By Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – About 40 farmers of a remote mountain village Lucac in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur stand to earn millions of pesos from the National Greening Program breaking the chain of poverty that held them for many years.
“ We are just waiting for the harvest of the crops ” says Mario Cresencio, an active member of the Lucac Pilot Community Forest Beneficiaries Association ( LUPICOMFOBA), a private organization which participated in the NGP in 2011. The DENR awarded the association with a total of 1,000 hectares through the CBFM in December 2000. About 292 hectares of this total area has been developed and planted with rubber and kakawate/ipil-ipil under the project CBFM-CARP and fuel wood production.
The members have developed a 40-hectare rubber plantation intercrop with cacao, banana and falcata trees which they opted to plant in what was once an idle hilly brush land.
“ When we heard from the DENR about the NGP, our group took the opportunity with much expectations that the program can relieve us from our desperate situations owing to poverty and inadequate income” Cresencio said.
The people of barangay Lucac sustain their living through farming. Few of them manage to run a small retail store with minimal daily income, while others particularly the males ventured into “ habal-habal” single-motor transportation to survive. Some of the sons and daughters of the farmers hardy finish high school to work menial jobs in the town proper to support their parents.
Perhaps, , Cresencio among the farmers has the wide edge of earning double from his 20-hectare farm, a reward for his decision when DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje encouraged members of the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement to participate in the NGP in 2011.
DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo was impressed of the progress of the LUPICOMFOBA) when he visited the site last week. “ This is the main essence of the NGP to relieve the farmers from the shackle of poverty “ he said after planting 10 seedlings of narra and mahogany species in that farm. RED Tamayo was accompanied by the PENR Officer of Agusan del Sur Roberto Oliveros and a team of NGP technical people from the DENR.
“ The NGP program is functioning well in that community” he said. “ We were impressed by what we saw in that community even as he noticed that everybody is working, each with a task to improve the farm. I think cooperativeness is active in Lucac village where poverty is a thing of the past” RED Tamayo said.
PENRO Oliveros said that the people used to look at the forest as a source of livelihood hence illegal logging was considered as the better alternative to earn income in those previous years.
But the NGP has totally changed that perception. “ The people in Agusan del Sur in general, have learned to adopt the concept of the NGP since every farmer who has a piece of land would now want to plant tree seedlings blend with cash crops” PENRO Oliveros said.
At this time, the members of the LUPICOMFOBA appear contented with their lives the fact they are now enjoying the earnings from the produce of banana plants and other crops like cacao in their farms. “ Almost daily, the association earns about an average P 5,000 from the banana plantation of “ lakatan” variety . This income is on top of the produce from the cacao and other fruit crops in the farm.
The DENR in 2011 has extended financial assistance to the association in the amount of P 2,351,431 under the NGP for the development of 292 hectares production forest area in addition to the P 2.9 million funds given them under the Upland Development Program ( UDP). Since the program is gaining foothold of success, the DENR is expected to conduct a ground validation of the remaining 575 hectares open access land which was awarded to the association through the CBFM in December 18,2000.
“ Hopefully, we can send our sons and daughters to continue their studies in college private schools instead of wasting their time efforts working in the groceries and restaurants at the downtown area” Dionesy Maguinda, president of the association said. “ We can now afford owing to the sustained income from the farm products ” he said.
Two years ahead, Cresecio expects to earn at least P 20 million from the harvest of Falcata trees and rubber plantation that he planted on his 20-hectare farmland under the NGP. He likewise expect to receive his share from the association which stand to get more income from the 40-hectare farm of the association.
“ If every tree farmer in Caraga region can practice the same principle adopted by the LUPICOMFOBA through the NGP, then poverty would no longer be a problem in the region before 2016 “ RED Tamayo said.
The National Greening Program has been the main focus of the DENR with the implementation of Executive Order No. 23 which is the moratorium on cutting of trees in the natural and residual forest .
