Regional Releases

9 18 DENR XI PENRO Davao de Oro Interanational Coastal cleanup 1DAVAO DE ORO – In a bid to promote healthy fisheries and raise public awareness about the importance of coastal cleanliness, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) Davao de Oro spearheaded a coastal clean-up drive in collaboration with the Mabini Protected Area Beach Resorts Owners Association (MAPABROA) and local volunteers. This initiative coincided with the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 470 series of 2003, which designates the third Saturday of September each year as ICC Day.

The event, held on September 16, 2023, saw a dedicated team comprising DENR-PENRO Davao de Oro and the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS) personnel. Their collective goal was to inspire individuals to remove litter and debris from the coastline, promoting behavioral changes to combat water and air pollution and increasing awareness of the marine debris issue.

Taking place in Barangay Tagnanan, Mabini, Davao de Oro, the clean-up effort was joined by 30 enthusiastic volunteers. Together, they collected a remarkable total of twenty sacks of trash, amounting to 110 kilograms. Among the litter gathered, common items included plastic cups, food wrappers, footwear, plastic bottles, and glass beverage bottles.

Following the successful clean-up, MPLS-PAMO staff took the opportunity to educate the local community and volunteers about the far-reaching benefits of beach shoreline preservation. By maintaining the cleanliness of these coastal areas, they help safeguard and enhance the health of coastal and marine ecosystems.

The collaborative effort between government agencies, local organizations, and volunteers underscores the importance of collective action in preserving our environment. The DENR-PENRO Davao de Oro and MAPABROA, together with their dedicated volunteers, are setting an inspiring example of community engagement and environmental stewardship. As they look forward to future initiatives, they aim to continue raising awareness and promoting the conservation of our precious coastal resources.

7 26 MOA Signing DENR XI 9The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR XI) together with Nature’s Spring Foundation Incorporated (NSFI) and Magsaysay Marketing Cooperative (MMC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the DENR Regional Office Conference Room on July 26, 2023 for the prioritization of planting of indigenous/endemic species and high valued crops that are suitable to the identified area like Cacao and Lipote as its commodities. The MOA signing was graced by Regional Executive Director, Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan, NSFI Program Manager, Ms. Marife S. Piñero, and MMC BOD Chairman, Mr. Teodoro Rudaje, Sr.

The agreement involves the identification of 25 hectares of land for the implementation of the 5-year project from 2023-2027 located in Barangay Magsaysay, Marilog District, Davao City with the distribution of 5 hectares per year.

The collaboration is not novel for the NSFI as they have partnered with various POs across the country a few years back. The NSFI being true to its corporate social responsibility has collaborated with the environment sectors in contributing to resource rehabilitation through nationwide reforestation with its Watershed Area Transformation for Environmental Resilience (WATER) Reforestation Project.

On the other hand, Magsaysay Marketing Cooperative (MMC), as one of the partner Peoples Organizations (PO) of the DENR in the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), has acknowledged the significance of the technical and financial assistance from external sources in order to help their members and their cooperative in becoming self-sufficient. As part of its initiatives, they venture into other enterprises which was sourced out from the proceeds they earned in the projects awarded to them. Thus, chosen as recipient of the project, the MMC expresses its willingness and commits to religiously implement and participate for the success and sustainability of the program.

RED Dumagan expressed her gratefulness to the DENR personnel, NSFI and MMC for their commitment as the program will not just benefit the community but will help restock the region’s vegetation that were waned over the years.

“I am hoping that cooperation such as this one continues to emanate willingly from all of our offices and reminding us that in order to truly contribute to nation-building, our environment comes with utmost priority, and that only through our collaboration can we take the much larger step towards a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources, with a clean and healthy environment,” RED Dumagan said.

DENR, NSFI and MMC recognized the importance of collaboration and partnership in order to achieve the objectives of the ENGP, and agreed to work hand in hand, consistent with the objectives and requirement of their respective mandates and programs. Other officials present during the event were ARED for Technical Services Forester Victor T. Billones, Davao del Sur PENR Officer, Alberto Bandiola, and Davao City CENR Officer, Juvy C. Hofileña. (𝙅𝙖𝙮𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝘽𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙤 / 𝘾𝙀𝙉𝙍𝙊 𝘿𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙤 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮)

7 27 PENRO Davao Oriental and CENRO Mati Tree Planting Activity 2July 26, 2023 – As their support to the environmental conservation and protection efforts of the present administration, the “Kaugnay Arboretum” Tree Growing Activity of the 66th Infantry Battalion (IB), 701st Brigade (BDE) and 1104th Community Defense Center (CDC)-Philippine Army was conducted with the aim to grow 35,000 fruit bearing trees within their adopted sites.

