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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO โ€“ Over 7,000 kilograms of non-biodegradable wastes in coastal areas and rivers in Soccsksargen Region was collected by more than 1,500 participants on Wednesday (May 18) during the regionwide simultaneous cleanup drive spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12.
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The said activity was in line with this yearโ€™s Month of the Ocean (MOO) celebration which carries the theme โ€œProtect and Restore Ecosystems and Biodiversity.โ€
According to the reports of DENR-12 field offices, 1,387 kilos of wastes was collected in Cotabato Province, 1,550 in Sultan Kudarat, 1,410 in South Cotabato, and 3,345.5 in Sarangani Province.
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Various non-biodegradable wastes like plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic bottles, bottle caps diapers, expanded polystyrene foams, clothing, tires, bags, wrapping materials, cigarette butts, face masks, and other residual wastes were mostly collected during the cleanup.
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Atty. Felix S. Alicer, regional executive director (RED) of DENR-12, said the initiative aimed to heighten public awareness on the importance proper waste management in order to save the oceans and other water bodies.
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โ€œWe hope that this activity would level up our consciousness in managing our wastes. Our oceans, rivers, and other water bodies are homes to various flora and fauna which play a vital role in our ecosystem. They also provide livelihoods to millions of people which are crucial to our economy. We need to protect them,โ€ he said.
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Several partners like concerned local government units, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coastguard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Environment and Natural Resources Academy Tenacious Class, teachers, students, youth sector, residents, and other stakeholders joined the DENR-12 in the regionwide activity.
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RED Alicer expressed his gratitude to the participants for taking out of their way to join the cleanup drive and hoped not to get tired in participating on the DENR activities.
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โ€œDENR alone cannot carry out its functions effectively without the support of the citizenry, local government units, and partner agencies. We hope that you will continue to join us in protecting our environment,โ€ RED Alicer said.
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KORONADAL CITY- In a bid to discourse important matters with regard to operations and other concerns in the region, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR
Undersecretary (Usec) for Field Operations - Mindanao Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III visited Region-12 and attended the special executive meeting on April 30 in General Santos City.
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During the meeting, Usec. Fragada underscored the standing-order of Environment Secretary Jim O. Sampulna.
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Aside from setting foot in Soccsksargen, Usec Fragada said he wanted to familiarize and get acquainted formally key officials and personnel in the region.
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He said that the first priority was to visit field offices and reach out for any necessary help, particularly on the process of appointments and promotions of Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers PENROs/CENROs.
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Second, was to continue to streamline processes in the region, to practice ease in doing business for the internal and external clients of the department.
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โ€œWe would like to deliver faster public service, thatโ€™s why a conference with Sec. Sampulna was recently conducted in Cebu to tackle this matter which are the manual of approvals and manual of authorities, in particular,โ€ he said.
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He also added that the copies of proposed plan of manual of authorities were given to the regional executive directors for their review and send back to central office.
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Another important issue is to assess the tenurial instruments such as Special Use Agreement in Protected Areas (SAPA), foreshore leases and the appraisals, where all of these were being brought down to regional offices.
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Usec. Fragada reminded DENR line bureaus, the EMB-12 and MGB-12 to work harmoniously with the regional office.
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โ€œIt is important that line bureau regional directors and DENR regional executive directors have synchronize measures when it comes to mainstreamsโ€, he ended.
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Meanwhile, Atty. Felix S. Alicer, DENR regional executive director, extended his gratitude to Usec. Fragada for the visit and for overseeing the situation in the region.
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Alicer presented the DENR-12 profile, classification maps, tenure instruments, protected areas, and issuance of patents, followed by the reports of line bureau directors, Engr. Efren B. Carido and Engr. Omar M. Saikol, respectively, and PENROsโ€™ issues and concerns.
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Assistant Regional Directors for Management Services, and Technical Services from their opening and closing messages; Forester Mamutur D. Cariga and Engr. Mama G. Samaon warmly welcomed Usec. Fragada and made their hundred percent support and both assured that the instructions of Sec. Sampulna shall be observed in line with their duties and responsibilities.
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Also present on the said special executive meeting were PENROs and CENROs, and selected Regional Office personnel.# (Photos by: RJE/HRDS)

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato โ€“ The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partners have removed 7,229 campaign posters and other paraphernalia on trees during a simultaneous regionwide โ€œOplan Baklasโ€ operation on Wednesday, April 20.

The activity was in coordination with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), local government units (LGUs), Philippine National Police (PNP), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Based on the reports from the DENR-12 field offices, 717 illegal posters were removed from the trees in Cotabato Province, 256 in Sarangani Province, 193 in Sultan Kudarat Province and 6,063 in South Cotabato.

Prior to the said simultaneous โ€œOplan Baklasโ€, the Provincial and Community ENR Office of DENR-12 have already conducted their own operations in their respective areas of responsibility.

DENR-12 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer appealed to the candidates and their supporters to strictly follow the law and spare the trees from campaign posters.