The NGP which is mandated by Executive Order No. 26, seeks to consolidate and harmonize all greening efforts, including the Upland Development Program, Luntiang Pilipinas, and similar initiatives of the government, civil society and private sector. It seeks to achieve (a) stability and productivity of watersheds (b) improved farm level productivity and stability (c) improved household incomes and general well-being of the people, and (d) increased production of food crops, timber and non-timber forest products.
The DENR has encouraged strong participation of people’s organization and other non- government entities in the NGP as partners in achieving the goals of greening 1.6 million hectares of land and shorelines throughout the country planted with 1.5 billion seedlings over six years period which is more than twice the government’s accomplishment for the past 25 years of about 730,000 hectares. ( With reports from Christine P. Selanova )
By ERIC F. GALLEGO
Butuan City -- The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) in Carascal,Surigao del Sur chaired by DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo has deferred on Friday ( April 4, 2014) the application of a Manobo community composed of the “Agiang Clan” to exclude the 5,224 hectare -ancestral land from the Carac-an Watershed Forest Reserves during a session at a local beach resort in that town.
“ Pending the presentation of all necessary information relative to the application of the Manobos’ Agiang Clan of their request to exclude the area covered by the Presidential Proclamation No.1747 series of 2009, the PAMB has opted to defer further action until the necessary information are presented ” DENR RED Tamayo said.
The Agiang Clan has applied for the exclusion of their ancestral domain inside the proclaimed watershed and forest reserves area as it claimed the provision of prior rights under the National Culture and Indigenous Peoples Act 8371. The representative of the Agiang Clan Benjamin Adjawon, the tribal chieftain of Lobo, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur said the clan is seeking the endorsement of the PAMB for the exclusion of the applied ancestral land which it intend to use for mineral exploration through the Minahan Katutubo of the Manobo Indigenous People in partnership with the First Highlander Indigenous Resources Development Corporation ( FHIRDCO ).
“We expect the PAMB shall grant a certification that the subject area is open for mining by the IPs concerned” the Manobo tribal chief said.
RED Tamayo said the PAMB recognizes the prior rights without prejudice to the rights of the indigenous people under the Indigenous Peoples Act and DENR Administrative Order No. 93-02.
“The Agiang Clan has valid reason to apply for the exclusion of their ancestral domain for whatever purpose the Minahan Katutubo of the Manobo Indigenous People they desire to use their ancestral land” RED Tamayo said . He said, however, that “there are other information that PAMB must take into before it decides on the issue.”
The NCIP through its Chairman Atty. Roque Agaton, Jr. has sent a letter request to President Benigno Aquino on June 01, 2011 to “amend the Proclamation 1747 to segregate an specified area for the mining operation project of the IPs in that declared “critical watershed and forest reserves”area.
The 5,224 hectares ancestral land area being requested for segregation under Presidential Proclamation 1747 covers the lands in barangays Bayogo, Lobo, Cabangahan, Cabas-an and Panikian in the municipalities of Madrid, Cantilan and Carrascal , Surigao del Sur.
The NCIP during its meeting on May 24, 2012 has passed an En Banc CEB Resolution No. 042-2012 Acknowledging and recognizing the declaration of the Agiang Clan of the Manobo ICCs/IPs to exercise prior rights in the harvesting, extracting, development or exploration of mineral resources in their ancestral domain in that specified barangays.
RED Tamayo said the watershed and forest reserves declared under Presidential Proclamation 1747 is a critical watershed area which is being surveyed and delineated by the Land Evaluation Party of the DENR. “ Hence, any mining operations undertaken by the IPs inside the area must be carefully scrutinized and studied taking into consideration the impact on the environment and natural resources of the mining activity operation being introduced in the area ” he added.
RED Tamayo said the PAMB is expected to meet again possibly on the last week of April to further discuss and study the issue before it decides on the request of the Agiang Clan.
By ERIC F. GALLEGO
BUTUAN CITY : Barring any delays in work, the construction of a “state-of-the art” nursery house for tree seedlings in Bislig, Surigao del Sur , the first of its kind in Caraga Region being supervised by the Ecosystem Research and Development of the DENR, is expected to be completed on the first week of April this year. It can produce 12 million tree seedlings every year.
