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CAGAYAN DE ORO RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT COUNCIL SHARES BEST PRACTICES

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The Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) opened its doors by sharing its best practices to the Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) during a cross visit and benchmarking in the region on September 29, 2017.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) Regional Director Edwin B. Andot welcomed the ARBO Governing Board in his message and encouraged everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to learn, ask questions and give feedback. He reiterated the significance of benchmarking and sharing of best practices as we are one in our mission in government service.

Forester Fidel P. Gamos, Jr., Head of the River Basin Project Management Office of DENR 10 presented the profile and history of the CDORBMC and revealed that Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 was one of the contributing factors in the creation of the Council in 2010 under the leadership of Archbishop Ledesma and then DENR 10 RED Maximo Dichoso.

Forester Marilou M. Clarete, Chief of the Conservation and Development Division of DENR 10, discussed the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) established by the CDORBMC and piloted in Mt. Kalatungan in the province of Bukidnon. It was followed by a PES Status Update given by the Xavier Science Foundation represented by Mr. Rowe Dawin Esmaya.

Part of the cross visit is a short meeting with the Chairman of the Cagayan De Oro River Basin Management Council Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, where The Most Reverend welcomed the Board and shared to them valuable lessons and experiences in supervising the Council.

The activity ended with a site visit in the waterways of Cagayan de Oro River including the famous Macahambus Cave, the landing site of White Water Rafting Adventures and the Uguiaban Bridge, the site of the DOST-installed Early Warning Device to monitor the flow of water and rain.

The Agusan River Basin Governing Board is composed of representatives from different national government agencies, local government units, security agencies and other stakeholders from Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 10-337-2017

DENR 10 APPREHENDS WILDLIFE SPECIES IN MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

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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

P. D. 705 VIOLATOR SENTENCE TO 26 YEARS INPRISONMENT BY COURT

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Cagayan de Oro City- For illegally transporting undocumented forest products and for failing to present pertinent papers issued by the government,  Judge Evelyn J. Gamotin-Nery, Acting Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 11 in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon convicted a certain Pepe Tacastacas for violating Section 68, P.D. 705 as amended by Executive Order No. 277, Series of 1997.

Tacastacas was sentenced to the penalty of imprisonment of 21 years, 2 months and 10 days to 26 years, 4 months and 20 days, for having unlawfully transported a total of 805.96 board feet of lumber flitches on April 19, 2013 at Barangay Kiabo, Malitbog, Bukidnon without the required authority of permit with the use of his Fuso canter truck bearing plate No. TMR-621.

The court also acquitted co-accused John Benjamin Sepulveda, the nephew of Tacastacas’ wife and truck helper who turned state witness and testified the transportation and hauling of the undocumented forest products..

During the preliminary hearing, P/Insp. Joseph Molo of PNP-Malitbog along with PSI Russel Chaves, PO2 Richard Omongos and PO1 Renard Dilag alledged that after they received a tip from a reliable source. The team proceeded to the place and intercepted a conveyance driven by Tacastacas accompanied by Sepulveda and loaded with undocumented forest products towards the direction of Sta. Cruz, Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer Ferdinand Dagulo, then OIC of CENRO-Manolo Fortich accompanied by Forester Mark Espital and Noel Jabagat conducted inspection on the conveyance and accounting of apprehended forest products.

Prosecution witnesses P/Insp Molo, Noel Jabagat of CENRO-Manolo Fortich testified to the court that the suspect during the apprehension has no permit while transporting the said forest products.

After weighing all the circumstances and explanations of the witnessess, the court then convicted and orders a Warrant of Arrest for Pepe Tacastacas and confiscation of the 805.96 bd. ft. of lumber flitches with the total amount of P644,768.00 and will be turned over to the government. RSCIS No. 07-255-2017

WPP PERMIT HOLDERS/OPERATORS ENCOURAGED TO ORGANIZE

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Acknowledging that the government cannot do it alone, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot encouraged the Wood Processing Plant Permit (WPPP) holders/operators in Region 10 to organize and convene into a federation to police the industry against illegal operations.

A meeting with Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) and the WPPP holders/operators in Region 10 was conducted on August 24, 2017 at the DENR 10 conference room. RD Andot, in his message, reiterated that the WPPP holders/operators are the best people to police their own industry because they are assumed to know the illegal players operating in their areas.

Operators from each province appointed interim representatives for the federation. Misamis Occidental operators appointed Ms. Alicia Camunay and Mr. Winston Catane. Mr. Mario Huervas, Mr. Juanito Nasara, Mr. Oscar Obial, Mr. Eduardo Suarez, Jr. and Mr. Raul Carlito Gentallan were named as representatives for Bukidnon province. Mr. Margarito Jaque, For. Darsky Irigian and Ms. Perlita R. Salac were appointed as representatives for the province of Lanao del Norte while Rev. Prodencio Plaza, Mr. Jay Yap, Mr. Nilo Micabalo and Mr. Ating Co were appointed to represent Misamis Oriental.

During the open forum, RD Andot answers issues and concerns of the operators. He assured them that the DENR is a partner of the private sector and all stakeholders in working for the advancement of the wood processing industry.

RD Andot also gave emphasis on the stand of the DENR against corruption, further challenging the operators to stop unnecessary handouts and to report directly to his office any employee who displays unethical conduct in their transactions.

The federation is expected to assemble for an election and to establish its structure and guidelines that will be anchored in the aspirations of advancing the interest of the WPPP holders/operators and all stakeholders of the industry. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 08-270-2017

DENR REGION 10 EMPOWERS INFORMATION OFFICERS

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To better serve the Office and the public, Information Officers from the Regional, Provincial and Community offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 underwent an extensive training on Newswriting, Photography and Video Production in Cagayan de Oro City on July 26-28, 2017.

Teresita Superioridad Baluyos, a retired Information Officer from the Department of Science and Technology, shared her expertise on Newswriting. Renowned Photojournalist Jacinto Alingasa, Jr. gave an extensive lecture and workshop on Photography as a tool in journalism. Mr. Roel “JC” G. Chavez, a teacher and a professional videographer, introduced to the learners the different facets of video production.

In his message, OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot encouraged the participants to impart their learnings from the training to their colleagues in their respective Offices. He challenged everyone to break the walls of division between employees by sharing of knowledge and best practices.

He said Information Officers are expected to be more equipped in reaching out to the public by effectively communicating DENR programs and campaigns. With their added knowledge on the different media tools, the Office anticipates a leveling up of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns in the future, he added.

The training provided a venue not only for further learning but also for building a stronger camaraderie between employees from different Offices. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 07-256-2017