DENR Caraga Conservation and Development Division conducts a learning session on Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) on-line reporting system on April 16-17, 2015 at the DENR Regional Training Center, Ambago, Butuan City.
The learning session aims to capacitate the key players who will be responsible in providing systematic and efficient process of reporting and analysis on the implementation of BUB project in the region.
The seminar was attended by 29 participants composed of BUB focal person from field offices, NGP technical staffs and regional office representatives.
“We are hoping that through the conduct of this activity, we would be able to fast track the leveling-off of information and be able to submit our reports on time.” NGP Regional Coordinator Sarah Parejo said.
BUB is an approach used in preparing the budget proposal of various agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations.
The century-old missing links of Cadastral Survey in Caraga Region was finally completed on March 31, 2015 through the efforts of the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Paquito Rosal and his team, DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
The DENR has accomplished the Cadastral Survey of 73 cities and municipalities in the region. 51 cities and municipalities from 2008 to 2014 have been surveyed and approved with 54 cadastral projects. A total of 843,317.839 hectares which includes contested and uncontested areas with approved surveys from 2011 to 2014 have been done.
“This was made possible through the efforts of ARD Paquito Rosal who inspite of his ailment had personally attended meetings to immediately solve land conflicts whenever possible. He is truly dedicated to his job” Regional Cadastral Coordinator Engr. Bernard A. Daitol said.
Cadastral Survey Program started in 1913; it surveys a city, municipality or province to determine its metes and bounds or political boundaries. It also covers the identification and delineation of individual lots of all landowners and claimants and the establishment of survey control points, popularly known as “mohon”.
The project is one of the priority programs of the DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje especially in the Aquino administration, wherein he committed to finish the job by May 2015. The completion of the Cadastral Survey can boost economic prosperity through reforming the country’s land services towards improve productivity.
The Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PABCS) of DENR Caraga disclosed its programs for 2015 at a meeting held at the Regional Learning Center, DENR Caraga, Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on April 14, 2015.
A total of 60 participants composed of PABCS focal persons and planning officers from the DENR field offices attended the orientation.
“The event was conducted to assure that the field offices were provided with proper guidance and directions for the smooth implementation and timely accomplishments of target activities for CY 2015 as well as the corresponding reporting systems” Conservation and Development Division Chief For. Maritess M. Ocampo said.
The orientation is expected to bring significant results in terms of program implementation of the PABCS this year.
By Eric F. Gallego
Butuan City – A complete transformation from being notorious timber poachers into defenders and protectors of forest by a group of lumads in Barangay Padi-ay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur is unfolding before the eyes of the DENR 13 officials as offshoot of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government.
“ I am happy to know that the NGP has able to change the behavior and attitude of a group of Indigenous People known for their notoriety as illegal loggers and poachers “ DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
Director Tamayo was referring to the Sibagat Federation of Tribal Community Agro Farmers Development Association, Inc. (SFTCAFDAI) , a group of 21 peoples Organizations ( PO) headed by Arnold M. Acebido also known as Datu Subang who called on him at his office early this week to personally convey the agreement reached by the leaders of the federation in the “ pulong-pulong” they conducted that night. The federation , in a show of sincerity and appreciation to the NGP, would like to confer upon DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje and Director Tamayo the title of “ Datu” and “adopted brothers” of the Manobo tribe under the jurisdictions of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. 116 covering 20,000 hectares and CADT 039 covering an area of 51,000 hectares.
According to Datu Subang their “ lives have been changed completely to better owing to the NGP of Secretary Paje .
He said “ the whole members and families of the Manobo indigenous people of the two CADTs are forever grateful to Secretary Paje who introduced the program to the tribe through the DENR Regional officials led by Director Tamayo” .
“ We thought in previous years that no government program was good enough to solve our financial needs until the implementation of NGP in our area proved us wrong . Datu Subang said. “ We realized the NGP is more beneficial “. he said.
Datu Subang is now maintaining a 70 -hectares coffee plantation in barangay Padi-ay, where virgin forests are still intact. “ Realizing that I am being left behind among my neighbors of the packages of opportunities to earn income through the NGP offered by the DENR, I finally joined the stream” he said.
He said new learnings about business opportunities through cash crop plantation like coffee was shared by Senator Bam Aquino in a seminar. Hence, he said, the 21 chairmen of their federation went with him to attend a short course about sustainable coffee plantation at Musuan State University sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Fresh from the seminar, Datu Subang requested for coffee seedlings of Arabica and robusta varieties which he planted in between the trees on a virgin-forest land in that mountain village. “ Since the trees are very helpful in the growth of coffee, we never thought of cutting but protected and preserved them “, he said.
Datu Subang said at the height of illegal logging activities in Agusan del Sur, the members of the federation were engaged in timber poaching. “ We cut those trees inside our ancestral domain” he said. “ We felt bitter when EO 23 was imposed by the DENR hence, we could no longer trade freely those trees that we harvested”. He said that he even bought a bulldozer to scrape those standing trees in that vast virgin forest lands but he decided to resell the heavy equipment at a much lower price when he thought otherwise the DENR operatives will catch their activities up sooner or later.
He said the members of the federation are fully convinced of the NGP. They are maintaining at least 1,200 hectares of rubber and coffee plantation in that area. “ We are waiting for the right season to harvest coffee says Datu Subang. By that time , he said, most of the members of the federation will be millionaires.
Regional Director Tamayo on the other hand offered the technical expertise of the DENR to develop the area through the NGP. “ We can still develop more areas for expansion of the coffee and rubber trees within the ancestral domain of Datu Subang “ he said.
Director Tamayo said the DENR has intensified the anti-illegal logging drive in Caraga Region which is aimed at eliminating timber poaching and illegal logging activities by June 30, 2015.
He said Datu Subang could enlist some members of the federation to be trained and deputized as forest officers to strengthen the campaign.
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- DENR CARAGA finishes century-old Cadastral Survey
- New Bio-diversity Projects in 2015 bared
- NGP transforms life of timber poacher to forest defender in Sibagat , Agusan del Sur
- Sec. Paje sets aside close to P500 million funds for anti-illegal logging drive
- Denr Caraga initiates simultaneous tree planting activity
- DENR Caraga officially turns over ERDS to ERDB
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