By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional office headed by Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Nasipit conducted tree planting and coastal clean-up activities simultaneously along the beaches of Buenavista, Nasipit, and Carmen in Agusan del Norte in celebration of the International Day of Forests with the theme “Forests | Climate | Change.”
To give meaning to the celebration, each participant was required to plant 21 seedlings to symbolize the annual celebration of the International Day of Forests which is every 21st day of March.
The activity which was initiated by CENRO Norman Asugan began at 5 am, participated by more than 300 individuals including the DENR personnel, Local Government Units, fisherfolks, private sectors, non-government organizations, and young volunteers.
A total of 15,880 seedlings of Rhizopora, Brugeria, Talisay, and other Indigenous species were planted in a total land area of 7.52 hectares. The participants also conducted clean-up in the 4 beaches and collected 183 kilograms of non-biodegradable wastes.
RD Tamayo said “This activity is a good start for the region’s contribution to the 1 Billion Peso Mangrove Rehabilitation Project of the agency.” He said a total of 14,880 mangrove propagules were planted in those different sites. “These mangroves would be our first line of defense against natural calamities such as storm surge” he said.
The International Day of Forests (IDF) was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013 thru a resolution established by United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. This year’s IDF theme emphasizes the ways in which forests and climate change are linked and to gain support in the advocacy to make greater actions to create change.
“We should initiate more activities like this as contribution to the adaptation and mitigation measures that we are doing to cushion the impact of climate change. Forests sustain life on earth and therefore the protection of forests must be considered over and above our daily chores” Director Tamayo said.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has officially turned over the records, documents and other properties of the Ecosystems Research and Development Services (ERDS) to Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Acting Director Henry A. Adornado at a simple ceremony held at the DENR Learning Center in Butuan City on March 17, 2015.
The event was attended by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr. who delivered a welcome remark and the personnel from the DENR regional office including the workforce of the ERDS office.
With the turn-over by the DENR to the ERDB, the ERDS would now be converted to a clustered research center under the management of the ERDB. ERDS Caraga would now be one of the six (6) research centers in the Philippines called “Forest and Timber Resources Research Center (FTRRC).” ERDS XIII is clustered with ERDS IX and X. These changes were made as compliance to DENR Administrative Order 2014-01 stating the adoption of the new DENR organizational structure pursuant to Executive Order 366 and the rationalization plan duly approved by the DBM.
“This turn-over does not mean that we will be totally parting ways, we are still under the same umbrella. We will still protect and conserve the environment hand in hand. Research would always be part of the DENR regional office and it would always be of big help to us” RD Tamayo said.
The regional director added that ERDS will always have a space at the DENR Caraga compound and would always be welcome anytime of the day. “ERDS would always get the full support from our management” he said.
The Research Center will be located at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur under the supervision of their own Center Head.
The event ended with the inauguration of the Mindanao Tree Seed Center and staff house at Maharlika, Bislig City.
By: Eric Herson F. Gallego
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has appealed to the people in the upland barangays to exercise care of the forest by doing away with their activities of slash and burn methods of farming to convert forest lands for a variety of purposes with the onset of dry months and the El Niño phenomenon.
“We can prevent forest fire this summer by avoiding any activity that could trigger fire from withered leaves”, Director Tamayo said.
He said uncontrolled fire in the forest can affect the tree seedlings planted in different sites of the National Greening Program.
The DENR to date, has established 49,999.12 hectares of production and open access timberlands in Caraga Region through the NGP with about 27,745,254 seedlings of indigenous and exotic tree species. “These gains of the NGP which are on the upswing will literally go up in smoke and we want to be sure this won’t happen in forest lands” he said.
The El Niño phenomenon which is an abnormal pattern that is caused by the warming of the Pacific area near the equator has been observed by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA). It is expected to last for several months until November this year. El Niño weather occurs when the normal trade winds weakens (or even reverse) which allows the warm water usually found in the Western Pacific to flow instead towards the east. This warm water displaces the cooler water that’s normally found near the surface of the eastern Pacific region, setting off atmospheric changes that affect weather patterns in many parts of the world.
