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MAGPET, COTABATO - In line with the celebration of Mt. Apo Day 2021, the office of Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) in Cotabato Province recently facilitated a tree planting/growing activity at Brgy. Bongolanon, this town.
Said activity was pursuant to Republic Act No. 9237 which provides Mt. Apo as a Protected Area under the Natural Park Category, exactly 18 years from its promulgation.
A total of 1,000 hills with 350 Narra seedlings, 350 Kalingag seedlings, and 200 Malatambis seedlings were planted.
The objectives of protection and conservation efforts were put into action by enjoining various sectors for the said activity.
The Chief Environmental Officer of Pres. Roxas Sub-CENRO/Field Office and Deputy Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Shirley P. Uy gave emphasis on the essence of the event and expounded the provisions stipulated under R.A. 9237. She deliberated the significance of the said Act.
The event was concluded with the handing out of certificates to the participants, recognizing their participation in the activity, and indicating the number of trees they planted.
A total of 79 participants from different government, non-government, and people's organizations have participated. These organizations include PENRO Cotabato, CENRO Matalam, Magpet Tourism Office, SK Magpet, Magpet Police Station, Kidapawan Tourism office, LGU Kidapawan, Bureau of Fire Protection, NDRRMO, the Philippine Red Cross, Dumuduong Magpetenyos Around the Globe (DMAG), Gawad Pag-asa Kabacan, ICON-SP, RBS AGRI, and GOLV. (JPDurban) | with reports and photos by: MANP Cotabato


HONORING RETIREES. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 paid a tribute to four (4) DENR-12 retirees.

The DENR “Salamat, Mabuhay!” Program, which was hosted by Administrative Division yesterday, August 24, at the DENR-12 Quadrangle, honored this year’s retirees for their big contribution in public service.

No less than Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, ARD for Management Services Donna Mayor-Gordove, CESO IV, and ARD for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon awarded the plaques of recognition to former ARD for Technical Services Ma. Socorro C. Lanto (33 years in service), Regional Accountant Yusoph U. Adiong (30 years), Forester Macaraug M. Guinar (39 years), and Land Management Officer IV Engr. Usman A. Magarang (40 years). (ANMagarang) | Photos by: MBBimpolok

ISULAN, SULTAN KUDARAT – The Department of Environment and    Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 has distributed 397 land titles

to  beneficiaries here on Friday morning,September

27, 2019.  The land  titles were distributed through the DENR’s "Handog Titulo" program,

in   partnership with the Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat (SK) 

