DENR-XI Foresters plants trees for Arbor Day

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI celebrated Philippine Arbor Day yesterday, June 25 through a tree planting activity at Brgy. Marahan, Marilog District. Foresters from DENR-XI headed by Assistant Regional Executive Director (ARED) for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip joined the activity and planted 200 seedlings of coffee and 800 seedlings of Cacao within the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in Marilog District.

Said participants are also members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI).

In the Philippines, Arbor Day was declared through Proclamation No. 30 by former President Manuel Roxas in 1947, to be held every second Saturday of September of each year in schools and communities. Most recently, it was revived through Republic Act 10176 or the Arbor Day Act of 2012 when President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law a bill reviving tree-planting day as a yearly event.

Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 of each year by planting trees, ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.

Arbor Day, which comes from the Latin word “arbor” meaning tree, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sectors, schools, civil society groups, and the citizenry are enjoined.

 

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DENR-XI, ComVal Prov't Gov't sign Joint Special Order for Naboc River Rehab TWG

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley recently signed a Joint Special Order creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) and Working Committees tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

Signing the Joint Special Order are Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and DENR Regional Executive DirectorRuth M. Tawantawan and Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

The creation of the said TWG is in line with the government’s aim to rehabilitate Naboc River as it is contaminated with Mercury and Cyanide due to the mining activities in Mt. Diwalawal. The river is also said to be contaminated with fecal coliform.

Last July 16, 2019, the DENR and the Provincial Government of Comval signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying and rehabilitation of Naboc River held in Davao City. The MOA signing was attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as Naboc River rehabilitation is one of his priority programs.

Tawantawan said that the "dredging activity will start on November this year and we aim to finish it before July of next year."

On the other hand, Uy assured the TWG members that the provincial government will fully support the Naboc rehabilitation Master Plan.

"We hope that our timeline will be met so we could finally gain a step ahead in rehabilitating Naboc River," he said.

Members of the TWG are composed of some officials and personnel of DENR-XI, Compostela Valley Provincial offices and members of the Provincial Task Force Naboc River. This will be led by DENR-XI's Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Chamberlain Babiera and co-led by Eugene C. Alaba of PENRO-PLGU.

TWG's Working Committees are: Data Management; Mining and Environment; Infrastructure Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Enforcement and Security; Permitting; Monitoring and Evaluation; and Legal.

 

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