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To provide technical assistance/expertise to the Local Government Units (LGUs) subject of land claims and boundary conflicts in the establishment of political boundaries, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regions 10 and 12 forge a partnership for the joint delineation of the boundary conflict between the provinces of Bukidnon and Cotabato on June 7, 2023 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) OIC-Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Western Mindanao and Director, Forest Management Bureau in concurrent capacity, Arleigh J. Adorable said that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will put directions on what are the things that should be agreed upon regarding the areas in boundary conflicts. He added that the success and learnings of this MOA will also help other regions on resolving issues on boundary conflicts in their respective areas.

In addition, Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado of Region 10 said that the MOA signing will not only benefit the regions in the efficient implementation of DENR programs and projects but also help the LGUs resolve their boundary conflicts. RED Felix S. Alicer of Region 12 explained that the MOA will help in crafting guidelines to properly address the political boundary conflicts.

The Technical Working Group consists of DENR 10 and 12 ARDs for Technical Services; Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Bukidnon and Cotabato; Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Matalam and Midsayap, Cotabato and Don Carlos, Bukidnon; Chief, Surveys and Mapping Divisions (SMD); Representative from Legal Division and Chief, Control and Surveys Section of SMD.

Both regions will lead in the collaborative conduct of the necessary survey in the establishment of political boundaries of the localities based on the agreement reached, provide technical assistance/expertise if necessary in the conduct of the joint survey and inform the concerned LGUs on the result of the survey.
Moreover, the DENR 10 and 12 shall be responsible in the ensuing processes and issuance of patent and other tenurial instrument in the localities/areas established/identified within their respective jurisdiction through a joint resolution. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 06-171-2023

On behalf of DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado, Conservation and Development Division (CDD) OIC-Chief, Forester Fidel P. Gamos Jr. highlighted the importance of the ocean as the major provider of food and other marine resources.

City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) head, Engr. Armin Cuenca prior to the clean-up activity expressed the support of the city government to eliminate plastic pollution in the coastal areas of the City.

Moreover, CDD Deputy Chief, Mercedita G. Barbarona guided participants on how to fill up the Volunteer Ocean Trash Data Form for proper documentation and record the type of trash collected during the activity to help formulate possible solutions to reduce its impact on the world’s oceans and waterways.

A total of 1,113 volunteers/participants joined the said activity from various national government agencies, non-government organizations, private organizations, barangay local government units and its residents, bantay dagat, fisherfolks, academe, youth organizations, media, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, and other concerned groups.

The coastal clean-up covered a distance of 11.86 kilometers and gathered 550.50 sacks weighing 9,742.20 kilograms.

This year’s Month of the Ocean celebration theme is “Sustainably Feed the Global Population” which aims to support the maintenance and improvement of marine ecosystems and establish partnerships with concerned stakeholders to explore innovative solutions through the restoration and management of fish stocks and seafood for livelihood and food security. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG No. 05-133-2023)

To enhance the performance and ensure effective and efficient delivery of functions and services, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Initao conducted the training on Completed Staff Work (CSW) to the Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS) Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) members and secretariat on March 29-30, 2023 in Cagayan de Oro City.

DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado (left photo) said that the CSW is relevant as guide for decision-makers on resolving issues and concerns by providing information such as actions taken and possible resolutions. He added that this will be mainstreamed in the performance of functions and responsibilities that will help the Office in providing efficient and effective public service.

The training is in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority Region 10 and was participated in by 30 ILPLS PAMB members and secretariat. Activities included discussions on the ILPLS PAMB structure, functions, and responsibilities, key concepts of CSW, technical writing, agenda setting, taking minutes of meeting, how to prepare resolutions and updates on matters arising of a previous activity/meeting.

