7.10.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Local alliance, DENR to conduct Lake Mainit transboundary planning

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Protected Areas Wildlife Coastal Zones Management Services (DENR-PAWCZMS) Caraga is spearheading a three day-Lake Mainit Transboundary Planning Workshop in Cabadbaran City on July 10 to 12

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and the LMDA Program Director Arturo M. Cruje said the said workshop is timely since it facilitates the enhancement of LMDA’s Environmental Management Plan (EMP) with the help of the DENR through the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP).

Cruje added the LMDA needs to revise or update its Plan since it was formulated sometime in 1999.

The Plan serves as the bible of the alliance that guides the LMDA Program Management and Coordination Office in the implementation of relevant plans and programs in Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area. “There are some approaches, strategies and programs that become inappropriate considering the dynamic shift in environmental situation,” said Cruje.

It is expected that the partners from government line agencies will actively participate in this planning workshop.

They will be organized into seven sectoral teams, namely, the social-cultural team, economic development team, infrastructure and utilities team, environment and natural resources team, institutional development team, GIS and mapping team, and secretariat will contribute to the enhancement of the comprehensive plan for Lake Mainit.

The planning workshop is part of the BPP milestone activities where DENR-PAWCMZS is the project responsible partner and LMDA, the implementing partner.

The project aims to assist local government units in critical eco-regions of the Philippines to better incorporate the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources including the Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Popcom Caraga taps media, religious groups to address teen pregnancy

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Population Commission (Popcom) in Caraga urged members of the local media and religious groups to support the commission in working proactively in addressing the issue on teenage pregnancy in the region.

Popcom Caraga Officer-in-Charge Alexander A. Makinano, in a press conference cum “Caraga in Focus” in celebration of the World Population Day, said the issue of teenage pregnancy in the country is alarming.

A report from the 2011 Family Health Survey of the National Statistics Office shows that 9.5 percent of women in the Philippines aged 15-19 years old have started childbearing.

Makinano recognized the significant contribution of quad-media in delivering accurate information to the public especially on family planning and responsible parenting program of the agency.

“The campaign now is to minimize teen pregnancy. With our concerted effort through our inter-agency engagement in close partnership with the media, we could eliminate this teen pregnancy rate,” Makinano added.

He also recognized the significant role of the different religious sectors and civil society organizations in the problem of teen pregnancy, as well as in the implementation of the government’s reproductive health education program, and health and population agenda in the region.

“Our effort should be multi-sectoral which includes all sectors of government agencies concerned. The religious sectors should be actively, directly and sustainably involved in the program implementation. That is why the authors, co-authors and even the concerned government agencies ensured that the reproductive health education program should be values-laden, cultural sensitive - that the religious and ethical and moral values are seriously considered,” Makinano emphasized.

On the same occasion, Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga Local Health Support Chief Dr. Ernesto E. Pareja revealed that the unplanned pregnancy is one of the reasons why they less likely to pursue their education.

“Other researchers believed that the lack of comprehensive sexuality education and limited access to adolescent friendly reproductive health services are some reasons for the high incidence of teenage pregnancy,” Pareja added.

Pareja likewise manifested the essential cooperation of media groups in delivering updates and advocacies related to health and population program of the government. He bared that the DOH as part of the POPCOM board of commissioner continues to support the agency’s initiatives for the responsible parenthood and reproductive health.

This year’s World Population Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Work for a Brighter Future, Address Teen Pregnancy NOW!” (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


DENR, BCWD secure steady water supply in Taguibo watershed

By Eric F.Gallego with reports from Richelle Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Department and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13) and the Butuan City Water District can now assure a steady supply of water after members of the Taguibo Watershed Management Council got the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) from the indigenous people (IP) and other concerned sectors in that area. The IRR defines the functions and responsibilities of the Council and the IP occupying the ancestral land at the watershed.

“We consider this occasion a breakthrough as it allayed fears of environmental degradation of the Taguibo Watershed which is a vital source of water supply of the residents of Butuan City,” DENR-13 OIC Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said after the consultative meeting of the Taguibo Watershed Management Council held recently in Barangay Anticala, this city.

The Butuan City Water District, for several months, has been working on an effective scheme that will protect the water resources from the Taguibo watershed but short of getting the full commitment of the leaders of the indigenous people on environmental protection.

Aside from the general manager of BCWD Engr. Anselmo Sang Tian, other people present during the consultative meeting were Regional Director of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Carmencita Cochingco, the barangay officials headed by the Chairman of Barangay Anticala Reynaldo Z. Zamora, the tribal leaders of the Taguibo Tribal Council, and other sectors of the civil society.

“We thought the meeting has resolved issues and conflicts over the proper management of the watershed,” Tamayo who presided over the meeting said.

The IRR also respect the rights over ancestral domain of the IPs in the area as enshrined in the IPRA of 1997 or RA 8371.

