9.30.2013

PIA News Service - Friday, September 27, 2013

FSUU to spearhead the 2013 Save Taguibo Watershed Green Summit

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) - The Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) headed by University President Fr. John Christian U. Young, will be spearheading this year's 2nd Save Taguibo Watershed Green Summit on October 16, at the AVR-1 of FSUU main campus, this city.

Fr. Young said the Save Taguibo Watershed Green Summit in 2011 was a milestones event on environmentalism in Butuan City.

"The experience taught the people that positive things and actions happen when different stakeholders come together and commit time to resolve a common and central environmental concern, that is, the protection of the Taguibo Watershed," said Young.

Young added that the summit gave birth to the Taguibo Watershed Pilot Project (TWPP) which made it possible for the government, civil society organizations, and community to unite their efforts toward the central goal of protecting Butuan City's vital source of water – the Taguibo Watershed.

It was also learned that the objectives for this year's second summit includes the following: 1) update the different stakeholders on the accomplishments of the TWPP; 2) provide and assessment report on the implementation of the TWPP; 3) determine the resources needed and how to raise them in order to fully accomplish the TWPP; and 4) affirm and strengthen the commitment and support of the stakeholders in accomplishing the TWPP.

Participants of said summit are the following: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Butuan City Water District (BCWD), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), non-government and civil society organizations, and other TWWP members including the local government of Butuan officials, and punong barangays within the watershed area. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR-13 seeks partnership with private groups to reforest 100,000 hectares

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional executive director Nonito M. Tamayo on Wednesday has  asked  the support  of the private organizations in its reforestation program  to reach the goal of 100,000 hectares tree -seedlings planted in the forest lands  and mangroves in coastal areas over the next three years.

Earlier, the DENR has already gained the support of other groups including the mining companies, the Community-Based Forest Management sector, the schools through the Department of Education (DepEd) , and selected barangay government units, according to  Director Nonito M. Tamayo.

"The private organizations and other associations can always manifest their  full support  in the  National Greening Program (NGP) of the  government," Tamayo said shortly after the ceremonial Signing of memorandum of partnership between the DENR and the Agusan National High School  (ANHS) Class 1990  program   at the DENR Conference Room in Barangay Ambago Butuan City .

He said the DENR has a goal of planting tree seedlings on 100,00 hectares timber and mangrove forest and coastal areas throughout  the region until 2016 since the program started in 2011 when President Benigno S. Aquino III had  sigendExecutive Order No. 26 otherwise called the establishment of the NGP all over the country.

The NGP is a massive forest rehabilitation of the government that seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million trees nationwide within a period of six years from 2011 to 2016.

Aside from being a reforestation initiative, the NGP is also seen as a climate mitigation strategy as it seeks to enhance the country's forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming.

The program is also designed to reduce poverty, providing alternative livelihood activities for marginalized upland and lowland households relating to seedling production and care and maintenance of newly –planted trees.

Director Tamayo has commended the officers of the ANHS Class 1990 headed by its President Cherry Mae G. Busa and 2013 Dangal ng Bayan Awardee Richard C. Recososa  for their initiative of planting mangrove on a 1-hectare lot site in Barangay Lumbocan, Butuan City as their contribution to the NGP.

Recososa  said everyone is responsible for caring the environment.

"We are great contributors to what our environment is today and we must take responsibility by doing activities that will protect and rehabilitate our denuded forest and coastal areas," he added.

Director Tamayo said the DENR expects more organization will step forward to participate in the NGP as the interest of the public to plant trees increase.

The ANHS Class 1990 members are set to conduct their mangrove tree planting activity on November 16, 2013 at “Isla Noah Island” in Barangay Lombocan, Butuan City. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)