Director Tamayo also instructed the PENR and CENR officers to increase their monitoring activities in NGP sites in their respective area of jurisdiction so that the members of the different private organizations that have stake on NGP are properly guided and aware of the abnormal weather pattern. “They should check and ensure availability of sufficient water supply in communities,” he said.
Director Tamayo said that priority must be given to strict monitoring of protected areas which are considered habitat for endangered species of plants and animals for potential outbreak of forest fires.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo on Wednesday visited a senior folk at the remote barangay of Sangay in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte to commend him for a successful endeavor in maintaining a perfect survival rating of the tree seedlings that he planted through the National Greening Program (NGP).
The DENR official congratulated Juan Acero Galon, 82 years old and his wife Teofila for the 100 percent survival rating of the falcata seedlings on their one-hectare farm.
“This is the essence of the NGP, which is to reduce poverty in the countryside by giving them the means to earn income” Director Tamayo said. The other goals of the NGP are to promote food security, environmental stability, biodiversity conservation, and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation.
“My wife and I are happy that we were able to participate in the NGP” Galon said. “We expect to earn income from those falcata trees once they mature in about six years from now” he said.
Mang Juan as he is fondly called by his peers admitted he can hardly afford to provide decent meal for his nine children before he joined the program. “The NGP helped us sustain our daily needs” he said.
Mang Juan is an active member of the Sangay Watershed Planters Association (SAWAPA) People’s Organization. The association maintains 58 hectares of falcata plantation under the NGP.
The program taught him to diversify his tree farm through planting cash crops such as banana and corn although he opted for banana. “This is where we get our income to survive while waiting for the falcata to mature” Mang Juan said.
The elder couple which will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this year can still outpace the much younger age in hiking uphill and manage to work in the farm from sunrise to sunset. “This is the secret of long life, which is to live a healthy lifestyle in a clean environment” Mang Juan said.
Director Tamayo said the couple is a role model of NGP who despite their advance age could maintain a 100 percent survival rate of the tree seedlings that they have planted. “NGP is more than climate change mitigation” he said. “The program helps the people in any possible way it can to give the people in the hinterlands a better living condition” Director Tamayo said.
He said the DENR is happy to note that there are people like Mang Juan who are dedicated in pursuing the success of the NGP.
DENR Regional Director Nonito Tamayo visited yesterday an 82-year-old 2013 National Greening Program beneficiary which he believes is a man behind one of the successful program sites in the region as he maintains the 100 survival rate of his area.
Juan Acero Galon amidst his age has been able to maintain the 100 percent survival rate of his one hectare falcata plantation at Sitio Tapnige, Barangay Sangay, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
“I, together with my 82-year-old wife, Teofila, was maintaining this land. We have 12 children, three of them already passed away. NGP helps us through our day to day living. This is where we get money to be able to buy rice. It is absolutely a big help” Galon said.
“In our 82 years of existence and 59 years of married life, we both believe that the secret to a longer life is a healthy lifestyle and surrounding, NGP does help us on this. Through planting it seems that we are gaining back our energy” he added.
According to RD Tamayo, beneficiaries like Mr. Galon are the ones who put essence to the projects of DENR. “NGP was created by the government not just because of mitigation and adaptation measures due to climate change but also to be able to help the people in any possible way it can for the betterment of their living conditions. I am truly glad that we have beneficiaries like Mr. Galon who amidst his age is very dedicated in pursuing this project” He said.
Mr. and Mrs. Galon were members of the Sangay Watershed Planters Association (SAWAPA) People’s Organization. This 12-year-old organization has 68 active members and is headed by Chairman Immaculada C. Sumagid. Under the NGP, SAWAPA has a total of 30 hectares in 2013 and 28 hectares in 2012.
“We think we can already harvest six years from now and we are expecting to gain an estimate of 2,500 pesos per tree” Chairman Sumagid said.
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