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DENR LEADS ENVIRONMENT MONTH, OTHER ENVIRONMENT CELEBRATIONS IN JUNE

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Anchored on the theme : “Beat Plastic Pollution,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) leads the celebration of Environment Month this June.

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable disclosed that the month-long celebration aims to promote environmental awareness and participation among the various sectors of society. This is also in consonance to Presidential Proclamation 237 which mandates the yearly celebration of Environment Month in June to protect, enhance and develop our environment, he said.

Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on the celebration will be undertaken through multi-media and interpersonal approach. The activities include Environmental Symposium on June 20 and Environmental Quiz Show on June 29 for students and Environmental Quiz Bee for DENR employees on June 25.

To showcase high school students concern for the environment through artwork, an On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest will be conducted on June 26. A photo contest among DENR 10 offices aimed to increase the level of knowledge of stakeholders of the various programs of DENR will reel off on June 25 to 29.

Green Film Festival on June 29 at SM Cinemas will also be supported by the regional office. Youth organizations and students shall be invited to watch environment-related films during the Green Festival.

The regional office is sponsoring a Donate a Book Project to gather books from employees and stakeholders to be given to public schools in the region. Plastic Innovation, a contest on recycling of plastics will test the creativity of DENR 10 personnel will be spearheaded by the Administrative Division.

To promote health and wellness, Larong Pinoy will be conducted regionwide on June 5 and DENR 10 will celebrate the DENR Anniversary on June 8 through a Family Day and a talent search, DENR Got Talent. The DENR Anniversary is celebrated every June 10 through Executive Order No. 192.

An Open House which will serve as a venue for People’s organizations and other stakeholders to display and sell their products will be undertaken on June 26 to 29 at the regional office.

Culminating activities of the Environment Month include a Thanksgiving Mass, program with the grand finals of the DENR Got Talent and awarding of prizes to winners of different contests. The raffle draw of the Environment and Natural Resources Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ENREMCO) will also be conducted on June 29.

Aside from the Environment Month celebration, the DENR 10 will spearhead the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week from June 4 to 10 with a photo exhibit at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and other IEC activities to encourage communities and individuals to help protect our national bird, the Philippine Eagle.

The DENR 10 joins the celebration of Coral Triangle Day on June 9 to foster protection and conservation of this natural treasure. The event is celebrated in countries in the Coral Triangle region - Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. This year the DENR 10 will undertake a coastal clean-up at Barangay Bayabas, Cagayan de Oro City and distribution of Marine Protected Area (MPA) marker buoys to support the maintenance and protection of established MPAs in Eastern Iligan Bay.

In celebration of Arbor Day youth groups with other stakeholders are scheduled to participate in a tree growing at Malasag, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City on June 23 and a mangrove clean-up and replanting will also be conducted at Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City on June 27. By virtue of Proclamation No. 369, Arbor Day is celebrated every 25th of June in the Philippines. #TayoAngKalikasan (RPAO # 05-154-2018)

DENR 10-INREMP CRAFTS IEC MATERIALS FOR LAKE LANAO RIVER BASIN

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To produce different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for Lake Lanao River Basin, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10- Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) conducts Training/Workshop on IEC Materials Design and Production on May 17-19, 2018 in Iligan City.

INREMP aims to promote sustainable utilization of watershed resources for the local people inhabiting the watershed areas which local communities in Lake Lanao depend mainly as their source of livelihood.

DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. encouraged the participants to work harder in raising awareness to protect and conserve the natural resources for the present and future generations.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Mamacaya M. Lucman acknowledged the importance of producing IEC materials to raise awareness about environmental protection and conservation particularly in the local communities within the Lake Lanao River Basin.

The participants of the activity included the community development officers, technical extension officers, INREMP personnel and Mindanao State University (MSU)- Iligan Institute of Technology Graphic Design students. They produced prototype IEC materials such as brochures, posters, flyers, billboards and desk calendar that will provide information about the INREMP in Lake Lanao River Basin particularly to the local communities and stakeholders.
Center for Environmental Studies and Management IEC and Public Participation Specialists Dr. Ma. Theresa M. Rivera and Mr. Antonio S. Frio, MSU Main Campus-Marawi Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alma Berowa, Ms. Baicon Cayongcat from World Food Programme Philippines and DENR 10 Community Development Officer I Shannon Lyn Aboc were the resource persons during the three-day activity.

Topics include Lake Lanao River Basin Communication Plan and Strategies, designing and layouting IEC materials, preparation and use of IEC materials in the context of Muslim and Maranao Culture, and drafting IEC materials for advocacy.

