By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
BUTUAN CITY—Joint with common advocacy, about 150 information officers, student leaders, security officers and media practitioners gathered together in a Multi-Sectoral Forum on the West Philippine Sea Issue held at the Dottie’s Place and Convention Center, Butuan City on January 26, 2016.
The forum was initiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in coordination with the Civil Military Operation (CMO) of the 4th Infantry Division. The forum focuses on the government’s position on the West Philippine Sea issue by providing a deeper understanding of the case filed by the Philippine government with the Arbitral Tribunal.
“We believe that through proper information dissemination, the Philippines will have a greater chance at this issue. All the Filipinos should know why we are fighting for this. The Philippine Government and the Filipino people are determined to defend what is legitimately ours,” Maria Teresa T. Almojuela, DFA Executive Director for Maritime and Oceans Affairs Office said.
The Philippines’ arbitration case is not about determining sovereignty over territories as maritime boundary delineation. Its goal is to solve the issue in the most diplomatic and peaceful way.
“We believe that “Right is Might” over “Might is Right”. War is never an option. We are based on the law and in accordance to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which is the “Constitution of the Oceans” we are on the right track. As what President Aquino said, “What is ours is ours,” Almojuela said.
The forum aims to educate all the Filipinos about the issue. Every fact about this was clearly discussed to the participants. Visuals like documentaries, comic books, and brochures were distributed to make the materials appealing to the eyes of the participants and capture their attention.
“As of now, a total of 12 regions were already visited by our team. Four (4) more to go and we will achieve our goal to educate all the Filipinos about the West Philippine Sea Issue” Emelyn Q. Libunao, Staff Director of PIA PMD Central Office said.
“Amidst all this, we maintain that our dispute in the West Philippine Sea is not the sum total of our relation with China. Our differences are in official policies, not socio-cultural. Thus, we should still maintain good relationship with them in other aspects,” Almojuela said.
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. together with PIA Caraga acknowledges the efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Caraga Region for initiating a regular radio program entitled “Oras sa Kinaiyahan” during the Multi-Sectoral Forum on the West Philippine Sea Issue at the Dottie’s Place and Convention Center on January 26, 2016.
DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo extended his warmest thanks to the Secretary and PIA Caraga for their appreciation and support to the region’s initiatives.
“The partnership of DENR with PIA in the Climate Change advocacy and other environmental programs has changed lives and inspired new beginnings” PIA Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga said.
Secretary Coloma gave emphasis to the successful implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Anti-Illegal Logging Campaign in the region.
“DENR Caraga is notable for challenging the current mindsets and practices in terms of environmental management and development leading to the successful implementation of its programs and projects,” Secretary Coloma said.
“On behalf of DENR Caraga, I would like to give thanks to Secretary Coloma and PIA Caraga for appreciating our efforts. Rest assured that we will continue to promote environmental awareness in the most creative way we can to inform and educate the public regarding environmental protection and conservation” Director Tamayo said.
During the forum, the anchors of the Radio Program, Rejoice Chavez and Forester Edito Tocle were also given recognition. Both of them were honored and committed to continue giving the best service to the public.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – The sustained intensive operation of the DENR Enforcement Teams in coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army has brought down incidence of timber poaching activities in Caraga Region in 2015.
The DENR Enforcement Division reported that there were 918,218.54 bd. ft. of illegal forest products apprehended and seized last year as compared in the previous year of 1,931,303.84 bd.ft. in 2014.
“The anti-illgal logging campaign under the implementation of EO 23 of the DENR had paid off in the region since it was imposed in February 2011”, Forester Modesto U. Lagumbay Jr., chief of the DENR-13 Enforcement Division said. “We hope we can reach our goal of zero illegal logging for the next six months,” he added.
The DENR Caraga seized 2,585.833.53 bd.ft in 2011; 4,341,143.01 bd.ft. in 2012; and 2,667,184.77 bd.ft. in 2013. The agency reported a total of 12,453,683.70 bd.ft. of apprehended forest products for the last five years with a total of 142 cases filed in courts against the perpetrators since 2011 and out of these, there were 32 cases of conviction.
Meanwhile, more than one-third of the total confiscated illegal forest products by the DENR were donated to various national and local government agencies. DENR Caraga disposed a total volume of 4,696,583.88 bd.ft. to DepEd (545,940.04 bd.ft.) TESDA (1,626,530.00 bd.ft.); LGUs (1,155,617.19 bd.ft.); AFP/PNP/BJMP (1,233,533.50 bd.ft.); DSWD (8,480.00 bd.ft.); DPWH (21,327.20 bd.ft.); EMB (1,463.62 bd.ft.); DENR-DOST-FPRDI-NNVS (28,017.03 bd.ft.); and other agencies (75,675.30 bd.ft).
The region continues to promote the government’s target for a “zero-illegal logging hotspot” together with the consistent advocacy for total log ban for the year 2016.# (with reports from Hannah Yael Morano)
By: Regine Ga
The DENR commended today the winners of the 2015 Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools - Regional level.
The finalists for the Elementary Category are Melquiades N. Cagasa Elementary School, Surigao City, 2nd place, Sukailang Elementary School, Surigao City 3rd place, Mainit Central Elementary School, Surigao del Norte, 4th place and Taligaman Elementary School, Butuan City, 5th place. While the finalists for the high school category includes Barobo National High School, Surigao del Sur, 2nd place, Agusan del Sur National High School, Agusan del Sur,3rd place, Anomar National High School, Surigao City, 4th place and La Soledad National High School, Butuan City, 5th place.
The Barobo National High School, Surigao del Sur and Puerto Princesa Elementary School, Dinagat Island have received the Nestle Water Conservation Award. The Meralco Energy Leadership Award was awarded to the Matin-ao National High School,Surigao del Norte and Puerto Princesa Elementary School,Dinagat Island.
The Regional Winners are Matin-ao National High School, Surigao del Norte and Puerto Princesa Elementary School, Dinagat Island.
The search is a joint activity of the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Smart Communications, Inc. and Nestle Philippines, Inc. and Meralco Energy.
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- DENR Exec appeals to upland dwellers to avoid Kaingin
- DENR reviews joint operating manual
- DENR Caraga and MINDA pushes for ARB governing board institutionalization
- DENR 13 key officers get new assignment
- DENR earmarks P12.4 billion for climate change programs
- DENR-13 eyes 29,000 hectares for NGP in 2016
- Panlabuhan Manobo leader inspires Mindanawons
- DENR Caraga strengthens planning strategies for 2016
- DENR sees no relax of duty on anti-illegal log monitoring on Christmas
- DENR-13 key people draws up program for 2016
- DENR-13 funds 15 LGUs taking part in the NGP
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