By: Regina Charito Ga
Gimanduan sa DENR ang pagtak-op sa Payatas landfill sa Quezon City ug giawhag ang lokal nga kagamhanan sa maong dapit nga mangita ug luna nga malabayan sa mga nakolekta nga mga basura, mao kini ang gianunsyo ni Sec. Gina Lopez human sa usa ka press briefing niadtung Miyerkules, Jan, 18, 2017.
Ang Payatas dumpsite maoy kinadak-ang bukas nga labayanan sa basura sa nasud ug nahimutang kini duol sa La Mesa Watershed nga maoy nagsuplay ug tubig sa kapin sa 12 milyon ka mga tawo sa Metro Manila. Adunay daghan lumulupyu sa maong dapit nga dili malipayun gumikan sa kahugaw sa palibot ug anaa sa risgo ang ilang kinabuhi .
Giawhag ni Sec. Lopez ang mga lokal nga kagamhanan nga mapatuman ang zero-waste management pinaagi sa pagtigum sa mga materyales o basura nga mahimo pang mapuslan. Ang DENR andam nga mutabang sa pag rehabilitate o pag –alim sa naggusbat nga mga yuta nga nahimung bubuanan sa mga basura.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – The indigenous people in Agusan del Sur who are composed mostly of tree farmers have expressed their earnest gratitude to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources headed by Secretary Regina Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte for the implementation of the Expanded National Greening Program (NGP) in the rural barangays.
“Most of the Lumads living in the uplands are very much happy now. The NGP has helped in improving the impoverish life of the tree farmers” said Datu Subang whose name is Arnold Acebido, Chairman of the Federation of Tribal Community Agro Farmers Development Association (SIFTRICAFARDA) Inc.
“We sincerely thank the President for extending the program until 2028” Datu Subang said.
He said many people in the uplands are looking for opportunities to be included in the NGP because of the life improvement it can bring to those who are participating on it.
Datu Subang has able to develop about 120 hectares of coffee plantation in an area used to be occupied and operated by Timber Licensee in the 70’s at Sitio Bantolinao, in Barangay Padi-ay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. Most of the members of the Federation are beneficiaries of the NGP.
“We are looking forward to earn a good fortune from the plantation of coffee, falcata, and other cash crops we have planted since 2011 when the NGP started”.
He said the other members of the federation are waiting for time to harvest their plantation. Datu Subang stands to earn several millions of pesos from the harvest of coffee alone.
What is good with the coffee plantation is that they provide a cool environment. “We never cut trees anymore because they provide shade to the coffee plants” Datu Subang said.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY—The leaders of the Manobo community in Carrasscal, Surigao del Sur have asked the DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo to give them the opportunity to develop their pooled agricultural lands of 877 hectares into a productive land through the National Greening Program (NGP) which is a major livelihood component of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) being pushed by DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez.
Led by Datu Anilao P. Dawag and Alito Meinano, the tribal leaders visited the office of Director Tamayo in Barangay Ambago to present their proposed program and affirm likewise their support and commitment to the DENR. The other members of the group are Teodoro A. Bat-ao, Jaime Bat-ao, Ricardo Kizan, Datu Wendelino Agiang, and Oscar A. Tagino.
“It would be a great help for our community to enjoy the benefits of the SIAD program of the DENR”, Datu Dawag said. “We have heard the program is good and would surely change the status of living of the people” he said.
Director Tamayo said the DENR has target site development of 5,800 hectares for Surigao del Sur and the proposal of the tribal leaders would be accommodated properly in the rehabilitation of the forest lands in that area. “The DENR is putting its trust in the leaders of the tribal community in the area. We want everyone to be united in this program with people living harmoniously in the atmosphere of peace and development” Director Tamayo said.
He said the DENR is promoting the development of mangrove along the coastal seas and riverbanks and at the foot of the mountain slopes with bamboo grass. “The DENR has allocated 5,000 hectares for bamboo grass and 2,000 hectares for mangrove” he said.
He assured the tribal leaders that the DENR is working an agreement with the various mining firms in the region to provide funds for the seedling production of mangrove and bamboos.
DENR eyes mining companies support in bamboo and mangrove seedling production in Surigao del Sur and Dinagat
By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources may get the support of the mining companies in Caraga region for the seedling production of mangrove and bamboo under the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) programs in Cantilan and Carrascal in Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat province.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo met the elders of the indigenous people community of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur led by Datu Anilao P. Dawag at his office in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City in which he presented the move of the DENR to use the potentials of the mining companies to fund seedling productions through the social development and management program of the companies.
The move follows the request of the tribal leaders to participate in the national greening program with a proposed area of 877 hectares under the SIAD program.
Director Tamayo said everything is still fluid at this time although the work and financial programs of the DENR with a trimmed budget for 2017 shall be done on the last week of January. “We will finalize everything after the reprogramming workshop to be held at the Central Office” he said.
The DENR Regional Office 13 has proposed for P1.1 Billion allocation in the national budget but it was trimmed down by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to P800 million budget this year.
He said the allocated target for the National Greening Program (NGP) has been likewise reduced from 21,900 hectares to 14,900 hectares as a result of the budget trimming. It also set the target of 5,000 hectares for bamboo plantation and 2,000 hectares for the mangrove this year under the NGP.
Director Tamayo said that amid this tight budget, the DENR 13 would ask the mining companies with no problems in its operation to support the production of seedlings for mangrove, bamboo grass and indigenous tree species in these pilot areas.
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez earlier called on large-scale miners to review their Social Development and Management Programs (SDMPs) and adopt a more effective Sustainable Integrated Area Development approach to ensure their operation brings sustainable economic and social benefits to the communities.
The DENR top official expressed her plan for the DENR and mining companies to jointly manage the SDMP funds and use it in the area development approach to improve productivity of the area.
SDMP is a five-year plan carried out during the life of the mine to bring about a sustained improvement in the living standards of the people in the community and neighboring towns they are operating. It is provided for in DENR Administrative Order No. 2010-21 which is the implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
Bamboo is considered one of the fastest growing members of the grass family known to sequester as much as 400 percent of carbon per unit area while giving off 35 percent more oxygen than other trees. Both mangroves and bamboo can stabilize embankments and prevent erosion brought about by sea level rise which is one of the identified impacts of climate change.
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