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
DENR 10 reforests 97,220 hectares under the National Greening Program
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 has rehabilitated 97,220 hectares of forestlands with 79,020,285 seedlings of various tree species under the National Greening Program (NGP) from 2011 to 2016.
The DENR 10 is still off the list of areas with hotspot on illegal logging with the intensified campaign on forest protection. It has mobilized communities and volunteers to help in the forest protection campaign.
With the recent massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas of Northern Mindanao, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan belied reports that unabated tree cutting and deforestation is the cause of the flooding.
“We can proudly say that we are doing our well to safeguard our environment and we remain steadfast with our commitment to make the communities happy with our work”, Regional Director Tawantawan said.
The headwater of Cagayan de Oro City emanates from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park in Bukidnon. Regional Director Tawantawan disclosed that Bukidnon has very high elevation against Cagayan de Oro City and the slope is very steep. High volume of water will flow rapidly to the cities (Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) during rainfall. It is important to have clean and unobstructed waterways, she added.
The DENR 10 continues to manage and protect ten priority protected areas namely; Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong – Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape, Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape in Misamis Oriental; Mt. Inayawan Natural Park and Bacolod – Kauswagan Protected Landscape and Seascape in Lanao del Norte; and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental.
The conservation and protection of Cagayan de Oro River Basin is a major concern of the DENR. It has organized the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) on November 10, 2010. It is one of the active management councils in the country today.
The Council is a multi-sectoral group of concerned individuals, agencies and institutions who dedicate themselves in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating and managing of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin which has a total land area of 137, 934 hectares. It has eight tributaries from municipalities/cities namely Cagayan de Oro City, Libona (Bukidnon), Baungon (Bukidnon), Talakag (Bukidnon) and Iligan City . (RSCIS # 01-08-2017)
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