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KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE - A total of 119 Letter of Agreements (LOAs) were recently signed for the beneficiaries of the Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP) implemented through family approach in the towns of Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim (MAKIMA), this province.
The signing capped the two-day program held on March 25-26 at the Maitum Municipal Gymnasium and Commuity Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba’s Conference Room headed by the CENR Officer Forester Abdul D. Cariga.
The 84 LOAs were signed for the beneficiaries of Maitum while 33 and 2 are from Kiamba and Maasim, respectively. Majority of the beneficiaries are members of the Indigenous People (IPs).
“We are grateful to DENR for giving us another opportunity to implement this project in our area. As a member of IP/ICC, we believed that this program will serve its purpose especially on poverty alleviation. I therefore encouraged everyone to implement this project better than ever,” said Kubli M. Kusin, chairperson of Upo Valley Farmers Association.
CENRO Kiamba shall develop a total of 517 hectares and will be planted with bamboo, cacao, coffee, and forest and fruit trees for the current year.
“The DENR Sarangani is the best NGP Implementer in Region 12 last year. Let us then uphold this reputation with diligence and passion,” Cariga said.
Cariga said that he is determined to sustain the good accomplishments of NGP for the coming years in the municipalities of Maitum, Kiamba and Maasim.
“Under my watch, we shall implement this greening program with strong partnership, accountability and transparency between us. We shall extend the technical assistance that you need to grow your plantation and achieve NGP’s purpose in your localities,” Cariga added.
The LOA signing was attended by the LGU-Maitum Officials through the Municipal Administrator Ruben Balanag, MENRO Nannette Nacional, Barangay Chairperson Lolita Wanan, Barangay Chairperson Yunie Labi and Barangay Chairperson Adynna Ramirez, the the BLGU Officials of Ticulab, Upo and Wali in Maitum, respectively and Barangay Councilors Tony Hilario of Maligang and Antonio Beril in Tambilil under the Municipality of Kiamba. (Aileen Tenio, IO Designate) | Photos courtesy: For. Abdul Mohaimen Mangorobong and Aryan Hadjisaid
DENR XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve (LRWFR) temporarily closed the Steel Bridge for tourists visiting Asik-Asik Falls located at Sitio Dulao, Brgy. Dado, Alamada, Cotabato as he presided over the 1st quarter LRWFR-PAMB meeting on March 25, 2021 at Wiws Resto, Midsayap, Cotabato.
RED Alicer, serving as the Chairman of the board together with other board members decided to transitorily close the Steel Bridge, as the structure shows deterioration and damage on its parts per assessment from Protected Area Management Section of CENRO Midsayap and the Municipal Engineering Office of LGU Alamada.
“The steel bridge plays a crucial role in the tourism activities in the majestic Asik-Asik Falls, a prime tourist destination in Region XII. However, safety of the tourists must be the foremost consideration since after this pandemic we can expect that there will be influx of tourists visiting the falls. But let us just be clear that what we are closing is the Steel Bridge, and not the Falls itself”, RED Alicer said.
Hon. Jesus “Susing” Sacdalan, Municipal Mayor of Alamada, committed that he will talk with the Provincial Governor of Cotabato for the sourcing of fund for the renovation of the Steel Bridge and if possible for construction of a new one.
Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Dado will find a temporary path to be used by the tourists while the bridge is closed, as pledge by Punong Brgy Antonio S. Camino Sr., who happens to be a member of the board.
The board also deliberated the Protected Area Suitability Assessment (PASA) report of LRWFR, which is very crucial for the Proclamation of LRWFR as Protected Area. The board passed a resolution endorsing the PASA report to the Regional Review Committee and supporting the classification of LRWFR as Protected Landscape. | With reports and photos from CENRO Midsayap
DENR XII Regional Executive Director (RED), Atty. Felix S. Alicer and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) suspended the trekking activities in Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) as he presided over the 1st quarter PAMB-MMPL meeting on March 19, 2021 at EMR Center, Koronadal City.
RED Alicer, who happens to chair the board with its members decided to momentarily postpone the reopening of trekking activities until the PAMB guidelines have been updated.
“Clear and specific guidelines for trekking and monitoring must be established and enforced before we open it again to the public. Since there are different entry and exit points in the Local Government Units, the concern on carrying capacity must also be discussed thoroughly”, Alicer said.
The MMPL activities were put on hold following the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines issued during the pandemic last March 2020.
As per PAMB Resolution No. 11, series of 2016 or a Resolution approving the revised Mt. Matutum Recreational Guidelines for Mountain Trekking, Hiking, Camping and Other Forms of Outdoor Activities and its Corresponding Environmental Fees, fifty (50) people are allowed in the summit per day.
Alicer also instructed the PAMB through the Ecotourism, Sustainable Project Development and Financing Committee to check and update the said PAMB Resolution before recommending the reopening of trekking activities in the said protected area.
