Butuan City – It takes two Lady foresters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR) Caraga Regional Office to cross danger lines inside forest jungles in Agusan del Sur to get crucial data on forest land use needed in management decision.
“We spend lot of hours hiking in the forest jungle without minding the danger that lurks somewhere to assess the forest resources particularly about the National Greening Program (NGP)” Forester Marlyn delos Arcos said.
Ms. Arcos is assigned at the Conservation and Development Division, Technical Service of the DENR 13 where data and information about the status of the planted seedlings and the tree stands are constantly monitored to guide the top management in making decisions. “We go to places where men dare not owing to critical security condition “Arcos said.
The lady forester was referring to the presence of the armed rebels who patrol the forest apparently evading the pursuing government troops. “We avoid the conflict as possible “ Arcos said. “We’re not afraid facing an NPA cadre if the situation warrants although most often they understand our job “, she said.
She said the Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) is so important in the forest land use. Its activities involve collecting, managing and analyzing data and information about forest resources. Information from sample plots and tracts, the measurement of biophysical properties and feedback from forest users are very crucial in the management of tree resources. “We focus in particular about the changes in land use and the existing vegetation inside a forest area.
She said 26 sample tracts in Caraga Region are currently being assessed and evaluated by the DENR team. (DENR-RPAO 13 NEWS RELEASE)
By: Eric Herson Gallego
Butuan City --The 240- million hectare Philippine waters which hosts the second biggest coral reefs in Southeast Asia next to Indonesia may face inevitable destruction by excess human intervention unless the people conduct more efforts in protecting it.
“Small effort such as keeping away from throwing plastic products and bag container into the sea” can do a significant contribution in protecting our reefs” DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M.Tamayo said.
“Let us save the reefs “Director Tamayo said as the Filipino people throughout the county join hands in the celebration of the Ocean Month this may.
Based on records obtained from the DENR’s Bio-diversity Management Bureau ( BMB), the “ coral reefs are now in crisis because of dynamite fishing, overfishing, ill-planned coastal development, pollution and the global effects on climate change such as warming seas.
The DENR said that so far most of the coral reef system found in the waters of the Philippines are still in good condition but the people should stop using destructive methods of fishing and polluting the sea waters to protect the coral reefs.
“Plastic wastes which carried back to the shores by sea currents get entangled often into the mangrove plantation which can upset its growth and damage the entire ecological system “he said.
The Philippines seas are home to some 468 species of scleractinian corals, over 50 soft corals, 1,755 reef-associated fishes, 648 mollusks, and 27 marine mammals. The reefs protect shorelines from waves and storms that case flooding and erosion, support commercial and subsistence fisheries, and are home to a thriving recreation and tourism industry.
The different regional offices in the country have lined up various activities for the Ocean Month mostly monitoring and evaluation of mangrove stands, law enforcement and protection, beach clean ups and workshop about coastal management. (RPAO-13 NEWS RELEASE)
By Eric Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – Armed with AK-47 Assault Rifles, a group of suspected New People’s Army Rebels burned the Forest Monitoring Station of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at the remote barangay of Mat-i in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on Monday evening last week.
DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said report submitted by the CENR Office of Nasipit headed by OIC, CENR Officer Norman Asugan, about 30 armed men swooped down at around 8:30 PM Monday and seized the DENR monitoring station situated at the main road in Barangay Mat-i of that town while the personnel manning it were changing post with other team members so they can take their dinner.
The report said that armed men made a surprise visit and apparently were looking for uniformed men in that monitoring station although they were disappointed to find none.
The armed men then ordered the DENR personnel to evacuate the place and bring out all office furniture and equipment before they burned the installation and fled away. No one was hurt in the incident, the report said.
“We were told that the armed men mistook the monitoring station as PNP checkpoint” Camilo Sabuero, team member of the DENR monitoring team in the area said.
The police are pursuing leads to identify the leader of the armed group for proper filing of case against them.
The burned monitoring station has served as deterrence of trucks transporting illegally sourced out logs in that area since Executive Order No.23, which banned the cutting of trees in the natural and residual forest for 25 years has been imposed on February 1, 2011 by President Aquino.
BUTUAN CITY—Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region reminded owners of beach resorts and commercial establishments particularly in places with tourist influx to be aware about good sanitation and proper waste management to keep the waters safe for swimming.
Director Tamayo issued the advisory in face of the situation in Boracay waters which is partly affected by the presence of the so-called “green and slimy algae” that has spoiled the summer fun of bathers and swimmers.
“Although the appearance of green algae is a natural occurrence during summer, it would be practical to the owners of resorts and other commercial establishments operating on the beach corridors in the region to exercise proper management of sanitation and waste disposal” Director Tamayo said.
He said he would ask the Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director for Caraga Region Wilson L. Trajico to likewise look into the informal settlers along shorelines to determine the quality of water in their surrounding areas in accordance with the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws and regulations.
Director Tamayo said a well-designed sewage system may be practical and beneficial to the owners of the establishments in the tourist-destined beach resorts in the region. (EFG)
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