and the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

SK Governor Suharto  “Teng” T. Mangudadatu, Ph.D., together with DENR 12 Assistant    Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Ma. Socorro C. Lanto, SK Provincial ENR
Officer Renato C. Domingo, Tacurong City   Community ENR Officer Saga A. Akmad, SK Provincial Assessor  Glecerio L. Comprendio and Mary Grace L. Franco of LRA handed   
over the  agricultural and special patents to the beneficiaries from the    several barangays and schools in the province. Gov. Mangudadatu  said that the government is doing everything to
ensure the welfare of    the public. He said that the “Handog Titulo” program is one of the    examples that the government assures the public’s rights and well-   being. ARD Lanto said that the
program is one of the 10-point socio-   economic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure the security    of land tenure and to encourage investments and address bottlenecks    in the
land management and titling agencies.
“The very essence of    this program is to uplift the socio-economic status of the    beneficiaries,”  ARD Lanto said. “Based on DENR’s mandate, we are    in charge in the management and
disposal of public lands,” she said.  With the aim to fast track the processing and issuance of public land    patents to qualified beneficiaries, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu    issued on August
1, 2019 the DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2019-   04 to conduct a nationwide Handog Titulo program every September    in celebration of the Lands Anniversary. 
“We will be having a Handog  Titulo program in the region every September annually,” ARD Lanto  said. Recently, the DENR together with the local government unit of  Matalam in North
Cotabato and Registry of Deeds awarded a total of 300 land titles to qualified beneficiaries in the said town.  Gov. Mangudadatu reminded the title recipients to take care of their land   
properties since these are already under their names. 
“Your children    and future generations will inherit these lands, so you should take care   of those titles,” the governor said.Aside from its objective to speed up    the procedure and distribution
of public land patents, the Handog  Titulo program is also an initiative to enhance the allocation of land    titles to alleviate poverty and promote growth and advancement. ###
Koronadal City In a bid to protect the remaining population of the large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus) from hunting, loss of habitat and other threats, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is taking some steps for the declaration of an estimated 25-hectare site in Barangay Mabuhay, General Santos City as a critical habitat for this largest bat in the world.
A DENR composite team conducted a rapid habitat assessment of large flying fox roosting on trees in Nopol Hills located in Barangay Mabuhay. The team was assisted by the representatives of Mabuhay Barangay LGU and the tenure holder of the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) No. 20-2007 where Nopol Hills is situated.
This is pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 and Joint DENR-DA-PCSD Administrative Order No. 01, its implementing rules and regulations. The team estimated the bat population at 7,000.
“Critical habitats refer to areas outside protected areas under Republic Act No. 7586 that are known habitats of threatened species and designated as such based on scientific data …” as defined under DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2007 – 02, dated February 28, 2007.
Forester Shalimar A. Disomangcop, the outgoing Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of the DENR for South Cotabato, bared that the large flying fox feeds on fruits, nectar and flowers, hence these mammals are also called “large fruit bat”, Disomangcop said. “They play a biological role in the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and by serving as pollinators of forest trees. Large fruit bats are vital when it comes to pollinating food crops locally, like durian, ” PENRO Disomangcop added.
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), a DENR sub-office in General Santos City earlier reported that Nopol Hills is the roosting site of the bats owing to the presence of a forest in the locality.
Results of the rapid site assessment show that there are man-made pressures or threats occurring in the area such as cutting of trees and hunting that might affect the survival of the large flying foxes. These observations were reported to the Barangay LGU for appropriate action. The presence of other natural resources that have economic and social impacts in the area were also observed by the team. The remaining activities that have to be undertaken are the conduct of perimeter survey, community consultation and write shop on the draft order declaring the designated area as critical habitat by the DENR Secretary.
Large Flying Fox is classified under Other Threatened Species under the List of Threatened Species as provided for under DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15 and Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species or CITES (List of Threatened Species) as of 2017. (PKAFarrol/MCLocsin/DENR South Cotabato) ###

MATALAM, COTABATO - Three hundred beneficiaries from Matalam, Cotabato Province on Friday, September 13, were awarded ownership over the agricultural lands they occupied for years through the "Handog Titulo" program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Matalam and Registry of Deeds (ROD).

No less than DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar, CESO IV together with Matalam Mayor Oscar M. Valdevieso, Atty. Ma. Theresa Biongan Pescadera of the ROD, Matalam Community ENR Officer Larry P. Curias, Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) Chief Emily B. Ampatuan and PENRO Cotabato Technical Services Division Chief Dr. Cesar Guevarra handed over the titles to the beneficiaries from the barangays of Sarayan, Tamped, Pinamaton and Taguranao.

Dr. Abubacar said that the program is one of the 10-Point Socio-Economic Agenda of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to ensure security of land tenure to encourage investments and address bottlenecks in the land management and titling agencies.

The program started in 1990 and enhanced by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu when he issued the DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2019-04 on August 1, 2019 to conduct a nationwide Handog Titulo program every September in celebration of the Lands Anniversary.

"It is expected that there will be a distribution of land titles here in Region 12 every September," Dr. Abubacar said.

In a statement, Dr. Abubacar emphasized that lands should have titles in order to have a security of ownership.

"Titles will serve also as a basis in creating future investments in your lands since you are the legitimate owner," Dr. Abubacar said to the beneficiaries.

He also encouraged those who don't have the land titles to visit the nearest DENR offices like the CENRO for assistance.

According to LPDD Chief Ampatuan, the agency released the DENR Administrative Order 2011-06 entitled "Prescribing the Guidelines for the Implementation of Public Land Titling in Partnership with Local Government Units" which was supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government by releasing the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2011-111 to speed up the processing of public land titling.

“This is one way to bring the public service closer to the people,” Chief Ampatuan said.

On his part, Mayor Valdevieso expressed his gratitude to the DENR 12 headed by Dr. Abubacar for all the support they have given to his municipality.

Meanwhile, Atty. Pescadera shared their desire to immediately distribute the land titles to the beneficiaries.

"We don't want the titles to remain in our vaults. We want you to hold those titles," said Atty. Pescadera in her message.

She also reminded the recipients not to forget their obligations by paying taxes in the LGU.

The government's Handog Titulo program aims to further the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries.

It is also an initiative to enhance the allocation of land titles to alleviate poverty and promote growth and advancement. ###