DENR-XI distributes mahogany seedlings during ARENA “Serbisyo Caravan”

A total of 1,000 rmt caravanMahogany seedlings were distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI together with the Program Monitoring Coordinating Council (PMCC) during the "Serbisyo Caravan" of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA-XI) held at Brgy. Ulip in Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province.

The said event is in coordination with the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley Province and the Municipal Government of Monkayo.

In behalf of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan attended the event to formally turn-over the mahogany seedlings to Brgy. Upper Ulip. She also delivered Secretary Cimatu's message and emphasized that the DENR is championing on its reforestation efforts through the enhanced National Greening Program or E-NGP.

"These reforestation projects do not only address soil erosion in Monkayo but they also provide livelihood to many local communities in the area. From 2011 up to now, we were able to establish agroforestry in Monkayo by planting hectares of trees including falcata, rubber, assorted fruit trees, cacao, coffee and bamboo trees," Tawantawan said.

Tawantawan also stressed that the DENR together with the members of the PMCC are closely coordinating with each other to address the problems in Mt. Diwalwal especially in the cleaning up of Naboc River from residual mine tailings coming from the processing plants.

caravan brgy ulipOne of the issues that were raised during the Open Forum was the temporary closure of processing plants and the relocation of ballmills and other mining equipment from Brgy. Mt. Diwata to Sitio Mabatas in Brgy. Ulip. The said relocation is a government's strategy in order to clean-up and eventually rehabilitate the Naboc River.

Another issue is the hiring of thousands of Bantay Gubat for those displaced mine workers that would be affected by the closure and relocation.

DENR-XI has also distributed various IEC materials about solid waste management during the event.

Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the members of ARENA-XI for choosing the community of Brgy. Ulip as beneficiaries of the Serbisyo Caravan.

"The Municipality caravan governorof Monkayo, especially Brgy. Ulip, is very fortunate to have been selected by ARENA-XI for this year's Serbisyo Caravan. And with the presence of the different National Government leaders who believes in the concept of Bayanihan, I am positive that by working closely together, we will all prosper," Governor Uy said.

"Serbisyo Caravan" is a flagship program of ARENA-XI that aims to bring various services to the communities of far-flung and depressed areas. This project started last 2011.

This year, among the services offered were medical and dental check-ups, distribution of seedlings, food packs and school supplies, information dissemination on scholarship grant, consultation regarding mining and legal services, livelihood trainings and distribution of certificate of land titles.

A total of 32 government agencies participated in the event such as: DENR; Philippine Mining Development Corporation (PMDC); National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Civil Service Commission (CSC); National Housing Authority (NHA); Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Department of Health (DOH); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); PhilHealth; National Food Authority (NFA); Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP); Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP); Department of Education (DepEd); Philippine National Police (PNP); 10th ID; 25th IB; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Commission on Election (COMELEC); Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). (DENR-XI with Roel Lerio of CENRO Monkayo)


Aboitiz to establish Pawikan Center in Davao City

Aboitiz Group of Companies will soon establish a pawikan rescue center and hatchery for marine turtles at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Aboitiz Group’s social development arm Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizPower business unit Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) and the City Government of Davao, the establishment of the Pawikan Center aims to provide temporary shelter to marine sea turtles where they can be rehabilitated, conserved and protected.

Signatories to the MOA are: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio; Aboitiz’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jaine Jose Aboitiz; and DENR’s OIC, Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao in concurrent capacity as Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan.

“Aside from the many nests and eggs that have been discovered and protected, the Park has also served as a venue to inform and educate more visitors about the importance of safeguarding the pawikan and its natural habitat,” Aboitiz said.

With the signing of the MOA, Mayor Duterte said that the city government reiterates its commitment to the protection of the various species of Pawikan found in Davao City.

“And so we commend the Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated and the Davao Light and Power Company for your pawikan conservation efforts at the Cleanergy Park that has released 3,482 turtle hatchlings to date since the start of the operation. We also thank the DENR for the technical expertise and guidance you provided to ensure that the conservation efforts being undertaken are appropriate and will lead to the best possible results,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Moreover, Tawantawan stressed that the 8-hectare Punta Dumalag is a very special area as it is home to pawikan and also to 89 bird species and 7 kinds of mangrove vegetation.

“This very area is so rich and unique that it became also a habitat of other important flora and fauna. That is why DENR is very blessed to be working with the Aboitiz, with Mayor Sara and other officials who sincerely care for the environment. Surely, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu will be very pleased and grateful,” she added.

Tawantawan also said that pawikan particularly Hawksbill are critically endangered. “If we check on the reproductive cycle of turtles, their survival is very nil. Only 1 percent. And it takes so long for them to mature. That’s 20 to 50 years. That means, if they are not protected, the probability of extinction is very high,” she said.

Apart from protecting the nesting areas at the park, the Pawikan Center aims to identify, document, and address threats to marine turtles and their habitats in Punta Dumalag; promote research, monitoring and information exchange; enhance public awareness on the conservation initiatives in the area; and fortify the collaboration between the public and private sectors for the long-term recovery of pawikan population in the area.

The DENR will provide technical assistance, facilitate information and education campaign on marine turtle conservation, and establish Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for marine turtles, among others.

Meanwhile, the Davao LGU, through local ordinance, will strengthen the enforcement of existing laws relevant to the conservation efforts, assist the DENR in the establishment of Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for the marine turtles, provide manpower support for the project, and furnish DENR with monitoring reports. #TayoAngKalikasan

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