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In line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR’s) mandate in the land disposition program by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Misamis Occidental in partnership with the Provincial Government Office (PGO) of Misamis Occidental recently distributed free land patent applications to deserving beneficiaries from the 1st and 2nd Congressional districts of the province under CENRO Oroquieta and CENRO Ozamiz on October 13, 2022 in Oroquieta City.

PENR Officer Rey S. Fernandez underscored the partnership of the DENR with the provincial government under the leadership of Governor Henry S. Oaminal, Sr. through its Vision-“Asenso Misamisnon” and Goal-“Misamisnon Magpuyo’g, Malinawun, Malambuon ug Malipayon” dubbed as 5Ms.

PENRO Fernandez said the programs and projects of PENRO-Mis. Occ. will harmonize the vision and goals of the present administration of Gov. Oaminal. He personally thanked the good governor for extending support to the Department particularly in Handog Titulo Program.

Governor Oaminal on the other hand lauded the leadership of DENR X Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado and Misamis Occidental PENR Officer Rey S. Fernandez for consistently coordinating with the provincial government particularly the holding of the Handog Titulo along with CENR Officer Thomas Cardente, II of CENRO Oroquieta and CENR Officer Guilry Cabatuan of CENRO Ozamiz.

He also thanked beneficiaries for the patience and for bearing with the government’s processes in acquiring their respective land titles and for supporting the programs of the provincial government and the DENR. Governor Oaminal made sure that deserving beneficiaries received their land titles for their respective families. These land titles are considered as their advance “Christmas Gifts.”

He also reiterated that the vision and goals of the provincial government is aimed to eradicate poverty through its on-going economic development plans and programs to generate employment in the localities.

A total of 45 land patents from the 1st district to include 16 special patents intended for school sites and 59 land patents from the 2nd district availed the distribution of titles during the program.

The Handog Titulo Program is a continued joint effort of the national government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Registry of Deeds and local government units to fast track the processing of land patents. (RSCIG PR No. 10-312-2022) #TayoAngKalikasan

To ensure comprehensive and holistic watershed characterization and vulnerability assessments in Region X, a four-day training on Carrying Capacity and Coastal Vulnerability Assessment was conducted by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region X on October 18-21, 2022 in Cagayan de Oro City. 
DENR X Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado, PhD said that the training aimed to understand the concept of carrying capacity and urban biodiversity. He added that learning these concepts will guide to generate science-based decisions, which is vital in the formulation of Environment and Natural Resources plans as well as in the execution of DENR mandates. He imparted that it is also in line with the directive of DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga to work closely with the local government units.  
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. as represented by OIC, Chief Conservation Development Division Fidel P. Gamos, Jr.  said that the training will capacitate the participants on coastal vulnerability assessment and integrate its result to develop appropriate programs and projects in the formulation of Integrated Watershed Management Plans. He added that understanding coastal vulnerability assessment will also enable them to identify efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and enhance the information during Communication, Education, and Public Awareness activities. 
A total of 43 participants joined the training composed of DENR X Regional and field offices Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists, Conservation and Development Division staff, representative from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources X, Department of Tourism and the local government of Alubijid, Misamis Oriental.
The ERDB Team was split into two teams, namely: Carrying Capacity Team headed by Senior Science Research Specialist Paulina Rowena C. Payuan and the Vulnerability Assessment Team headed by Science Research Specialist II Annieraj Velasco to efficiently facilitate the discussion of lessons and series of workshop and practical activities. The ERDB team discussed about the Storm Surge and Coastal Erosion Vulnerability of Coastal Areas within the Priority Watersheds in the Philippines and also shared about Model Generation for Beach Profile, Data Assembly for Adaptive Capacity, Data Encoding and Processing. The GIS specialists were taught on the creation of coastal strip, creation of polylines and computation of shoreline change and Vulnerability Assessment Map generation. 
A fieldwork was conducted during the training through a site visit and field observation, beach profiling, mangrove assessment and documentation of adaptive capacity in the municipality of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. 
Generated results from assessments on Carrying Capacity, Urban Biodiversity and Coastal Vulnerability will serve as input to regional, sectoral and local spatial planning in addressing environmental degradation caused by rapid population growth, urbanization, and intensified agriculture including the effects of climate change and human activities that can add up to the pressure on these natural resource ecosystems. (RSCIG No. 10-320-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan)

As an initiative to address the solid waste management problem of Cagayan de Oro City, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) will undertake the Trash-Trap Project to be implemented in barangays Lapasan and Puntod. The DENR 10 inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the said local government units today, October 14.

DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado (2nd from right) led the signing of the MOA with Lapasan Chairman Julito D. Ogsimer (center) and Puntod Chairman Rexie A. Tinampay (right).

Witnessing the MOA signing are Environmental Management Bureau 10 Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo (2nd from left), Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix S. Mirasol (left).

Also present were City Local Environment and Natural Resources Officer Armen A. Cuenca, Misamis Oriental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ferdinand E. Dagulo and OIC, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Initao, Misamis Oriental Jerome G. Pioquinto , Chief, Conservation and Development Officer Fidel P. Gamos, Jr., Deputy Chief, Conservation and Development Officer and Concurrent Chief, Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Mercedita G. Barbarona, barangay officials and personnel and DENR 10 personnel. (Photo by Angel Eve A. Adis)
RSCIG No. 10-301-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan

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