By: Eric Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – Areas developed and planted to mangroves and beach forest by the DENR personnel under the National Greening Program (NGP) have reached 4,452 hectares since 2011 to date.
Surigao del Norte reported that 55 percent of the total target area have been planted in 1,989 hectares coastline with bacauan mangrove species and 447.6 hectares of beach forest. Surigao del Sur reported that some 1,544 hectares of beach coast were planted with mangrove propagules.
There were only 5 percent or 220 hectares of mangroves developed and planted in Dinagat and 215 hectares in Agusan del Norte.
“We are focusing our efforts for the meantime on mangrove propagules planting considering the long months of dry-spell that hit the country since October 2015” DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
The personnel of the PENR Office of Agusan del Norte and CENR Office of Nasipit including the DENR Regional offices went to the different planting sites along the beaches to plant mangrove propagules in celebration of the 46th Earth Day with the theme “Let us plant trees”.
CENR officer Norman Asugan of CENRO Nasipit, Agusan del Norte said more than 3,000 mangrove propagules have been planted by the DENR personnel during the Earth Day celebration, spread in different sites of the western coast of the province with a combined area of 10 hectares.
DENR-13 plants 10-hectare mangrove propagules at Agusan del Norte western coast to celebrate Earth Day
By Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY –Some 10 hectares of sandy shores along the beach coast of the Western section of Agusan del Norte, have been set aside by the DENR 13 through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office ( CENRO Nasipit) for the planting of mangrove and beach forest in celebration of the Earth Day on April 22, 2016. Afterwards, the personnel will conduct a beach clean-up .
In other parts of the region, the PENR and CENR officers have likewise instructed to celebrate Earth Day in line with the theme.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonie M. Tamayo said the 46th Year of Earth Day Celebration has a theme of “ Let’s Get Planting . Step Up and Deliver , #GreenEnvironmentGawingForever .
The theme speaks of increasing the efforts of every individual in planting trees which are considered more important to be put in our priorities considering the global climate change being aggravated by global warming brought about by increase concentration of carbon dioxide at the Ozone layer. “ We must all contribute our share to cushion the impact of the climate change in our lives” Director Tamayo said.
The DENR which is at the forefront of the greening program is very much focused on the planting of mangroves and beach forest at the shorelines particularly the coastal areas along Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
“ We have been squeezing every inch of space available to plant mangrove propagules meantime that everyone is awaiting for the rain season which we expect in July” Director Tamayo.
He said that by that time, when the dry and parched soils are soaked with rain waters, the DENR will shift its efforts to planting tree seedlings of different species produced at the DENR Mindanao Seed Center in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.
The average weekly production of the Mechanized Tree Seedling Center is about 300,000 seedlings at the moment but this figure is expected to increase once the other equipment and apparatus are available before the end of the year.
According to Forester Nilda Ebron, head of the National Greening Program Operation Center
there are about 3,126,668 seedling that have been produced through the mechanize tree seedling center.
“These seedlings are being distributed now to the different PENRO and CENRO offices in Caraga Region for planting “ Ebron said. For this year ( 2016) the DENR-13 has a target goal of 38,122 hectares.
During the Earth Day Celebration the DENR personnel and other government and non-government agencies , the Philippine National Police, civil society, and the church will join hands in the mangrove and beach forest planting in different locations.
PENRO Agusan del Norte personnel led by PENRO Pat Olivera will plant tree seedlings in Barangay Pinamanculan, the Environment Management Bureau personnel headed by Director Wilson L. Trajeco at Barangay Lumbocan in Butuan City, CENRO Nasipit in Barangay Abilan, Buenavista, and Narwhall in Nasipit and the Regional Office personnel at Carmen all in Agusan del Norte..
MeanwhileIn New York City, as the world celebrated Earth Day, the DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje joins the 200 other foreign countries in the world for the signing of the Paris Agreement , the landmark United Nations Climate Change accord negotiated by the world leaders last December 2015.
Secretary Paje who represent President Aquino will deliver the Philippine Statement at the UN Headquarters which signifies the Philippines’ commitment to curbing Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.
In his remarks before he enplaned to New York City, Secretary Paje said “ As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines is firm on its stand on limiting the greenhouse gas emissions. “
“ We are committed to enjoin the participation of more sectors in the decision-making process so that together, we can all scale up our efforts in reducing emissions, building resilience and decreasing vulnerability to climate change impacts.” Secretary Paje said.
Butuan City – The first batch of 69 newly recruit Forest Rangers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 13 under Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo have undergone five-days intensive course in forest protection through a web-based mobile application called Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System held at a local convention center in Butuan City on April 11-15, 2016.
LAWIN is a forest and biodiversity protection system that integrates forest, biodiversity and threats monitoring, implementation of interventions to address threats and monitoring of response of the forest ecosystems. It uses open-source technology for biodiversity and monitoring of critical situation through a phone application called Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool ( SMART ).
The data and the necessary information that are gathered by a patrolling eco-ranger at the field is encoded in the software for analysis. The output determines the actual state of the forest ecosystem.
“ The DENR can quickly response to a situation which may affect the wildlife inside the forest due to human activity ” DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said
“ This application would enable the forest rangers and planners to access critical information and share this information about what they find in the field “ Director Tamayo said. “ It would allow wildlife authorities speedy access to information on hundreds of protected species and resources which they can use in identifying and prosecuting wildlife crimes” he added.
The DENR-13 has recruited about 270 regular forest rangers under the government’s rationalization plan and required to train on the mobile application about LAWIN to make their patrols more efficient.
In Mindanao, the DENR Caraga region has been selected as pilot testing of the project. Project Lawin is developed by the DENR and the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience ( B+WISER) program of the United States Agency for International Development.
The Assistant Director for Technical Roberto Oliveros said the newly-trained forest rangers which will be later called “ Eco Ranger” will be sent to the different mountain forest to apply what they have learned about LFBPS.
Caraga Region has a total forest land area of 1,331,491 hectares. Of this total 331,786 hectares are classified as protection forest and 999,705 hectares are production forest.
About 64,729 hectares are considered as closed forest where the trees are dense. There are 26,731 hectares of mangrove stand most of which are located at the coast of Surigao del Sur. This figure on mangrove and forest in production has changed due to the successful implementation of the National Greening Program ( NGP). – HERZON GALLEGO
By: Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Caraga Region celebrated the International Day of Forests with a mangrove tree planting activity at the shores of the USS Narwhal Memorial Complex, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte on March 21, 2016.
The International Day of Forests is being observed every 21st day of March each year. IDF aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
“Today, we are celebrating the International Day of Forests with the theme: Forests and Water. Both are necessity in our daily lives, each deserves to be taken care of.” DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
“Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. Therefore, let us join our hands together for the protection of our forest” he said.
The event was attended by more than 100 personnel from DENR Caraga Regional Office, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Nasipit, and the Local Government Unit of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. The participants have planted a total of 1, 500 seedlings of aviccena, bruguiera, and tangal, species of mangrove.
“Mangroves are our first line of defense from storm surges in the coastal communities. This would provide protection against sea water surges during strong typhoons on the people living along the shorelines” Director Tamayo said.
The seedlings were planted in a way that would form the words “I LOVE NASIPIT” which will be visible from an aerial view. This is also part of the advocacy of the CENR Office in that area to maintain Narwhal Memorial Complex as one of the tourist spots.
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