The initiative was conducted at Sitio Tuatua, Barangay Matiao, City of Mati, Davao Oriental and was actively participated by the elements of the Philippine Army together with the personnel from DENR-XI’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Davao Oriental and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Mati. A total of 400 hills of marang, rambutan, mahogany and other hardwood and fruit-bearing tree species were planted.

The said collaborative effort also aims to reinforce the area's natural defenses against environmental degradation which will help in addressing the pressing issues of deforestation. | 𝘿𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙖𝙯𝙚𝙡 𝘽𝙞𝙩𝙤𝙮, 𝙋𝙀𝙉𝙍𝙊 𝘿𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙤 𝙊𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙡

6 23 DENR XI MANP UGGp 1𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟐, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑- 𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧, 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞. To seek support for the inscription of Mt. Apo Natural Park as a UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco recently convened with Cotabato Provincial Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza.

To strengthen the effort in the conservation and protection of Mt Apo Natural Park, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) headed by its Chairman, RED Evasco, seek the support of the Provincial Government of Cotabato in the declaration of Mt. Apo as a Geopark. RED Evasco, together with the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Cotabato Renato Domingo, DENR-PENR Officer of Davao del Sur Dr Alberto N. Bandiola and Protected Area Superintendent of Mt Apo Natural Park Dr. Archelito L. Mallari implored Governor Mendoza the benefit of the inscription, and furthering relations among stakeholders in the common goal of protecting the natural park.

Mt. Apo Natural Park, a protected area straddling between Region XI and Region XII is in the process of its bid as a global geopark, a declaration that will further put Mt. Apo in the list of unique geological features among 177 geoparks in 46 countries all over the world.

The PAMB is set to unify provincial and local government units, National Government Agencies and stakeholders of Mt Apo Natural Park in achieving its goals towards environmental conservation, harmonization of policies, and international cooperation and recognition to strengthen the efforts of preserving its natural geological heritage. (𝙋𝙖𝙪𝙡 𝘼𝙧𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙡, 𝙋𝙀𝙉𝙍𝙊 𝘿𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙡 𝙎𝙪𝙧)

6 19 DENR XI and DENR XII Mt Apo 1Keeping true to their words on kickstarting a unified front in the administration and management of Mount Apo Natural Park (MANP), DENR Regions XI and XII, led by its respective Regional Executive Directors Bagani Fidel A. Evasco (R-XI) and Atty. Felix S. Alicer (R-XII) jointly guided the MANP North Cotabato Sub-PAMB Meeting held at Kidapawan City on June 15, 2023, during which pertinent discussions on the management of the protected area in Cotabato side were reviewed.

The management of the national park is under the care of its Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). But being a uniquely large protected area covering a total of 64, 053.00 hectares and straddling said two neighboring regions, MANP’s sheer size pushed its PAMB to create Sub-PAMBs—smaller but major committees of the protected area within the jurisdictions of Davao City, Davao del Sur and the North Cotabato Sub-PAMBs, all of which convene for coordination and harmonization through the En banc meeting with the RED of Region XI heading the over-all PAMB for all sides.

Director Evasco, during meeting, commits himself in setting premium on the decisions of the Sub-PAMB and aid in directing said decisions towards what is pursuant under the law, working hand-in-hand with Director Alicer in overseeing the administration of the Highest Peak of the Philippines. The latter Director likewise sets store on the said commitment.

Stakeholders of MANP in North Cotabato were also oriented with the aspiration for the inscription of the natural park as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Geopark (UGGp), conducted by UGGp Nomination Team member FT 1 Cylle Marie S. Nadonza-Cleofe of DENR XI.

The Davao del Sur Sub-PAMB has already given full support and declared Mount Apo as a local geopark in 2022 through the passage of PAMB resolutions and is aimed to be adapted to all straddled local government units in the protected area to fortify means of verification for support of the communities surrounding the aspiring UGGp. Director Evasco has also started leg-working support from the Davao City side of MANP.

Also present and supportive of the notion were Hon. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista, City Mayor of Kidapawan, the PENR Officers of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, Dr. Alberto N. Bandiola and Mr. Renato C. Domingo and OIC-Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Archelito L. Mallari and Deputy PASu Shirley Uy for Davao Region and North Cotabato. | 𝑪𝒚𝒍𝒍𝒆 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒆 𝑺. 𝑵𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒛𝒂-𝑪𝒍𝒆𝒐𝒇𝒆, 𝑫𝑬𝑵𝑹 𝑿𝑰

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