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More than 2,000 volunteers collected 16,357.8 kilograms of trash from twelve coastal barangays of Cagayan de Oro City during the celebration of International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 17.

The occasion was kicked-off in Barangay Lapasan with a program and clean-up. Volunteers cleaned a total area of 7.895 kilometers of the coastal barangays of Lapasan, Agusan, Bayabas, Bonbon, Bulua, Bugo, Cugman, Gusa, Macabalan, Puntod, Puerto and Tablon. Local government officials mobilized their constituents to support the event in their respective area.

Led by officials and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10, the volunteers were officials from local government units and communities, national government agencies, Non-Government Organizations and Civil Society Organizations, private organizations, religious groups, academe, youth, military, police and other concerned groups.

Report from the Conservation and Development Division of DENR 10 shows that overall, 30,328 pieces of trash were collected under the Most Likely to Find Items, the highest number being food wrappers – 6,671 pieces; beverage sachets/pouches – 2,424 pieces; grocery bags – 2,263 pieces; and plastic cups and plates – 2,205 pieces. It was followed by 5,357 pieces in the Other Items/Debris category – 1,399 pieces having the highest among it. A total of 3,258 pieces of tiny trash less than 2.5 centimeters were collected during the nationwide simultaneous activity.

International Coastal Clean-up aims to engage people around the world to remove trash and debris from beaches, waterways and other water bodies. ICC is celebrated every 3rd Saturday of September.

Other cities and provinces of Region 10 also conducted clean-up activities with various sectors of society.

September is declared as the National Clean-up Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 244 and 3rd Saturday of September as National Clean-up Day per Presidential Proclamation No. 470. Both occasions are undertaken to raise public awareness on the protection of the environment of which DENR 10 spearheads. (From the report of the Coastal and Marine Resources and Foreshore Management Section – Conservation and Development Division) RSCIG No. 09-260-2022

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) reinvigorates a partnership with the private sector and community to reforest and develop 5.52 hectares denuded areas in Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City as part of the carbon sequestration initiatives of the region.

The move was made following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between and among DENR X, Philippine Sanjia-Steel Corporation (PSSC) and Malasag Multipurpose Cooperative (MMC) to plant native trees on denuded areas on the proposed Protected Area in barangay Cugman.

The MOA is a five-year program that will be part of the contribution of the private sector in sequestering greenhouse gases through Enhanced National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department.

DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry A. Adornado recognized PSSC for complying the conditions cited in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB). He commended PSSC for the positive response on their support on the establishment of a carbon sink area.

RED Adornado is also confident that the partnership will be a successful one with the good planning and preparation of the activity and manner of implementation of the project and monitoring of concerned DENR office.

DENR-EMB Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo revealed that the establishment of PSSC’s carbon sink program will somehow offset the carbon emission of the company. RD Digamo congratulated signatories of the MOA, this would be one way of institutionalizing the partnership between the DENR, private sector and the community.

He elaborated that as stipulated in the MOA, the company (PSSC) will fund the project, the community will implement the project and the DENR particularly CENRO Initao will solely provide technical assistance and supervise the implementation of the project.

PSSC, President Antonio Lim was honored to be part of the program with the DENR and the Malasag Multipurpose Cooperative (MMC) and tasked as one of the signatories of the MOA on green-house gas emission reduction program. He believed that to protect the environment, tree planting is the most important method, with the valuable support of the DENR and MMC, together we can achieve our goals, he added.

For her part, President Delia V. Labininay expressed her appreciation to the PSSC and the DENR Region 10 for choosing their cooperative to be part of this endeavor, rest assured that they will perform their respective roles and responsibilities as stipulated in the MOA. RSCIG No. 09-249-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan

In line with the Nationwide Simultaneous Tree Planting Activity with the theme: “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X recently collaborated with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture and the local government of Cagayan de Oro City during the kick-off on September 13, 2022 in Sitio Camarahan, Pagatpat, this City.

