A total of 712,526.85 board feet of confiscated lumbers were delivered to the TESDA by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 13 for the production of 48,366 pieces of armchairs through the P-noy Bayanihan Project since 2011 to date, newly-installed chief of the Enforcement Division, DENR 13 Technical Services Modesto Lagumbay said.
He said about 47,366 pieces of these manufactured chairs were delivered to public schools in the different provinces and are now being used by the elementary pupils.
The Department of Education (DepED) , TESDA, PAGCOR and DENR have agreed to support each other in the manufacture of chairs from the confiscated logs of the DENR . The PAGCOR provides the necessary equipment and apparatus, TESDA provides the manpower requirement and working shops , the DepED handles the distribution of the manufactured chairs while the DENR donates the confiscated logs.
Lagumbay said there are 1,030 pieces additional armchairs that are ready for distribution.
DENR Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said the DENR is committed to provide quality-made chairs to the school children so they can enjoy comfortable seats inside the classrooms. (EFG)
A group of indigenous people belonging to the Manobo Tribe in La Paz, Agusan del Sur has sought on Monday the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director for Caraga Nonito M. Tamayo to likewise include them in the National Greening Program (NGP ) in the same manner that the other IPs in the province have been granted with the privilege.
Director Tamayo was pleased with this development which showed that the NGP is slowly being accepted by the IP people who are mostly living below the poverty line.
“ The NGP’s objective is to relieve the people living in the uplands from poverty through earning income from modest living” Director Tamayo said. He said “the IP’s are learning the good benefits of the program”.
The Manobo IPs headed by Benjamin Ignacio Aseta have arranged a meeting with Director Tamayo on Monday to follow-up a previous request about extending the period of the special permit beyond June 30,2015 which was granted to them by Malacanang in retrieving the balance of the remaining stockpile of Typhoon Pablo -damaged trees in their area.
Director Tamayo said the request has been sent to the DENR Central Office days ago. “ We can not pre-empt the action of our Manila Office whether to grant or not such privilege based on the actual assessment of the situation in the area where the typhoon -damaged trees are located. “
He told the IPs that reports have shown that some forest products that were previously brought to the depository area in La Paz were not actually typhoon-damaged trees. “ Let it be made clear to everyone that these things are considered violations “ Director Tamayo said.
“ I want to help but this report can affect future actions on the request of the IP members for extension period to extract typhoon-damaged trees “ he said “ The DENR is hoping the IPs can police their ranks so that incidents such as this may not happen again, “ he added.
He said, the names of DENR officials, more often, are dragged into controversy as a result of this transaction. “We have not, to this hour, engaged in illicit transaction since our intention is only to help the IPs ” he said.
According to Director Tamayo, the DENR has a target of 29,000 hectares to be planted with tree seedlings in 2016 under the NGP. “ The participation of the IPs in La Paz, in the NGP is very much welcome”, Director Tamayo said. (EFG
By Eva Jane Lagat
In the Southern Side of Leyte Gulf rests the beautiful province of Dinagat Islands with an area of around 79,970.67 has. It is composed of 7 municipalities with Loreto as the largest in terms of land area. In this municipality lies the two highest points of the province – Mt. Redondo (North) and Mt. Kambinliw (South) – where the enchanting beauty of green lush Bonsai Forest resides. This Natural Bonsai Forest covers the area of Headed by the Director of the Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB), Theresa Mundita S. Lim and the Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources— Region 13 (DENR-R13), Nonito M. Tamayo, along with Dr. Perry Ong and his wife Architect Susan Aquino-Ong, Dr. Edwino Fernando and Mr. Anson Tagtag , the Executive Director of Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Atty. Jose Canivel and staff, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Agapito Patubo and the staff of PENRO Dinagat Islands, the team climbed the peak of Mt. Redondo to witness the enchanting beauty of the Natural Bonsai Forest on September 20, 2015.
