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GEOTAGGING AND GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) TRAINING FOR PAMANA PROGRAM FOREST PROTECTION OFFICERS IN REGION 10

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To effectively implement the roles and responsibilities in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the DENR, Central Office and the DENR, Region 10 conducted a three-day Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training to Forest Protection Officers hired under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program on November 28 to December 1 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity is in line with the DENR and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) program to provide livelihood assistance to people in the hinterlands. The OPAPP came up with the list of persons to be included as forest protection officers funded by the DENR. As forest protection officers, they were tasked to implement and help regular DENR personnel to protect their respective areas of responsibility.

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable lauded the FMB team for spearheading the training to enhance the capabilities of forest protection officers and calls on participants to be equipped with knowledge and adopt the new normal that the department is implementing in their respective projects. He also asked participants to do their job well and as partners of the OPAPP and DENR that aims for the betterment of our people and protection of our natural resources.

Forester Joybert Mijares of FMB thanked Regional Director Adorable and encouraged the participants to internalize all teachings learned in the Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training and collaborate their previous learnings on Forest Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Topics discussed during the three-day training were Introduction to Geo-tagging; Requirements for Geo-tagging; Use of GPS status, OruxMap and Photaf apps; Quality Control for Geo-tagged photos; How to download geo-tagged data; and Oruxmap data to PC and How to download data from GPS to PC using BaseCamp. (RPAO MR No. 12-419-2017)

CIMATU APPOINTS ADORABLE AS REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF DENR X

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu officiated the turn-over of responsibilities from outgoing OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot to Director IV Arleigh J. Adorable as head of DENR 10 on November 27 in Cagayan de Oro City. 

This is in consonance with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Special Order No. 2017-927 signed by Secretary Cimatu on November 21, 2017.  

Secretary Cimatu in his speech directed Regional Director Adorable to work harder for Region X.  He likewise thanked Director Andot for taking care of Region X during his leadership and a  new assignment will be given to him particularly DENR’s participation to Task Force Bangon Marawi.

The turn-over ceremony which was held at the regional office was witnessed by officials of DENR Central Office headed by lawyer Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource, Information Systems, Legal, Legislative Affairs and Anti-Corruption; Ret. Gen. Mario C. Chan, Head Executive Assistant; lawyer Michelle Angelica D. Go, Secretary for Field Operations – Mindanao and Jesus Enrico Moises Salazar, OIC, Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Administration.  

Other officials present during the turn-over ceremony were Director Rolando Castro of the Human Resource Development Service, Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim for Biodiversity Management Bureau, Assistant Director Jacqueline A. Caancan of the Environmental Management Bureau and lawyer Danilo U. Uykieng, Acting Assistant Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.  Regional officials and personnel witnessed the turn-over ceremony. 

Director Adorable was formerly the Regional Director of DENR, Region VIII based in Tacloban City. 

He is a Career Executive Service Officer III and a forester by profession.  He was once assigned in Region X as Regional Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services from  May 12, 2003 to December 1, 2005.  He was then transferred to Region IX as Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services.  He was later promoted to Regional Director of the same region. 

Director Adorable finished his Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Mindanao State University, Marawi Campus and Master in Public Administration at Medina College, Ozamis City. 

He brings to Region X  36 years of dedicated public service. (RPAO No. 12-417-2017)

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 INFORMATION OFFICERS GEAR UP FOR BETTER ONLINE PRESENCE

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To keep up with the demands of time and fast-paced information sharing, Information Officers from the Provincial/ Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in Region 10 participated in a Learning Event on Social Media and Infographics on October 25-27, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The 3-day Learning Event also aimed to enable Information Officers to be updated on social media and technology trends and be more engaged in the online community which will be very useful in communicating DENR campaigns, projects and programs.

Resource speakers from the Environmental Management Bureau gave lectures on the priority programs of the DENR, the Ecological Solid Waste Management (RA 9003) and the Philippine Clean Air Act (RA 8749). Climate Change and Carbon Footprint Inventory lectures were also conducted.

Communications Development Officer Rosita Lubguban and Information Officer Marlowe Paragas from the Regional Office echoed their learning on Social Media for Development. They discussed on the significant use of social media in promoting campaigns and propaganda especially for government information dissemination.

Sigrid Joy T. General gave a lecture on Infographics. She discussed its importance and uses. A workshop was also conducted with Information Officers preparing their own Infographics.

The participants learned the advantages of using a picture-based IEC material as a better tool in capturing the attention of the youth and the online community. Infographics are also used in presenting processes in a simpler, condensed and creative manner.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Lawyer Florenda Lamason-Yap encouraged the Information Officers to always do their best on their job. She said designations are proof of trust and confidence given to them as public employees.

DENR 10 Chief of the Finance Division Pura Pallares, representing Regional Director Edwin B. Andot, expressed her compliments to the facilitators for conducting a timely and relevant learning event that will be very valuable in the Office’s information dissemination. Ana Mae Sumalinog RSCIS No. 11-377-2017

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