Regional Releases

12 19 CENRO Lupon 2Fifteen (15) BLGU Officials and fifteen (15) Bantay Gubat volunteers of San Isidro, Davao Oriental have recently undergone a capacity building workshop covering Environmental Laws and Policies. The said lecture was courtesy of DENR-CENRO Lupon’s Enforcement and Monitoring Section in response to the request of the Local Chief Executive, Mayor Anjelica T. Go of LGU San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

The activity forms part of the Communication, Education, Public Awareness (CEPA) which aims on intensifying the knowledge of participants on forestry laws, wildlife laws, climate change and other relevant policies.

The BLGU officers and bantay gubat volunteers are all playing a significant role as one of the partners of DENR in the implementation of the agency’s mandates and programs.

MENRO Mary Jane R. Yap of LGU San Isidro states that it’s a “jump-off activity of the Municipality of San Isidro for the LGU-funded Bantay Gubat Teams that will form part of the organizational structure of San Isidro.” Adding that they will assist in law enforcement through its Forest Task Force and shall request and aspire for DENRO deputation from the DENR. They also look forward to having further capacity building activities in CY 2023.

This CEPA activity is part and parcel of the DENR’s mandate to mobilize our citizenry in the protection, conservation and management of our natural resources for the welfare of the present and future generations.

The DENR-CENRO Lupon is under the direction of OIC CENR Officer Henry G. Yap. | 𝐶𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐿𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑣𝑖𝑎 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑘𝑙𝑦𝑛 𝑅. 𝐵𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑟, 𝑆𝐸𝑀𝑆

12 13 CENRO Digos 1Following the pilot implementation of the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) in Davao del Sur particularly in the Municipality of Bansalan (2019), and the City of Digos and Municipality of Matanao (2020), the DENR XI, through its PENRO Davao del Sur Field Offices particularly CENRO Digos spearhead another round of collaboration with the province’s three (3) other municipalities afresh the drive for mass titling.

The said forging of joint effort was sealed through a Memoranda of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) between the DENR and the Municipalities of Magsaysay, Padada and Hagonoy, all in Davao del Sur which was held at the DENR PENRO Davao del Sur Conference Hall on December 5, 2022.

Previously, CENR Officer Ruel D. Colong of CENRO Digos City together with PENRO Alberto N. Bandiola of PENRO Davao del Sur conducted the close coordination with the Local Chief Executives of the aforesaid municipalities, with which the leaders’ commitment and cooperation were already secured even before the MOPA signing, ensuring that the RLTA would be grasped by stakeholders critical to its implementation.

Further, DENR XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco shared a brief background of the RLTA to the participants and how it was started until it became a program and a strategy adopted by the DENR in intensifying land titling in partnership with the LGUs.

RLTA is the process to obtain a clear picture of the land tenure situation on the ground before land titling operations are entered into the area (Land Management Bureau Technical Bulletin No. 1 series of 2018). It is intended to determine the approximate workable lots in a particular area, to identify the remaining scope for the acceleration of land titling and to update the cadastral surveys.

Hon. Ronie Sarande, Municipal Mayor of Magsaysay commended the DENR XI in initiating and continuing the program and for extending a hand towards bringing this service closer to the people.

On the other hand, Acting Mayor of the Municipality of Hagonoy Jesus S. Dureza, Jr.,says that it is “wise of the DENR to elaborate this program.”

“[We] newly elected and appointed mayors of our towns are eager to implement projects which can ensure that our constituents will be greatly benefitting from, especially those from partner National Government Agencies,” Hon. Dureza jr., added.

Mayor Frashale L. Guerrero, Jr., of the Municipality of Padada likewise concur that land tenure is important for people to acquire as in their experience, even government properties can be jeopardized when land titles are not awarded and can hamper in the delivery of public service.

The MOPA signed by DENR XI with the three municipalities in Davao del Sur is expected to realize its objectives during the early quarter of CY 2023, when massive patent drives and orientations jump starts.| 𝐶𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐷𝑖𝑔𝑜𝑠 𝑣𝑖𝑎 𝐶𝑦𝑙𝑙𝑒 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑒 𝑆. 𝑁𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑧𝑎

12 12 DENR CENRO Digos 2The DENR XI through the Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco issued a directive through the Mt. Apo Natural Park-Protected Area Superintendent (MANP-PASu) Archelito L. Mallari PhD to probe on the existing establishments, resource and land users within Mount Apo Natural Park and its compliance to the pertinent laws stipulated in Republic Act 9237 or the Mount Apo Protected Area Act of 2003, and RA 7586 also known as the National Integrated Protected Area System Act of 1992 duly amended by RA 11038, the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System Act of 2018.

In support to said action, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Alberto N. Bandiola, DPA together with PASu Mallari on December 1, initiated a courtesy call to the City Mayor of Digos headed by Hon. Josef Cagas, to prop up the implementation of all regulations in MANP within the areas of Digos City, especially in Barangay Kapatagan.

For the same purpose, the team also headed to the Municipality of Bansalan, with the leadership of Hon. Edwin Reyes, who likewise assured that protection of the park and the judicious use of its resource shall be the drive of its stakeholders. The same commitment was earned from the Provincial Police Office of Davao del Sur led by Police Colonel Giusseppe A. Geralde.

On the same day, the office of the Protected Area Superintendent issued a show cause order to establishments operating within the natural park. Among the recipients are resort establishments, camping areas, commercial establishments, famous tourist destinations and among others which are mostly situated in Barangay Kapatagan, Digos City and Barangay Managa, Municipality of Bansalan.