โ€œThere are designated common poster areas for the candidates, and the trees are not one of those. We have to spare the trees from these election materials since they provide various environmental benefits to us,โ€ he said.

RED Alicer added that violators could face legal sanctions if they continue to ignore the provisions of various election and environmental laws.

Under the Republic Act 3571, cutting, destroying, or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises, or in any other public pleasure grounds are prohibited.

It is also provided under the Section 3 of Presidential Decree No. 953 that violators could be punished with imprisonment from six months to two years, or fine of not less than PHP500 and not more than PHP5,000, or both.

RED Alicer also lauded the actions of DENR-12 field offices and emphasized the need to intensify the promotion of environmentally conscious national election campaign.

The DENR, Comelec, and Department of Interior and Local Government signed the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-01 on March 30, 2010 which enjoins political parties, party-list groups, and individual candidates to enforce relevant provisions of RA 9006 and RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 on the reduction of volume of wastes during the election and post-election periods, encourage on the use of recyclable, reusable, and eco-friendly materials, and reiterates that the cutting and damaging of trees are prohibited.

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KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato โ€“ The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partners have removed 7,287 campaign posters and other paraphernalia on trees during a simultaneous regionwide โ€œOplan Baklasโ€ operation on Wednesday, April 20.
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The activity was in coordination with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), local government units (LGUs), Philippine National Police (PNP), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).
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Based on the reports from the DENR-12 field offices, 720 illegal posters were removed from the trees in Cotabato Province, 256 in Sarangani Province, 248 in Sultan Kudarat Province and 6,063 in South Cotabato.
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Prior to the said simultaneous โ€œOplan Baklasโ€, the Provincial and Community ENR Office of DENR-12 have already conducted their own operations in their respective areas of responsibility.
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DENR-12 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer appealed to the candidates and their supporters to strictly follow the law and spare the trees from campaign posters.
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โ€œThere are designated common poster areas for the candidates, and the trees are not one of those. We have to spare the trees from these election materials since they provide various environmental benefits to us,โ€ he said.
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RED Alicer added that violators could face legal sanctions if they continue to ignore the provisions of various election and environmental laws.
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Under the Republic Act 3571, cutting, destroying, or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises, or in any other public pleasure grounds are prohibited.
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It is also provided under the Section 3 of Presidential Decree No. 953 that violators could be punished with imprisonment from six months to two years, or fine of not less than PHP500 and not more than PHP5,000, or both.
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RED Alicer also lauded the actions of DENR-12 field offices and emphasized the need to intensify the promotion of environmentally conscious national election campaign.
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The DENR, Comelec, and Department of Interior and Local Government signed the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-01 on March 30, 2010 which enjoins political parties, party-list groups, and individual candidates to enforce relevant provisions of RA 9006 and RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 on the reduction of volume of wastes during the election and post-election periods, encourage on the use of recyclable, reusable, and eco-friendly materials, and reiterates that the cutting and damaging of trees are prohibited.
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII (DENR XII) with the assistance of the USAID Safe Water Project spearheaded the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) creating the Management Councils of Buayan-Malungon and Siguel Watershed River Basin on March 29 at Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City.

The MOA aims to establish a sustainable multi-sectoral institution capable of addressing the protection, conservation, and development of the river basins as well as to direct the convergence of initiatives of the different National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to ensure the ecological integrity of the watershed.

According to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (City ENRO) Allan D. Marcilla, it is high time to take the step in organizing and strengthening the management council to prevent over extraction of water in the area.

โ€œThe creation of the management council will aid in regulating water extraction especially here in General Santos City. We should revisit our past agreements and arrangements and ensure that we all share the responsibility of conserving our river basinsโ€, Marcilla added.

Meanwhile, Municipal Mayor Vic Paul Salarda of Alabel extended his appreciation to the DENR XII and the USAID Protect Water Project for the effort.

โ€œI am thankful for this endeavor because through this, we will have more partners who can help us to strictly implement environmental laws and policies in the areaโ€, he said.

Consistent with the MOA, the NGAs are expected align their resources and intervention to the development and management of the river basins and initiate livelihood projects in its communities and promote eco-friendly practices.

Said ceremonial signing was followed by a Management Council Meeting presided by Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Ali M. Hadjinasser. He highlighted that the DENR has long been pushing for the creation of the management councils and said that he is grateful for the participation of everyone in attendance.

Also present during the MOA signing are Hon. Mayor Salway Sumbo Jr. of Malapatan, NIA Regional Manager Diosdado Rosales, PENRO Sarangani Maria Elvira Lumayag, Provincial ENRO Rolando Tuballes, CENRO Rosalinda B. Cortez and CENRO Abdul Cariga, RBCO For. Gabriel Baute, USAID Team headed by Mr. Olson Ursua, Engr. Gerald Faciol of Sarangani Province, MENROs of Kiamba, Maasim and Malungon, and representatives from the Local Government Units of Alabel and Malapatan, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) , Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD and Department of Agriculture (DA).

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