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The office of Guiuan Marine Resource Protected Landscape and Seascape (GMRPLS) rescued a Philippine Palm Civet (Paradoxurus philippensis), locally known as “garong”. This, after a concerned citizen reported that he spotted a wounded civet cat in the streets of Poblacion 8, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, evening of July 24, 2021.

Rescuers discovered that the adult civet cat had injuries on its left eye and mouth. It was immediately brought to the CENRO Borongan Sub-office – Guiuan for proper care and rehabilitation.

After recovering from the sustained injuries, the civet cat was released to its natural habitat in Guiuan, Eastern Samar on July 29, 2021.

The Civet cats are considered as one of the country’s rare and endemic species. This wildlife excretes coffee seeds considered as the world’s most expensive coffee, making it a high-value animal for some households and coffee manufacturers.

In light of this threat, the DENR emphasized that the civet cat plays an important role in the ecosystem by propagating the seeds it spews after eating. This natural process contributes to growing a variety of plants and fruit trees in the forests.

"The office is grateful to everyone who shows concern for our wildlife and their habitat", DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. says.

"Our call continues - let’s keep our wildlife such as the civet cats alive and protected in their natural habitat. Report wildlife crimes and violations immediately, and if you encounter wildlife that needs to be rescued, please contact the DENR office nearest you", he adds. ###

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Borongan partnered with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) in Eastern Samar for the distribution of six hundred fifty one (651) agricultural free patents or certificates of land titles to qualified beneficiaries in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“Individuals who have been cultivating their lands for years deserve rightful ownership over their property”, says DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr.

“This is why the government has been awarding agricultural free patents or land titles to natural-born Filipino citizens who have occupied and cultivated alienable and disposable lands that are not more than 12 hectares for at least 30 years. Provided, they have paid their real property tax”, RED Parian adds.

He however, explained that the filing of application for agricultural free patents has already ended on December 31, 2020 by virtue of Republic Act 9176, otherwise known as the Public Land Act, adding that that the processing of applications filed prior to this date continues this year.

The individuals who recently received their land titles were mostly farmers who have filed their application to avail of the government’s agricultural free patent program before the December 31, 2020 deadline.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Samar recently recognized the exemplary performance of its Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) implementers.

“We are giving awards and recognition to our ENGP family approach beneficiaries who have performed well in their seedling production activity from January to June 2021, as well as our Extension Officers who performed well in their duty to assist our ENGP beneficiaries. This is to motivate, challenge, and boost the morale of our ENGP implementers,” Samar PENR Officer Angelito Villanueva said.

PENRO Samar’s first ENGP awards and recognition was opened to the two CENROs under its jurisdiction, CENRO Catbalogan and CENRO Sta. Rita. Each of these CENROs have awardees for Best ENGP Nursery and Outstanding Forest Extension Officer.

Selection of the awardees was based on location of nursery, mode of propagation, quality and survival rate of seedlings, timeliness on the accomplishment of targets, and resourcefulness.

Awardees from both CENROs received a plaque of recognition and cash prizes courtesy of the provincial government of Samar and Iraya Energy Corporation.

For CENRO Catbalogan, the family of Mr. Domingo L. Algordo received twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) for winning first place in the Best ENGP Nursery category. In second place was the family of Jessie O. Balantino who won fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000.00) and third place was the family of Marsha Doquidoc who won ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00). The families produced seedlings of cacao, langka, toog, narra, kulipapa, and bayog.

The Best ENGP Nursery Awards for beneficiaries of CENRO Sta. Rita was awarded to the family of Jorgie I. Padit, first place, Lilia P. Lamban, 2nd place, and Gilda A. Abayan, third place. CENRO Sta. Rita awardees produced seedlings of coffee, cacao, langka, igot, caimito, pili, rambutan, and guyabano. They received the same amount of cash prizes from the provincial government of Samar and Iraya Energy Corporation.

The assisting people’s organizations of the family beneficiaries were also awarded with Certificates of Recognition.

“I am thankful to the government for directly providing us with livelihood opportunities especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Despite my disability, I got the chance to earn income for my family and put food on our table. I commit to work for the success of this project in the best way my family can contribute,” Mr. Algordo said. 

Outstanding NGP Extension Officers of CENRO Catbalogan, CENRO Sta. Rita, and PENRO Samar were also recognized and awarded with a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of two thousand five hundred pesos (P2,500.00) each.

“We hike for 2 hours to our NGP sites and sometimes voluntarily provide for the community’s needs like kilos of rice just to win their trust and cooperation. Seeing the families engaged, secured and willing to embrace the goals of ENGP makes me feel so accomplished,” Juileta Diaz, Outstanding Extension Officer of CENRO Catbalogan says.

