Butuan City, November 19, 2015 --DENR Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has instructed personnel involved in the monitoring of log movements in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to further tighten the watch on unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to smuggle undocumented logs during the yuletide season.
“There are two hotspots of illegal logging in the region which are being monitored by the DENR field men in coordination with the Philippine National Police”, Assistant Regional Director Roberto Olivares said.
He said those involved personnel in the anti-illegal logging operation have been told to maintain round-the-clock monitoring this Christmas Season particularly during long vacation periods. “Personnel on duty who are requesting for vacation leave during this season are advise to inform their respective CENRO officers to ensure those assigned on duty at the monitoring station are always kept posted by somebody relieving them,” Oliveros said.
Meanwhile, the DENR has noted the apprehensions and seizures of illegal lumber and flitches have steadily declined since 2014.
According to records released by the Enforcement Division under the Technical Services Office, the apprehensions and seizures of undocumented lumber have dipped further to 833,944 board feet in the 3rd Quarter of this year as compared to the combined apprehension and seizures made in the 1st and 2nd quarter of this year of 478,448.65 board feet.
In 2014, the DENR made an apprehensions and seizures of illegal lumber to 1,931,303.84 board which is lower that than the previous record of 2,677,184.77 made in 2013. (HERZON F. GALLEGO)
BUTUAN CITY – Top officials and key people of the DENR-13 are drawing up its program of activities for FY 2016 during a three-day reprograming workshop at Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City.
The event shall be presided over by the designated Officer-in-Charge Roberto A. Oliveros in his capacity as Assistant Director for Technical Services and assisted by the Assistant Director for Management Services Engr. Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. in lieu of Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo who is out of the country on 15-day working tour.
Assistant Director Oliveros said there are issues to be discussed during the three-day event which include the performance of the field offices on the National Greening Program, the anti-illegal logging campaign, land administration management and other issues and concerns affecting bio-diversity and the environment. (HERZON F. GALLEGO)
BUTUAN CITY – About 15 barangays in Caraga Region are participating in the National Greening Program of the DENR through the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB) with a total funding of P25.2 million.
However, the DENR-13 top management has expressed dismay over the slow utilization of the funds that were allocated to the different Local Government Units (LGUs) for the seedling production and areas developed considering that an average of 39 percent of the total funds was only utilized. A total of P9.882, 268 of the total fund allocation have been so far disbursed by the DENR as of September 30, 2015.
Nevertheless, DENR Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has issued instructions to all PENR Officers of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat province to provide technical assistance to slow performing LGU particularly in Bunawan and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur where activities appeared to have been stalled. “The NGP component in the BUB is expected to provide job opportunities to the people who are actively involved in the seedling productions,” Director Tamayo said.
“Barangay officials who enrolled their participation in the NGP should take advantage of the job opportunities to bring additional income to the poor families in their respective barangay,” Director Tamayo said.
Based on the report of the DENR Conservation and Development Division office, only the Dinagat province has utilized about 68 percent of the P3 million funds allotted to the local government for the production of 136,500 seedlings which were planted in the different planting site covering a total of 273 hectares.
He said while other Peoples Organizations in the region are in full swing in the production and planting of seedlings, the 15 LGUs involved in the BUB should as possible double their efforts to catch up with the program. (HERZON F. GALLEGO)
By Herzon F. Gallego
He may have just reached Grade 5 in education but it is not a hindrance for Junie Bustamante, 46, head of the Bingcongan Tree Farmers Association in Barangay Bingcongan, Bislig, Surigao del Sur to achieve his goal to become rich from tree farming.
Bustamante is expected to gain a hundred fold times the income he is getting now from rice farming in about three years. “We are thankful to the DENR headed by Secretary Ramon JP Paje and the President for the NGP” he said.
“I never expected this luck to happen to me,” Bustamante, a former worker of the defunct PICOP Resources Incorporated said. “I never thought I would be rich someday from the tree farming project under the National Greening Program of the government”, he quips.
Bustamante enrolled in the NGP in 2011 after a team from the DENR conducted an information campaign in that interior barangay amid timber poaching activities caused by the closure of PICOP considered then as the largest paper mill in Asia in 1996.
Many of the workers of PICOP including Bustamante, then were jobless and starving making the venture in timber poaching and illegal cutting so much attractive. “We have no option but resort to timber poaching to relieve us from starvation” Bustamante said.
Like many other regular and contract workers of the several Timber License Agreement (TLA) holders in Caraga Region that folded up when all TLA contracts had expired, illegal logging and timber poaching became a “pain in the neck” of the DENR before Executive Order No. 23 and the National Greening Program under EO No. 26 were imposed by President Aquino in 2011.
“At first I have enjoyed the fruit of illegal timber cutting but then I decided to quit my participation because of the tight patrol of the DENR’s anti-illegal logging task force,” Bustamante said.
This drastic decision has forced Bustamante to improve the piece of land he owned with his brothers, a 14- hectare rice farm not far from the village. “We cultivated the farm but the products were enough for our consumption” Bustamante said.
Lately however, the water irrigation had dried up due to insufficient water supply brought by the effects of the El Niño Phenomenon. “My other source of living is from grass mowing and banana selling bringing an average monthly income of only P 2,000 which is insufficient to make both ends meet” he said.
“The NGP is the best project that ever happened to us because it brought us new hope” Bustamante said.
“Antos–antos una karon apan nakasiguro kami nga makatilaw tag arang nga kinabuhi sa unahan (For a brief moment we are bearing this sacrifice but we are assured of a better living condition in the days ahead) he said.
There are only six members of the association but their respective families are actively involved in the maintenance and survival of the 3,000 rubber trees planted on the 260-hectare timberland in 2011 under the NGP.
While waiting for the right time for harvest of pulps from the 3,000 rubber trees, the association members for the meantime are engaged in seedling production and contract employment.
Aside from the rubber plantation, Bustamante has also planted 90 trees of falcata in the area to increase his earnings which he expects to harvest three years from now.
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