A total of 8,654 seedling/propagules/planting stocks composed of Giant Bamboo, Molave, Narra, Bayok, Almon Tanguile, White Lauan, Lanzones, Rambutan, Durian, Gold Tree, Pink Trumpet, Mahogany, Balitbitan, Fruit Trees, Mangrove (Bakauan), Bakauan Babae and Bakauan Lalaki were planted regionwide by 1,381 participants in a combined area of 10.24 hectares.

The activity was initiated by the DILG spearheaded by DILG-Cagayan de Oro City Director (CD) Jane J. Docallos. It was participated in by various national government agencies to include the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Army (PA), the PA Reserve Command, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office, local barangay unit of Pagatpat and other stakeholders.

CD Docallos thanked DENR X for providing the bamboo seedlings/propagules for planting, she believed that bamboos are perfect planting materials to the plantation site since it signifies resilience and suits well to the location.

Docallos also acknowledged Barangay Pagatpat Chairman Roel Gabot for accepting the challenge to monitor and nurture the bamboo plantation.

DENR X Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado was represented by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. during the activity. ARD Mirasol congratulated CD Docallos for the well-attended activity coming from various NGAs and local government unit of Cagayan de Oro City and other stakeholders. He said people are concerned with our environment.

ARD Mirasol also shared an advisory from the National Government that Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. is also doing his share in planting a tree in celebration of his birthday (September 13). He informed participants that the DENR along with its five provincial field offices in the region are also conducting a tree planting in their respective areas as the Department’s solemn duty to sustain lives and to preserve our environment.

He encouraged the People’s Organization in the area under the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) of the DENR to support this endeavor and take care of the newly planted bamboos. RSCIG No. 09-247-2022

To come up with training modules and Training of Trainers design in the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) sector, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently led the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for the Capacity Development on ENR for Local Government Units on August 24 in Malaybalay City.

The activity was made to ensure that competency gaps and issues in performing ENR functions at the local level were identified, analyzed and translated through designing of training modules and Training of Trainers to achieve higher level learning.

It is anchored on the mandates of Executive Order (EO) No. 138 dated June 1, 2021 or the Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Governments, Creation of a Committee on Devolution.

The activity was attended by 30 participants composed of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO), MENRO designates and representatives from selected LGUs of Libona, Talakag, Impasug-ong, Cabanglasan, Don Carlos, Kibawe, Pangantucan, Malaybalay City, Valencia City, Baungon, Quezon, Damulog, Malitbog, Maramag and Sumilao. The activity was facilitated by the DENR Central Office – Training and Development Section of the Human Resource Development Service, Assisting Professional for Capacity Development, Regional Office’s Human Resource and Development Section and staff from PENRO Bukidnon.

Representing DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado during the opening program was Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Ma. Theresa J. Allen. She encouraged the participants to be proactive to make the Capacity Development more engaging and fruitful.

For his part, Bukidnon Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Vergilino P. Alima is thankful that the PENRO Bukidnon is one of the pilot provinces for the Institutional Strengthening Program. It will enable capacity development in the province to be smooth, systematic and orderly, he added.

Forester Wilson E. Henson, Chief of the Training and Development Division of the Human Resource Development Service of DENR gave the brief overview of the program in pursuant to EO No. 138, series of 2021. He said the national government agencies are directed to fully devolve certain functions to the LGUs specifically those functions specified under Section 17 of Republic Act 7160 and subsequent laws. That the issuance was a result of the Supreme Court decision relative to the case of Mandanas et. al vs. Executive Secretary, et. al (G.R. Nos. 199802 and 208488).

Forester Henson said that LGUs now are expected to have greater appreciation on the ENR concerns as a result of the impacts of climate change. He further said that higher Internal Revenue Allotment would make LGUs more financially capable to deliver and perform devolved functions.

An Open Forum was conducted followed by the filling-out of TNA Questionnaire which was facilitated by Ms. Janet B. Martires, the Assisting Professional for the Capacity Development.

The Ways Forward was presented by Ms. Bernadita S. Tubang, the Chief Institutional Development Section Training and Development Division - HRDS. She cited that the conduct of TNA by the Department is being undertaken in selected 10 regions for the period covering July-September; conduct of pilot batches of Capacity Development on ENR for LGUs scheduled in October-November 2022 (for selected LGUs).