Unfortunately, while this Bonsai Forest should be protected and be preserved, this area is now being mined; leaving some parts of the mountain dilapidated. Having declared as Mineral Reserve, the entire island has been introduced to the industry of mining. Because of this, the Bonsai Forest is greatly affected as it was situated in an area covered by an MPSA (Mineral Production Sharing Agreement) where a large scale mining freely operates. A relatively large deposit of nickel was found in the area which consequently endangers the plants nearby. In fact, a nickel test was done by Dir. Lim through which a nickel test strip was rubbed in the leaf of a metal-eating plant. Manifesting the presence of nickel ions, the white-colored test strip immediately turned into red.
With this, the Bonsai Forest is included in the list of areas under the Dinagat Island Conservation Program initiated by the DENR. As a matter of fact, the team, along with the BMB, PTFCF, the LGU of the Province of Dinagat Islands and the office of Congresswoman Arlene Bag-ao of the lone District of Dinagat, have already identified the areas to be excised from PP 391 “Establishing Mineral Land Reservation All Mineral Deposits and Mineral Lands in the Islands North of the Island of Mindanao, in the province of Surigao.”
On the other hand, after reaching the peak of the mountain, the team went sailing to the blue waters of the island heading towards the island of Lalaking Bukid (Male Mountain). This is one of the larger islands of the municipality of Basilisa, where the two most popular beaches can be found—Bitaog (South) and Kabakongan (North). Indeed, this island has been blessed with so much beauty and life — from the white sugary sand to the clear blue waters and the breathtaking limestone formations that border the edge of the coast. This has also been a home of the Hornbills (known in local term as “Kalaw”) where its sanctuary nests in the hovering cliff of Kabakongan Beach.
These are only a few of what the Province of Dinagat Islands has to offer. Truly, the island has been richly blessed with natural resources - a divine masterpiece that needs to be conserved and protected in order to maintain the balance of the ecosystem and ensure the sustainability of wildlife and ecotourism.
BUTUAN CITY , September 24, 2015 –The DENR 13 have planted half of the total 11,130,000 mangrove propagules prepared by the DENR 13 under the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project ( MBFDP) in Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Nore , Surigao del Sur and the Dinagat Province.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said about 5,706,452 seedlings have been planted in the different planting sites as of September 9, 2015. The other remaining balance of seedlings raised shall be planted until November 2015.
Director Tamayo made this announcement during an emergency meeting with the field officers to draw up contingency measures to cushion the impact of the “El Nino” Phenomenon which is expected to be felt by October this year in most parts of the country. The meeting was held at the DENR Regional Learning Center in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City.
“We anticipate the impact of El Nino on the seedlings that were planted in the different NGP sites which may be affected by intense heat and absence of precipitation” Director Tamayo said. The PAG-ASA Weather Forecast has reported less rains will occur in Caraga Region in the months ahead due to the weather phenomenon.
Some CENR Officers reported various measures have been taken to cushion the impact of the EL Nino in most reforestation sites under NGP.
OIC, PENRO Roberto Oliveros said he has alerted the newly-hired DENR Forest rangers and the Bantay Gubat task force to intensify foot patrol focused on possible forest fire that may occur in the NGP plantation due to intense solar heat. “Dry leaves and cogon grasses are common sights during this time but a community which is conscious about forest fire can always avert a forest disaster,” he said.
In some NGP site, the members of the different Community-Based Forest Management Organizations have fixed their respective impounding water structure where they can draw water for the seedlings.
Director Tamayo said the DENR has also focused it activities on mangrove and beach forest development which are located in the towns of Nasipit and Tubay in Agusan del Norte, SIPLAS Dapa and Surigao City in Surigao del Norte, Tandag, Cantilan, Lianga and Bislig in Surigao del Sur and the Province of Dinagat.
As of date, he said, about 4,452 hectares have been planted which is 41.18 percent partially accomplished with 5,706,453.00 seedlings and propagules. Agusan del Norte under PENRO Pat Oliveros, and the Dinagat Province under OIC, PENRO Agapito Patubo have posted high performance ratings in accomplishment on their taret.
About 2,120 folk have been contracted by the DENR to work on the establishment of nursery and monitoring and care of the seedlings under the Cash for Work program of the NGP. (ERIC GALLEGO)
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