Regional Director's Speeches

RD's Speeches

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 APPREHENDS WILDLIFE SPECIES IN MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 –Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Ozamiz City apprehended one Yellow-Crested Cockatoo and male and female Silver Pheasants at Ozamiz City Port Area on August 22, 2017.

Two suspicious individuals carried the wildlife species in the port area placed inside the two-cage boxes and were later abandoned after the Philippine Coast Guard-Ozamiz City halted them for inspection. The Philippine Coast Guard officers confiscated the items and turned-over to CENRO Ozamiz City for appropriate action. 

The Yellow-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) (upper photo) is a large white parrot with a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. On the other hand, the Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera) species are often found in forests, mainly in mountains. Male Silver Pheasant (below photo, left) is adorned with white, long, patterned tail and black dropping crest on its crown while the female Silver Pheasant (below photo, right) is olive brown with black-tipped crest. Both wildlife species are exotic and categorized as critically endangered and least concern species, respectively.

Pursuant to Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”, the seized wildlife species under the category of endangered and critically-endangered species without corresponding authorization documents in the act of trade, transport and possession should be confiscated by the government.

The said wildlife species were turned-over by CENRO Ozamiz City to DENR 10- Wildlife Rescue Center for custody on August 23, 2017. RSCIS No. 09-283-2017

Photo Releases

DENR 10 RETIREES GET TOGETHER. DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot represented by OIC, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Belen O. Daba (9th from right) with lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap (8th from right) (more...)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (inset photo) encourages the Wood Processing Plant Permit (WPPP) holders/operators in Region 10 (more...)

IEC ON WATER USE REGULATION. To educate key stakeholders in the processing of Water Permit Application and Water Use Regulation, municipal planning and development officers from the Local Government Units of Region 10 (more...)

PEOPLE'S DAY. CENRO- Don Carlos personnel joins with the local community of Barangay Maican, Damulog, Bukidnon headed by Barangay Chairperson Mary Jean Ruiz, barangay Officials, Maican Elementary School teachers headed by Principal Marilou Bacus (more...)

LEARNING EVENT ON NEWS WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO PRODUCTION. Information Officers from the Regional, Provincial and Community Offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 learn the basic of Video Production during the Learning Event on Newswriting, Photography and Video Production in Cagayan de Oro City on July 26-28, 2017.  

IEC SCHOOL VISIT. A total of 56 senior high school students of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School attended the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) - School Visit on June 20, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City (more...)

MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2017. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (standing) encourages the participants of the Regional Management Conference (more...)

MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2017. DENR 10 OIC, Assistant Regional Director Belen O. Daba (standing) shares insights during the Regional Management Conference (more...)

CLEAN-UP ACTIVITY. Equipped with rakes, sacks, dustpans and broomsticks, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 and Environmental Management Bureau Region 10 come together for the clean-up/ adopt an estero activity held at the drainage canal fronting DENR Regional Office on June 24, 2017. (more...)

Other Links

  • office-of-the-president

  •   
  • official-gazette