DENR X awarded the Certificate of Completion and Acceptance on the 51 partnered POs/IPOs for CY 2015 and CY 2016 graduated sites under Natural Resource Management (NRM) subproject of Integrated Natural Resources Environmental Management Project (INREMP). During the turned-over ceremony, it was emphasized by DENR Officials that the management of NRM graduated sites is officially transferred to them and they are responsible in management, (maintenance & protection), and sustainability of their areas, in accordance with their submitted Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMP). Further, the DENR will continually provide technical assistance and monitor the development and management of their areas in accordance with their SDMP and existing environmental laws. The acceptance and turnover ceremonies followed the IATF safety protocols to avoid the increase of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

The People’s Organizations (POs), especially those who protected and maintained their Agroforestry subprojects, are now reaping what they sowed after five years. The planted high valued crops such as Cacao, Coffee and Abaca intercrops with other cash crops are now on the harvesting stage. The partnered PO/IPOs are very fortunate in having post-harvest facilities under Livelihood Enhanced Support-1 which complement the harvested products, which generates job and stable income in the community.

The partnered PO/IPOs were not only given projects that can provide sustainable income, but also to commit in protecting the natural forests. A total of 5,481 hectares were planted with endemic trees species through Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) and Reforestation (Refo) approaches to increase the forest cover and serve as habitat for the plants and animals in the area. Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable reiterated that the INREMP is a loaned project by the Philippine Government to the Asian Development Bank aiming to protect the natural forest and ensure the livelihood of the upland farmers.

RED Adorable said “Dili ingon nga tungod kay gihatag na sa gobyerno para malegalize inyong (ancestral domain) claim pwede na bisag unsa na lang inyong himoon sa maong lugar tungod kay dili lang atong kaigsoonang IP ang nag salig sa maong lugar para mabuhi, uban usab ang mga tao nga nag salig sa tubig ug sa hangin nga gihatag sa atong kalasangan para mabuhi tang tanan. Kitang tanan gusto man mabuhi, dili ra man pipila ka tao.”

He also added that Bukidnon and lake Lanao river basins are located in the heart of Mindanao. And most of these mountainous areas are claim by our IP brothers and sisters as part of their ancestral land. Henceforth, the DENR should also be part in preparation of their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) to ensure the protection of natural forest following the prescribed guidelines as stated in our existing environmental policies. Jayson M. Ligtas #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 05-152-2021

Access roads in Bukidnon upland farms need improvement. In most cases concreting or filling of gravel on roads is a necessity for the farms to be accessible. The movement of crops from the farm to the market is one of the struggles of the farmers and the local communities due to the road condition. It takes time and a huge effort to transport goods because some areas are not accessible to 4-wheel vehicles. The mode of transportation is either habal-habal or through the use of animals such as horses or carabao which makes it expensive.

Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) has three subprojects. One of which is the Rural Infrastructure, it rehabilitates farm-to-market access roads which pave the way especially to the upland farmers for accessible transportation of crops resulting to cheaper hauling cost.

In Bukidnon Upper River Basin (BURB), 12 Local Government Units (LGUs) partner on the said subproject. To name a few, the partnered LGUs are Kibawe, Sumilao, and Valencia City. Overall there are 13 access road rehabilitations situated on the nearby Natural Resource Management sites of INREMP. The 80 percent of the total project cost of every RI subproject sites is covered by INREMP, and the remaining 20 percent covered by the partner LGUs. To date, four of the 13 RI subproject sites are complete, five are scheduled for turn-over by the third and fourth quarters of this year, and the remaining four will be turned-over the following year.

INREMP is a foreign-funded project and one of the banner programs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It has three subprojects namely; 1) Natural Resource Management to rehabilitate the denuded watershed areas, 2) Livelihood Enhancement Support to upkeep the crops production and enhance the People’s Organizations’ existing commodities, and 3) Rural Infrastructure. These subprojects improve our forests conditions and provide the upland communities a long term sustainable source of income. The INREM Project and other organizations provided skills training to the partner people’s organizations related to farming to boost their income and protect our forests.

With the rehabilitated access roads, farmers can now transport their goods with lesser travel and hauling expenses. The local community, businessmen, and tourists can easily access the nearby NRM sites of our partnered People’s Organizations. Jayson M. Ligtas #TayoAngKalikasan

In the heydays of the yesteryears, every Filipino adored the beauty of this body of water. With its crystalline surface, tranquil environment and captivating scenery— that’s the Manila Bay our old foks had cherised for a long time. 

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In the faraway Barangay Kalabugao, in the town Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon lives a Philippine eagle with the barangay’s namesake that has been through the extremes of life and death, and now, has fully matured and had her own family.  Kalabugao, a female raptor, is the world’s first case of a rescued and rehabilitated young eagle surviving and successfully breeding after her release back to the wild.  

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Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), including visitors nowhavethe chance to familiarize themselves with the agency’s priority legislative agenda through an exhibit set up at the DENR Central Office main lobby.

The week-long exhibit, which runs from June 10 to 14,coincides with the 32nd anniversary celebration of the DENR, as well as the 121st Philippine Independence Day.

It showcasesproposals that have been pending in the legislative mill for years but are up for re-filing in the upcoming 18th Congress.

These include: the Land Use Bill (House Bill or HB 5240); amendment in the Mining Law (HB 6259); E-waste Management Bill (HB 2964); and the Delineation of Forest Limits Bill (HB 143).

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The exhibit was put up by the DENR Legislative Liaison Office (DLLO), which is headed by Assistant Secretary Joan Lagunda as the agency’s appointed Legislative Liaison Officer.

Lagunda in her message assured the DENR of the DLLO’s steadfast commitment in advancing the interest of the environment.

“Under the present leadership, the environment-loving community can be assured that the LLO is striving to be heard by our revered lawmakers to craft legislations that will empower the Department more in performing its mandate,” she stated.

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The exhibit also features a video presentation on the background of the DLLO, as well as the officials who have managed the office. Among these officials are Undersecretaries Ernesto Adobo, Juan Miguel Cuna, and AnalizaRebuelta-Teh; Assistant Secretary Joselin Marcus Fragada; and Director NiloTamoria.

The DLLO is the office tasked to liaise with both houses of Congress regarding all matters impinging on relations between the DENR and the legislative branch.

It is also the official representative of the DENR in the Legislative Liaison System of the Office of the President, with Secretary AdelinoSitoy, head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, as the Chief Legislative Liaison Officer.

Parties interested in pending environmental legislative proposals may contact the DLLO via telephone number 920-1761, or through email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..###