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CLIMATE CHANGE AND GEOHAZARD: A political challenge

Nothing is permanent except change. This time-proven declaration accurately sums up the fickle character of Mother Nature. Climate Change connotes transient episodes in the earth’s history yet geohazards have fixed locations. Two different sides to the same coin.

Climate change is a hot and polarizing issue, with people divided into two (2) camps: either believing it is already upon us or adamantly denying it is happening. If we look back long enough in time, we can see that the earth has already experienced many climate changes. It was warm when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and then turned cold for the wooly mammoths. Climate change is a certainty; it is not a matter of if but more of a matter of when. It may not be anthropomorphic or caused by man, but we can and do aggravate the situation.

As stated before, Climate change and geohazards are two (2) sides to one coin. Experts foresee increased flooding and storms with Climate Change. We hasten to add that prolonged heavy rainfall will trigger landslides. Areas prone to flooding and landslides can be predicted and mapped out, that’s what we in the DENR call geohazard assessment and mapping.

We already have this program in place for years, our Mines and Geosciences people has been toiling silently to create maps and provide them to Local Government Units. In the very near future, the DENR will put up a website specifically for these geohazard maps, where they can be accessed by everybody. 

We already have the tools, in the form of the maps, to avoid extensive loss of lives and properties in case of natural catastrophes but we still need to hurdle political obstacles. Unknown to many, we have already provided geohazard maps to several LGUs and have been advocating for its inclusion in their development planning. However, our is the voice in the wilderness, loud but unheard.

The DENR has already made headway in partnering with private entities, LGUs, NGOs, OGAs, and the academe in our effort to green and clean-up our countries, we also need help in mitigating possible loss from geohazards and nature’s wrath. Recently, in the aftermath of “Sendong,”  the Honorable Congressman Loreto S. Ocampos of the Second District of Misamis Occidental and the Municipality of Naawan, Misamis Oritnal has sent request for assistance strengthening their geohazard capabilities. We are always ready to serve the people, let us prioritize their welfare more than politics.

In our haste for “development,” we have often taken forcibly from Mother Nature areas that should be left for her. She will retake them.

 

News

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)

Photo Releases

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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