DENR inks MOA with DPWH, BALAOD Mindanaw, Dinagat Islands LGUs for typhoon Yolanda victims
By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has entered into an agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw, Inc. (BALAOD Mindanaw) and the local government units (LGUs) of Loreto, Libjo and Tubajon in Dinagat Islands on February 6, 2015 for the implementation of the project “From Patronage to Empowerment” of typhoon Yolanda victims in that province.
PENR Officer Agapito Patubo said the DENR, under the agreement, has donated 34.58 cubic meters of logs to the LGU of Tubajon; 34.58 cubic meters of logs to the LGU of Loreto and 966.37 board feet of lumber to the LGU of Libjo for the construction of houses and other facilities for the typhoon Yolanda victims who are still confined on temporary shelters within the danger zone.
Earlier in his remark during the inauguration of the PENRO building, the DENR undersecretary for Administration and Information System Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr. expressed his impression about Dinagat Islands. “This province has a vast potential in ecotourism. We hope it can achieve the status as the second 'Carbon Balance' in the country similar to Palawan,” he said.
Carbon balance is calculated through deducting the carbon uptake by oceans and land systems from the carbon emissions from human activities. Forests can act as either carbon sources or carbon sinks.
A forest is considered to be a carbon source if it releases more carbon than it absorbs while it can be considered a carbon sink if it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. Carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The process of carbon absorption and deposition is known as carbon sequestration. The net balance of all these carbon exchanges determines whether a forest is a carbon source or sink.
It can be recalled that typhoon Yolanda hit the province on November 8, 2013, it displaced about 5,623 families and destroyed about ₱171 million worth of properties with 505 houses totally damaged and 3,467 houses partially damaged.
The damages brought by the typhoon have mobilized the government and non-government organizations to initiate several programs to alleviate the sufferings of the typhoon victims. According to OIC-PENRO Patubo, the MOA and Deed of Donation were made to define the contributions and counterparts of the stakeholders to attain their objectives, particularly on resettlement and rehabilitation efforts. (DENR-13/PIA Caraga)