Barangay Forest Program (BFP) sa Albay, padagus na nadadagdagan an bilang nin mga recepienteng barangay

Suminakat na sa 216 bilang nin mga barangay sa Albay an mabibinipisyuhan kan Barangay Forest Program (BFP), pigkukunsiderar na pinakadakulang reforestation program sa barangay na formal na piglansar sa probinsya kan marso 7, 2015. Pigpapahidale naman ni DENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales an pagpaluwas nin mobilization fund sa gabos na barangay na masasakop kan programa na may 15% kan total project cost ngani na maka abante na an mga brgy sa mga aktibidad sa pag implimentar kan proyekto lalo na sa seedling production. Sa ngunian, maabot na sa 949,719 seedlings an natipon kan mga recepienteng barangays para sa outplanting sa pag abot nin tag uran. Padagus paman  an technical team kan DENR, compowesto nin mga Forest Extension Officers, sa pag determinar asin assessment  nin  mga lugar o barangay  na suitable para sa bfp ta ngani man na maabot an kabilogan na target na 1,614 ektarya  sa Albay.

Target kan programang BFP an mga barangay na may lugar na sadire kan LGU, kataning na salog asin sapa, communal forest/watershed, open & denuded forestland asin iba pa na suitable lands. An mga klase nin kahoy o commodity para sa programang eyu an   fruit-bearing trees, mangrove, bamboo asin iba pa. Susog  sa kasunduan, pupondohan  kan denr an enot na taon para sa implementasyon kan program mantang sisimbagun naman kan recepienteng barangay. An pagmantiner kan mga pananum sa panduwa asin pantulong taon na tatawan nin alokasyon hale sa ira kan barangay.

Segun pa ki DENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, an Bfp sarung lakdang kan DENR kapartner an DILG  bilang suporta sa National Greening Program, sarung priority program  kan National Government na may toyo  na makapagtanum nin 1.5 billion kahoy sa 1.5 million ektarya nin kadagaan. Ini kasunod man kan  pigpirmahan na kasunduan sa pagultanan kan DENR asin Provincial Government of Albay kan nagtalikod na taon para mapadakul  an  kakahuyan sa probinsya baku sana man sarung paagi sa pag address sa climate change kundi proteksyon kan probinsya sa panahon nin kalamidad.

An BFP piga-implementar man sa Ilocos asin Davao Del Sur bilang pilot sites.

Broadcast Release: March 26, 2015



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has assured the public that it is doing its best to tackle air pollution and solid waste problems, consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte's "pro-environment and pro-people" agenda.


DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones said that while the department had already put in place clear policies to address those two major environmental issues, a more concrete and decisive measures can be expected under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.


Soon after he was appointed by President Duterte to the DENR last May, Cimatu, a former Armed Forces chief, promised that full and strict implementation of laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management will be on top of his priorities.


Prior to Cimatu's appointment, Leones noted that the DENR already finished installing several air quality monitoring stations, which are capable of measuring air pollutants, all over the country.


"The DENR's Environmental Management Bureau is now equipped with air monitoring equipment and a laboratory capable of detecting and analyzing toxic gas emissions, such as dioxins and furans," Leones said.


Dioxins and furans are environmental pollutants that have highly toxic potential.  Dioxins are largely by products of industrial processes and are tagged as unwanted by-products of manufacturing processes usually involving combustion. 


Solid and hospital wastes are often worst sources of dioxin released to the environment due to their incomplete burning.


At the same time, Leones said the DENR has been actively implementing its waste to energy (WTE) policy.


In fact, he said the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) issued last year the guidelines governing the establishment and operation of WTE technologies for municipal solid wastes, as contained in NSWMC Resolution No. 669.


The guidelines stipulate compliance with Presidential Decree No. 1586 or the Environmental Impact Statement System Law; Republic Act No. 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999; RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act; RA 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act; and RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.


"Given the provisions of these laws, we can expect that all bases are covered in terms of solid waste management," Leones said.


To enable the country comply with global emissions standards, Leones said the DENR undertakes a technical cooperation project with the Japanese government on the use of advanced WTE technologies, through thermal processes that eliminate incinerators. The cities of Quezon, Cebu and Davao have been chosen as pilot sites for the project.


According to Leones, the DENR has also taken strides in going after local government units (LGUs), which are remiss in their duty to enforce RA 9003.


"We have already filed with the Office of the Ombudsman cases against 50 LGUs and evaluated 100 others for their failure to implement RA 9003," he said.


RA 9003 specifically mandates all, especially the local government units (LGUs), to adopt a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that would ensure the protection of public health and environment.

It directs LGUs to utilize environmentally sound methods; set targets and guidelines for solid waste avoidance and reduction; and ensure proper segregation, collection, transport and storage of solid waste; among others. 

Leones also mentioned the firm stand taken by the DENR on the return of Canada's waste shipments, which were rotting in Manila's ports.

This led the Manila regional trial court to order the return what remains of the 50 container vans of mixed garbage from Canada at the cost of the importer. Canada eventually agreed to accept the waste. 

As an offshoot of the Canadian waste issue, the DENR, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Customs have agreed to intensify collaboration and improve regulations against imported waste to prevent a repeat of the incident. ###

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