ILPLS is located within the municipalities of Initao and Libertad in the province of Misamis Oriental covering an area of 921.02 hectares. The landscape portion of the protected area contains primary forest with century-old trees that serve as habitat to diverse wildlife, which include the elusive Philippine Tarsier (C. syrichta) while its seascape holds an excellent coral reef teeming with diverse marine life and a portion of its coastline is a nesting site of the endangered marine turtle. (#TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 04-101-2023)

Graduates of the Executive Course on Leadership, Innovation, Communication, and Knowledge Management (CLICK) Batch 3 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reaped awards for their respective policy paper as the Major Final Output of the course during the graduation ceremony on March 18 in Taguig City. 
Best Policy Foresight Paper was awarded to Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, CESO I  for “Future-Fitting Public-Private Partnership for Water Security in 2040” and Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones, CESO I  for “Viability of Land Reclamation in 2040: Policy and Process Review of Land Reclamation in the Coastal and Marine Areas in the Philippines.”
Special Citation Award was also presented to Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Region X Ma. Theresa J. Allen for her paper titled “#HealourLand: The Futures of Integrating Nature-based (green) and Gray (infrastructure) Solution on Flood Risk Management in the Philippines (The Case of Cagayan de Oro Riverbasin).”  Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of Region II Ismael  T. Manaligod was accorded the same award for his paper titled “The Future of DENR HRM: Digital Transformation in a Changing Climate.”
Director IV  Emelyne V. Talabis, CESO IV of the Land Management Bureau presented her Policy Foresight Paper titled “Towards a More Effective Management of Certain Patrimonial Properties of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources: The Next Twenty (20) Years.”
The CLICK Program is initiated by the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM) of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in partnership with Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and National Union of Career Executive Service Officers, Inc. (NUCESO). It was held on October 11 – November 24, 2022 through Zoom Platform.  
The message of His Excellency President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.  was read by past NUCESO National President, lawyer Lynn Danao-Moreno during the graduation ceremony which was attended by officials of DAP, partner organization, and the CLICKers (graduates).
The CLICK program aims to equip executives from the government, private sector, and civil society representatives with the necessary competencies and knowledge amidst VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world.   The program covers Module I- Strategic Foresight and Futures Thinking, Module II- Leadership and Transformation, Module III- Strategic Communication Governance, Module IV Establishing a Knowledge Organization, Module V- Digital Transformation, and Module VI -  Strategic Human Resource Management.   (Photo courtesy of Aleem Guiapal)  #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 03-082-2023

The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park (MKRNP) conducted its 61st PAMB En Banc Meeting on March 10, 2023 in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
DENR 10 Regional Executive Director/PAMB Chairperson Henry A. Adornado presided the said meeting. He encouraged the PAMB members to be observant to avoid destruction and unwanted activities inside the protected area. He also emphasized to continue strengthen the involvement of the Indigenous Peoples/local communities in the conduct of Biodiversity Monitoring System.

One of the highlights presented during the meeting was the propose establishment of a special type of public toilet called Ecological Sanitation or “EcoSan” toilet to ensure sanitation and cleanliness of the park’s water bodies on the trail and in the campsites. EcoSan toilet is a closed system that does not need water, so, it is an alternative to leach pit toilets in places where water is scarce or where the water table is high and the risk of groundwater contamination is increased. It allows for the safe recycling of nutrients to crop production in such a way that the use of non-renewable resources is minimized.

The proposed establishment of toilets is in consonance with the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATPS), which emphasized that all ASEAN member states including the Philippines must develop and implement standardized tourism services. Its objective is to develop an ASEAN Public Toilet Standard that can be implemented by the ASEAN member states to ensure the quality, comfort, safety, and proper waste management of public toilets.

On the other hand, MKRNP Protected Area Superintendent Merlita L. Tabamo reminded the public on the annual closure of mountaineering activities in MKRNP effective March 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023 pursuant to Execom Reoslution No. 626 series of 2017. This annual closure aims to improve the facilities and rehabilitate the trails in Mts Kitanglad, Dulang-Dulang and Maagnao.

Mt. Kitanglad Range is the major watershed that supports the domestic, industrial, and agricultural needs of the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Cotabato. Controlled ecotourism activities are offered to both local and foreign enthusiasts. The three main destination peaks are the Mt. Dulangdulang, being the second-highest peak in the country, the Mt. Kitanglad, and Mt. Maagnao. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 03-075-2023