NWRB DEPUTIZE DENR ON CERTAIN FUNCTIONS OF WATER USE REGULATION

To properly implement the Water Code of the Philippines, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) deputized the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to perform certain functions of water use regulations in the country.

The NWRB is the national regulating and coordinating agency on water resources management and development and is mandated to implement the Water Code of the Philippines. It is tasked to conduct monitoring and enforcement activities all over the country.

Some of the certain functions of water use regulations deputized to the DENR regional offices under the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) are to accept/verify water permit applications, conduct continuing inventory of water users, identify water sources and make sources inventory map.

Types of water permit application include water permit for agricultural purposes, Hydraulic power development and industrial purposes, municipal purposes and recreational, fisheries and other purposes.

The LPDD shall serve as NWRB's Deputy in the DENR Regional Offices to perform some functions relative to regulation of water use to complement the existing deputized agents such as the Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration and some water districts.

DENR conducted series of information, education and communication campaign on the Water Code of the Philippines and Its Implementing Rules and Regulations to key stakeholders in collaboration with NWRB, re-echo training for PENROs and CENROs and coordination meetings with other deputized agents in the area, and other related activities assigned in accordance with the Water Code.

The Water Code of the Philippines aims to establish the basic principles and framework relating to the appropriation, control and conservation of water resources, define the extent of the rights and obligations of water users and owners including the protection and regulation of such rights, and adopt a basic law governing the ownership, appropriation, utilization, exploitation, development, conservation and protection of water resources and rights to land related thereto. (RSCIS # 07-251-2017)

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DENR 10 CONDUCTS ANNUAL ASIAN WATERFOWL CENSUS IN NORTHERN MINDANAO

To monitor the number of migratory bird that pass through the coastal and wetland areas in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 conducted the Annual Waterfowl Census (AWC) in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

The conduct of the annual waterfowl census will determine the areas frequently visited by migratory birds, its condition as well as the status of coastal and wetland areas which is affected by land conversion, natural calamities and other human activities.

During the 2017 AWC assessment, a total of 1,988 migratory birds of 31 species were identified in ten wetland areas in northern Mindanao that include Pulangi Wetland (NAPOCOR Dam) in Bukidnon; Alubijid Wetland, El Salvador Wetland, Magsaysay Wetland, Opol Wetland, Pangasihan Wetland all from Misamis Oriental; Bonifacio Wetland, Sinacaban Wetland in Misamis Occidental; and Matampay Bukana Wetland and Mukas Karomatan Wetland in Lanao del Norte.  

For 2018 AWC assessment, according to Donato Bojo, a staff from the Protected Areas Management, Biodiversity Conservation Section, DENR field personnel has yet to finalize their reports and as per initial observation, there are possibilities that a decrease in numbers of migratory birds will be observed this year, he added.

Bojo stressed out that the decrease of migratory bird population will be due to external factors observed during the actual counting to include high water level in some fishponds, other sites were converted to commercial areas and the unpredictable weather conditions due to climate change.  

The annual Waterfowl Census is conducted by the DENR simultaneously with other countries along the Austral-Asian bird migration flyway, to provide information on the global status of wetlands. Wetlands, which include lakes, rivers, marshes, mudflats, mangrove swamps, etc., play a vital role in human existence. (RPAO PR No. 01-05-2018)

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DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) was welcomed by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Initao personnel headed by CENR Officer Myrna Neri (2nd from right) during his visit to region 10 on November 27. (RPAO PR No. 12-413-2017)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) speaks with DENR 10 officials and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel of Misamis Oriental during his visit to Northern Mindanao on November 27 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Secretary Cimatu challenged the men and women of DENR 10 to strengthen its partnership and coordination with the Local Government Units in their respective area particularly on ecological solid waste management. (RPAO PR No.12-414-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu points out Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Solid Waste Management as primary focus of DENR 10 during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017(RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (center) presides the Turn-over Ceremony of outgoing DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (right) and Incoming DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (left) during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017. (RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center), (from left to right) NEDA 10 Assistant Regional Director Mae Ester T. Guiamadel representing Regional Director  Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, (more...)

Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 hopes to harmonize issues on the ground with the signing of the Joint Operating Manual No. 1, Series of 2018 (more...)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Employees Association (DENREA) provides ₱5,000.00 as financial assistance to 17 DENR employees who were victims of Typhoon Vinta on January 12, 2018. (more...)

ANNUAL ASIAN WATERFOWL CENSUS. Joint DENR 10 regional and field personnel from Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Gingoog City patiently count migratory bird Little Stint (Calidris minuta) species (more...)

ANNUAL ASIAN WATERFOWL CENSUS. A flock of Black-Winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) was spotted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (more...)

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