By Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY, November 23, 2016 --DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has commended the Philippine National Police under Regional Director Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix for its support to the DENR in the anti-illegal logging campaign in the region.
“The PNP is doing a great job in the anti-illegal logging campaign particularly in this Yuletide season when timber poaching activities is noted in the past to be active in cutting trees illegally in areas declared as no cutting and harvesting zone” Director Tamayo said.
The PNP personnel recently arrested six persons involved in the illegal transport activity of lumber products locally known as “mangkono” or “iron wood” and lauan in two separate incidents in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.
In the first incident, the PNP personnel based in Prosperidad Police Station in Agusan del Sur have arrested persons and impounded their vehicle for trying to transport about 1,341 pieces of “iron wood” at the Maharlika Highway at Poblacion Prosperidad heading to Butuan City.
One of the two persons arrested was identified as Jay Alabaran, 44. The undocumented mangkono lumber must have come from Surigao del Sur. The police also impounded the Mitsubishi Canter truck used in transporting the illegal forest products.
In another incident, the police arrested three persons in Barangay 5, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte for transporting 114 pieces of lauan lumber on the motorcycle. The police personnel were conducting a regular check of vehicles at the highway when they stopped the “habal-habal” motorcycle carrying undocumented forest products upon reaching the PNP Checkpoint.
The three persons arrested were identified as Jimmy Sernal, Danilo Cellero, and Marcial Toda who are now facing charges for violation of PD 705 otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Director Tamayo said the PNP has been providing a great help to the DENR in its campaign to arrest the people engaged in timber poaching and smuggling. Hopefully, he said, with the deployment of the newly hired and trained DENR forest rangers in the various specific target of monitoring activity, timber poaching would be minimized.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo is seeking to justify the P1.1 Billion budget of the DENR Caraga Region for 2017 before a Senate Budget hearing this week. “We have several projects and programs that were lined-up next year” Director Tamayo said.
RD Tamayo joins the other Regional Directors of the DENR in the 14 regional offices, National Capital Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region (Baguio City) who were asked by the DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez to be present at her side while she defend the budget of the DENR which is about P 28.67 Billion for 2017. This budget shall be used to fund programs to protect the environment and improve the living conditions of marginalize communities.
The proposed budget for 2017 of the DENR as a whole is about 31 percent higher than the budget allocation in 2016 of P21.8 B.
Secretary Lopez has been insisting that she wants a bigger budget of P 28.67 B to help the DENR fulfill its commitment to social justice through the implementation of environment protection programs anchored on convergence and area development approach.
Sec. Lopez said the DENR’s main challenge in seeking a bigger budget for 2017 is to raise the quality of life in communities that are the primary stakeholders and pursue measures that will optimize their growth potentials.
The DENR she said would be working closely with the civil society groups, the scientists, and social entrepreneurs to turn its programs and projects into income-generating enterprises for local communities. One of these programs is the expanded National Greening Program, the government’s flagship reforestation program which hopefully will turn into a tool to improve the lives of the poor. For 2017, the DENR is seeking a budget allocation for the enhanced NGP of P9.4 billion.
The major programs of the DENR next year aside from the E-NGP are responsible mining, forest protection, and biodiversity conservation.
For 2017, forest protection will have an allocation of P 674 million, biodiversity conservation program, P763 million; coastal and marine eco-system program, P633 million, land administration and management, P568 million; research and development, P90 million; and the Manila Bay clean-up program, P 80 million.
The 2017 proposed budget will also cover two major Foreign-assisted projects being implemented by the DENR totaling around P2 billion as government share for the forest management project and the integrated natural resources and environment management project.
The Environmental Management Bureau proposed budget next year is P1.6 Billion; Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau, P688 million; and the DENR’s line bureau and attached agencies, P3.4 Billion.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY, November 11, 2016 -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 13 has recently trained 41 Lumads as deputy forest rangers to help in the anti-illegal logging campaign.
These Lumads belong to the groups of the Wawa Tribal Sectoral Council and the Sibagat Tribal Sector. They were recommended by their respective chief to be trained by the DENR Resource persons with technical expertise in different disciplines.
The candidates for deputy forest rangers have been taught about forestry regulations specifically the forestry code under PD 705, the Wildlife Act, the National Greening Program, the Solid Waste Management, and other rules and regulations being imposed by the DENR. They also learned about procedures in proper filing of appropriate charges against a person who was caught transporting illegal forest products and those flowers and birds species that are considered critically endangered species.
They were also trained in foot patrol, monitoring, and protection of forest enhancement to capacitate them as Deputized Forest Officers.
According to Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, the deputized Lumads have been sent immediately to their respective assignments to complement the PNP, the Philippine Army, and the DENR Forest Rangers in the campaign against illegal trade of wildlife and illegal logging.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo urged the employees of the DENR involved in the processing of titles to prioritize and keep the momentum of being top performing region in the issuance of patents.
Director Tamayo made the challenge at the opening program of the three-day learning on the Basic Concepts of Land Administration and Disposition held at the DENR Regional Learning Center in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on November 8, 2016. Also present during the program are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Roberto Oliveros and the Visayas-Mindanao Technical Consultant for the Foundation for Economic Freedom Dr. Diana R. Apistar.
Director Tamayo said the patents issuance of DENR 13 needs to be improved further to keep the momentum as top performing region in patent issuance. “We should achieve a high accomplishment not only for the sake of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) but for our commitment as well to the people” Director Tamayo said.
Director Tamayo said he is hoping the DENR 13 employees engaged in patents and deeds processing can deliver 90 percent of its target accomplishment before the end of this year.
“We should assist the beneficiaries even after they have received the patents” Director Tamayo said.
The 3-day learning session on the basic concepts of land administration and disposition also covers the topics about land titling, policies, land laws and guidelines on land management and disposition, basic survey and mapping, land adjudication, conflict resolution, LGU experience with land titling, and RA 6713 or the Norms of Conduct for Government Officials.
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