By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo is seeking to justify the P1.1 Billion budget of the DENR Caraga Region for 2017 before a Senate Budget hearing this week. “We have several projects and programs that were lined-up next year” Director Tamayo said.
RD Tamayo joins the other Regional Directors of the DENR in the 14 regional offices, National Capital Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region (Baguio City) who were asked by the DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez to be present at her side while she defend the budget of the DENR which is about P 28.67 Billion for 2017. This budget shall be used to fund programs to protect the environment and improve the living conditions of marginalize communities.
The proposed budget for 2017 of the DENR as a whole is about 31 percent higher than the budget allocation in 2016 of P21.8 B.
Secretary Lopez has been insisting that she wants a bigger budget of P 28.67 B to help the DENR fulfill its commitment to social justice through the implementation of environment protection programs anchored on convergence and area development approach.
Sec. Lopez said the DENR’s main challenge in seeking a bigger budget for 2017 is to raise the quality of life in communities that are the primary stakeholders and pursue measures that will optimize their growth potentials.
The DENR she said would be working closely with the civil society groups, the scientists, and social entrepreneurs to turn its programs and projects into income-generating enterprises for local communities. One of these programs is the expanded National Greening Program, the government’s flagship reforestation program which hopefully will turn into a tool to improve the lives of the poor. For 2017, the DENR is seeking a budget allocation for the enhanced NGP of P9.4 billion.
The major programs of the DENR next year aside from the E-NGP are responsible mining, forest protection, and biodiversity conservation.
For 2017, forest protection will have an allocation of P 674 million, biodiversity conservation program, P763 million; coastal and marine eco-system program, P633 million, land administration and management, P568 million; research and development, P90 million; and the Manila Bay clean-up program, P 80 million.
The 2017 proposed budget will also cover two major Foreign-assisted projects being implemented by the DENR totaling around P2 billion as government share for the forest management project and the integrated natural resources and environment management project.
The Environmental Management Bureau proposed budget next year is P1.6 Billion; Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau, P688 million; and the DENR’s line bureau and attached agencies, P3.4 Billion.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY, November 11, 2016 -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 13 has recently trained 41 Lumads as deputy forest rangers to help in the anti-illegal logging campaign.
These Lumads belong to the groups of the Wawa Tribal Sectoral Council and the Sibagat Tribal Sector. They were recommended by their respective chief to be trained by the DENR Resource persons with technical expertise in different disciplines.
The candidates for deputy forest rangers have been taught about forestry regulations specifically the forestry code under PD 705, the Wildlife Act, the National Greening Program, the Solid Waste Management, and other rules and regulations being imposed by the DENR. They also learned about procedures in proper filing of appropriate charges against a person who was caught transporting illegal forest products and those flowers and birds species that are considered critically endangered species.
They were also trained in foot patrol, monitoring, and protection of forest enhancement to capacitate them as Deputized Forest Officers.
According to Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, the deputized Lumads have been sent immediately to their respective assignments to complement the PNP, the Philippine Army, and the DENR Forest Rangers in the campaign against illegal trade of wildlife and illegal logging.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo urged the employees of the DENR involved in the processing of titles to prioritize and keep the momentum of being top performing region in the issuance of patents.
Director Tamayo made the challenge at the opening program of the three-day learning on the Basic Concepts of Land Administration and Disposition held at the DENR Regional Learning Center in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on November 8, 2016. Also present during the program are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Roberto Oliveros and the Visayas-Mindanao Technical Consultant for the Foundation for Economic Freedom Dr. Diana R. Apistar.
Director Tamayo said the patents issuance of DENR 13 needs to be improved further to keep the momentum as top performing region in patent issuance. “We should achieve a high accomplishment not only for the sake of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) but for our commitment as well to the people” Director Tamayo said.
Director Tamayo said he is hoping the DENR 13 employees engaged in patents and deeds processing can deliver 90 percent of its target accomplishment before the end of this year.
“We should assist the beneficiaries even after they have received the patents” Director Tamayo said.
The 3-day learning session on the basic concepts of land administration and disposition also covers the topics about land titling, policies, land laws and guidelines on land management and disposition, basic survey and mapping, land adjudication, conflict resolution, LGU experience with land titling, and RA 6713 or the Norms of Conduct for Government Officials.
By: Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – The dialogue which was attended by the environment and health leaders of the Asia Pacific Region in Manila early this month (The Asia-Pacific Regional Forum and the 4th Ministerial Meeting at the World Health Organization) has brought positive outcomes to the Philippines and hopefully would improve the quality of environment and public health of the people.
DENR Secretary Regina Lopez said in that forum that “sustaining and improving the quality of the environment to promote and enhance public health is the key to achieving social justice”.
“The only way forward to realize this is for these member states to adopt appropriate measure and work to attain the global targets of the Agenda 2030 or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and engage and ensure the participation of the private sector, non-government organizations, academe, civil society organizations, and the media in the implementation of good practices on SDG-related programs” Sec. Lopez said.
The Manila Declaration on Health and Environment in reference to Agenda 2030 had propose to enhance and ensure access to safely managed water and adequate sanitation at home and in health care facilities; prioritize climate change preparedness and resilience, and invest in the proper management of chemicals and waste.
The leaders who attended the forum have encouraged their fellow members to address the environmental determinants of health in their respective regions.
“By effectively addressing environmental health risks, all of us here have the opportunity to save lives and mitigate unnecessary illness” says Dr. Proonam Khetrapal Singh, the World Health Organization Director for South-East Asia.
The Asia Pacific Ministers of Health and Environment have expressed confidence during the forum that through the dialogue, sharing of information and collaboration of both national and regional levels, they can transform the lives and health of the people and ensure the well-being of present and future generations.
The forum is an initiative of 14 countries (ASEAN +4) to strengthen the cooperation of environment and health authorities within and among the countries.
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