A show cause order is a document that requires the recipient to legally justify their occupation and/or operation within the Protected Area and explain why disciplinary or penalties against them should not be levied. A cease-and-desist order of all operation shall follow should the recipients fail to justify such.

Reports of illegal trekking and camping activities within the strict protection zones of MANP, particularly in the Davao City side of the park; Brgy Tagurano, Eden, Catigan, Tungcalan, and Tamayong has also reached the office. Promptly, on the 3rd of December, the MANP team established a checkpoint in the said Barangay and have indeed observed the influx of hikers attempting to enter without any permit. Signages have been put up to prohibit further activities within the said Strict Protection Zone.

Mount Apo Natural Park is undeniably rich in biodiversity, possesses vast scenic landscape, and is ripe for ecotourism development and activities. However, all of its resources are duly protected by law and shall be firmly exercised that accede for its conservation, management, and protection. 𝑣𝑖𝑎 𝐷𝐸𝑁𝑅 𝑃𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑙 𝑆𝑢𝑟

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To further strengthen the partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI with the lumber dealers and Wood Processing Plant Operators in Davao City, a tree planting and information drive activities were conducted last December 3, 2022 at Davao Region Upland Agriculture Research Station (DARUARS) in Barangay Marilog, Davao City.

The activity was initiated by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Davao City in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Davao Lumber Dealers and Wood Processing Plant Operators. This was also participated in by representatives from different foreshore leases, Barangay Council, Women’s Organization of Brgy. Colasas as well as some residents of Sitio Ilian in Brgy. Marilog.

During the activity, early Christmas gifts such as clothes and grocery packs among others, were also given to the residents of Sitio Ilhan who are also labourers of DARUARS.

Davao Region is known to be one of the country’s timber corridors where first to second growth forest frontiers still thrive. The influx of lumber dealers and wood processing plants (WPP) in the city has contributed to its economic growth of which its permits and needed documents are strictly being monitored by DENR-XI through CENRO Davao City.

DENR Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco said that with DENR’s mandate, the Department exerts its best efforts in monitoring the compliance of all wood-based businesses ventures in the city, even those coming in and out of its area of concern.

“We are ensuring that WPPs and lumber dealers will strictly observe existing forestry laws, rules and regulations,” RED Evasco said.

Moreover, the Department is also introducing interventions to help the wood-based business proprietors by engaging them to environmental causes such as tree planting and information drive activities. Through this, they will be more concerned in replenishing the nature and be well-versed about environmental issues and how to address it.

Presently, the Davao City Lumber Dealers and Wood Processing Plants is on its preliminary preparations proposing for cooperative initiated by different wood-based industries and foreshore lessees in Davao. The proposed cooperative is supported by the DENR in order to easily monitor their compliance to environmental standard and uphold holistic and strategic sustainable practice. I 𝘑𝘢𝘺 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘰/𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘰 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺

11 21 Mainit Hot Spring 2“𝑀𝑎𝑏𝑢ℎ𝑎𝑦 𝑢𝑔 𝑀𝑎𝑏𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝐴𝑑𝑙𝑎𝑤!” - a resounding greeting from the 30 newly trained local eco-tour guides of Mainit Hot Springs Protected Landscape (MHSPL) as they welcomed DENR XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel Evasco and Department of Tourism XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat-Tan during the graduation ceremony of the Community Naturalist Eco-Guiding Training held on November 18, 2022, at Toyozu Mountain Resort, Brgy. Bukal, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.

The learning event started on the 15th day of November with aims of honing the skills and talents of several community eco-guides in barangays Mainit and Bukal, especially in handling tourists who wants to enjoy the recreational value of MHSPL.

During the ceremony, RED Evasco emphasized the need to balance biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the protected area and he encouraged the communities to actively participate and engage in biodiversity-friendly enterprises or livelihoods such as ecotourism and earn additional income from eco-tour guiding and other tourism-related services.

Dir. Rabat-Tan, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude for the successful hosting of the event and underscored the pursuit of promoting regenerative tourism. Such forms an integral part of sustainable tourism by encouraging the visitors to allow the natural destinations to regenerate and that its positive impact will likewise benefit the host communities.

Dir. Rabat further stressed that the training is timely since the demand for nature-based tourism is soaring after the easing of lockdowns from the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants voiced their appreciation and merriment as they learned new things from their surrounding environment and unlocked their skills in eco-tour guiding. In fact, they implied their interest into having more training for that matter.

Furthermore, the four-day training was made possible through collaborative efforts among the DENR XI, DOT XI, and the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro. Experts from said agencies jointly handled modules on biodiversity and ecotourism, flora and fauna diversity of MHSPL, bird identification and basic protocols on birdwatching, fundamentals of first aid and emergency response, basic mountaineering course including the leave no trace principles, Filipino brand of service excellence, and practical tour guiding techniques and storytelling, among others.

MHSPL ins one of the unique protected areas in Davao Region endowed with natural hot springs, waterfalls, a cave, and several species of endemic flora and fauna. It is indeed appealing but also requires responsible and sustainable tourism.

If you're that kind of guest, you deserve this place! |𝐷𝑀𝑂 𝐼𝐼 𝐶𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑀𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑒𝑙 𝐵. 𝐶𝑙𝑒𝑜𝑓𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑃𝐸𝑁𝑅𝑂 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑜 𝑑𝑒 𝑂𝑟𝑜