Press Releases

Butuan City – DENR 13 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer has commended the personnel of the DENR 13 Regional Office for donating at least their one-day salary to the Bayanihan Program of the President for relief goods to the indigent families suffering from the lockdown due to coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

“This is our humble way of reaching out to the indigent families who are the most severely affected by the lockdown as economic activities had stopped“, RED Alicer said.
RED Alicer and his two Assistant Director for Technical Samuel C. Danganan and the Assistant Director for Management Aimee L. Dela Pena were among the first to chip in their one day salary followed by the heads of every division office and every personnel had voluntarily gave their shares. According to the regional finance officer, Ms. Racelyn A. Argocino, the amount contributed had reached P132,230 which was used in the purchase of several sacks of premium rice, canned goods, noodles, sugar and milk, from which a total of 262 food packs containing 8 kilos of rice, plus the other food stuffs were generated.

The distribution of relief goods had started in the morning and took place at the DENR 13 Covered Court where about a hundred drivers of non-motorized and motorized tricycles from Barangays Ambago and Libertad came to receive their share. They were obliged to wear facemask and maintained the social distancing protocol to protect them and the DENR personnel from being infected by the virus. The distribution of the food packs will continue tomorrow, Saturday, and on Monday, due to the color-coding scheme of the quarantine pass imposed by the LGU.

RED Alicer said the CENR and PENR offices of Lianga, Cantilan and Bislig in Surigao del Sur; Bunawan, Loreto, Talacogon and Bayugan in Agusan del Sur; Nasipit and Tubay in Agusan del Norte; Tubod and Surigao del Norte; and the Dinagat Province have also conducted the same activity of giving relief goods to the poor families over the past days. The DENR also donated lumbers to the frontline personnel manning checkpoints for the construction of cubicles for defogging disinfectants. ### 

By HERZON GALLEGO

DAPA, SURIGAO DEL NORTE, October 8, 2019- - The top executives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mindanao and their respective planning officers have met on Monday in this surfing capital of the Southern Philippines to discuss issues that may boost the local eco-tourism industry. The meeting which is presided over by the DENR Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Field Operations and Regional 11 Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan in her capacity as Deputy Head of the P-EAGA Environment Cluster, will also allow the DENR Mindanao Regional Directors to draw appropriate approaches and strategies to implement the best practices for ecotourism presented by the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia and Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) in certain sites declared as Protected Area. These areas are the Pasa Island in Region 4B, the Pink Beach in Region 9, the MIEDECO/FARDECO in Region 10 and Region 11, Sarangani Bay in Region 12 and the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Agusan del Sur, Caraga Region (Region 13). The DENR Regional Executive Directors who came to attend the meeting are Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez (R-9); Arleigh J. Adorable (R-10); Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr. (R-4B); Atty. Feliix S. Alicer and his Assistant Regional Director for Management Samuel C. Danganan (R-13); and Head Executive Assistant (HEA) Daphny Dorris P. Domingo, representing the RED of R-12. They were accompanied by their respective Division Chief of the Planning and Management Service. RED Alicer, being the host region of the cluster meeting, has welcomed the participants and prodded them to enjoy the beautiful scenic ambiances that the tourists-favored island features in their three-day stay, particularly the on-going international surfing competition at the Cloud 9, just a few meters from the venue of the meeting. He said that Region 13 is facing certain challenges that affect its protected area zones including certain irritants on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) with the functions of the Protected Area Management Board which is supposed to be the governing board in declared protected areas as provided under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. The DENR REDs shall discuss in the workshop meeting among others the (1) Agreements on the 8th BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster Meeting and turn-over of Chairmanship to the Philippines, (2) the preparation of in-country compilation of Best Practices within Protected Area for Ecotourism, (3) Selection of communities to adopt the best practices for ecotourism, sustainable, climate resilient fishing or farming, (4) Green Cities initiatives, (5) new project of Environment Cluster including the mangrove ecotourism in Palawan, Siargao and Baliangao, (6) Presentation of results of the Study on Biomass Carbon Stocks, (7) Presentation of Best Practices of Protected Area, and other environmental concerns. ### (RPAO 13 NEWS RELEASE)

As one of the Priority Thrusts and Programs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), PENRO Kalinga gave its full support to the improved Land Administration and Management Program of the agency, in which, it is responsible in the disposition of Alienable and Disposable land of the Public Domain to qualified land owners.

