2022 "Padyak Para Sa Kalikasan, Magtanim, Para Sa Kinabukasan"
In celebration of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month with theme “AKSYON PARA SA NATATANGING MUNDO” and 35th DENR Anniversary, the DENR-PENRO Marinduque conducted a Fun Bike and Tree Planting Activity entitled “Padyak para sa Kalikasan, Magtanim para sa Kinabukasan” on June 10, 2022.
The advocacy of this event is for a healthy environment and showcase the beauty of the Philippine forest, raise awareness and encourage participation of various stakeholders in taking care of our environment, and widen the network of environment “Champions” to include bikers and hikers in rehabilitating and protecting our environment through promotion of eco-friendly means of transportation, responsible eco-tourism, reforestation and other good practices.
The Fun Bike activity started at the Marinduque Provincial Sports Complex, Boac, Marinduque going to Barangay Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque via Tabi-Buliasnin-Maligaya-Nangka-Laon service roads. Likewise, the tree planting activity was conducted at the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) area at Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque.
The event was attended and participated by different Bikers Group in the province, National Government Agencies, Provincial Government of Marinduque, Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and individuals who are actively supporting environmental activities.
DENR-PENRO Marinduque and the Local Government of Torrijos Approved the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) Program
On December 16, 2020, the DENR-PENRO Marinduque represented by the OIC-PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz and the Local Government of Torrijos, represented by Mayor Lorna Q. Velasco signed the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) program, witnessed by Chief, TSD Cynthia U. Lozano and Vice-Mayor Ricardo R. De Galicia.
Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) is a strategy identified by the DENR in support to accelerated land titling all over the Philippines and shall pursue Agenda no. 6 of the PRRD administration’s 10-point Agenda “Ensure security of land tenure to encourage investments and address bottlenecks on land management”. Likewise, it will also prevent double titling and land ownership conflicts as it provides a clear picture on the land tenure situation on the ground. Aside from providing security of land tenure to deserving beneficiaries, land titling will improve land market and ultimately increase the local government units’ revenue.
This RLTA program will be conducted by the DENR-PENRO Marinduque in the Municipality of Torrijos this coming year, 2021.
Active collaboration and partnership between DENR-PENRO Marinduque and LGU-Torrijos will ensure the effective implementation of the said program. ###
PENRO Marinduque is DENR MIMAROPA’s first online bamboo quiz bee champion
Just like the bamboo which resists breaking when placed under stress, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Marinduque maintained its grace under pressure and emerged as the champion of DENR MIMAROPA’s first online bamboo quiz bee held via Zoom on September 29.
Organized by the Region's National Greening Program, the virtual contest was anchored on the theme of this year's World Bamboo Day Celebration, "Pamanang Kawayan: Luntiang Ginto ng Kagubatan."
Team Rhizome from PENRO Marinduque bested 14 other groups which represented the field offices in MIMAROPA, namely Team Bamboolicious (PENRO Occidental Mindoro), Team Bam n’ Boo (CENRO Sablayan), Team Bambusa (CENRO San Jose), Team Bamboohay (PENRO Oriental Mindoro), Team Bamboostic (CENRO Socorro), Team Camp Kawayan Babies (CENRO Roxas), Team Bamboomtaratarat (PENRO Romblon), Team Bamboorikit (PENRO Palawan), Team Sitio Bayog (CENRO Brooke’s Point), Team Corona Bamboos (CENRO Coron), Team Princesang Kawayan (CENRO Puerto Princesa), Team Vulgaries Beauties (CENRO Quezon), Team Lucky Bamboo (CENRO Taytay), and Team Camp Patong Matinik (CENRO Roxas).
Competing with the best of the best was not easy and Team Rhizome admitted they had barely enough time to review because they also needed to meet deadlines on accomplishing office targets. Nonetheless, the quiz bee champ said they counted on teamwork and a relaxed mindset to win the contest.
“We’re not able to hold a group review. I just handed out old reference materials to my teammates perhaps a day or two before the contest,” Forester Ellen Paranaque, leader of Team Rhizome shared.
“But we made it probably because we also got a good combination of team members; we have Foresters and a technician and we’re all familiar with the NGP process. We trusted each other and tried to stay calm so we can think of the correct answer,” she added.
Team Vulgaris Beauties (CENRO Quezon) bagged the second place, and Team Corona Bamboos (CENRO Coron) went home as a third placer after breaking a tie with Team Princesang Kawayan (CENRO Puerto Princesa).
The quiz bee was composed of three rounds, namely easy, average and difficult. Questions included bamboo terminology, growth habit, genera and species, propagation methods, and other interesting facts and trivia. The quiz also covered general information on the National Greening Program (NGP), such as its implementing guidelines and activities.
“This is our way to enhance the knowledge of our field personnel and at the same time, educate our stakeholders on the ecological and economic benefits of bamboo,” Regional Executive Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer noted.
Referred to as the “green gold,” bamboo is gaining recognition as a sustainable alternative to wood and an effective instrument to combat climate change. It is for these reasons that the government is geared towards planting more bamboo trees. In a statement at the budget hearing in the House of Representatives, Secretary Roy Cimatu imparted that the DENR “intends to make amendments in the ENGP to increase the country’s production of bamboo.”
The Secretary said that for 2020, the DENR targets to plant bamboo trees to 16, 867 hectares of land nationwide. In MIMAROPA Region, bamboo trees have already been planted to 60% of the targeted 81 hectares of land as of September 2020.
The DENR MIMAROPA online bamboo quiz bee was the region’s first virtual battle of the brains, and among its efforts to continue performing its mandates while adapting to the new normal.
Getting a reliable internet connection remained as one of the challenges noted in the activity, but the participants took it from the distinct trait of the bamboo, and did not allow wobbly network access to wear them down.
“We admire the participants’ enthusiasm and display of sportsmanship. And we hope they maintain these traits not only in competitions like this, but more importantly in performing their duties,” DENR MIMAROPA NGP Coordinator Manuel Escasura remarked.
The DENR MIMAROPA and its regional NGP wish to extend their gratitude to all those who supported the program, most especially the judges who made time to join the event, namely Assistant Regional Director Bighani Manipula, Ms. Marilyn Limpiada, Chief of Planning and Management Division, Ms. Ruby Bautista, Chief of Finance Division, and Forester Gregorio Santos, Jr., Head of Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development and Extension Center of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). ###