The board also discussed the passage of a resolution declaring the 3rd week of March as Linggo ng Mt. Matutum which celebrates and highlights the biodiversity and importance of Mt. Matutum in the region.
Furthermore, the board deliberated the proposal to hire a legal counsel for MMPL, including the demarcation of MMPL to be conducted this CY 2021, and updates on the board’s daily operations.
The meeting was attended by the PAMB and selected Technical Working Group members namely: Dr. Ali M. Hadjinasser of the Conservation and Development Division, Atty. Racman Bubong of the DENR XII Legal Division, Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of South Cotabato and General Santos City PENRO Radzak Sinarimbo and CENRO Maria Elvira Lumayag respectively, and the Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of MMPL For. Efren C. Hibaler and staff. | PKFarrol (Photos by: RJEbita)
To tentatively delineate the boundaries of the 4 barangays of the Municipality of Malungon, a meeting and presentation of the initial map of the barangay boundaries was conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII through the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD) on March 17, 2021 at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City.
Barangay Talus, Barangay Kawayan, Barangay Banate and Barangay Malalag Cogon, all in the Municipality of Malungon, were chosen by the department as pilot sites for the conduct of political boundary survey this Calendar Year 2021.
In his message, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer said that the activity aims to determine the metes and bounds of the barangays.
“You cannot manage what you cannot measure”, Alicer said.
He also added that the DENR XII will not pinpoint and establish the boundaries but will guide and assist the Local Government Unit (LGU) to identify its barangay borders.
On the other hand, Malungon Local Chief Executive, Hon. Ma. Theresa D. Constantino has expressed her gratitude to the DENR XII for giving the much-needed assistance and made sure that the DENR will have the support of the LGU.
“To the Malungon barangay captains who are present today, let us be with the DENR in this endeavor. Let us not waste the assistance and the resources provided by the government for this survey”, Constantino said.
The primary vision for the conduct of the political boundary survey is for the subsequent establishment of Barangay Boundary Monuments (BBMs) in the said areas.
In attendance are the Regional Office Key Officials namely Assistant Regional Director Engr. Mama G. Samaon, Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers of Sarangani and Glan, Renato Domingo and Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez respectively, SMD chief Francisco C. Mancera, and Malungon LGU Officials Vice Mayor Mariano Escalada, Jr., Sangguniang Bayan Members, Barangay Chairpersons of Malungon and Key LGU officials. | PKFarrol (Photos by: Datu Yasser I. Balindong)


KIDAPAWAN CITY, COTABATO PROVINCE - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region XII through the office of Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) Cotabato has gained support from more than 100 volunteers from partner local government units (LGUs), agencies, groups and other stakeholders during the recent simultaneous clean-up drive inside the protected area.
According to a report from MANP Cotabato, the 132 volunteers were able to collect a total of 199 kilograms of non-biodegradable garbage from Mandangan-Kidapawan and Bongolanon-Magpet Trails, Lake Venado Campsite and Mt. Apo Summit.
The report also unveiled that 72 out of the 199 kilograms of trash were breakable bottles of liquors and beverages and others were mixed plastic food packaging.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer reminded the public that Mt. Apo is a legislated protected area and it is strictly managed in order to protect and conserve its natural resources.
“Mt. Apo is one of the last frontiers of the country. Aside from being the highest peak, it is also one of the Philippines’ significant biodiversity areas. It is the home of various endangered species and one of which is the Philippine Eagle,” he said.
RED Alicer stressed that improper disposal of solid waste is one of the issues that threatens the biodiversity in the natural park.
“As the Chair of Sub-Protected Area Management Board of MANP in Cotabato site, we are pushing for measures in order to arrest these issues concerning the Mt. Apo,” he said.
Shirley P. Uy, protected area superintendent of MANP Cotabato Site, said that aside from clean-up drive, traces of vandalism were also covered by the volunteers.
She said that the volunteers were also able to plant at least two seedlings of trees along their assigned trails.
“MANP is very rich in biodiversity. We need to preserve it and the effort should not only be coming from us. It should be a universal effort,” she said.
Meanwhile, RED Alicer thanked the volunteers for showing their support to the environment by joining the clean-up drive in MANP Cotabato.
“We are expressing our gratitude to all the volunteers for showing their love to the environment, especially the Mt. Apo,” he said.
“The DENR cannot do it alone and we need to work hand in hand in order to preserve and protect our remaining resources,” RED Alicer added.
The simultaneous clean-up drive of MANP Cotabato in partnership with Tourism and ENR Offices of LGUs Magpet and Kidapawan was joined by volunteers from Philippine National Red Cross-Kidapawan Chapter, Guardians of Lake Venado, Mt. Apo Foundation Inc., TRIMMOC, SAMEC, KIDUMOC, Kamote Law Mission, Lakbay-Tribu Exploration, Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity & Sorority, Bureau of Fire Protection, Kidapawan IP Youth, Kidapawan City DRRMO (Call 911) and MANP Porters and Guide Association of Magpet and Kidapawan City. | With report from MANP Cotabato