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Written By: Forester I Jelomy H. Mahayag October 01, 2019

Boac Marinduque- In celebration of the Lands Anniversary and Pursuant to DENR Memorandum Circular (DMC) No. 2019-04 issued by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu pertaining to the conduct of simultaneous distribution of land titles to beneficiaries, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Marinduque headed by Imelda M. Diaz, OIC-PENR Officer, distributed Free Patent Titles to about 561 beneficiaries (232 Residential, 329 Agricultural) in cooperation with the Local Government Officials of the province and the Registry of Deeds under the DENR's “Handog Titulo Program” on September 27, 2019.

The event was graced by Hon. Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., Governor of Marinduque and Local Officials of the six (6) Municipalities of the province, Hon. Armi D.C. Carrion-Mayor of Boac, Hon. Antonio Uy, Jr. Mayor of Sta. Cruz and local officials of the municipalities of Mogpog, Torrijos, Buenavista and Gasan, Forester Cesar P. Odi, OIC-Chief, LPPDD from MIMAROPA Region and Leonardo Mendoza, Register of Deeds.

PENRO Diaz, in her opening message emphasized the importance of Handog Titulo Program: “Sa ngalan ng Provincial Environment and Natural Resources - Marinduque at ng DENR-MIMAROPA Region nais ko pong ipalaganap ninyo ang aming programa ng pagbibigay ng libreng titulo, libreng sukat para makatulong sa mamayang pilipino, " she said.

Likewise, Mayor Armi DC. Carrion in her message, appreciated the conduct of the activity." Ang pagbibigay ng ganitong programa Handog Titulo, ay malaking tulong sa ating mga kababayan. Marapat lamang po na ating pahalagahan at pangalagaan dahil dito tayo kumukuha ng pang araw araw na pangangailangan.  Sulong BOAC! ", Mayor Carrion said.

Lastly, the Guest of Honor, Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. gave his message before the actual distribution of Free Patents to beneficiaries. Part of his message says  “Napakagandang programa ang “Handog Titulo Program” ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Marinduque kasama ang Registry of Deeds at Local Government Units. Ang lupa na ihahandog sa inyo ay gamitin nyo sa magandang paraan gaya ng taniman, mag-alaga ng baboy, manok at baka, upang makatulong sa ating kaunlaran, sa bayan at sa pamilya. May batas din po tayo na kapag hindi ginagamit ang lupa ay papatawan kayo ng 5% idle land tax. Nais ko rin pong ipaalala sa inyo  na  kailangan kayong  magbayad  ng property Tax.  Nawa po ay pagyamanin at mahalin natin ang ating lupa para pagdating ng panahon ay may magamit pa ang ating mga pamilya.  MABUHAY Marinduque".

Both beneficiaries and LGUs expressed their support to “Handog Titulo Program”. One of the interviewed beneficiaries said that the Program really helped them especially those who cannot afford the cost of land survey by private surveyor.


Written By: Forester I Mary Grace P. Maniquiz September 18, 2019

Torrijos, Marinduque – In celebration of the 119th Anniversary of the Battle of Pulang-Lupa, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Marinduque headed by OIC, PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz joins in the commemorative program hosted by Municipality of Torrijos and participated by Provincial Government of Marinduque, Municipalities of Boac, Buenavista, Mogpog, Gasan, and Sta. Cruz, various National Government Agencies and academe held on September 13, 2019 at Pulang Lupa Historical Park, Barangay Bolo, Torrijos, Marinduque wherein DENR Handog Titulo Program is one of the highlights of the event.

In a Keynote Address of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, which was delivered by his representative, MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado, he recalled how the Marinduquenos won in the Mountains of Torrijos during the Philippine American War on September 13, 1900. He also invigorated the other “battles” that we must continue to fight and must win such as “Battles for the Environment” and “Battle of Manila Bay” among others.

Moreover, it was mentioned that among the DENR’s priority programs that will directly benefit the people of Marinduque is Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) System. This was piloted last year in the Municipality of Boac, Capital of Marinduque.

During the program, DENR officials turned-over the bundles of Land Titles (Residential and Agricultural Patents) to the LGUs, represented by Gov. Presbiterio J. Velasco, Jr. and municipal mayors of six (6) municipalities of Marinduque. Selected patentees from Torrijos received their patents during the ceremonial turn-over.

The actual distribution of land titles to individual beneficiaries or “Handog Titulo Program” will be held on September 27, 2019 at Boac Covered Court, Brgy. Malusak, Boac, Marinduque. A total of 569 patents consisting of 238 residential and 331 agricultural free patents will be released.

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DENR moves to rehab rivers ruined by Marcopper mining disaster

Published At: Business Mirror March 04, 2020

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has approved an initial P5-million funding for the construction of a 90-meter wide gabion dam across the Mogpog River in Marinduque province as part of the government’s rehabilitation efforts in water bodies devastated by the Marcopper mines.

The dam will be built downstream of the Maguila-guila Creek to prevent further siltation in its basin.

In a statement, Regional Director Roland de Jesus of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) in the Mimaropa region said the amount will cover the first phase of the project—conduct of a feasibility study, technical data gathering, design and planning for the dam’s construction.

 “The result of the first phase will yield crucial information on the geological, geotechnical and hydraulic analysis of the Maguila-guila Creek, which will determine the design of the structure,” de Jesus said. 

“The second phase or the implementation of construction stage may vary depending on the result of the first phase of the project,” he added.

Cimatu earlier vowed to restore two rivers, including Mogpog , that were devastated by the worst mining disasters in Philippine history—the Marcopper mining disasters in 1993 and 1996.  Marcopper mine is one of the so-called legacy mines—those abandoned by mining companies after tragic mining disasters or upon reaching the end of the life of the mine before the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

While guesting at the recent 100th anniversary of Marinduque province upon the invitation of local officials led by Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. and his son, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Cimatu bared that a plan to restore all the rivers in the Philippines, including the Boac and Mogpog rivers using nongovernment resources will soon be implemented by the agency.

He said it is high time that the government lead the massive cleanup and rehabilitation of the Boac and Mogpog rivers as people continue to suffer from the effects of the catastrophic tailings spills from the site of Marcopper Mining Corp. in 1993 and 1996.

“The environmental damages and unresolved issues brought about by the Marcopper mining operation in Marinduque for several decades now must be put to an end,” Cimatu said.

In March 1996, a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper’s Taipan pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River.

Three years before that, the firm’s Maguila-guila siltation dam also burst, flooding the town of Mogpog, where two children drowned in the mine waste. It practically killed the Mogpog River with its toxic mine tailings.

Marcopper, which started its copper mining operations in the province in 1969, had been dumping mine waste into the Calancan Bay, destroying its corals and seagrasses.  

Cimatu said he will immediately issue a department administrative order (DAO) once the Marinduque provincial government submits a formal request to place the Boac and Mogpog rivers under rehabilitation.

The planned river rehabilitation, he said, would include the dredging of the two rivers by a private contractor at no cost to the government.

Cimatu said the private contractor must shoulder all the expenses of the dredging operation in exchange for whatever minerals it may recover, provided the contractor pays the corresponding 4-percent excise tax.

So far, Cimatu has issued four DAOs in relation to the restoration of silted rivers through dredging, based on the separate requests of the provincial governments of Zambales, Oriental Mindoro and Negros Occidental.

The DAOs were pursuant to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2019, issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Transportation. 

The joint circular seeks to protect and restore to their natural state and water flow the heavily silted river channels in the country. 




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