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Cagayan de Oro City- To strengthen the collaboration and participation of stakeholders with other government organizations in the implementation of its programs and projects, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the implementation of the Tayo Ang Kalikasan-Environment and Natural Resources (TAK-ENR) Ambassador Project with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) on October 22, 2021 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The MOA on the implementation of TAK-ENR Ambassador Project was aimed to forge to involve students in the protection and conservation of our environment and natural resources through information, education and communication (IEC), advocacy, social mobilization and partnership building.

DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable thanked USTP President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II for accepting the call of the Department in the implementation of ENR Ambassador project in their University and articulated the concept and the roles and responsibilities of an ENR Ambassador.

He also challenged ENR Ambassadors to help develop students to be competent and credible champions of DENR in the rehabilitation of degraded areas, proper solid waste management, climate change and other environmental issues.

“I encourage the TAK-ENR Ambassadors to make an impact in their respective community or school and be an agent of change. Let us help preserve the very planet that gives us life by educating respective families, peers and other people through interpersonal communication, social media and other IEC activities,” Director Adorable added.

On the other hand, USTP President, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II recognized DENR’s effort in choosing the University as partner in the MOA on TAK-ENR Ambassador Project in the University. He said that the MOA is very timely since USTP will be partnering with Barangay 26 in the establishment of their Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Through this, USTP-ENR Ambassador will be tasked to lead the partnership and hopefully replicate it with other barangays.

The Tayo Ang Kalikasan was conceived through Special Order No. 2017-974 at the start of the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in the DENR. It is a platform that that aims to strengthen collaborative efforts among the government, locals, and stakeholders “to protect the natural resources and maintain the ecological balance for the future generation.” #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG MR No. 10-269-2021)

Cagayan de Oro City- In observance of the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2021 celebration with the theme “Sing, Fly, Soar - Like a Bird”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X recently conducted a migratory bird count in selected coastal areas in the municipality of Alubijid and the City of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental on October 8, 2021.

The DENR X through the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) and the PAMBC Unit of CENRO Initao led the conduct of the migratory bird count. The team observed a total of 186 migratory birds from two locations specifically in Barangay Baybay, Alubijid and Barangay Taytay, El Salvador City. These migratory birds include common Sandpiper, Red Knot, Eurasian Curlew, Little Egret, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Black Crowned Night Heron, Black Winged Stilt Whiskered tern, red shank, common tern, Javan pond heron, Chinese pond heron, Whimbrel and Kingfisher.

Migratory birds migrate to avoid extreme heat or cold weather of a certain locality and the availability of food for a certain species. They also migrate to look for a suitable habitat to lay eggs and raise their offspring.

The WMBD is a global initiative to raise awareness on the importance of migratory birds to the ecosystems and the need to conserve them from any harm as well as to protect their habitation.

The first WMBD was launched by African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals on the weekend of April 8-9, 2006 on Ms. Kuki Gallmann’s famous wildlife reserve ‘Ole Ari Nyiro’ in Laikipia, Kenya. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG MR No. 10-254-2021


To assess and maintain the cleanliness condition of the coastal area of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Multisectoral Composite Monitoring and Evaluation Team (MCMET) was signed by various stakeholders on September 29 through face-to-face and virtual platforms.

The MOU paves the way for the establishment of the MCMET and MCMET System for Challenge for Change Program (CCP): CDO Limpyo Dagat Initiative.

The signatories of the MOU are Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X), Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Reynaldo S. Digamo and Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr., City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro and barangay chairpersons of Barangays Bulua, Bayabas, Bonbon, Macabalan, Puntod, Lapasan, Gusa, Agusan, Cugman, Tablon, Puerto and Bugo.

The partners from National Government Agencies (NGAs) are Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Coast Guard, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police. Other signatories are Pepsi Cola Philippines and Couples for Christ – CDO City.

The CPP: CDO Limpyo Dagat Initiative is a continuation of the 2019 Challenge for Change: CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest spearheaded by the DENR X with the active support of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, partner NGAs and the private sector. The group agreed to institutionalize the clean-up challenge for Cagayan de Oro City through the creation of a Multisectoral Composite Monitoring and Evaluation Team and establishment of a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES).

DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said the DENR X continues to challenge all stakeholders to join in the campaign for behavioral transformation through religious compliance in managing household waste and engage in voluntary clean-up activities. He further said sustaining a government program and the opportunity to replicate the learnings from the successful Boracay clean-up is a challenge to DENR X.

For his part, Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said harmony and teamwork is needed to make the government more relevant and provide services to the people. He also congratulated all signatories to the MOU for working together for the success of the CCP.

Under the agreement, the MCMET will cover the whole coastal stretch of the City from the shoreline area to the shallow shore and the adjoining/adjacent river mouth/creeks outlet to the sea particularly the 12 coastal barangays. The MCMET is composed of representatives from the different organizations who are signatories of the MOU.

