GRATEFUL LAND OWNERS. Land title beneficiaries from Oton, Tubungan and Btac. Nuevo gladly received their much-awaited land titles. The DENR 6–PENRO Iloilo in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Oton distributed land titles during the conduct of People’s Day on December 19, 2016. Right photo shows USec Noel Felongco congratulates an old beneficiary before giving the land title. Right photo from left: Oton Vice Mayor Vincent Flores, USec Felongo, DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna, Iloilo PENR Officer Raul L. Lorilla (partly hidden), Guimbal CENR Officer Salvador Manglinong, Jr.
Owning a piece of land gives one peace of mind.
A total of one hundred fourteen (114) land titles were recently distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Iloilo Provincial ENR Office among the beneficiaries coming from the towns of Oton, Tubungan and Btac. Nuevo.
DENR Undersecretary Noel Felongco told the beneficiaries that a land title is a precious asset. In Mindanao where he came from, he witnessed firsthand how land has been a source of many conflicts. “War in Mindanao is about land conflicts,” he said.
USec Felongco also said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte promised genuine change for our country during the campaign period and that his five main thrusts are: war on drugs, war on criminalities, war on corruption, war on poverty and campaign for federalism.
“We can focus on his thrust against poverty with this giving of land titles. This is an opportune time for us to see the program of President Duterte on how to fight poverty. One of the policies of the president is giving what is due for our people, and one of these is the giving of land titles to many of our poor people who have occupied the land,” Felongco said.
Out of the 114 land titles distributed by DENR–PENRO Iloilo, ninety eight (98) were residential free patents while sixteen (16) were agricultural land patents. The distribution of land titles was made possible through the conduct of People’s Day with the theme: Panagtag Titulo, Gugma sang Gobyerno Lokal sang Oton kag DENR para sa Ogtonganon. The activity was held on December 19, 2016 with the collaboration between DENR-PENRO Iloilo and LGU-Oton.
“Take good care of your land titles. Do not sell it to anyone for this is the inheritance you will pass on to the next generation of your families. Now, no one not even a mayor, could evict you from the land you are in possession of,” Mayor Carina Flores told the beneficiaries.
USec Felongco also highlighted the fact that the beneficiaries can thank DENR Secretary Gina Lopez for their land titles. “This is her advocacy – to give security of tenure to the people so that we can attain peace and with peace, we can thereby introduce development and progress for the country,” he said.
“The giving of land title is one of the priority programs of the government and the mandate to fast track it falls on our shoulders. Rightful land claimants can start the process of applying for a land title at their respective Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO),” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.
Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP) to be done under the eNGP
Native products made from bamboo are abundant in Western Visayas. The DENR is now strengthening the value and production of bamboo through its Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP). Aside from its unique commercial value, bamboo also plays an important role in climate mitigation and adaptation measures.
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Under the expanded National Greening Program (eNGP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will now implement the Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP).
The project will be implemented for six years, from 2017 until 2022. It is aimed at improving the adaptive capacities of human communities and natural systems; sustainably manage natural resources; and improve environmental quality for healthier and cleaner environment.
From 2017–2022, the BPDP will develop and rehabilitate a total of one million hectares of watersheds, marginal areas, creek lines, riverbanks and areas prone to erosion across the whole country. BPDP’s implementation strategies shall be on a community-based scheme to enable the stakeholders to experience and develop a strong sense of commitment to protect the environment.
The DENR in Western Visayas has a target area of 4,328 hectares, distributed among the following provinces: Aklan–1,000 ha.; Antique–500 ha.; Capiz–1,328 ha.; Iloilo–1000 ha.; and Guimaras–500 ha.
Known as the world’s tallest grass, the bamboo is also resilient to strong winds and rains and thereby helps protect its surrounding environment during typhoons. Scientific studies on bamboo proved that it is an effective erosion control plant and natural control barrier due to its widespread root system and large canopy; it helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption; it can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare; it keeps twice so much water in the watersheds; and it sustains riverbanks.
The BPDP implementation will boost bamboo supply which is considered a non-timber forest product. It also supports Republic Act 879 which promotes the use of bamboo as alternative material to wood in making school furniture.
Here in Western Visayas, we still have ample area to cultivate bamboo. It is another opportunity for the various people’s organizations involved in the project to also create livelihood in the process. By seriously implementing this project, we wanted bamboo supply to be sustainable. This is because bamboo is a very important component of development – be it a commercial development or ecological development. Bamboo is indeed a versatile product of nature,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.