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)


Public warned vs. misleading info on cost of processing land title

The Land Management Bureau (LMB) has urged the public to ignore and stop sharing a Facebook post claiming that P50.00 is all it takes to secure a land title, calling it "misleading and erroneous."

The post claims that those who wish to have their lands titled only need to pay an application fee of P50.00 or a "package fee" of P185, which includes the "application fee, stamp and clearance."

It even cited an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the source of the information, probably to make the post look authentic.