DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has commended the 33 mayors of the different municipalities and cities in Caraga Region for their active role in the National Greening Program (NGP) through the Bottoms-up Budgeting scheme of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
BUB is a program in which the community and the LGU are engaged in the formulation of plans and budget to arrest the problem of poverty in their area.
Through the BUB, the community is given the privilege to participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the projects that were identified based on their needs.
“This is clear manifestation of the vision of the President on the first day of his duty when he said that the people shall be involved in the planning and implementation of needed projects in their community” Director Tamayo said.
Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur had the most number of local executives participating in the 72 BUB projects region wide. The DILG has funded this environment projects in their respective localities with a total of P 46,508,903.68 in 2013-2014.
“The NGP through the BUB program has generated 4,856 jobs benefiting 7,105 in the five provinces of the region” Regional Director Tamayo said at the opening day of exhibits showcasing the gains of the BUB held at the Robinson Atrium in Butuan City on Monday.
Mayor Yulie Ruaya of Dapa, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte said “The BUB strategy has provided potable water systems for the people in a community frequently visited by typhoons”. The development of mangrove and beach forest along the shores through the NGP had served as seawall against storm surges” he added.
The Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction Action team has identified at least 300 to 400 poorest municipalities enrolled in the BUB which focus on rural development and the conditional cash transfer programs. Aside from the DENR, the other agencies involved are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, DSWD, Department of Education, Department of Health, TESDA, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
During the program , the DILG Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Josefina Castillo Go assisted by Director for Caraga Region Lilibeth A. Famacion has release about P 245 million to three cities and 50 municipalities to fund 101 potable water system, 6 local access projects, 70 projects under the Disaster Risk Reduction which include flood control, drainage and river canals, seawalls, evacuation center and rescue equipment, and 4 infrastructure projects including the improvement of terminals and markets. (ERIC GALLEGO)
By Eric Gallego
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo has took exception to a “highly-speculative” perception of some sectors about the special retrieval permit granted by the DENR to certain lumads as “a maneuver of corrupt DENR officials, local politicians and illegal loggers to circumvent EO 23”. “See for yourself, the records are clean”, he said.
“The retrieval of those typhoon Pablo-damaged logs in Esperanza and La Paz, Agusan del Sur have undergone thorough process, inventory and evaluation for a period of time before Sec. Paje gave the go signal” Director Tamayo said.
“We are hiding nothing” he said. “Every individual who are interested to examine the records and documents of the DENR on this matter are free to do so” he said.
Director Tamayo has likewise rebuked criticism about the program. “Unless these speculations are backed up with hard evidences and proofs, those fabricated reports must be stopped, otherwise, it will only destroy the reputation and integrity of the agency undertaking a program that seeks to help the poverty-stricken lumads in the countryside” he said.
The DENR has placed safeguards in the retrieval process of these typhoon-damaged logs to discourage irregularities while transport is in progress until the forest products reach an authorized wood processing plant.
Forest Officer Romeo Luengas of the DENR Enforcement Division said that only accredited wood processing plants are authorized to buy those logs otherwise they are declared illegal. The proceeds are placed on a trust funds being managed by the local officials.
Luengas said the retrieval permit has been classified “special” because it is only good and applicable for 6 months duration which started on January 3, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2015.
There were however, some leaders of the lumads who have suggested that the privilege be extended for a brief period after its deadline but the DENR official is firmed about the instructions. “There will be no extension” Director Tamayo said.
“ The lumad were given time to extract and dispose all the inventoried typhoon-damaged logs found in their ancestral domain and the DENR believes the IP leaders are capable of doing the job given such a short period” Director Tamayo said.
The operation is strictly monitored by DENR officer for Agusan del Sur Roberto Oliveros with OIC, CENR Officer Jerome Albia of Bayugan City and OIC, CENR Officer Luis Gonzaga of Talacogon in coordination with the local executive officials and the leaders of the lumad.
