DENR – I and LGU Ilocos Sur seal MOPA on Public Land Titling Program

DENR – I and LGU Ilocos Sur seal MOPA on Public Land Titling Program

 

Vigan City – The signing of the historic Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region I (DENR- I) and the local government units and (LGU) of the Province of Ilocos Sur was formally sealed at the Provincial Capitol, Vigan City last July 12, 2018. The first ever province- wide MOPA signing on Public Land Titling Program in the country was led by Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson and DENR- I key officials led by DENR- I Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Ilocos Sur Rosemarie Jornacion, Land Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) Chief, Manuel Ydia, OIC, Office of CENRO Tagudin, Frank Vincent Danglose and CENR Officer of CENRO Bantay Francisco Arenas.

                The MOPA signing will give teeth to DENR- I to encourage communities in the province of Ilocos Sur and implement the systematic approach and new strategies in public land titling with the creation of One- Stop- Shop called Lands Information manned with Deputize Public Land Inspectors (DPLI) in every municipality. These DPLIs will be armed with good practices and proper training to process and facilitate documents for land patents.

                Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Jeremias Singson and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member and chairman of the provincial committee on environment Atty. Ronnie Rapanut were also present to witnessed and support the MOPA signing. Present during the event were Twenty-two (22) LGU representatives (majority of which are municipal mayors) from the first and second districts of the province and two (2) city mayors who signed the MOPA. RD Juan in his message, gave a short talk regarding Forest Land Use Planning, Foreshore Planning, the National Greening Program (NGP) accomplishment of the province, the Community- Based Forest Management (CBFM) and the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas (NIPAS) recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

                The province- wide MOPA signing on Public Land Titling Program or Handog Titulo Program is an opportunity for landowners particularly the deprived landowners of the province to avail of the free patent to be issued by DENR- I with the assistance of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) through the Register of Deeds and the LGU- Ilocos Sur. Furthermore, the MOPA signing is a symbol of sincere and sustainable public service initiated by the national and local governments towards nation- building that should be also a model and ideal to other provinces in the country. ( G. Garcia- RPAO)

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DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

 

 

Bangui, Ilocos Norte – Despite heavy downpour of rain triggered by typhoon “Inday”, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made a drizzly working visit in his hometown Bangui, Ilocos Norte to lead the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Building Office situated in Barangay Manayon, Bangui, Ilocos Norte last July 19, 2018. Secretary Cimatu was joined by DENR Region- I key officials led by Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB ) OIC, Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag, and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Regional Director Ma. Victoria Abrera.

The Secretary was warmly welcomed by DENR Ilocos Norte officials and personnel led by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Victor Dabalos, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Laoag City, Noemi Ruadap, OIC CENRO of Bangui Lina Ramoran together with the Secretary’s brother Bangui Municipal Mayor Fidel A. Cimatu, Jr. and Bangui local officials who joined the blessing and Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Old CENRO Bangui Building Office. The present new CENRO Bangui Office is located beside the old building and was constructed last February, 2013 during the term of then DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

Before the ground breaking ceremonies, Secretary Cimatu had a hearty late lunch with DENR-I officials and cracked jokes with CENRO Bangui personnel and an informal meeting followed conveying the DENR’s important role in the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Strategies after a Cabinet Cluster Meeting in Malacanang. RD Juan, RD Tayag and RD Abrera likewise, presented a short but vital audio- visual on environmental issues and concerns in the region particularly siltation concerns as a result of quarrying in Bued River, Pangasinan and the shoreline near Holcim Cement Plant in La Union; prohibited constructions and titled lots along navigable or floatable waterways within riverbeds: the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) on mineral processing plants without permits: destruction of seabed and among others. In connection with the environmental issues, the Secretary reminded DENR Ilocos Region officials to maximize appropriate penalties regarding environmental laws. He also briefly cited the DENR's accomplishments in the on- going rehabilitation of world famous Boracay Island which he is presently leading together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) after President Rodrigo Duterte gave a six- month period rehabilitation efforts to regain the natural and pristine beauty of the island.

In connection with Boracay rehabilitation, Cimatu discussed the plan of creating DENR Satellite Offices near beach resorts in the region and all over the country aimed to monitor sanitary conditions and environmental violations. Rampant environmental violations have been on- going for decades in coastal communities all over the Philippines and the creation of DENR satellite offices is so far the best solution to protect and conserve coastal environment and educate people residing along coastal areas.

The DENR Secretary’s fruitful working visit lasted until evening entertaining issues and concerns not only on DENR matters but also regarding local environmental issues. (G. Garcia – RPAO)

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited his hometown in Ilocos Norte recently and made a side trip to Piddig, where he met with local officials to gain more insights on the ongoing development of the town’s model project under the national convergence initiative on coffee farming.

A Serpent Eagle was recently rescued from the Eco-Trail of Holcim Phils. Located in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union last July 21, 2017.  The said eagle was allegedly trapped at a cage which Holcim provided to feed some 20 species of migratory birds gliding within the area.  It was found that the said eagle could not make its way out from the cage, reason for the workers to save the struggling eagle from being trapped.  Spilornis Cheela is the scientific name of the Crested Serpent Eagle which was named “Kailian,” coined from the local term of “Kababayan or Kabayan.”  Holding “Kailian” during the ceremonial release on July 25, 2017 are Bacnotan Mayor Francis Fontanilla (on blue collared shirt) and Holcim Plant Manager Eraño Santos.  Looking on are DENR1 representatives, Wildlife Handler Joe Nullar, Enforcement Division Chief Atty. Arlene Buduhan and Cora Pugal of the Wildlife Conservation Division.  DENR1-RePAO

DENR Chief Sec. Roy A. Cimatu as he turns-over the DENR1 Flag of Leadership to Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan while RD Paquito T. Moreno looks on (R)

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan delivers his acceptance speech during the Turn-over Ceremony

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan’s smile shows a sincere commitment in upholding the DENR mandate

The Officials on the Presidential Table (L-R) LMB Dir. Atty. Emelyne Talabis, BM Francisco “Kit” Ortega Jr., EMB1 RD Ma. Victoria Abrera, DENR1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan, ASec. Marcial Amaro, Jr., DENR ARD-TS Gwendolyn Bambalan and MGB1 RD Carlos Tayag.

DENR Assistant Secretary Marcial C. Amaro Jr. enjoins the participants to identify activities that will put a stop on destructive activities along the coastlines of Ilocos Region.

Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil manifested his support to the undertaking

RD Reynulfo A. Juan as he encouraged everyone to be part of the solution to the glaring environmental concern.

BM Kit Ortega highlights on educating the youth on the value of environmental protection

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with USec. Jonas Leones (left photo) offered a fruit bearing seedling to the gradeschool pupils of Barit Elementary School as a gesture of commitment that the youth will play vital role in protecting the environment from exploitation. Right Photo shows Sec. Cimatu signs on the Pledge of Commitment Wall. #TayoAngKalikasan

Photo shows DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) leads the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Bldg. together with DENR-I key officials led by RD Reynulfo A. Juan and Bangui Mayor Fidel Cimatu, Jr.

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