CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) has exceeded its targets for 2013, reporting 104 percent achievement rate for the year.
Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said “Region 10 turned the challenges into opportunities to better our best in 2013 as espoused by our Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje.”
She said that close coordination with various stakeholders was undertaken to resolve issues confronted by DENR in Northern Mindanao.
Tawantawan thanked all DENR partners from the local government units, non government organizations, academe, military, police, Indigenous People’s, industry, youth, media, religious and civic groups and communities for the support extended to DENR in the implementation of its programs, projects and activities.
“As we embark on another challenging year, we hope that we continue to enlighten the people to act now to save our environment,” Director Tawantawan added.
Looking back, the Forest Management Service (FMS) accomplished 101% of its targets in 2013. The FMS is tasked to perform three of the six priority programs of the department namely the National Greening Program (NGP), Anti-Illegal Logging Campaign and “Balik Probinsya” Program.
A total of 25,795 hectares were established and planted with 13,530,025 various species of both indigenous/premium forest and fruit tree seedlings. Region 10 accomplished 109% on the implementation of the NGP.
Under the anti-illegal logging campaign, DENR 10 was able to confiscate 318.05 cubic meters of various species of logs, lumber and flitches. Some 8,600 linear meters of rattan poles, 16 units of conveyances, two motorcycles and one chainsaw were confiscated by DENR and its partners from the military, police, local government units, civil society organizations, communities and other concerned groups.
Characterization of the Bulanog – Pigkutin watershed containing an area of 19,517 hectares was conducted last year. The Bulanog – Pigkutin watershed is one of the eight sub-watersheds of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin. DENR also updated the integrated watershed management plan of the Mandulog watershed with an area of 82,500 hectares.
Director Tawantawan clarified that there are Central Office-based funds released to the region during the third or fourth quarter of 2013. The funding for the reforesting of some 3,000 hectares in the hinterland barangays of Cagayan de Oro City under Republic Act 10452 sponsored by Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district of Cagayan de Oro City) was released early part of December 2013. Initial activities undertaken include ground validation for the identified planting sites and meetings with People’s Organizations (POs).
Other Central Office-based funds released during the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2013 include the 8,000 hectares NGP sites of the Bukidnon Forest Inc. and 362 hectares plantation assisted by the Heneliban Foundation, Inc. in the province of Bukidnon.
The Land Management Service (LMS) surpassed its targets by 111%. Some 3,733 residential free patents were awarded to qualified beneficiaries. These patents were transmitted to the Register of Deeds. The target for the year was 3,468 patents. Cadastral Survey Projects were implemented in 23 municipalities/cities in the region. This activity is intended to provide correct data baseline as for the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) distribution.
Meanwhile, the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) implemented seven major programs and projects namely Protected Area (PA) Management, Biodiversity Conservation Program, Tarsier Conservation Program, Philippine Eagle Conservation Program, and Marine Resources Management through the Integrated Coastal Management Program, Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program and Wetland Management. The sector got 100% of its targets for CY 2013.
The accomplishment of the year was highlighted with the proclamation of Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park in Misamis Occidental as an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Heritage Park. This brings to two ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region. Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon is the first proclaimed ASEAN Heritage Park in the region.
The Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) also implemented 18 Research, Development and Extension Projects (RDEPs). Seven of the 18 ongoing RDEPs were completed in 2013.
The General Administrative and Support Services (GASS) garnered 110% of its accomplishment for CY 2013. The men and women of the Administrative and Finance divisions, Human Resources Development Division, Legal Division, Planning and Management Division and the Regional Public Affairs Office were instrumental in surpassing the targets. (DENR-RPAO/PIA)