She further said that by 2023-2024, the DENR has conducted a nationwide roll-out of training for City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers and by 2024, the City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers are capacitated with knowledge and skills on devolved ENR functions.

The Closing Message was given by CENR Officer of Valencia, Forester Felicisimo C. Escuadro, Jr. According to him, the devolution of more DENR functions in forest development and conservation is a continuation of the earlier devolution. He also informed that the TNA was aimed to enhance the capability of the LGUs to manage their forest and other natural resources. However, the DENR will always be there to assist the LGUs when the need arises he emphasized in his statement. (Arhleen A. Arat) RSCIG No. 08-230-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan

To come up with training modules and Training of Trainers design in the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) sector, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently led the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for the Capacity Development on ENR for Local Government Units on August 24 in Malaybalay City.

The activity was made to ensure that competency gaps and issues in performing ENR functions at the local level were identified, analyzed and translated through designing of training modules and Training of Trainers to achieve higher level learning.

It is anchored on the mandates of Executive Order (EO) No. 138 dated June 1, 2021 or the Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Governments, Creation of a Committee on Devolution.

The activity was attended by 30 participants composed of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO), MENRO designates and representatives from selected LGUs of Libona, Talakag, Impasug-ong, Cabanglasan, Don Carlos, Kibawe, Pangantucan, Malaybalay City, Valencia City, Baungon, Quezon, Damulog, Malitbog, Maramag and Sumilao. The activity was facilitated by the DENR Central Office – Training and Development Section of the Human Resource Development Service, Assisting Professional for Capacity Development, Regional Office’s Human Resource and Development Section and staff from PENRO Bukidnon.

Representing DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado during the opening program was Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Ma. Theresa J. Allen. She encouraged the participants to be proactive to make the Capacity Development more engaging and fruitful.

For his part, Bukidnon Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Vergilino P. Alima is thankful that the PENRO Bukidnon is one of the pilot provinces for the Institutional Strengthening Program. It will enable capacity development in the province to be smooth, systematic and orderly, he added.

Forester Wilson E. Henson, Chief of the Training and Development Division of the Human Resource Development Service of DENR gave the brief overview of the program in pursuant to EO No. 138, series of 2021. He said the national government agencies are directed to fully devolve certain functions to the LGUs specifically those functions specified under Section 17 of Republic Act 7160 and subsequent laws. That the issuance was a result of the Supreme Court decision relative to the case of Mandanas et. al vs. Executive Secretary, et. al (G.R. Nos. 199802 and 208488).

Forester Henson said that LGUs now are expected to have greater appreciation on the ENR concerns as a result of the impacts of climate change. He further said that higher Internal Revenue Allotment would make LGUs more financially capable to deliver and perform devolved functions.

An Open Forum was conducted followed by the filling-out of TNA Questionnaire which was facilitated by Ms. Janet B. Martires, the Assisting Professional for the Capacity Development.

The Ways Forward was presented by Ms. Bernadita S. Tubang, the Chief Institutional Development Section Training and Development Division - HRDS. She cited that the conduct of TNA by the Department is being undertaken in selected 10 regions for the period covering July-September; conduct of pilot batches of Capacity Development on ENR for LGUs scheduled in October-November 2022 (for selected LGUs).

She further said that by 2023-2024, the DENR has conducted a nationwide roll-out of training for City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers and by 2024, the City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers are capacitated with knowledge and skills on devolved ENR functions.

The Closing Message was given by CENR Officer of Valencia, Forester Felicisimo C. Escuadro, Jr. According to him, the devolution of more DENR functions in forest development and conservation is a continuation of the earlier devolution. He also informed that the TNA was aimed to enhance the capability of the LGUs to manage their forest and other natural resources. However, the DENR will always be there to assist the LGUs when the need arises he emphasized in his statement. (Arhleen A. Arat) RSCIG No. 08-230-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan