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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

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Bamboo

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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NCI-SRD Summit 2019 Exhibit

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NCI-Exhibit

NCI-SRD SUMMIT 2019 EXHIBIT. DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones led the ceremonial cutting of ribbon for the official opening of the exhibit booths during the National Convergence Initiative-Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) Summit 2019 held at the Mansion Hotel, Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City recently.

Sixteen (16) regions displayed and showcased their sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) convergence products like sugar, vinegar, coffee, rice etc.

The NCI-SRD Summit was organized by four leading agencies namely Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environemnt and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)

 

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DENR 6 strengthens enforcement of Wildlife Act

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Wildlife Act

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 has recently hosted the “9th Training of Trainers (ToT9) on the Application of the Wildlife Law Enforcement Manual of Operations” among national government agencies.

In collaboration with the DENR 6–Enforcement Division, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Protect Wildlife Project, the ToT9 was conducted with participants coming from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP), PNP-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Navy (PN), Local Government Units (LGUs), Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the DENR’s provincial and community offices.

ToT9 was aimed at enabling the participants to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Republic Act 9147 also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. They are also to disseminate the new rules and procedures for environmental cases and the application of the Manual of Operations in the enforcement of Wildlife Act.

“This training came timely since we are strengthening the enforcement of environmental laws. Thus, it is necessary to empower our field personnel with the knowledge and skills they needed to enforce the provisions of the Wildlife Act. This will result to a more conserved and protected wildlife resources in the region,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

During the ToT9, the participants are taught how to explain the important provisions of Wildlife Act; how to  conduct wildlife species identification and proper handling; how to identify and explain all steps to be taken by an enforcer in effecting detection of wildlife crime, arrest of offenders and seizure of items and effects of wildlife crimes. The Fisheries Code as amended and Fisheries Enforcement Protocol were also taught to the participants, with emphasis on penalties and rules on endangered marine wildlife.

In strengthening the enforcement of the law, the participants also learned the basic steps in monitoring and investigating wildlife cybercrime, and has gained knowledge and skills on proper documentation of wildlife crime scene, including collection, handling and preservation of evidence. They also conducted a mock trial on the steps for application of search warrant and to experience how to testify in court.

Atty. Edward Lorenzo, a USAID Representative, underscored the threat of wildlife trafficking in the country during the training. “The Philippines plays a very important role when it comes to wildlife trafficking in the region. It is both a poaching area and a major transhipment point,” he said.

The training is seen to boost the DENR’s efforts in the region to curb illegal wildlife activities such as poaching and wildlife trading to promote sustainable biodiversity management. It is also in strong support to Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation, which is one of his ten priority programs.

 

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Fruit bearing trees grown in Iloilo City, a congressional initiative under Urban Greening Program

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Fruit Bering

           Trees are precious gift to humanity from nature. They play a very critical role for healthy and vibrant communities worldwide.Trees do not just give off oxygen, but it helps improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide, odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) produced by cars, buildings, corporations and from human activities.

             Greening the city to raise the quality of environment is one of the objectives of the Urban Greening Program under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP). Thus, a total of 4,058 assorted seedlings of fruit-bearing trees as well as ornamental tree species and palms were planted in Sooc, Arevalo; Navais and PHHC Block 22, both of Mandurriao; Hinactacan and Ticud, La Paz, Iloilo City.

             The seedlings are composed of assorted fruit trees namely: Atis, Avocado, Camias, Guyabano, Mango and Nangka which were planted at Brgy. PHHC Block 22, Mandurriao, Iloilo City last January 10, 2018. It was part of the congressional initiative of former Congressman Jerry P. Treñas of the Lone District of Iloilo City.

             “Tree planting is one of the mitigations against climate change and to cushion its impact. We will undertake sustainable tree planting program. I am happy to note that the private sector is ready to help,” Treñas said.

             Aside from planting fruit bearing trees, the Iloilo City Government also planted balayong or golden shower trees and other species that add beauty, fragrance and vibrant colors in major roads and plazas in Iloilo City. Moreover, it also provides shade, lower the temperature and release water vapor into the air through their leaves.

            Urban Greening or Urban Forestry in accordance with the updated 2016-2018 Master Plan for Forestry Development was designed to raise the quality of environment of the people in urban areas, Moreover, the greening activity seeks to reduce air pollution and regulate air temperature in the city areas.

             DENR 6 Regional Executive Francisco E. Milla, Jr. is urging the public, especially in urban areas to plant more trees because it is the best way to combat climate change, sequester carbon emission and the reduce urban heat island effect.

               “Trees help moderate temperatures by creating a cooling effect which can counteract the heating effect in urban environment. It also filters the air we breathe by removing dust and other particulates and releases oxygen, “he said.

               ENGP is one of the ten priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu that seeks to plant billion of trees throughout the country to help food production, poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation./ DENR6-CENRO-Guimbal 

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Praise Award

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Praise Award

As part of the Environment Month 2019 Celebration held at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City, the DENR 6 recognized and honored its employees by giving them an award for their efficiency, innovativeness, integrity, productivity and excellence in public service.

A total of five (5) retiree awards, sixty-seven (67) service awards, eight (8) career and self-development awards, four (4) bar/board passers, and five (5) performance awards were given to DENR employees during the culminating activity, just recently.

 

Rebecca A. Fortin of PENRO Antique was awarded Best Human Resource Management Officer (HRMO), Junelyn M. Capispisan of PENRO Aklan as Best Budget Officer, Zny Pearl D. Villarta of PENRO Guimaras as Best Accountant, Engr, Rita A. Colacion of PENRO Guimaras as Best Planning Officer, and Emerita Q. Balinario of Negros Occidental as Best Gender And Development (GAD) Advocate.

 

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