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
Provincial, Sub-watersheds Management Councils organized for Lake Lanao River Basin
Planning and implementation of the different phases of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) will soon commence with the recent creation of the Watershed Management Councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur recently conducted a meeting with stakeholders for the organization of the watershed management councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.
The Watershed Management Council is composed of representatives from the provincial and municipal government units, government agencies/institutions, academe, civil society organizations and the private sector.
INREMP aims to address unsustainable watershed management in the project site. It focuses on indigenous people and resource-poor communities by reducing watershed degradation, forest denudation, and unsustainable farming practices by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits.
Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Bedjoria Soraya A. Adiong called on participants to cooperate for the proper management and implementation of INREMP.
She further said that failure to protect the lake will have a negative impact on the lives not only of the Maranaos but also to all Mindanaoans.
Governor Adiong stressed the economic, recreational, aesthetic, cultural, educational, scientific and ecological benefits of Lake Lanao.
For her part, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan sought the help of the Maranaos to successfully implement INREMP. She said the Watershed Management Council has a “very crucial role because it is the governing body in the decision making process and project’s planning and implementation activities.”
The Provincial and five sub-watershed management councils were installed into office by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto represented by Lourdile S. Enjambre.
The Provincial Watershed Management Council is chaired by Governor Adiong and co-chaired by DENR 10 Regional Director Tawantawan with members coming from other government entities/organizations and civil society organizations and the chairpersons of the five sub-watershed management councils.
The Lake Lanao River Basin comprises 27 municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.
The meeting was an offshoot of the Memorandum of Agreement signed in September 21, 2016 between DENR 10 and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur for the implementation of INREMP. It was also attended by Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr., municipal mayors and representatives from various sectors of society.
INREMP is a seven year (2013-2020) project of DENR with funding support from Asian Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Global Environmental Facility and Climate Change Fund. The project sites of INREMP are Chico River Basin in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin in Bohol, Bukidnon River Basin in Northern Mindanao and Lake Lanao Watershed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. (RSCIS # 01-02-2017)
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