“The IRR strongly support the protection of the rights of the IPs to their ancestral domain to ensure their economic, social and cultural well-being and recognition of customary laws governing property rights in determining the ownership and extent of ancestral domain,” Tamayo said.

The IRR also emphasize that a consultation must be made with the Taguibo Watershed Management Council of any lease granted to any juridical person by the Indigenous Tribal Council over any part of their ancestral domain.

The IRR, however, deny the grant of such lease in areas considered as Strict Protection Zone except to juridical and natural persons engaging in reforestation projects and other activities on the protection and conservation of the watershed areas.

The IPs are likewise tasked to assist the Butuan City Water District in the implementation of plans and programs for the Taguibo River Wateshed Forest Reserve. It must also report and inform the BCWD of any illegal activities within the watershed.

The BCWD on the hand, must actively lead in the operations of the council including the implementation of an integrated management plan at the Taguibo Watershed. It must also take responsibility for the implementation of the engineering measures to remedy erosion problems. It must also serve as facilitator for all reforestation activities to be conducted in the area. It also compels the BCWD to prioritize the hiring of local residents as watershed guards to insure the protection of the watershed.

For its part, the DENR will provide assistance to the BCWD in the delineation of boundary lines of the watershed area. It must also enable and deputize qualified personnel of BCWD as well as monitor, evaluate, and review the progress and accomplishment of the watershed rehabilitation, protection and management projects undertaken by the water district.

The other aspects taken during the consultative meeting were the harmonization of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSPP) with the Taguibo Watershed Integrated Management Plan (ITWMP) to ensure that programs and projects implemented within the watershed area conformed to the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and coherent to the existing environmental policies. It also discussed the delineation of boundaries of the watershed .

The Taguibo Watershed, which covers a total land area of 4,367.44 hectares has been proclaimed Forest Reserve Area by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1076 signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos on September 4,1997.

The city government of Butuan, on August 6, 2012, passed an Ordinance “Addressing the Protection, Conservation, Rehabilitation and Management of the Watershed within the jurisdiction of Butuan City and creating the Watershed Management Council.”

The ordinance also declared all watershed areas, conservation areas and agro-forestry/non-tillage area in the city as environmentally critical areas and prohibits anybody from converting the area to whatever classification, conduct commercial tree farming not in conformity with the plans and programs related to reforestation, and/or watershed management plan, perform water drilling except for household purposes, hunting, destroying, disturbing or mere possession of any plant or animal or products derived in the area with permit from the Watershed Management Council, dumping or disposing of any waste products, use of motorized and mechanical equipment and mutilating, defacing or destroying the natural settings of the watershed areas, burial grounds, religious sites, artifacts, and other objects belonging to the cultural communities, squatting, mineral exploration or illegal occupation, altering, removing, destroying or defacing boundary marks or signs, exploration of minerals, and exploitation of quarry resources and commercial sand and gravel resources. (FEA/DENR-RPAO 13 Staff/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Enhanced Justice on Wheels subling gilusad

Ni Catherine A. Balomaga

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 10 (PIA) - Malampuson nga gipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang ang re-launching sa Enhanced Justice on Wheels nga gipasiugdahan sa gobyerno sa syudad, probinsya, Philippine Bar Association of the Philippines, Philippine Judicial Academy ug Korte Suprema niadtong miaging adlaw didto sa Capitol Grounds sa Provincial Capitol ning syudad.

Ang Enhanced Justice on Wheels usa ka strategic action o inisyatiba aron nga maduol ug mahatagan og tigpanalipod ang mga katawhan nga walay igong kwarta para ibayad pagkuha og abogado nga makapanalipod kanila pinaagi sa pagsuroy-suroy sa maong bus uban ang abogado.

Nahimong pinasidunggang mamumulong sa maong okasyon si Court Administrator Hon. Jose Midas P. Marquez diin iyang gipakita ang iyang pagsuporta sa maong programa aron mas mapalapdan pa ang accessibility sa katawhan hilabi na kadtong mga kabos aron makakuha ug hustisya.

Samtang sa mensahe ni Governor Sol Matugas pinaagi kang BM Victor Borja iyang giawhag ang mga Surigaonon sa pagsuporta aron mapagpauswag ang maong programa tungod kay makatabang gyud kini og dako aron mapadali ug mahatagan gyud dayon og hustisya ang mga nanginahanglan niini.


Mitambong sa maong okasyon mao sila Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, Board Member Leonila P. Gorgolon, BM Victor Borja, BM Fernando Larong, mga court administrators, executive judges, prosecutors, mga miyembro sa Philippine Bar Association, mga personahe sa Public Attorney’s Office, mga representante gikan sa nagkalain-laing local ug national line agencies, ug uban pang mga personahe. (SDR/PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)