“This is a laudable initiative from PENRO Samar. Our partners and performing workforce need to be recognized for their efforts, and I’m grateful that the LGU and our partner industries are helping us in this endeavor”, DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. said. “I am hoping that this strategy will be carried on for the succeeding activities under the ENGP”, he added.

The DENR is adopting the "Family Approach" as one of the modes in engaging Filipino families with the NGP. Under this approach, PENRO Samar has contracted three hundred sixty four (364) families to undertake ENGP activities from 2021-2023. This year, these families are set to produce over 2.5 million seedlings and establish a total of 2,495 hectares NGP plantation in Samar province.

The awarding of Best ENGP Nursery and Outstanding Extension Officer is part of Samar’s lined-up activities for Philippine Environment Month, anchored on the theme “Sama-samang pagkilos. Sama-samang paghilom. Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”.

A two hundred (200) square meter bamboo nursery demo farm that will showcase different bamboo species and propagation facilities shall soon rise at the CENRO Palo compound in Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

This, after the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Palo and the MacArthur Iron Projects Corporation (MIPC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of the bamboo demo farm in support to DENR’s flagship reforestation initiative - Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP).

As agreed, CENRO Palo shall provide the construction area, technical assistance, and administer the operations of the nursery. The MIPC shall provide funds for the establishment of the nursery, purchase of equipment and planting materials, and tap technical experts to assist in nursery operations.

Earlier, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed his aim to increase the production of bamboo to serve as an alternative for wood. It is considered to reduce the need for timber resources, help in carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and rehabilitation of degraded lands.

“Our bamboo nursery demo farm will serve as training ground for our upland farmers and ENGP partners in Region 8. Its presence will increase the awareness of the community about the numerous benefits of bamboo, especially as an alternative to wood to increase forest cover”, Crisostomo Badeo, CENR Officer of CENRO Palo said.

Considered as an important commodity under the Enhanced National Greening Program, the bamboo nursery is expected to help DENR Eastern Visayas in accomplishing its targeted bamboo plantation under ENGP. This year, DENR 8 is set to produce 39,768 seedlings of bamboo and establish a total of 195 hectares bamboo plantation.

DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. is grateful for the support of the MIPC in this endeavor. He said, “Our partnership with MIPC is true to our “Tayo ang Kalikasan” advocacy. This is one of the many ways in which the different organizations can contribute in our efforts to protect our environment and natural resources”.

Partners from the business sector, national government agencies, non-government government organizations, and the academe recently inked a Memorandum of Convergence with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Palo and concerned people’s organizations (POs) for the maintenance and protection of selected National Greening Program (NGP) graduated sites in Leyte province.

These NGP graduated sites formally adopted by partners are areas turned-over to the DENR by the POs and BLGUs after their 3-year site development contract.

The DENR partners with government institutions and private sectors for the continuous maintenance and protection of these previously established NGP sites through the “Adopt-a-Site Program”.

Through this, the Philippine Red Cross committed to provide funds for the maintenance and protection of forty-one (41) hectares mangrove and beach forest plantation in Barangays 88, 93, 97, and 99 in Tacloban City. The SLRuiz forged an agreement committing same support for a ten-hectare NGP area in Brgy. Bacong, Babatngon, Leyte. The Palawan Express Pera Padala Northern Leyte Area also committed to fund the maintenance and protection of a two-hectare NGP site in Brgy. Sta. Elena, Tacloban City.

Meanwhile, the Sto. Niño Senior High School committed to conduct planting and care and maintenance activities of their adopted NGP site in Brgy. San Isidro, Tacloban City. The Regional Special Training Unit 8 of the Philippine National Police (PNP) also committed to initiate beach forest tree planting activities in their adopted site in Brgy. Cogon, Palo, Leyte.

The concerned people’s organizations manifested their commitment to assist in the replanting activities and enrichment of the identified areas. For its part, the CENRO Palo committed to provide all the necessary technical assistance to the parties for the sustainable implementation of the program.

“It is through this partnership that the selected NGP graduate sites will be sustainably protected and maintained”, Palo CENR Officer Crisostomo Badeo, Jr. said. “We are encouraging other groups and institutions to join us in sustaining and rehabilitating our established NGP plantations. Our partnership will ensure that there are enough natural resources for the future generations”, he added.

Meanwhile, DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. lauded the willingness of partners to assist the DENR in ensuring that the goals of the NGP are successfully achieved. “Our partnership in support of the NGP exemplifies DENR’s Tayo ang Kalikasan advocacy which calls for collaborative efforts towards environmental restoration”, he said.

The NGP was launched in 2011, aiming to reforest 1.5 million hectares of denuded forestlands in the country. Its goal is to reduce poverty, provide food security, conserve biodiversity and address global warming and climate change. The program was expanded until 2028 under Executive Order No. 193 to reforest the country’s remaining degraded forestlands.