The activity also included presentation and critiquing of the prototype IEC materials to enhance its content and layouting before its production and dissemination. #TayoAngKalikasan (RPAO # 05-150-2018)

DENR 10 CONDUCTS FOREST TENURE AND PERMIT RE-ORIENTATION WORKSHOP

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To level-off the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Technical Staff on the different rules and policies pertaining to applications of forestry lease and permits, the Office conducted a Forest Tenure and Permit Re-Orientation Workshop on April 18-20, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

On behalf of DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Aldrich S. Resma of Misamis Oriental recognized the vital role of technical staff involved in the processing and evaluation of forestry-related permits. He added that the activity will capacitate and fast track the processing of applications especially in the field offices.

Forester Nely M. Butic and Forester Edward F. Dumrique from Forest Management Bureau (FMB) thoroughly discussed the different Forestry Tenurial Instruments such as Forest Land Grazing Management/Lease Agreement, Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement, Integrated Forest Management Agreement, Special Land Use Permits/Lease and Community Based Forest Management Agreement.

Forester Adrian Vincent de Luna from FMB also discussed the scope and coverage, application requirements and other related information on Rattan Cutting Contract, Wood Processing Plant Permit and Lumber Dealer Permit and different kinds of cutting permit.

Environmental Management Bureau Chief, Clearance and Permitting Division Alex Jimenez and Mines and Geosciences Bureau Chief, Mine Management Division Daniel Belderol discussed environmental permits issued by their respective offices.

In addition, OIC, Chief Roel G. Dahonog of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division informed the participants on the different wildlife permits issued by DENR.

The Re-orientation workshop also involved open forum to clarify some issues and concerns of the participants especially on the scope and coverage and terms and conditions in processing the forestry leases and permits. (RPAO # 04-118-20118)

DENR, PNP, AFP INTENSIFY ANTI- ILLEGAL LOGGING, ILLEGAL MINING CAMPAIGN IN REGION 10

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For violating the provisions of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines, as amended by EO 277 and renumbered by Republic Act 7161, personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) with elements from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) apprehended a total of 133,766.83 board feet of lumber, 309 cubic meters of logs/log bolts and 62 tools/equipment with an estimated value of P2,227,777 during its April 26 and 27 operation in the region.

In his report to Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable said that the apprehended forest products/timber have an estimated value of P1,258,777 and the 62 tools/equipment has an estimated value of P969,000 during the inspection of 31 wood processing plants in the municipalities of Villanueva and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. He said documentations are on-going for the filing of cases for violators of forestry laws, rules and regulations.

It was gathered that the anti-illegal logging campaign is an offshoot of DENR Caraga ground operation. DENR Executive Director for Anti-Illegal Logging and Anti-illegal Mining Task Force Maj. Gen. Mario F. Chan (Ret) with Col. Jett Duque, Ground Commander for Mindanao Operation, and lawyer Danilo U. Uykieng, Assistant Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau provided the over-all directions of the two-day operation.

The DENR 10 activated an Operation Center headed by Director Adorable and organized five Special Task Action Groups (STAGs) composed of DENR personnel from the regional office and the province of Bukidnon with Misamis Oriental. Of the 31 wood processing plants inspected, the STAGS apprehended four operating without permit or expired permit and five with existing permit, Director Adorable added.

The apprehended forest products/timber were turned-over to the Provincial Police Office of Misamis Oriental for custody, while the apprehended tools/equipment were under the custody of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of CENRO Initao. The 62 implements apprehended include 21 bandsaws, 8 electric motor, 2 grinder machines, 1 cutter machine, 14 saw blades, 1 rotary lathe, 2 circular saws and 13 flywheels.

Director Adorable is thankful to the PNP and the AFP for continuously extending their assistance to the DENR 10.

Operations against illegal mining in the region is being undertaken by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 with the local government units, AFP and PNP. (With report from the Enforcement Division, DENR 10) # 05-134-2018

DENR 10 CELEBRATES WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

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To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) through its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) conducted a symposium on March 2, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The symposium was attended by selected students of Macabalan National High School. The activity is in observance of the World Wildlife Day which is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Big cats: predators under threat.”

This year’s celebration focused on big cats – Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars as well as their smaller cousins such as Cheetahs, Snow Leopards and Pumas, who are facing many different threats, most of which are caused by human activities. According to SeeTheWild Organization, roughly 80 percent of the 40 wild cat species are shrinking and sixteen of them are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

In his lecture, Ranoray Love A. Noro, Chief of PAMBCS reiterates that wildlife is important for their roles in preserving the balance of nature in the ecosystem where they belong. He also presented the threats to wildlife which includes illegal trade and habitat destruction.

The students also learned about Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, an act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats. They also had a chance to visit the Regional Rescue Center inside the DENR 10 compound where they encountered real wild animals like the Philippine Hawk Eagle, the Python and the Cobra.

Noro gave emphasis on teaching the youth the importance of conserving and preserving biodiversity, including wildlife, because the youth will be next in line in the stewardship of our mother Earth. Ana Mae Sumalinog (RPAO MR No. 03-57-2018)