The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) continues its work in attaining all its targets for this year.
In her report to Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that Region 10 is on track in accomplishing all its CY 2016 physical and financial targets.
Director Tawantawan reported that a total of 19,611 hectares of forest lands were planted with forest tree species under the National Greening Program (NGP). The accomplishment is from January to September 2016. The NGP has also generated 41,058 jobs for the same period. Validation of established plantations are conducted by regional office and/or jointly conducted with Central Office personnel to ensure the veracity of reports.
She further disclosed that a total of 2,377 residential free patents were approved and transmitted to the Register of Deeds. The DENR issues free patents on residential lands as mandated by Residential Free Patent Act or Republic Act No. 10023.
The DENR 10 provides technical assistance to local government units (LGUs) through its different programs and projects. Under the watershed management planning, the Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Molugan and Alubijid watersheds were submitted to the concerned municipal LGUs for legitimation process.
The nine protected areas in the region with its Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) have approved 104 resolutions. The protected areas include Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park in Lanao del Norte; Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental; and Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape, Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Oriental.
On habitat protection, a total of 31 volunteers were registered by the PAMBs. Community dialogues and advocacy activities were undertaken to promote biodiversity protection and conservation. Two critical habitats are being managed by DENR 10. These areas are the Rafflesia Critical Habitat in Baungon, Bukidnon and Magsaysay Critical Habitat for hawksbill sea turtles. These areas are protected to safeguard the survival of critically endangered flora and marine species.
Meanwhile, the regional office, Provincial DENR offices in Camiguin and Misamis Oriental are maintaining a Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC). A WRC is an establishment that functions as repository and rehabilitation facility for confiscated, donated, retrieved, turned-over or abandoned wildlife species according to the Biodiversity Management Bureau of DENR. (With report from the DENR 10 Planning and Management Division) RPAO # 10-291-2016
EDWIN ANDOT, NEW OIC, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR DENR X
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has designated Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edwin B. Andot as the OIC, Regional Director for Northern Mindanao.
The move is part on the continuing reorganization of the department and embodied in DENR Special Order No. 2017 - 235 dated March 13, 2017.
Agriculture/aquaculture development, community organizing and governance, corporate planning and management, sectoral mobilization and networking, manpower development and agri-business are his field of competencies.
A resident of Cagayan de Oro City, OIC, Regional Director Andot is an Agricultural Engineer by profession, a farmer and comes from the civil society organization. He had stint as a consultant of the Natural Resources Development Corporation, an attached agency of DENR.
The new Regional Director had worked as a consultant of various organizations like the Justice Project Phil. Foundation, Ecosystem Work for Essential Benefits, Center for Alternative Rural Technology and Land Bank of the Philippines. He was once a consultant of the provincial governments of Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental.
From 2000 to 2012, he was the chairman of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) Region 10 and elected as national president of RAFC Association of the Philippines from 2008 to 2010.
He is the founding president of the Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industries of Northern Mindanao, Inc. and Philippine Vegetable Industry Development Board.
He also served as barangay chairman of Salvacion, Kadingilan, Bukidnon from 1994 to 2001.
OIC, Regional Director Andot first joined the government as project manager of Southern Philippines Development Authority from 1981 to 1992.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. (RSCIS # 03-51-2017)
- EDWIN ANDOT, NEW OIC, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR DENR X
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