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



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




Winners of photography and documentary contests sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 were honored during the culmination program of the Environment Month on June 30 in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot the contests were aimed to inculcate in the minds of the public the responsibility of caring for Mother Earth.  He said this year’s contests include Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Video Documentary Contest for local government units (LGUs) and DENR offices and ENR Photo Essay Contest for Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices.  The Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 (EMB 10) also conducted a Photography Competition.

He stressed that this year’s theme of the Environment Month “Connecting People to Nature” reminds us to take time to commune with nature and be responsible stewards of God’s creation.  He thanked the LGUs and other partners for their participation to the Environment Month activities.

Director Andot with OIC, Assistant Regional Director Belen O. Daba awarded the prizes to the winners. The LGU of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte represented by Mayor Marcos Mamay received a Certificate of Recognition and P5,000 as first prize winner of the ENR Video Documentary Contest for LGUs.  The second place went to LGU of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and third place went to LGU-Bacolod, Lanao del Norte.  The winners received a Certificate of Recognition and cash prize of P3,000 and P1,000 for the 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively.

For the ENR Video Documentary Contest for DENR offices, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Misamis Oriental emerged as first place, 2nd place – PENRO-Misamis Occidental and 3rd place – Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 (MGB 10).  All winners received Certificate of Recognition with the 1st place – P5,000, 2nd place – P3,000 and 3rd place – P1,000, respectively.

The photo essay contest winners are 1st place – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Initao, Misamis Oriental,  second place – CENRO-Valencia and third place – CENRO-Oroquieta City.  Each winner received a Certificate of Recognition and P5,000, P3,000 and P1,000, respectively.

The winners of the EMB 10 Photography Competition are first place – Jhun Rey Nale,  second place – Kim Rochie Lumban and third place – Raphael P. Uy.  Each winner received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize of P6,000, P3,000 and P2,000, respectively.

A Pista sa Nayon with contest on dancing ball, egg relay and maria went to town played by DENR teams from the Management Services, Technical Services, Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences Bureau was conducted followed by a “boodle fight.”

The DENR spearheads the celebration of Environment Month in June per Presidential Proclamation 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. The Environment Month celebration was opened with a Thanksgiving Mass, tree growing, Information, Education and Community – School Visits at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School and Cagayan de Oro National High School, sportsfest, among others.  The EMB 10 and MGB 10 participated in the celebration of Environment Month at the regional office of DENR 10.  This year the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau – Forest and Timber Resources Research Center led by its Center Head Conrado B. Marquez joined the sportsfest. (RSCIS # 07-236-2017)





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)



To re-equip field personnel on the implementation of their respective duties and responsibilities, the Department of Evironment and Natural Resources, Region 10 conducted a two-day training to Rank & File and Newly Appointed Personnel on the updated and revised DENR Policies, Laws, Rules and Regulations on June 20-21 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The two-day training on DENR Policies, Laws, Rules and Regulations was spearheaded by the Enforcement Division to increase the capability of field personnel as frontliners in their respective areas of responsibility.

Regional Director Edwin B. Andot in his message challenged participants to take advantage on the opportunities provided by the department to enhance their capabilities through seminars and learning events and value the learnings on trainings like this. He also thanked Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Belen Daba and the Enforcement Division and other facilitators behind the success of the activity.

DENR ARD Belen O. Daba acknowledged the leadership of DENR 10 Regional Director Edwin B. Andot for the support on the two-day event and encouraged the participants to apply the knowledge the learned especially in the accomplishment of targets.

Resource persons of the two-day event include ARD Belen Daba on the Implementation of the National Greening Program; Atty. Michael Ban Pacuribot on the Presidential Decree 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) and (DENR Administrative Order 97-32); Forester Roel Dahonog on Republic Act 9147 (RA 9147) “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” ; Sarah Chacon on the Issuance of Patent and Foreshore Management;  and Forester Fidel Gamos on the  implementation of Community Based Forest Management, creation of Forest Land Used Plan and Water Management Plan. Other lecturers were Engr. Daniel Belderol on Republic Act 7942 (Philippine Mining Act of 1995); Engr. Eldemero Gochuco on Republic Act 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act); Samih Alonto on Republic Act 9003 (Solid Waste Management Act of 2000); Forester Mercedita Barbarona on Coastal Marine Resources; Forester Rico Jebulan on LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System and the Chain Saw Act; Special Investigator Gerald V. Rosabal on Executive Order 23 (EO 23) and DENRO Deputation; Forester Paulyn Laranjo on the importance of Biodiversity and Cristine Camba on the NIPAS Act of 1992 (RA 7586). (RSCIS, PR No. 06-187-2017)