with a blue ribbon and 50,000 pesos cash prize, followed by DENR in the 2nd place with a red ribbon and 30,000 pesos cash prize and Barangay Baan Kilometer 3 in 3rd place with yellow ribbon and 20,000 pesos cash prize.
Butuan became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 523 on August 2, 1950. More than a celebration of being a city, Adlaw Hong Butuan was celebrated to inform the people of Butuan’s Vision to be a Premier Forest City by year 2020 which leads to the creation of jobs and stable income for the region.
“Adlaw Hong Butuan is a weeklong celebration that will last from July 27 to August 2, 2014. A line-up of city-led activities and exhibits which highlights Butuan’s best was set to fill the celebration with exciting festivities. The activities include a float competition, artistic mass dancing parade, photo competition and the launching of the Butuan Forest Festival.” Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. said.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Butuan City – The DENR Caraga Employees Union (DECAEMU) held its 20th Annual General Assembly at the DENR Caraga Regional Office Covered Court, Ambago on July 24 with the theme “Envisioning successful collaboration towards betterment of employees’ welfare”.
The assembly was attended by 196 participants from various DENR Offices in Caraga.
DECAEMU President, For. Joseph E. Langanlangan emphasized that the employees should be updated on their employment rights and privileges.
“Protecting the welfare of the employees is not as easy as it seems but we can do it together.” For. Langanlangan added.
Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said “Being an employee of the DENR is a privilege. Although I am a Regional Director, I consider myself as an ordinary employee.”
RD Tamayo rose from the ranks from a casual employee to his present position.
He said that most vital issue today about employment is the rationalization plan which would likely to take place before the end of this month.
“The welfare of the employees is always important. Nobody is superior above the other. It’s just that some people are given the opportunity to lead and manage.” he said.
By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Butuan City --The five regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mindanao are joining efforts in attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of trees planted in one hour in multiple locations currently held by India.
The massive tree planting activities shall be held simultaneous with the other regional offices for one hour from 8:30 am to 9:30 am tentatively scheduled on September 26, 2014 which is incidentally the 114th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service Commission.
This event shall be participated by the DENR employees including workers and supporters from the various agencies of the national and local government, the private sector, students from the primary, secondary and college in both public and private schools throughout Southern Philippines.
To date, India holds the World Record of the most number of tree seedlings that have been planted in one hour when the 340,200 participants planted 1,945,535 from 8:30am to 9:30 am on August 15, 2011. That record is being held, by Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, a social reformer, preacher, spiritual leader and the head of the India-based socio-spiritual organization Dera Sacha Sauda.
The Philippines will attempt to break that record by targeting to plant more than 4.6 million tree seedlings in one hour, a feat never done before. According to Director Tamayo, it shall be a good contribution to the National Greening Program of the DENR which has been aiming to reach the target of 1.5 billion tree seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of lands over six year period from 2011 to 1016.
“We hope we can get the people’s full participation in this great endeavor. More than breaking the record, we would like to make a statement that in line with mitigating climate change, there is a need for us to plant as many trees as possible. This activity paves the way to encouraging more people in participating in our campaign on climate change advocacy.” Director Tamayo said.
The five DENR regional directors including Arleigh J. Adorable of Region 9 (Pagadian City), Ruth Tawantawan of Region 10 (Cagayan de Oro City), Joselina Marcus Fragada of Region 11 (Davao City), Datu Tungko M. Saikol of Region 12 (South Cotobato) and Director Tamayo of Region 13 (Butuan City) have initially met at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City during a conference with DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje recently to discuss their plan of actions.
They agreed to work closely together to keep the vision of “breaking the record of India” alive in their main agenda everyday.
Director Tamayo said he has created a Technical Working Committee which shall focus on the preparation and groundwork of this event. The members of this committee are Forester Nilda G. Ebron as chair to be assisted by Doctor Maricar Aguilos and Eric Herson F. Gallego as members. Seven committees were also formed under Ebron which included the Writing Committee headed by Antonieta Jurado, Site Identification and Mapping Committee headed by Forester Rene Piencenavez , the Site Preparation, Hauling of Seedlings and Geo-tagging Committee headed by Forester Leonila Rosales, Coordination/Networking Committee headed by Forester Erlin C. Sanchez, Ways and Means Committee headed by the Chief of Finance Division, Racelyn Argosino, the Promotion and Documentation Committee headed by Josephine Araojo and Logistics Committee headed by Forester Raul Rosales.
The Caraga Executive Committee for the activity is chaired by Director Tamayo who will be assisted by the OIC, Regional Technical Director of Forest Management Services Maritess M. Ocampo, Ronilo L. Salac of the Protected Areas and Wildlife, Coastal Zone Management and Ecosystem Research and Development Sector and Atty. Paquito R. Rosal of the Land Management Sector.
By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Butuan City-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the ABS-CBN have forged an agreement to establish a tree park from the closed- garbage dumping site in Barangay Doongan in this city.
The ABS-CBN has also agreed to plant 300 seedlings on the 2-hectare former dumping site every Saturday starting July 5, 2014 until December 2014 with the participation of their sponsors and supporters.
“This is a good start for the TV network’s “Bantay Kalikasan Program” in response to the National Greening Program being implemented by the DENR in which a total of 1.5 billion trees are expected to be planted on 1.5 million hectares of production timber land throughout the Philippines until 2016 from 2011.” DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
He cited that from 2011 to 2013, a total of 397,799,713 seedlings of assorted indigenous and fruit bearing trees have been planted, covering 683,481 hectares or 46 percent of the 1.5 million hectare target nationwide under the NGP.
RD Tamayo said that ABS-CBN is committed under the agreement to plant 1,800 seedlings in that area. The Doongan Garbage Dumpsite has been closed by the city government on March 2013, more than a decade after the Solid Waste Management Act 9003 which stops the operation of open dumpsite took effect. The World Bank has extended financial assistance to the City Government of US$ 300,000 for the safe closure of the said dumpsite.
“This is one strategy we can do to cushion the effects of global climate change, the fact that trees are helpful in the sequestration of carbon dioxide, one of the gases in the atmosphere that cause global warming resulting to climate change” he said.
Director Tamayo said the DENR and the ABS-CBN partnership would go a long way in public awareness campaign on the effects of climate change in the city. He said the city government of Butuan City under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. is likewise spearheading an intensive tree planting activities to achieve its vision to be a Premier Forest City in the Southern Philippines.
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OIC, Regional Director
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