The Memorandum of Agreement made among the LGU officers of Esperanza , La Paz, NCIP, DENR, DSWD and leaders of the IPs in the concerned area has stipulated that only those typhoo-damaged logs which were inventoried by the DENR team are allowed to be disposed. A total of 12,171.45 cubic meters were inventoried in Esperanza and 15,884.75 cubic meters in La Paz.
The leaders of the lumads particularly Datu Sagani Sumobol, Datu Mandumaguing, Datu Saludyuan Laguinao, Datu Makalantas Langbayan, Datu Makatumpag Santos Sag-or,Jr., Barangay Captain Salug Amando M. Balan, Barangay Captains Erwin Dumaguing, Polimer O. Pincalan, Gala P. Lindahug and Gregorio L. Quinamapy have proposed to utilize the trust funds from the proceeds of the typhoon-damaged logs deposited at the bank in several projects. These are the development and other livelihood programs as identified in the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP) of the lumads, the mini-nursery of high-value crops, reconstruction of multi-purpose hall, reforestation, construction assistance and purchase of farm postharvest facilities. (ERIC F. GALLEGO)
By Johny S. Natad
The employees of DENR Caraga region held the three-day DENR Sportfest 2015 on June 22 to 24, 2015 at the Agusandel Norte provincial covered court, highlighting the celebration of the environment celebration.
With the energetic participation ofemployees from EMB, MGB, regional office, PENROs and CENROs, the sportsfest opened with the cheer dance competition. Major sports events are basketball, volleyball,dart, bowling,lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton. The volleyball, table tennis and dart sports activities are held at the Agusandel Norte provincial covered court. The basketball and lawn tennis events were held at the Luz Village covered court while the bowling and badminton events at Timberlane and Timberline, this city.
During the opening program, DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo encouraged the participants to enjoy the sports.
“Sport makes a person’s body and mind healthy and strong,” RD Tamayo said. “This sportsfest is timely since this is the time when wewill be recharged withadditional energy and flex our musclesfor works ahead to finish the remaining targets this year,” headded.
He said everyone who indulges in sportsis already a winner. “Everyone must therefore encourage sports as medium for environmental advocacy.
“We used these sports as environmental advocacies to tell the people that healthy mind and sound body are important to become effective and champions in accomplishing our jobs in environmental management,” he said.
Meanwhile, the invited guest Agusandel Norte Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica RosedellAmante-Matba has affirmed her strong support to the DENR-Caraga in the implementation of environmental programs.“I commend DENR for holding this sports activity. This shows unity and camaraderie are strong in DENR,” Governor Matba said.
This years’ sportsfest is hosted by PENRO Agusan del Norte. The sportsfest2015 is chaired by Legal Chief Atty. Claudio A. Nistal, Jr. as the over-all sports coordinator.(Johny S. Natad/ RPAO/DENR-Caraga)
A group of World Bank experts paid a courtesy call with the DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo on its purpose to conduct a study about the ecological linkage of watersheds and forests to poverty reduction and climate resilience of the community along the Agusan River Basin.
“The group will need the assistance of the different offices in facilitating the meetings with the River Basin Organizations of the pilot river basin sites” Executive Director of the River Basin Control Office (RBCO) Jacob F. Meimban, Jr. said.
A consultation meeting was conducted last June 18, 2015 at the DENR Caraga Regional Learning Center by the group to properly coordinate with the concerned offices especially, DENR Caraga together with Regions X and XI. A Scoping Study for the PROFOR Technical Assistance project was also set to be conducted to identify the specific watershed areas that would be part of the study.
“Caraga is the timber corridor of the Philippines; this would be a suitable venue for the project.” Director Tamayo said.
The consultation meeting was attended by 35 participants composed of the members of the Interim Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) and Technical Working Group (TWG) from the different regions, Local Government Units and agencies.
“This consultation meeting is very timely. We are also in the process of updating our master plan for the Agusan River Basin. This could be beneficial for the both parties. We would like to thank the World Bank Group for considering the Agusan River Basin to be a part of this project” Director Tamayo said.
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