DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo congratulated the people as he expressed elation over the confirmation of the Guinness World record-breaking “TreeVolution: Greening Mindanao”.
“We made it at the Guinness World Record due to the overwhelming support provided by the people” Director Tamayo said.
The Guinness World Record has recognized the 122,000 participants who simultaneously planted 2.29 million seedlings across 29 locations in Mindanao on September 26 last year, surpassing the previous record of 1.9 million trees planted by India in 2011.
DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje had already sent his congratulations earlier to the Regional Directors in Mindanao. He said the record-breaking event was “a big step forward in restoring Mindanao’s rapidly-dwindling forest cover and fighting climate change”.
In Caraga Region, at least 1,169.63 hectares were planted with about 542,065 seedlings under the TreeVolution Greening Mindanao in multiple locations.
“More than setting the now-confirmed world record, we will always consider TreeVolution as a big step taken by Mindanao residents themselves in re-greening their landscape to help mitigate climate change and protect themselves against its diverse impacts” Secretary Paje said.
Director Tamayo said this massive tree planting activity held in various locations in Mindanao gave us a strong message that “we can restore the dwindling forest through unity of the people”.
He said the National Greening Program (NGP) being implemented over six years starting 2011 has a target of 1.5 billion tree seedlings planted in 1.5 million hectares until 2016. As of January 2015, DENR records show that of 1,005,013 hectares have been reforested.
Director Tamayo thanked all those who participated in the TreeVolution’s massive tree planting. He also lauded the commitment of the governors, mayors, the private sectors, students, the teachers, government employees, police and the Philippine Army who joined the event.
He said the trees, if cared properly, would grow and will benefit our children particularly on the impact of the climate change. He said the importance of trees is that they sequester carbon which greatly contributes to global warming and climate change. The trees also stabilize soil, provide food and livelihood and recharge acquifers among its many functions.
By: Eric Gallego
DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, on Monday, has announced that about P70 million was set aside for the rehabilitation of mangroves and beach forest in 1,938 hectares coastline and beaches in Suirgao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat province and Agusan del Norte.
Director Tamayo said the DENR shall rehabilitate the mangrove and beach forests particularly in the disaster-risk areas since they are considered effective natural defenses against calamities.
He said several teams of forest technicians were sent in those provinces to conduct site development, assessment and mapping were the mangrove propagules will be planted. Even the beach owners along the coasts of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur including Siargao have been asked to participate in developing a beach forest. The rehabilitation program shall be supervised by the Ecosystem Research and Development Cluster Office headed by Forester Maricar Aguilos.
The Department of Budget and Management is expected to release this month the P1 billion budget for the project on top of the P6.8 billion fund allocated for massive reforestation activities under the National Greening Program (NGP) all over the country. Director Tamayo said the DENR is pursuing the rehabilitation of mangrove areas considering the devastation caused by strong typhoons that hit 171 cities and municipalities in the Visayas and Mindanao in previous years.
The mangrove forests extent in the country have dwindled to about 120,000 hectares over decades based on a study “Mangrove Rehabilitation in the Philippines” conducted by J.H. Primavera and J.M.A. Esteban. The study cited the expansion of fish and shrimp culture and pressure from growing population as the cause of decline.
The authors said there were attempts in the past years to rehabilitate mangrove forests but “the long-term survival rates have been founded to be generally low at 20% survival rates”.
The poor survival was attributed to inappropriate species and site selections. “The favored but unsuitable Rhizophora are planted in sandy substrates of exposed coastlines instead of the natural colonizers Avicennia and Sonneratia” the authors said. “A wider policy direction is also needed to make mangrove rehabilitation more effective,” the study said.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Officials and employees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Surigao del Norte welcome the sacred image of the Virgin Mother of Leadership and Citizenship by Grace on the 8th leg of its pilgrimage visit to the DENR Regional offices in the country.
From Tacloban City, the representatives from the Central office carried the sacred icon to Caraga region via Lipata Port in Surigao City to the PENRO office where it will stay for 3 days.
Bearing white flaglets to symbolize peace and purity, OIC-PENR Officer Cliff C. Abrahan led his personnel in the arrival of the sacred image and toured it to the main streets to the parish church before it was brought to the PENR Office.
A mass was officiated by Fr. Yohanes Dua Dani Bao, an Indonesian Priest followed by a short ceremony and lecture conducted by Dr. Connie Alaras of the University of the Philippines.
The pilgrimage which started on March 27, 2014 is now on its 8th leg passing to the PENR offices.
This activity is DENR’s response to President Aquino’s “Pagbabago Tungo sa Daang Matuwid” wherein the department is supporting the Moral Recovery Program which was conceived in response to the need to strengthen the moral fiber of the Filipino culture, values and ideals which are pro-God, pro-people, pro-country and pro-nature.
Its purpose is to strengthen the human spirit through the “Pilgrimage Mother for Leadership by Grace, Citizenship by Grace.” DENR OIC-Administrative Division Chief Evangeline Astillo said.
The Virgin Mother will rest in the Caraga Region from February 4-28, 2015 and will visit the different DENR field offices.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
The DENR has entered into an agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw, Inc. (BALAOD Mindanaw) and the LGUs of Loreto, Libjo and Tubajon in Dinagat Province on February 6, 2015 for the implementation of the project “From Patronage to Empowerment” of Typhoon Yolanda victims in that province.
PENR Officer Agapito Patubo said the DENR under the agreement has donated 34.58 cubic meters of logs to the LGU of Tubajon; 34.58 cubic meters of logs to the LGU of Loreto and 966.37 board feet of lumber to the LGU of Libjo for the construction of houses and other facilities for the typhoon Yolanda victims who are still confined on temporary shelters within the danger zone.
Earlier in his remark during the inauguration of the PENRO building, the DENR Undersecretary for Administration and Information System Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr. expressed his impression about Dinagat Province. “This province has a vast potential in ecotourism. We hope it can achieve the status as the second “Carbon Balance” in the country similar to Palawan,” he said.
Carbon balance is calculated through deducting the carbon uptake by oceans and land systems from the carbon emissions from human activities. Forests can act as either carbon sources or carbon sinks.
A forest is considered to be a carbon source if it releases more carbon than it absorbs while it can be considered a carbon sink if it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. Carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The process of carbon absorption and deposition is known as carbon sequestration. The net balance of all these carbon exchanges determines whether a forest is a carbon source or sink.
Typhoon Yolanda hit the province on November 8, 2013, it displaced about 5,623 families and destroyed about ₱171 million worth of properties with 505 houses totally damaged and 3,467 houses partially damaged.
The damages brought by typhoon Yolanda have mobilized the government and non-government organizations to initiate several programs to alleviate the sufferings of the typhoon victims. According to OIC-PENRO Patubo, the MOA and Deed of Donation were made to define the contributions and counterparts of the stakeholders to attain their objectives, particularly on resettlement and rehabilitation efforts.
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