The DENR X is the chair the implementation of PMES for sustaining the clean-up challenge for Cagayan de Oro City. The Department shall designate a focal coordinator to oversee the implementation of the PMES and provide secretariat support to the MCMET.

Among others, the EMB X and MGB X shall assist the MCMET in the monitoring and evaluation activities through designated focal person. The EMB X shall assist the DENR X in capacitating LGU-CDO on water quality monitoring and its importance while MGB X shall capacitate LGU-CDO on coastal hazard vulnerability assessment and its importance.

The LGU-CDO shall co-chair the implementation of the PMES through the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office and designate a focal person to oversee the implementation of the PMES in coordination with the DENR X.

The Barangay LGUs shall ensure voluntary participation of its community people to all clean-up activities and support the implementation of the PMS. The Barangay LGUs shall designate a permanent Focal Person and Alternate Focal Person to join the MCMET Monitoring and Evaluation activities and create an Information, Education and Communication Team to educate the community and implement advocacy program.

The performance of each coastal barangay shall be assessed based on the following criteria: Cleanliness – 40%, Innovativeness – 40%, and Consistency – 20%. The M & E criteria was adopted during the 2019 Challenge for Change: CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest. (With report from Conservation and Development Division – Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section) #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG 10-237-2021

To further strengthen and prevent all illegal transport of forest products, flora and fauna, minerals and various hazardous wastes coming in and out from neighbouring region, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X inaugurated its newly established Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Monitoring Station on September 14, 2021 at Sitio Landing, San Isidro, Talakag, Bukidnon.

The launching of the said ENR Monitoring Station was graced by DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations- Mindanao and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda and Talakag Mayor Vergito O. Factura along with DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma, DENR Bukidnon PENR Officer Vergilino Alima, and Talakag CENR Officer Arnulfo T. Osio.

ASEC Lagunda congratulated RED Adorable and DENR Bukidnon particularly CENRO Osio for being the first CENR Office in the province of Bukidnon that has established its ENR Monitoring Station. She also challenged other CENR Officers who are present to come up with their respective ENR Monitoring Stations to prevent illegal activities in the province.

She also thanked Mayor Factura along with the local Philippine National Police of Talakag, Chief, Police Major Dennis Rowell B. Flores for the support and commitment to the Department in the enforcement of environment related concerns.

RED Adorable on the other hand personally thanked ASEC Lagunda for donating one computer set to the Talakag ENR Monitoring Station. The computer set will be very useful in the documentation of any apprehended illegal transport of forest products, flora and fauna, minerals and various hazardous wastes as well as in the storage of photos and other documents pertaining to all activities in the station, he added.

Also present during the said activity are CENR Officer of Don Carlos Virgilio N. Batocail of CENRO Don Carlos, CENR Officer Morito B. Estifano of CENRO- Manolo Fortich, and Deputy CENR Officer Edelino Adane representing CENR Officer Felisicimo Escuadro of CENRO Valencia City.

The Office of the DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations- Mindanao and Legislative Affairs also inaugurated the newly established ENR Monitoring Station under the Gingoog City on September 13, 2021 totalling to three newly established ENR Monitoring Stations for 2021 in Northern Mindanao. #TayoAngKalikasan (With report from CENRO Talakag)(RSCIG MR No. 09-220-2021)

To capacitate the field coordinators and selected Community-Based Forest Management-People’s Organization (CBFM-POs) in handling and managing conflict within their respective offices and organizations, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources conducted a Conflict Sensitivity and Reflective Dialogue Training-Workshop on July 22-23, 2021 at Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm, Barangay Imbayao, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


Senior Adviser of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit-GIZ-Conflict-Sensitive Resource and Asset Management in Butuan City Adonis S. Gonzales discussed about understanding conflict, violence and peace in various context, culture sensitivity and conflict sensitivity, and Do No Harm. He also shared about the steps of Reflective Structured Dialogue.

The participants actively participated during the training by stimulating the topics learned through Conflict Mapping by identifying the actors/players, position, interest and needs of those who are involve in the conflict and practice non-violent communication by using the four acronyms on how to communicate non-violently: O-Observation, F-Feelings, N-Needs and R-Request.

The CBFM-PO participants presented their output on the conflict table which included specific conflict/issues and problems currently pressing their organization that needs to be resolved with deeper understanding. One of the common problems they identified is the conflict between CBFM area with CADC/CADT claims.

On his closing remarks, OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Vergilino P. Alima of Bukidnon encouraged the CBFM-POs to unite and strengthen their respective organizations as this will be their secret weapon in resolving the problems/conflicts they are facing.

The participating CBFM-POs from the province of Bukidnon included Abejed Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Pualas Higaonon Tribal Small Land Owners Association, Capitan Bayong ISF Farmers Association, Sitio Palaopao ISF Famers Association, and Mahayag United Farmers Association. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG 08-199-2021