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“Women leadership in environmental protection activities must be recognized ” says DENR IX In-Charge for the Office of the Regional Executive Director and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot as he addressed the audience during the culminating program earlier today March 31, 2022 for the National Women’s Month (NWM) celebration with the theme “Women Make Change Amidst Climate Crisis and Covid 19”.
 
The blended face to face and virtual program was held at the conference room of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Norte and was graced by Director Gadot, PENR Officer of Zamboanga del Norte Cidur S. Julsadjiri, CENR Officer of Siocon Rey Jalandoni, CENR Officer of Manukan George Laolao, RSCIG Chief Roservirico A. Tan, Regional Gender and Development (GAD) focal person Leah Ann Naces, Forester Cecilia Asuncion, eNGP PO and CBFM Women Presidents, personnel from the regional office, PENRO Zamboanga del Norte, CENRO Siocon and Manukan as well as other GAD focal persons from different DENR IX field offices.
 
The special program was aimed to recognize the important role of women leaders in climate change mitigation and disaster risk prevention from Peoples Organizations(POs) in Region IX who are beneficiaries under the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) and Community Based Forest Management (CBFM).
 
Thus, the highlight of the event was the awarding of certificates of appreciation to 29 eNGP PO women presidents and 1 CBFM chairwoman who have given their invaluable effort in making DENR projects in their individual communities a success. Nine (9) of the recipients came from the province of Zamboanga del Norte, eight (😎 from Zamboanga Sibugay Province and thirteen (13) from Zamboanga del Sur. Along with the certificates, grocery items were also given to the awardees.
 
"These women leaders are the silent players and unsung heroes in climate change mitigation and disaster risk prevention efforts. Despite great odds in a world of men, they have emerged as empowered individuals able to lead and steer their followers towards success in rehabilitating forest lands by planting trees", Director Gadot said.
 
Director Gadot added that DENR IX is committed to promote and recognize the role of women in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources through its mainstreamed gender and development (GAD) program and activities.
 
Zamboanga City -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) IX conducted a stakeholders’ forum “Responsible Mining Towards Economic Recovery in Region IX” on March 24 with both in-person and virtual attendees.
 
The forum aimed to deepen the awareness of the mining stakeholders on the salient features of MGB’s recent policies and developments as well as to promote responsible mining as contributor to the country’s economic development with the presentation of good practices of the mining industry in the region.
 
MGB Director Wilfredo G. Moncano, who joined the activity virtually, said that the despite the limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the mining industry has remained steadfast in its commitment towards sustainable development through the creation of jobs, implementation of social development programs, compliance to environmental rules and regulations, and the payment of taxes and fees.
 
“This forum gives [MGB] the opportunity to engage in meaning discussions with our stakeholders as we move towards a common and shared goal of improving the lives of every Filipino,” said Director Moncano. “Our decisions are all going to have a big impact on [our] better normal,” he added.
 
The forum featured presentations on the status of the mining industry in the region by MGB IX Regional Director Hernani G. Abdon, recent policies on Large Scale Mining (LSM) and Small Scale Mining (SSM) and mine safety, environment and social development by MGB IX Division Chiefs, Engr. Ramil Mundo and Engr. Ramon Alforte, respectively.
 
Philex Gold Philippines, Inc. (PGPI) and TVI Resource Development Inc. (TVIRD) presented the status of the implementation of their respective Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan (FMRDP). These two companies are the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) holders in the region, which are currently in the rehabilitation stages of their operations for the Sibutad Mine Project (PGPI) and Canatuan (TVI).
 
After the sessions, MGB IX facilitated an open forum where stakeholders in attendance shared their questions and inquiries on MGB IX’s monitoring activities on the various mining activities in the region and their recommendations on policies and program implementation to the panel, which was composed of representatives from MGB IX and the MPSA holders.
 
MGB IX Director Abdon said, “The mining industry has a great potential to be a key growth driver in the Philippine economy and to the recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MGB IX is firm in our resolve to give our best efforts in striking a balance between environmental protection and development.”
 
Director Abdon added that he is grateful for the active participation of the mining stakeholders in the region. “It is through open discussions and active collaborations that we get to improve the mining industry in the region and sustain our good practices.”
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX through its Licenses, Patents, and Deed Division (LPDD) together with the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) conducted a four-day Information, Education, and Communication Campaign (IEC) on the importance of water and “Water Code of the Philippines” (PD. 1067) at Barangays New Sagay, Sto. Rosario, Taruc and Malubal RT. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay on March 14-17, 2022.
 
