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The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Matalam, headed by CENR Officer Abunawas B. Abduladsis spearheaded an information drive for the reactivation of Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Council (MFPC) on November 11 in the Municipality of Makilala, Cotabato.
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The MFPC will serve as a collection point of information on illegal logging, act as a special monitoring team of the department and organize Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns.
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In the conducted activity, a number of government promulgations including PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code), RA 9175 (Chainsaw Act), RA 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act) and procedures for the filing of complaints and protocol on case filing were tackled, including the harmonization of the Manual of Operating Procedure (MOP) of MFPC and the assessment of existing forest protection operations and activities.
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By means of shifting the government policy from purely state and corporate-driven forest governance to a more participatory mode characterized by greater involvement of the local communities and other stakeholders, the reactivation of the MFPC was initiated by the CENRO Matalam Monitoring and Enforcement Section. This is a radical shift in the way forest laws were enforced in the country and set to serve as a model to the many evolving schemes of the partnership between the DENR and other stakeholders.
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Said event was attended by various barangay officials from the Municipality of Makilala, MENRO personnel and the Philippine National Police.| With photos and report from Ivy Cinconiegue of CENRO Matalam
DENR-12 Enforcement Division (ED) headed by For. Dirie P. Macabaning is presently conducting a two-day (November 9-10) activity entitled, โ€œ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐„๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ฅ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ (๐…๐๐Œ๐’)โ€ at Agua Frio, Koronadal City.
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Currently, DENR Soccsksargen has a total of twelve (12) forest product monitoring stations located in the following areas: Kalamansig (2), Tacurong (2), Matalam (2), Midsayap (1), Kiamba (2), Glan(1), Tupi(1), and Gensan(1).
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On behalf of DENR XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, Administrative Division Chief Iki M. Ontawar emphasized that the commitment of enforcers and personnel must always be at its highest. โ€œThis is both a challenge and an opportunity that we should take on in order to improve our delivery of service to the public,โ€ she said.
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Meanwhile, Forester Macabaning reminded the monitoring station personnel to not leave the checkpoints unattended. โ€œDo not abandon your posts. โ€˜The protection of our environment and natural resources should always come first,โ€ he said.
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The two-day activity aims to orient DENR personnel manning the FPMS regarding Presidential Decree 705, as amended, also known as the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines, including the required necessary documents pertaining to the transport of forest products, tools, and implements, conveyance, and documents for the transport of mineral resources and wildlife species.
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Also present in the event are Atty. IV Fretzel Mae Deadio of Legal Division, Assistant Administrative Division Chief Marcelina G. Cabaรฑa, Assistant ED Chief Alamina Manalao, DENR FPMS personnel from Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and South Cotabato, Human Resource and Development Section and Regional Enforcement Division personnel.|
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office XII through its Legal Division is currently conducting a two-day (November 7-8) blended orientation on Investigation and Evidence Gathering with Completed Staff Work Writing at Agua Frio Resort, Koronadal City.
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In her welcome remarks, Administrative Division Chief Iki M. Ontawar said that the task of investigating is challenging. โ€œOne of the things an investigator should know is how to get the accurate facts of the case to tell what laws to apply or what case to file. If we canโ€™t get it right, it can be compared to a doctor who diagnosed an illness erroneously which would lead to the issuance of a wrong prescriptionโ€, she said.
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Meanwhile, Atty. Fretzel Mae Deadio, Atty. IV of the Legal Division underscored the objectives of the said event; to train and equip the Land Investigators/Land Inspectors, to conduct investigations in accordance with DAO 2016-31 or the โ€œProcedure in the Investigation and Resolution of Land Claims and Conflict Casesโ€, identify competent and relevant evidence and to prepare and submit investigation in accordance with the Completed Staff Work (CSW) principle.
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Said learning event was primarily attended by Land investigators, Land Inspectors and other personnel involved in the land sector in Regional/Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices. |
Several members of the Liga ng mga Barangay in Glan, Sarangani Province were capacitated by the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources of Glan on the different regulations and permitting programs of the department during the leagueโ€™s recent meeting.
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Various types of public land applications such as the Residential Free Patent, Free Patent Application, Miscellaneous Sales Application, and Special Patent and their corresponding qualifications and requirements were discussed by RPS Chief Ma. Teresita Q. Galapon during the program. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Officer Wenie G. Vergara talked over the ADR and investigation which aims to promote the implementation and use of ADR in assisting the stakeholders/clients resolve their conflicts and disputes through alternative means.
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CENR Officer Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez said that the CENRO Glan has settled a considerable number of land cases and processed different patents through patent drive strategy per barangay.
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She also tackled the Wood Charcoal Production Permit, Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAgT), and Private Tree Plantation Registration (PTPR) including cutting permits and inventory of infrastructures within forestlands and mangroves with the support of all barangay local government units.
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Dr. Cortez encouraged the barangay representatives to visit their office to give assistance and guidance concerning different applications. She also assured that the DENR would provide efficient and reliable service to the public. | With report from JCDumanon and photos from Pinky Maglasang
The DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Tacurong rescued a Philippine Macaque (Macaci fascicularis) in Barangay EJC Montilla, Tacurong City on October 6.
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CENR Officer Dr. Badjury H. Mustapha said his office received a letter from the purok president of Sitio Dos informing of the sighting of a monkey wandering around the said barangay. He said the monkey was captured by the security guard of Sultan Kudarat State University.
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Forester Mama L. Mulimpay, chief of the CENRO Tacurong conservation and development section, led a team to retrieve the monkey which was eventually turned over to the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat for rehabilitation. Chief Mulimpay said the monkey will be released back to the wild after its full recovery.
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Dr. Mustapha emphasized that the act of killing, hunting, possession, collection, and maltreatment of wildlife is prohibited under the Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act and the violators of such act may be penalized by one day to twelve years of imprisonment and/or payment of a fine ranging from 100,000 to 1 million pesos. | With report and photos from DDPimentel, CENRO Tacurong IO Designate