For the year 2018, DENR-PENRO Kalinga processed and transmitted 238 Residential Free Patents to the Registry of Deeds exceeding its total target of 221.  It also transmitted 164 Agricultural Free Patents transmitted out of the total target of 150.

The applications were received from the field offices of CENRO Pinukpuk and CENRO Tabuk, who are responsible in the processing and evaluation of applications and forward the same to the PENR Office for final verification and transmittal to the Registry of Deeds for the registration of land titles.

On the conduct of Public Land Survey, DENR Kalinga was able to survey 268 lots for Residential and surveyed 185 Agricultural lots The survey activities were conducted by the Licensing Patents and Deeds Sections in the field offices who are responsible in the ground investigation and inspection; afterwhich the survey returns are forwarded to the regional Office for their approval.

As a result of the teamwork of the DENR-PENRO Kalinga personnel through the leadership of the OIC, PENR Officer Noel M. Barrientos and in coordination with the Registry of Deeds of Kalinga,18 Certificate of Titles were awarded to the beneficiaries under the Handog Titulo Program at Barangay Malin-awa, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

During the awarding, PENRO Barrientos explained the 10 Priority Programs of the DENR particularly on the Improved Land Administration and Management relating it to the distribution of land titles to the beneficiaries at Malin-awa. He encouraged the community people to apply for titles on their lands that are alienable and disposable and introduce improvements according to their land uses.

The distribution of titles was witnessed by the barangay officials led by Barangay Captain Antonio Pagtan, the community residents, the Military personnel of the 503 Brigade, 77 IB, and CMO Battalion and some students of Kalinga State University who on the same day were on the site to participate in the water body clean-up which was also initiated by PENRO Kalinga Office.

With these activities, the services of the DENR are brought closer to the people.  They are given the titles of their land which they could hold on to as a legal proof of ownership of their land.

As President Rodolfo Duterte mentioned in one his speeches after distributing land titles, “To our hardworking farmers: You are no longer just tillers. You are now proud owners of your own land. I also encourage you to continue your noble duty of tilling our fields and bringing food on the table of every Filipino.”|P. Kalinga, DNDasayon

Bangued, Abra – The DENR is the primary agency tasked to enforce environmental protection, conservation and management.  In DENR-Abra, the top officials called on the youth of Abra to be the eco-ambassadors who will work with the office to attain its vision to have a sustainable and clean environment. A total of fifty (50) students from the different schools in Abra attended recently the Lecture on Environment and Natural Resources Programs at the CENRO Bangued conference Hall. Forester Shirley T. Leaño, the CENR Officer – CENRO Bangued welcomed the students and inspired them to become more sensitive on environmental matters. She said that they can make their homes and schools more environmental friendly by adopting eco-friendly practices such as recycling of different materials, tree planting and clean-up drives Ianne April P. Bello, the Human Resource Management Officer discussed the vision, mission, mandate and the sustainable development goals of the DENR. Likewise, Rex B. Ballacillo, Ecosystems Management Specialist II, discussed the topic protected area and biodiversity, its importance and how to protect and manage them. When the students were asked about Casamata Hill being a protected area, most of them were unaware of its proclamation. Mr. Ballacillo showed photos of endangered floras and faunas in the Philippines and cited mitigating measures. Meanwhile, Kevin Haji F. Aguinaldo, the Youth Desk Officer of CENRO Bangued concluded the activity by discussing climate change and presented a video clip on its causes and effects. He encouraged the students to put into heart and mind all the lessons they have learned from lecture and to apply and enforce them at home and in school. The youth are essential in the management of the environment. They represent almost half of the world’s population. Educating and engaging them in environmental protection not only creates direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes, but possibly influences their parents, relatives and other community residents.|P. Abra, KHFAguinaldo

Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed hope the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would receive the P3.036 billion additional funding it needed to bankroll three crucial programs the agency will start to implement next year.

