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6 2 Environment month PENRO Davao OrientalAs the nation observes Environment Month, an annual celebration that takes place in June, the DENR conducts meaningful activities that foregrounds the aim of the said merriment.

This year, it’s anchored on the theme “Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo, #ONLYONEEARTH, which encourages the Filipinos to continuously protect and conserve the environment as it is our only home, the sole planet in the universe that is a staunch ground of life.

In DENR XI, its PENRO Davao Oriental commenced the celebration with the parade of colors around the Government Center to disseminate information about the said celebration to the nearby offices.

PENR Officer Pablito M. Ofrecia welcomed the manpower of the province and thanked them of their vigorous participation. He accentuated that the personnel of PENRO Davao Oriental should not only be mentally fit, but also physically healthy by participating in the various activities prepared all throughout the month.

The event was also graced by the visit of Assistant Secretary for Indigenous People Jose B. Ong. The ASec thanked the DENR employees for their hard work and dedication, encouraging them further to continue serving with passion and responsibility that contribute to the sustainability of our environment and our future.

As part of the month long celebration, the PENRO prepared major events such as the pinoy games, sports, and talent contests. Said office shall also join the Nationwide Tree Planting activity of the Department on June 8, 2022 at the Mt. Hamiguitan. | reports from Donnazel Bitoy, PENRO Davao Oriental

5 23 Davao de OroTwo land titles (special patents) under the DENR’s Handog Titulo Program were awarded by the PENRO of Davao de Oro to the Philippine National Police – Davao de Oro Police Provincial Office (PNP-DDOPPO) and the Barangay Local Government Unit of Mainit in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro (BLGU of Mainit).

The special patent vested to PNP-DDOPPO covers a total of 24,603 square meters of land for its main headquarters in the Municipality of Nabunturan while the BLGU of Mainit covers an area of 1,155 square meters for its Multi-purpose Gym.

Police Colonel Leonard L. Luna of PNP-DDOPPO, represented by its Chief of Logistics Constancio A. Lampitok, Jr., and Punong Barangay Mark Anthony O. Chan of BLGU Mainit expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the DENR for its service- from facilitating the processing to the awarding of the said land titles.

DENR Davao de Oro’s PENR Officer Dr. Rita Fe C. Gunn led the turnover of the titles and emphasized that the office is fully committed to its mandate of improving land administration and management as well as in the disposition of land to qualified beneficiaries and contribute to nation-building.

Special Patent is a public instrument issued by the government confirming the grant by the State of the ownership over a parcel of agricultural land in favor of the grantee by virtue of a Law or a Proclamation by the President of the Philippines purposely for public use.

With PENRO Gunn were CENR Officer of Maco Martiniano G. Rotol who facilitated the land titling and Atty. Alfie L. Omega of the Registry of Deeds – Davao del Norte.

|𝐶𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑀𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑒𝑙 𝐵. 𝐶𝑙𝑒𝑜𝑓𝑒/ 𝑃𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑜 𝑑𝑒 𝑂𝑟𝑜
𝐹𝑇𝐼𝐼 𝑍𝑦𝑧𝑙𝑒 𝐽𝑒𝑎𝑛 𝑆𝑎𝑙𝑢𝑏𝑟𝑒

5 21 PENRO Davao del SurIn the early week of May, the PENR Office of Digos City in Davao Del Sur held another leg of orientation for Special Use Agreement for Protected Areas (SAPA) applicants for the Mt Apo Natural (MANP).

It formed part of a series of information education and communication initiatives of the office which aims to ensure that the rules and regulations governing special uses within protected areas including the MANP are implemented pursuant to the DENR Administrative Order No. 2007-17 and 2018-05.

One of the aims of said order is to optimize the special uses of protected areas consistent with the principles of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in cooperation with the stakeholders. It comes with securing a few permits such as an LGU Clearance, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and a Protected Area Management Board Resolution among others.

Presiding the meeting was Regional Executive Director of the DENR XI and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Chair Bagani Fidel A. Evasco who emphasized that during his term, corruption is on top of his non-negotiable policies- directing that DENR employees shall keep SAPA application process and related transactions clean, legal and transparent.

The director also reminded the resource users to be compliant to the law otherwise consequences will occur which include demolition of illegal structures and eviction as the illegal occupants as what was implemented by the inter-agency task force in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, Region VI.

The PENR Officer of Davao Del Sur and concurrent Protected Area Superintendent (PASU) of Mt Apo Natural Park, Alberto N. Bandiola also emphasized that the DENR will help the resource users in the best possible ways as long as it is within the metes and bounds of the laws that govern protected areas and the environment as whole.

