DENR 6 distributes land titles, conducts People's Day in Oton

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.


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DENR 6 highlights significance of World Water Day 2017

On March 22, wherever you are and whatever you do, make it about water. -

In celebration of the annual World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is reminding everyone of the importance of wastewater and most especially not take for granted our water resources because water is life.

Cliché as it may sound, but did you know that today, there are over 663 million people living without safe water supply close to their homes, spending countless of hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water?

This year, the celebration’s theme is “Water and Wastewater” where it focuses on the importance of reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource in the economy. It also focuses on its safe management as an effective investment for the public.


Why Wastewater?

World Water Day 2017’s main goal is to support the Sustainable Development Goals 6.3, “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

Wastewater is all the dirty water from municipal sources, schools, restaurants, commercial establishments, hospitals, farms, floodwater such as feces, urine and faecal sludge and all of the possible dirty water that you can think of. Other wastewater may contain dangerous dissolved toxins and chemicals. The three types of wastewater are Black water, Gray Water and Yellow Water.


Why should I CARE?

In industrialized countries, everybody has access to safe water. But did you know that in developing countries, like the Philippines, only 86% of the people do?

Every day, most of the wastewater comes from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the surroundings without proper treatment or being reused. Therefore, it pollutes the environment most especially bodies of water and loses essential nutrients. Yes, we contribute in this pollution, we are just not aware.

Thus, to support the said celebration of World Water Day 2017, DENR 6 has prepared a series of activities such as Forum on Wastewater and Septage Management on March 17 at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU) among Engineering students, Orchestrated Clean-Up on March 18 and Tree Planting and River Clean-Up on March 22 in San Julian, Tapaz, Capiz to raise awareness among the youth and encourage local community involvement.


How can I HELP?

Make a change in your own little way by starting in your homes! Reuse gray water (wastewater originating from non-toilet and food fixtures such as bathroom sinks, laundry machines, spas, etc. not contaminated with human waste) by watering plants, flushing toilets, construction and concrete mixing purposes and many more.

This will not only help you save you from your water bill, you have also helped the water cycle work better for the environment. 

“World Water Day is a unique event for all of us to be reminded of the importance of water in our daily lives. Right now, we may have enough water resources but what about in the next few years if we don’t know proper management of wastewater? Hence, I encourage everyone to practice reducing and reusing wastewater. This is not only for our own benefit but also for the next generation and for every living thing,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.  

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