A Special Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meeting to discuss the issues on the road widening projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at the Bicol Natural Park (BNP) along Daang Maharlika, Basud, Camarines Norte (CN) was conducted by the PAMB headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol on July 17, 2019 at the Camarines Norte District Engineering Office, Daet, Camarines Norte.


The meeting was attended by the key officials and members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Norte, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Camarines Sur, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Sipocot, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V, Provincial Environmental Management Unit (PEMU) Camarines Norte, DPWH V, Office of the Provincial Adviser for Bicol Affairs (OPABA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).


Major issues and concerns on the road widening projects, which require the cutting of hundreds of trees along the stretch of the BNP were raised during the meeting.


Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Jerry Teoxon discussed the protection measures recommended to minimize the disturbance to the ecosystem and continually conserve the biodiversity of the PA.


The protection measures include the replacement ratio of trees cut and to be planted which are 1:50 for planted trees and 1:100 for naturally growing trees pursuant to DENR Memorandum Order No. 2012-02; establishment of an indigenous tree plantation within the BNP, considering heterogeneity of species that will be planted to avoid monoculture and that the said plantation shall be maintained by DPWH until such time that the trees will require minimum management and the same shall be turned over to the DENR for its maintenance; no exotic tree species shall be planted or transplanted within the BNP; native species shall be subjected to earth-balling; all logs from the tree-cutting shall be turned over to the PA or the DENR; tree removal and relocation operations, including turn-over and transport of logs shall only be done under the presence and close supervision of the DENR; and that the DPWH shall secure an endorsement from the concerned LGUs that has political jurisdiction over the affected area pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16.

DENR V Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Gil A. Aromin assured that full support will be given for the said road widening projects. “A Task Force Bicol Natural Park" will be formed to monitor the compliance of the DPWH to existing laws and regulations and the proposed measures. We will involve everybody in the monitoring of the projects,” said RED Aromin.


In addition, RED Aromin informed the body that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be entered by the DENR and the DPWH in accordance with the Memorandum issued by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations on June 14, 2019. Also, a monitoring team will be created to monitor the conditions in the MOA. “With regard to the trees from the tree-cutting, the DENR Bicol will prioritize the donation of the trees for fabrication of school desks and chairs to the nearby schools in the BNP," he shared.*JNLoria





Some 75 beneficiaries receive their land titles from the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Masbate, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Mobo, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mobo through its Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Mobo, the Register of Deeds (ROD) of Masbate on September 24, 2019 at Bituon Beach Resort, Bagacay Mobo, Masbate.

DENR V OIC Regional Executive Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin extended his gratitude to the participating groups who made the Handog Titulo Program possible for the residents of Mobo, Masbate. He accentuated the significance of these land titles to the locals and promised to carry on with the program to help more residents receive their own land titles. "The DENR is one with the supports local government units of Masbate in their economic development through the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal/Assessment (RLTA) and the Handog Titulo Program", Aromin said during his message. On the other hand, the RLTA was launched in Mobo and Mandaon, Masbate on September 24 - 25, 2019.

The RLTA is the efficient processing and assessment of the status of the lands in determining its potential and qualification for the issuance of title. A Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) was also signed between the DENR V and the Local Government of Mobo and Mandaon. In the same program, the cadastral survey of the municipality of Mandaon was also presented.

The Handog Titulo Program, RLTA Launching, and the MOPA signing was attended by the municipal mayor of Mobo, Hon. Raymund Osmundo N. Salvacion, Municipal Mayor of Mandaon, Hon. Emily E. Hao, DENR V Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop, the Chief of the Technical Services Division of PENRO Masbate, Mr. Benito B. Salazar, OIC of the Register of Deeds, Mr. Noel C. Artillero, the Chief of the DENR V Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division, Ms. Dolores C. Vargas, Mobo CENRO officer, Ms. Jean V. Imperial, other DENR PENRO, CENRO, and MENRO staff, and the Local Government Unit of Mobo and Mandaon, Masbate. *DJNJ


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