Regional Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu visited DENR Region X and went to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) - Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon last February 1, 2020.

The Secretary was accompanied by Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Field Operations, (USEC) Rodolfo C. Garcia and other military comrades.

The party was welcomed by the OIC, Provincial ENR Officer Vergilino P. Alima who presented the profile of Bukidnon. OIC, CENR Officer Virgilio N. Batocail also presented the executive overview of CENRO Manolo Fortich to the Secretary.

Secretary Cimatu expressed his overwhelming appreciation to DENR personnel in Bukidnon for being in full support of his visit.

Secretary Cimatu called to accelerate the issuance of Free Patents of Alienable and Disposable lands. With regard to the Bukidnon Forest Incorporated (BFI), he instructed OIC, PENRO Alima, also the concurrent BFI General Manager, to pay the outstanding unpaid salaries of the BFI employees and start planting bamboo species both in BFI and National Greening Program (NGP) areas.

Secretary Cimatu also cited few distinctive factors causing plantation’s low survival rate and strictly instructed not to start NGP if the source of water is not assured.

“I am not after the number of hectares planted, I am after the number of trees that will survive”, Secretary Cimatu said.

He commended the Province of Bukidnon for being one among the provinces who have the highest survival rate in ENGP and likewise the top contributor of the country’s forest cover. He encouraged the people of Bukidnon to upkeep the record.

Secretary Cimatu also acknowledged all the job order employees. He challenged them to learn thoroughly the laws implemented by the Department and promised security of career to those with civil service eligibility.

Also present during the welcome program were DENR Regional Executive Director Arleigh Adorable, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Alrich Resma, PENR Officer Vergilino Alima of Bukidnon, PENR Officer Ferdinand Dagulo of Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon CENR Officers Ferddie Sususco, Felicisimo Escuadro, Jr., and Arnulfo Osio of Valencia City, Don Carlos, and Talakag, respectively.

Secretary Cimatu is the first DENR Secretary to visit CENRO Manolo Fortich. #TayoAngKalikasan (Aleth Lou Ibañes/Ana Mae Sumalinog) RPAO MR No. 02-055-2020

Livelihood Enhancement Support – 1 (LES1) was introduced in year 2016 as a subproject of Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP). It offers support in production and enhancement of the People’s Organizations’ (POs) existing commodities.

It grants a facility or a combination of infrastructure. 1) Concrete Drying Pavement, 2) Irrigation Water Facility, 3) Small Constructed Facility, 4) Agricultural Machinery & Milling Facility, and 5) Food processing Facility/Equipment are the options amounting to Php 300,000.00.

In year 2018, 42 POs of Bukidnon Upper River Basin (BURB) partnered on the said subproject. Recently, 27 POs had their turnover between November 2019 – February 2020. Solar drying pavements, mini-warehouse facilities, agricultural machineries, and milling facilities awarded to the POs were constructed and installed based on Asian Development Bank guidelines. The POs are responsible for the maintenance and overall operation of the given infrastructures/facilities. For sustainability purposes, they made a resolution for the service rates of the given infrastructures/facilities.

INREMP is one of the banner program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with its main objective to rehabilitate the denuded watershed areas in Bukidnon Upper River Basin. LES1 is one of the subprojects of INREMP wherein the PO beneficiaries will be able to increase their income in a sustainable way and contribute to the overall improvement of the watershed. Jayson M. Ligtas #TayoAngKalikasan (OTH-2020-02-002)

DENR Assistant Secretary for Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda (1st from right), joined by PENR Officer of Bukidnon Vergilino P. Alima (1st from left) and DENR 10 NGP Regional Focal Person Myrna E. Neri (center), proudly showcased a coffee product named as “Babaehon Kape” by United Rural Women of Maluko, Inc. – a recipient of Enhanced National Greening Program project - during her site visit on January 29, 2020. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO PR No. 02-043-2020

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary (ASEC) for Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda visits some of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) sites of Region 10 last January 28-29, 2020 at Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

This is in compliance to Special Order No. 2019-956 issued by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu directing some officials of the department to conduct periodic site visits to established ENGP plantations in order to reinforce efforts and address issues on the ground to ensure the accomplishment of targets set for the ENGP.

It can be recalled that ASEC Lagunda made her first ENGP site visit in a bamboo plantation managed by Ernesto Pelaez Ranch, Inc. on December 23, 2019 in Malasag, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. Subsequently, ASEC Lagunda was able to monitor and validate 3 ENGP sites during her two-day visit together with the key officials and personnel of DENR 10.

On the first day, ASEC Lagunda visited the plantation site of Peoples Organization (PO) - San Jose Agro-Forestry Farmers Association, Inc. in Brgy. San Jose, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. She personally validated the existing timber (Falcata) and fruit bearing trees (mangosteen, durian, lanzones, and rambutan) planted in the area. Thereafter, she proceeded to Brgy. Pangasihan of the same city where the plantation of Nipa Palm managed by PO - Lantawan Agroforestry and Developers Multi-purpose Cooperative is situated. She also went to Brgy. Maluko, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and visited the plantation of timber (Brazilian Fire Tree and Falcata) and fruit trees (guyabano, lemonsito, jackfruit, durian, lanzones, avocado, apple guava, rambutan, marang and cashew) of PO - United Rural Women of Maluko, Inc.

Among the issues encountered by ASEC Lagunda during her site-visit were the policy issuance on the harvesting of planted trees within untenured areas and the considerably high required survival rate of planted trees which is 85%.

According to the members of the PO in-charge of the said ENGP sites, the program helped them convert their idle lands to become productive areas, uplift their way of living through the employment it generates and extra income it provides, and improve the environmental condition of the area by means of the increased forest cover.

A forthcoming ENGP Focal Persons Consultative Meeting and Workshop will be conducted this February 2020 where ASEC Lagunda is expected to take part in the activity. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIS MR No. 02-038-2020