The DENR CENRO Boracay Island has a new officer in charge.
DENR Regional Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno, through DENR Regional Special Order No. 2013-270 dated July 16, 2013, has designated Atty. Elizur G. Militar to momentarily take the place of incumbent CENRO Boracay Island officer-in-charge Mirza Samillano.
Samillano is taking a leave of absence for “health reasons.”
The Order read: “In the interest of the service and to avoid any disruption in the operations of the CENRO Boracay Island…Atty. Elizur G. Militar, Project Evaluation Officer II, DENR Region 6, Iloilo City is hereby designated as Officer-in-Charge of CENRO Boracay Island, Malay Aklan.”
Militar is reporting to office today, July 22.
DENR VI creates composite team to validate complaint of residents in Sicogon Island
(left photo, left t to right) DENR VI Chief of Staff Forester Louie L. Laud and RTD for Forestry Livino B. Duran listen and discuss the possible solutions on the concerns brought up by residents and village officials (right photo) of Sicogon Island in Carles, Iloilo.
The Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers Fisherfolks Association (FESIFFA) has once again sought audience from DENR VI on the alleged violation of Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO) of the Sarrosa Family on the Status Quo Ante Order issued by DENR VI last year.
About 80 Sicogon Island residents came for the meeting/dialogue held at the DENR Regional Office VI on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Prior to the meeting, FESSIFA President Raul Ramos has sent a letter informing the Office of their plan.
Ramos, in his letter, claimed that SIDECO has started physical development on the contested lot area adding that SIDECO’s Executive Vice President Edmundo Sarrosa keeps on harassing the residents to leave the area.
FESSIFA, which represents the residents of Sicogon Island, earlier filed an administrative complaint questioning the veracity of the free patents titles issued by the DENR VI to 16 applicants to what they claim “non-residents” of the island. The case is now under investigation at the DENR VI Legal Office.
Then Regional Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno has issued a Status Quo Ante Order directing the local residents and patent holders to refrain from initiating further development in the contested lots in Sicogon Island, while the case is under litigation.
But, according to the residents SIDECO did not heed the Order.
During the meeting, DENR VI Office-in-Charge Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Service Livino B. Duran said that DENR VI Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna ordered to validate the allegation raised by residents.
A composite team was created to conduct ground validation before the month ends, he added.
RTD Duran said the team shall conduct the validation on March 20.
The composite team consists of representatives from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Legal Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Forest Management Service, Land Management Service, PENRO Iloilo and CENRO Sara.
Duran said the Office shall invite the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Carles, Iloilo or its representative to join the team in the conduct of ground validation next week.
Aside from this, the group shall likewise conduct an inspection on established markers on forestland boundaries, conduct an inventory of fallen trees at the height of Typhoon Yolanda on public and private properties, and verify the alleged soil testing conducted by the management of SIDECO, among others.
Sicogon Island is located in the Municipality of Carles, Iloilo. The island is an hour and a half pumpboat ride from Barangay Bangkal in mainland Carles. It is composed of 1,160.09 hectares, covering three barangays – Alipata, Buaya and San Fernando.