Forming part of a series of Informative lectures for the resource users --the Special Use Agreement for Protected Areas (SAPA) is a twenty-five-year lease agreement for Multiple Use Zone establishments within the Mt Apo Natural Park. To date there are three SAPAs awarded by the DENR within the DAVAO Region. Two (2) are for the sustainable energy projects of the Energy Development Corporation, So. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City and One (1) for Hedcor Inc., Sibulan, Davao Del Sur. There are also several SAPA applications for government related projects in the Region awaiting approval in the DENR Central Office.| 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝐵𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑟, 𝑃𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑙 𝑆𝑢𝑟

4 27 Davao del Sur CaveRecognized as among asset natural resources for their uniqueness and wonder, let alone its historical, and ecological value, caves have become venues for scientific studies and discoveries in the past years- a resource best championed by CENRO Digos City.

Coinciding with the celebration of Earth Day last April 22, 2022, DENR-CENRO Digos City, in collaboration with PENRO Davao del Sur conducted a Cave Exploration cum Tree Planting Activity at Sitio Talambato, Barangay Asbang, Matanao Davao del Sur.

Tagged as typically dark, cold and a home to bats- but more than that, caves play multiple key roles in determining and sustaining a healthy environment. They’re vital in groundwater movement likewise a habitat for threatened and endangered animal species.

The explored caves in Matanao included the Fyingi Sol Cave (Class III) and Su’bon Cave (Class II), two sets of caverns known to be ecotourism sites at the locality, providing an alternative albeit sustainable source of livelihood for the communities surrounding them.

The Fyingi Sol Cave/Swiftlet Cave (Sol is a B’laan word, the local settlers in said area) is known for its narrow, tight and challenging entrance is 78 meters long, with dome walls and several cave formations observed. Su'bon Cave, unlike the other, is moderately submerged with water, and is 198 meters deep, having larger calcite formations. Su'bon, further, means "foul odor" coming from feces of bats, a smell that one can get a whiff of inside the cave.

As you do your spelunking/caving, your eyes will wander on the various formations in it. Speleothems droop from the ceilings like icicles, emerge from the floor like mushrooms, and cover the sides like sheets of a waterfall. Speleothems form as the carbon dioxide in the acidic water escapes in the airiness of the cave and the dissolved calcite hardens once again.

Other formations observed inside the caves are the icicle-shaped formations called stalactites which form as water drips from the cave roof. The other formations most commonly found in other caves, Stalagmites grow up from the floor/ground, usually from the water that drips off the end of stalactites. Columns form where stalactites and stalagmites join. Sheets of calcite growths on cave walls and floor are called flowstones. Other stalactites take the form of draperies and soda straws. Twisty shapes called helictites warp in all directions from the ceiling, walls, and floor.

Since the implementation of Caves Management and Conservation Program in 1994, over 1,500 caves have been recorded by the DENR, to which, hundreds are in Davao Region. There had been over a thousand that were assessed, listed, mapped and classified, there could be a thousand more out there. Nature’s a true wonder, after all.

The DENR will unceasingly explore and assess caves across the country and will propel for its protection and conservation, like all the other natural resources gifted to the Philippines. | 𝑣𝑖𝑎 𝐶𝑦𝑙𝑙𝑒 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑒 𝑆. 𝑁𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑧𝑎

4 23 Earth Day Davao de OroApril 22, 2022 - PENRO Davao de Oro employees led by PENR Officer Rita Fe C. Gunn led the celebration of Earth Day 2022 by planting native and fruit trees at the roadside of Purok 2, Poblacion, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.

This year’s celebration banners the theme “Invest in our planet” which appeals to everyone and all sectors to join the call to change the business climate, political climate and how we take action on climate [change].

Earth Day originated as an environmental revolution on April 22, 1970, which was led by the then US Senator Gaylord Nelson to push environmental protection on the national agenda. Such action led to a global campaign advocating for collective protection and preservation of our planet.

As to PENRO Davao de Oro, the best way to give justice to this celebration and to put this year's theme into action is to plant trees as this is yet the best way to buy us time while we're determining other effective ways to combat climate change.

“Tree planting is just one of the many ways we can contribute something good to our planet, and as we celebrate Earth Day, we call on every citizen to reflect on our actions and choices towards the environment as these will have a domino effect on our planet whether beneficial or detrimental. We should always think, choose and act the right way towards achieving a clean and healthy planet,” said PENRO Gunn. | 𝐶𝑀𝐶𝑙𝑒𝑜𝑓𝑒