Cagayan de Oro City. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu today awarded a Special Patent covering an area of 43,547 square meters of public land to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Army, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) at Camp Evangelista in Barangay Patag here.

The Special Patent was received from Secretary Cimatu by Army Chief Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista which was turned-over to 4ID Commander, Maj. Gen. Ronald C. Villanueva. The DENR 10 headed by Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable facilitated the awarding of the Special Patent which was signed by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Misamis Oriental Aldrich S. Resma and the registration of the title signed by Cipriano Benedicto E. Ratunil of the Register of Deeds.

Cimatu was the guest of honor and speaker during the 48th Founding Anniversary of the 4ID where he once served as Commander prior to his stint as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

A Special Patent is awarded by DENR on public land actually occupied and used for public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks and other government instiutions for public use.

The DENR also donated a total of 50,000 board feet of confiscated lumber for the repair and construction of facilities of the 4ID and 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.

The deeds of donation of confiscated forest products were signed by Secretary Cimatu with Maj. Gen. Villanueva of 4ID and Colonel Generoso Ponio, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, Kampo Ranao, respectively.

Cimatu said 40,000 board feet of lumber was donated to the 4th Infantry Division and 10,000 board feet was donated to the 103rd Infantry Brigade, Kampo Ranao for their lumber/wood material needs.

It can be recalled that officials of the two military camps requested the DENR for the donation of confiscated forest products.

The DENR, Region 13 (CARAGA) facilitated the donation of their lumber/wood materials composed mostly of Lauan species for the two military camps. (RPAO MR No. 02-20-2018)



To better serve the public in FY 2018, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) with the Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences Bureau  has integrated its implementation plan for FY 2018 targets.

According to DENR 10  Regional  Director Arleigh J. Adorable the move was made in consonance with directive of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to strengthen the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural  Resources Offices in the regions.  The strengthening of the PENROs and CENROs is part of the 10 priority programs of DENR for FY 2018.

The harmonization of implementation plan of the DENR 10, EMB  and MGB 10 was made during the 1st Unified Management Conference held on January 22 and 23 in Cagayan de Oro City.  Aside from Director Adorable, MGB 10 Regional Director Rex S.  Monsanto, representatives of Regional Director Sabdullah C. Abubacar of EMB 10, Assistant Regional Directors Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. and lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap, provincial and community DENR officers with their key officials, division chiefs and other staffs participated in the Management Conference.

Director Adorable said officials from the DENR and its line bureaus, EMB and MGB will present the integrated implementation plan to Secretary Cimatu during a workshop in Cebu City next week.

He called on the  PENROs and CENROS to involve all personnel in attaining the targets for the year and be guided with the schedule of the different activities to be undertaken.

During the same forum, Director Adorable officiated the turn-over of duties and responsibilities from the outgoing Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap to incoming Assistant Regional Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr.  Secretary Cimatu signed Special Order No. 2018 – 22 dated January 15, 2018 designating  officials of DENR 10.  ARD Melicor was formerly the ARD for Management Services.  Provincial Environment and Natural  Resources Officer Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. replaces ARD Melicor as OIC, ARD for Management Services.  Lawyer Lamason-Yap will assume her former position as chief of the Legal Division.

The DENR’s priority programs for FY 2018 are Clean Water, Clean Air, Solid Waste Management, Geohazard Assessment, National Greening Program, Forest Protection, Protected Area and Ecotourism Development, Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management, Strengthening the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Cleanup of Manila Bay.

Other topics during the Management Conference include the Directions of the National Greening Program for 2018, Freedom of Information,  Document Tracking System, among others. (RPAO # 01-15-2018)



To resolve conflicts of tenurial instruments and other resource use, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR-10), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Region 10 (NCIP-10), Land Registration Authority, Region 10 (LRA-10) and the Department of Agrarian Reform, Region 10 (DAR-10) signed on January 11, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City the Joint Operating Manual No. 01, Series of 2018 or the Structure and Guidelines for the Operationalization of the Joint Regional and Provincial Committees on the DAR, DENR, LRA and the NCIP Concerns.

The Joint Operating Manual is pursuant to Joint Administrative Order No. 01, series of 2012 (JAO No. 01, s. 2012). JAO No. 01, s. 2012 is on “Clarifying, Restating and Interfacing the Respective Jurisdictions, Policies, Programs and Projects of the DAR, DENR, LRA and NCIP in order to Address Jurisdictional and Operational Issues Between and Among the Agencies”.

Under the JAO, Joint Regional and Provincial Committees were created with representatives from the participating agencies. The committees are tasked to handle and resolve issues and concerns in their level before the conflict ascends to other venues. This year, the DENR, headed by Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable, is set to take the chairmanship of the Joint Regional Committee from the NCIP 10.

RD Adorable, in his message, is hopeful for a collective and harmonious resolution of conflicts with partner agencies specially now with the Joint Operating Manual as basis on agreements and commitments.

The Joint Operating Manual of JAO No. 01, s. 2012 will serve as the foundation of institutional arrangements between the Agencies in resolving overlapping jurisdictions while staying committed to protect and conserve the rights of everyone, particularly the Indigenous Peoples. (RPAO MR No. 01-03-2018)




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)



Strategies on the anti-illegal logging campaign in Northern Mindanao were shared by members of the Regional Anti-illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) during a year-end assessment led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) in Cagayan de Oro City recently. 

Newly-designated DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable said there is a need for the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices to further strengthen its partnership with the military, police, Department of Interior and Local Government and local government units in the enforcement of forestry laws. 

He recognized the efforts of the military, police and other partners in the crusade to protect and conserve our natural resources.  “I am thankful to our partners for their commitment and support to the DENR 10,” he added.  

Director Adorable also instructed the DENR 10 offices to maximize the work of the lawyers to pursue cases against violator of forestry laws.For her part, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap exhorted the PENROs and CENROs to conduct trainings to capacitate DENR partners in their work.  She further encouraged DENR 10 forest protection employees to continually coordinate with their partners to have an effective forest protection campaign.

As of December 15, 2017, the DENR 10 has confiscated logs, lumber, flitches and other forest products with a total volume 146,001.80 board feet (bd. ft.) and estimated value of which is P4,919,967.43.

The Provincial DENR Office of Misamis Oriental has confiscated 47,645.94 bd. ft. of  forest products with an estimated value of P1,625,254.60; Bukidnon with 34,865.72 bd. ft. with an estimated value of  P1,522,076.66; Lanao del Norte – 22,529.57 bd. ft. with an estimated value of P1,317,193.85; Misamis Occidental – 32,159.27 bd. ft. with an estimated value of P286,600.77; and Camiguin – 8,801.30 bd. ft. with an estimated value of P168,841.55.

A total of 35 units of trucks and other conveyances with an estimated value of P13,555,548.66 were confiscated regionwide.

Forester Nestor B. Agosto, Chief of the Enforcement Division welcomed the participants to the year-end assessment.  He said the RAILTF-10 has conducted meetings and deputized 25 personnel as forest protection officers. (RPAO # 12-433-2017)