“We are hopeful the budget augmentation will be included in the final version of the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) to be passed by Congress—the House of Representatives and the Senate—and signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Cimatu said.

The proposed funding increase includes P1.2 billion for the Enforcement Bureau; P1.8 billion for the full implementation of the Republic Act No. 11038 or the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018” ; and P36 million for land titling.

During the budget deliberation at the House Appropriations Committee held last September 6, both the Majority and Minority blocs threw their support behind Cimatu’s plans to create an Enforcement Bureau with the assurance that they would push for the augmentation of the DENR budget during the bicameral conference on the 2020 GAB.

He explained that with its own Enforcement Bureau, the DENR could effectively enforce environmental laws and protect its workers who have been the vicious targets of illegal loggers and other environmental criminals.

The environment chief made the appeal a few days after Bienvenido Veguilla Jr., a DENR forest ranger, was brutally killed by suspected illegal loggers in El Nido, Palawan.

The deliberation likewisetackled the need for the additional funds for the full implementation of and the acceleration of land titling and distribution of public lands.

Last Sept. 20, the House approved on third and final reading the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, including the P25.5 billion allocation for the DENR which is 16 percent higher than the P21.96 billion it got for this year.

The Senate had already started its own review of the government’s spending plan for next year and is expected to come up with its own version of the GAB.

“We are hoping that the DENR would get the same extent of support from the senators just like their counterparts in the House when they meet at the bicameral conference committee,” Cimatu said.

“Representatives crossed party lines in casting their support,” Cimatu said, referring to the commitment of support given by House Majority Floor leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority leader Manila 6th District Rep. BienvenidoAbante Jr., and independent opposition Albay 1st District Rep. EdcelLagman.

At the deliberations, Romualdez assured Cimatu of joining “the minority in the proposals to support the department all out” in response to Abante’s assurance of the minority block’s support to the DENR’s appeal to increase its proposed 2020 budget

“Kung hindi pa kayo masyadong Masaya dyan, andito po kami,” Abante said, responding to Cimatu’s appeal on the need to increase the proposed DENR P25.5 budget.

For his part, Lagman said that “the independent minority will join the majority” in pushing for the increase in the DENR’s budget.

“Mr. Chairman. At the proper time, if the Majority in the Committee or at the Plenary would consider a justified augmentation of the proposed budget of the DENR, the independent opposition will join the majority in making this allocation,” Lagman said.

The DENR—through Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones—submitted to Congress the proposed augmentation budget of the agency last Sept. 16.

In a letter addressed to House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Leones said the DENR would need P1.2 billion for the establishment and initial operation of the proposed Enforcement Bureau in 2020.

Leones said the agency would also need P1.8 billion for the full implementation of E-NIPAS law, and P36 million to fast track the issuance of titles for alienable and disposable public lands.

According to Leones, the creation of an Enforcement Bureau within the DENR is in line with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, particularly peace and order, as it would enable the department to “fully implement and enforce laws on environment and natural resources (ENR) with full authority to police illegal loggers and ENR violators.”

The DENR official also cited the need for “full logistic support” for the implementation of the E-NIPAS law and the acceleration of public land distribution.

“Still, under the 10-point agenda of the President, to be specific, is to ‘ensure security of land tenure’ to encourage investments and address bottlenecks in land management and titling,” Leones pointed out.

The E-NIPAS law expands NIPAS Act of 1992 to cover broader range of protected areas (PAs) safeguarded under the law. The new law adds 94 more legislated PAs in the country, and bolsters the security of previously declared PAs.

The law allows the DENR to strengthen the management of PAs, which are widely considered essential for biodiversity conservation. PAs are frequently home to irreplaceable and threatened species. ###