By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Butuan City-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the ABS-CBN have forged an agreement to establish a tree park from the closed- garbage dumping site in Barangay Doongan in this city.
The ABS-CBN has also agreed to plant 300 seedlings on the 2-hectare former dumping site every Saturday starting July 5, 2014 until December 2014 with the participation of their sponsors and supporters.
“This is a good start for the TV network’s “Bantay Kalikasan Program” in response to the National Greening Program being implemented by the DENR in which a total of 1.5 billion trees are expected to be planted on 1.5 million hectares of production timber land throughout the Philippines until 2016 from 2011.” DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
He cited that from 2011 to 2013, a total of 397,799,713 seedlings of assorted indigenous and fruit bearing trees have been planted, covering 683,481 hectares or 46 percent of the 1.5 million hectare target nationwide under the NGP.
RD Tamayo said that ABS-CBN is committed under the agreement to plant 1,800 seedlings in that area. The Doongan Garbage Dumpsite has been closed by the city government on March 2013, more than a decade after the Solid Waste Management Act 9003 which stops the operation of open dumpsite took effect. The World Bank has extended financial assistance to the City Government of US$ 300,000 for the safe closure of the said dumpsite.
“This is one strategy we can do to cushion the effects of global climate change, the fact that trees are helpful in the sequestration of carbon dioxide, one of the gases in the atmosphere that cause global warming resulting to climate change” he said.
Director Tamayo said the DENR and the ABS-CBN partnership would go a long way in public awareness campaign on the effects of climate change in the city. He said the city government of Butuan City under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. is likewise spearheading an intensive tree planting activities to achieve its vision to be a Premier Forest City in the Southern Philippines.
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By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Butuan City - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have conducted a two-day summit on Climate Change Advocacy on July 16-17 in this city to equip the information officers from different government and private agencies about climate change.
The Information Officer’s Summit which was anchored on the theme, “Strengthening Partnership among Communities for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation” was attended by information officers from the different municipal and city government offices and the non-government sectors in the Caraga Region.
DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo graced the event extending his gratitude to PIA Caraga for spearheading such an important and timely gathering of information officers for climate change advocacy.
The so-called “digital media” powered by the best technology is vital in advocacy campaign on climate change but it has limited range in certain areas, leaving the rural areas deprived of vital information.
“As information officers you could fill this gap where you can effectively cascade important information to as many people in the remote places.” RD Tamayo said.
He emphasized that the Information Officers play a pivotal role as immediate multipliers through cascading vital information to the communities to keep them abreast with the development on climate change.
“It is not a question of how to prevent climate change from happening because we are already feeling its effect. The question now is how we could adapt to it?” he said.
The Philippines has been proactive in responding to the impact of climate change. The strategies are embedded in various laws, statutes and government issuance.
“The government however, cannot do this job alone. It is a good thing that we continuously strengthen our partnership to look for ways on how to reduce the impact of climate change.” RD Tamayo said.
He said that the DENR has adopted the NGP as a strategy to fight climate change. He cited that from 2011 to 2013, a total of 397,769,713 assorted indigenous, fast-growing and fruit-bearing trees have been planted, covering 683,481 hectares or 46% of the 1.5 million-hectare target. The report also indicated 1,182,764 jobs were created during the said period.
“We have targeted 30,000 hectares of open-access timberlands, including shorelines and beach areas to be planted with indigenous trees, mangrove and beach forest species this year.” he said.
He encouraged the information officers to work together with the DENR in its program particularly on NGP.
“Climate change is real but together, if we pool our efforts, we can create positive results for our environment. Nagbabago na ang panahon, panahon na para magbago.” he said.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
To conclude the celebration of the Environment Month, a culmination activity was held at the DENR Regional Office Covered Court last June 30, 2014.
The program was divided into three (3) parts. First was the weekly Monday Convocation with the usual delivery of updates per sector hosted by the Admin Division. A simultaneous Booth Exhibit/Display by division and an On-the-spot Poster Making Contest by DCEDCO was held as part of the program.
The awardees in the On-the-spot Poster Making Contest were as follows: 1st place is Phillipe Erick C. Monares from Butuan City School of Arts and Trades Taguibo Campus; 2nd place is Alexis A. Sualillo from Libertad National High School; and 3rd place is Jeff Justin Grief Dawis from Butuan City School of Arts and Trades Main Campus.
The second part of the program started at 2:30 pm with a red carpet entrance of the DENR Regional Director, Division Chiefs, CENROs, PENNROs, RTDs and Awardees. This was followed by welcome remarks from RTD for FMS Maritess M. Ocampo and a message from RD Nonito M. Tamayo. The awardees were serenade by the DENR the Voice Champion Hyacinth Mantiza before the actual awarding of plaques and certificates. The program ended at 3:30 pm with closing remarks from the RTD for LMS Atty. Paquito R. Rosal.
A Merienda Cena at the Regional Training Center was organized for the guests and awardees after the second part of the program.
The third part of the program started at 3:30 pm wherein the LMS prepared a game which was participated by the different sectors. The Admin on the other hand, organized a Bingo game for everyone. A raffle promo was randomly done in the duration of the program headed by the Office of the Regional Director.
A competition entitled “DENR Got Talent” was participated by the different sectors wherein, FMS ranked 1st followed by the ORED in the 2nd place and ERDS on the 3rd place. Other contestants were given 500 pesos as consolation prize.
The winners of the Recycled Art Contest and The Voice Singing Contest were awarded during the last part of the program. FMS represented by Richard Dela Cruz, ranked 1st in the recycled art contest followed by Cheryl Taganahan of PMD in the 2nd place and Christine Aguillou together with Glirjane Amoguis of LMS in the 3rd place.
CENRO Nasipit’s representative, Hyacinth Mantiza bagged the 1st place in the DENR the Voice singing contest followed by Neil Mark Malig-on of EMB in the 2nd place and Romalen Capiton of the Admin Personnel Section in the 3rd place.
The event which aims to promote camaraderie between DENR employees ended at about 10 o’clock in the evening with a disco portion and an all-in dinner.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
A team of geodetic engineers from the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) is scheduled to conduct data validation in Caraga Region for the determination of the “Gravimetric Geoid Model of the Philippines” on July 7-12, 2014.
“NAMRIA will be occupying a network of Benchmarks using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) as one of NAMRIA’s programmed activities under its Geodetic Network Development Project.” Engr. Arthur German, Chief of the DENR-13 Survey Division said.
According to the Director of the Mapping and Geodesy Branch, Mr. Ruel DM. Belen, the use of the geoid model would enable the surveyors to calculate a reliable elevation above mean sea level (MSL) using GNSS.
The authority has chosen 30 ports located in different parts of the country including points in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; Lingig, Surigao del Sur; Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; and the boundary of Carmen and Magsaysay, Agusan del Norte.
The team is led by Engr. Aila Leana Sampana which will hold 5-hour session in each station to accomplish the validation process.
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- FMS CARAGA HOSTS FMB SPONSORED TRAINING SEMINAR ON FLUP
- DENR CARAGA Signs MOA with ABS-CBN and Barangay Doongan
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- FMS Introduces New Procurement Scheme to PENROs and CENROs
- Carbon Sequestration: Trees Being the Ticket for a Battle against Climate Change
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