Forest management service 1
Forest Resources
      Caraga Region has a total land area of 1,913,842 hectares . Its forest cover comprises 523,292 hectares based on the 2007 Philippine Forestry Statistics. The province of Agusan del Sur has the biggest forest cover comprising 249,494 hectares followed by Surigao del Sur with a forest cover of 145,724 hectares.
      The region has a total of 38 watershed areas covering 1,240,007 hectares . Twelve (12) of them are already proclaimed and 22 watershed supports the irrigation system of the region. As of to date there are 10 watershed areas characterized with Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) per DMC 2008-05. The conduct of watershed characterization is a regular activity aimed at determining the biophysical, socio-economic, cultural, agricultural and political characteristics of the region. The region also conducted vulnerability assessment to the watersheds areas.
      With the aim to rehabilitate the diminishing forest cover of the region, various schemes and strategies were employed to come up with the common denominator which is to promote a healthy and sound environment. A total of 37,730.93 hectares were already developed covering the period from CY 2001-2011 through Green Philippine Program, reforestation under regular fund, reforestation activity by TLAs/IFMA, Forestry Sector Loan II Project, Southern Philippine irrigation Sector Project—Watershed Management Subcomponent (SPISP-WMS), Agroforestry development, through Upland Development Program ( UDP), urban forestry and pilot implementation of the Integrated Watershed Management and Sustainable Development Project (B.1.a).

Forest Resources Utilization
      To manage the vast forest resources of the region, the department issues several tenurial instruments such as Timber License Agreement (TLA), Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA), Socialized Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA) and Community Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA). A paradigm shift on forest resource management was employed in the region through Co-Production Agreement (CPA) and Co– management Agreement to the expired TLAs while some opted to shift in IFMAs.
      The region has 391,806 hectares untenured areas categorized into protection and production forest same with the tenured areas (refer Table 1.5) covering 939,685 hectares.
      The existing tenurial issued in the region composed of 1 (one) TLA - SUDECOR which just expired recently on June 30, 2011 covering 75,671 hectares located at the Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza and Cortes all of Surigao del Sur . The region had also issued 126 CBFMAs covering 198,731 hectares, 2 SIFMAs covering 720 hectares all located at the province of Agusan del Sur and Fourteen (14) IFMAs with a total area of 230,529 hectares.


Forest Protection
      An intensive campaign on forest protection in coordination with other law enforcement unit of the government resulted to confiscate a total of 11,687.75 cu.m with an estimated market value of Php 35,026,667.16 for CY 2010 ( refer to Table 18). A total of 84 forestry cases were filed on court since 2006-2010 of which the province of Surigao del Sur has filed 36 forestry cases.


Summary of Land Classification by PENRO/CENRO
PENRO/CENRO
Total Area (has.)
 Total  A & D  Forestland
  Caraga Region 1,913,842 582,351 1,331,491
  PENRO Agusan del Norte 288,438 84,134 204,304
  CENRO Butuan City 169,689 53,113 116,576
  CENRO Cabadbaran 118,749 31,021 87,728
  PENRO Agusan del Sur 829,719 216,043 613,676
  CENRO San Francisco 118,043 56,331 61,712
  CENRO Bunawan 99,516 37,968 61,548
  CENRO Loreto 141,552 39,104 102,448
  CENRO Talacogon 257,811 36,622 221,189
  CENRO Bayugan 212,797 46,018 166,779
  PENRO Surigao del Norte 201,710 95,969 105,741
  CENRO Dapa 62,796 24,337 38,459
  CENRO Surigao City 138,914 71,632 67,282
  PENRO Surigao del Sur 513,770 168,544 345,226
  CENRO Lianga 103,677 25,201 78,476
  CENRO Cantilan 104,561 24,264 80,297
  CENRO Tandag 142,813 44,322 98,491
  CENRO Bislig 162,719 74,757 87,962
  Dinagat Province 80,205 17,661 62,544

 


Status of Land Classification
PENRO/CENRO
Total Forest Land Area   (has)
Protection
Production
Untenured
Protection
Production
Tenured (has)RO
Protection
Production
  CARAGA REGION 1,331,491 331,786 999,705 391,806 158,596 233,210 939,685 173,190 766,495
  Agusan del Norte 204,304 80,827 123,477 77,284 29,367 47,917 127,020 51,460 75,560
  CENRO Nasipit 116,576 22,593 93,983 69,366 22,593 46,773 47,210
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47,210
  CENRO Tubay 87,728 58,234 29,494 7,918 6,774 1,144 79,810 51,460 28,350
  Agusan del Sur 613,676 177,706 435,970 175,289 111,273 64,016 438,387 66,433 371,954
  CENRO Bayugan 228,491 65,067 163,424 66,838 54,449 12,389 161,653 10,618 151,035
  CENRO Bunawan 61,548 8,668 52,880 45,500 8,668 36,832 16,048
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16,048
  CENRO Talacogon 221,189 89,711 131,478 35,897 35,897
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185,292 53,814 131,478
  CENRO Loreto 102,448 14,260 88,188 27,054 12,259 14,795 75,394 2,001 73,393
  Surigao del Norte 105,741 42,366 63,375 31,726 3,907 27,819 74,015 38,459 35,556
  CENRO Surigao 67,282 3,907 63,375 31,726 3,907 27,819 35,556
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35,556
  CENRO Dapa/td> 38,459 38,459
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38,459 38,459
  Dinagat Province 62,544
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62,544 26,109
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26,109 36,435
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36,435
  Surigao del Sur 345,226 30,887 314,339 81,398 14,049 67,349 263,828 16,838 246,990
  CENRO Bislig 87,962 6,068 81,894 50,657 5,737 44,920 37,305 331 36,974
  CENRO Lianga 78,476 3,713 74,763 8,694 614 8,080 69,782 3,099 66,683
  CENRO Tandag 98,491 11,352 87,139 14,021 7,698 6,323 84,470 3,654 80,816
  CENRO Cantilan 80,297 9,754 70,543 8,026
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8,026 72,271 9,754 62,517