This was conducted in line with the celebration of World Water Day on March 22 with the theme " Groundwater: Making the Invisible, Visible".
 
The four-day event was participated by around 170 selected barangay officials and residents from the Municipality of RT. Lim.
 
This activity aims to engage people to increase their level of awareness on the use of water, causes of water pollution, water regulation and permit applications, its different prohibitions, fines and penalties.
 
The DENR IX team composed of RSCIG Chief Roservirico Tan, LPDD Chief Arlene Gabayno, Forester Arcel Candido and Forester Boy Sumpiao discussed topics on Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (R.A. 9275), Salient Features of the Water Code of the Philippines (PD. 1067), Water Resources Management and Water Permit Application Processing. The program was facilitated by designated Info Officer Jessalou Tabat and personnel from CENRO Kabasalan.
 
DENR IX will continue its commitment to enhance environmental awareness on the programs and bring basic services closer to the people from all over the region.
 
In line with the celebration of the 2022 World Wildlife Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX released back to the wild a Brahminy Kite and a Rufous Night Heron in the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology Bird Sanctuary today.
 
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration.”
 
Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Western Mindanao Joan A. Lagunda spearheaded the wildlife release and lauded the continued and consistent efforts of DENR IX in wildlife protection and conservation.
 
“We cannot battle this alone. Our mission is to mobilize the citizenry in protecting our environment and natural resources. Let us enjoin further collaborations and partnerships in order to be successful,” Asec Lagunda added.
The Rufous Night Heron was turned over by the local ENR office of the Municipality of Tungawan. On the other hand, the Brahminy Kite was rescued by CENRO Zamboanga personnel in Brgy. Boalan, this city.
 
Among the ecological importance of birds include maintaining sustainable population levels of their prey and predator species as well as provide food for scavengers and decomposers. Many birds are also vital in plant reproduction pollination or seed dispersal.
 
The two species were assessed, evaluated and already cleared for release by the City Veterinarian of Zamboanga.
 
Also present during the release were officials and staff from the ZSCMST headed by Dr. Jaime Jalon, the Philippine Army Reserve Command headed by MGen Fernando Felipe and the DENR IX.
 
The public is advised to report sightings of wildlife injuries to their nearest CENR Office or message DENR Zamboanga Peninsula on Facebook.
 
March 3 marks the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES in 1973. Since then, the annual event has made significant contributions in raising awareness about the significance and importance of the world’s wild animals and plants. #
 
In line with the Adopt-A-Mountain Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) and DENR IX signed several Memoranda of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) today at the H9 Regional Community Defense Group, Dao, Pagadian City.
 
The partnership agreements have made official the collaboration between the different DENR IX field offices and the corresponding Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion of the ARESCOM operating in the areas.
 
The Adopt-A-Mountain program is one of the strategies of the government that aims to accelerate the regreening of degraded mountains and range lands in order to improve water yield capacity and timber production and promote the remaining natural forest as source of endemic species for educational and scientific research purposes.
 
The partnership agreements cover sites within the Camul Reforestation Area in Zamboanga del Norte, the Baclay-Pulacan Reforestation Area in Zamboanga del Sur, the Dona Josefa Watershed Area in Zamboanga Sibugay and Tolosa Reforestation Area in Zamboanga City.
 
ARESCOM Commander MGen Fernando Felipe PA and DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Western Mindanao Joan A. Lagunda, who is also an Army Reservist, graced the MOPA signing event together with DENR IX and ARESCOM officials and personnel.
 
Asec Lagunda emphasized that the activities that will be conducted under the MOPA go beyond the usual tree planting activities. “Our tree growing activities complement the role of reservists in nation-building,” Asec Lagunda said.
“The trees that we plant and help grow symbolize our lifelong commitment to the environment. The continuous monitoring of our planted trees will allow us to ensure its survival,” she added.
 
Meanwhile, Commander Felipe said that he is grateful for the partnership with DENR Zamboanga Peninsula and said that the MOPA may not introduce new activities to the ARESCOM but it will expand and step up their efforts in serving the communities.
 
Other DENR IX key officials present during the signing were Officer-in-Charge of DENR IX Ronald D. Gadot, Environmental Management Bureau IX Regional Director Alex D. Jimenez, PENROs, CENROs and regional division chiefs.