This Mechanization and Modernization of Forest Nursery is the pet project of DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje in his objective to produce large volume of high-quality planting materials through a more efficient and cost-effective methods of propagation in support of the seedlings needs of the National Greening Program.
Secretary Paje has been tasked by President Aquino to accomplish the job before his term of office ends in June 2016. By that time , the NGP shall have established 1 billion tree seedlings of different species planted over 1.5 million hectares in various areas all over the country with popular species like lauan, narra, and fruit trees. In Caraga Region, DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo has instructed his 5 PENROs and 13 CENROs to plant tree seedlings like cacao, coffee, rubber that are adaptable to soil conditions in a given area, including the mangrove and beach forest on the shorelines.
The modern nursery project was made possible through the initiatives of RED Tamayo and RTD Ronilo Salac, of ERDS and the Bio-diversity Management Regional Office. They sweat it out and moved every stones along the way to convince the top management officials at the Central Office that Caraga deserves one allocation of the the four project sites being constructed in the country . Such modern and mechanized nurseries cost about P 35.3 million. The other areas are found three in Luzon and one in the Visayas.
Work activities of the modern nursery at the area of the ERDS in Bislig, Surigao del Sur began in January this year through the four winning bidders, all of them, are based in Butuan City doing separate project components. This included the Hardening Area, a 15,000 sq.meter- lot which will ensure the gradual exposure of the seedlings into full sunlight for the sturdy and quality planting materials before they are planted into selected planting sites. It has a section called the "Growing area" which is a 10,000- sq.meter lot that functions as development of geminants into seedlings. At the other side is the the Seeder Building which processes the sowing of seeds into the styro-blocks propagation container with customized seed pads and treated through a misting area for watering before they are placed into the greenhouse. There are two Greenhouse buildings being built at a 350 sq.meter lot in that area These buildings are equipped with misting devices and other facilities that helps in the germination process of the germinants.
RED Tamayo gave his assurance that the mechanized nursery will produce at least 12 million good quality seedlings yearly assuming they will come from the Seed Production area and Individual Plus Trees ( IPTs) and have been processed at the Mindanao Tree Seed Center.
He said the nursery may also provide fruit, crops ,vegetables and cut flowers so that the tree farmers can earn their livelihood while waiting for the tree crops to yield fruits and harvested. He expressed optimism that the project will " succeed according to plans and programs laid out by the DENR technical people so that the country can enjoy a good and healthy environment in the midst of a global climate change.” ( By ERIC F. GALLEGO, CHIEF RPAO , DENR-13 )
APPROVED FOR PRINT,BROADCAST AND WEBSITE RELEASE
NONITO M. TAMAYO, CESO IV
Regional Executive Director
Butuan City – DENR-13 Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo has approved the application of GMA Network, Inc. for Special Land Use Permit for the construction of a TV Relay Station at Sitio Matin-ao, Barangay Bonbon, Butuan City on Monday.
RED Tamayo signed the permit at the DENR-13 Regional Conference Room at Barangay Ambago this city before the presence of OIC, Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Marites M. Ocampo, Electronic Engr. Denis B. Gatchalian , the representative for GMA Network, OIC CENR Officer Norman Asugan , Forester Raul Rosales, OIC of the Forest Resources and Conservation Division, Forester Mila J. Garcia, OIC of the Forest Resources and Development Division among other field personnel .
According to Engr. Gatchalian, residents in Agusan del Norte and portions of Agusan del Sur will have a clear view of programs of the GMA through their aerial antenna with the full operation of the TV Relay Station at Mt. Mayapay area.
The PT&T used to occupy the 400 square meters area including its four-legged self-supporting 120 ft. steel tower but the DENR has cancelled its permit after it expired on July 19,2000 and did not renew it by CENRO Nasipit due to abandonment of the area for five years as provided in the provision of DAO 2004-28.
CENR Office Asugan said all requirement call for under the government
regulations stipulated under DAO 2004-28 has been satisfactorily complied by the proponent.
( By Eric F. Gallego, RPAO/DENR-13 )
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