Ms. Shirley I. Barcenas, a 57-year-old woman with innovative practices and technologies championing skills and knowledge, is a dedicated women leader of Candabong Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Multipurpose Cooperative situated at Barangay Candabong, Loboc, Bohol. Through her strong leadership and commitment,  the organization has an existing Loboc Salabat Processing unit assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) known to the market, locally and internationally.

Barcenas is also the Gender-And-Development (GAD) Committee Chair of the organization who envisioned for something better and best for its members. A very active woman who collaborated with various government agencies to acquire livelihood and income-generating programs in providing economic upliftment of the members through employment. Its members regardless of gender are involved into Salabat processing and the husbands are involved in Turmeric and Ginger “Luy-a” Production. She instilled that men and women are equal in terms of employment in the organization.

About one (1) hectare of raw materials for Turmeric and Ginger were established to sustain the production of Loboc Salabat. Moreover, individual family members are given opportunities and are encourage to plant ginger and turmeric in their own backyards with corresponding incentive, and the association agreed to buy their produce. Currently, the organization has 114 active members and is registered to the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). About 65% of the members of the association are women and are engaged into livelihood and greening projects.

Barcenas as a leader brought this marginalized women group meet women’s needs and promote gender equality. These women also worked closely in conserving and protecting the environment through the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) with existing contract on the maintenance and protection of the 80-hectare Rattan Plantation established on FY 2022.

As women plays an important role in the activities for ENGP, they are involved in the nursery establishment, production of planting materials for rattan as well as maintenance and protection activities to sustain the established plantation.

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Launching of the “ Bayanihan sa Kalikasan Program” , a reforestation project initiative of the Department of Natural Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 7 Central Visayas through the National Greening Program.

Bayanihan sa Kalikasan Program is implemented in the region which not only aims to reforest identified forestland areas but also aims to impart and integrate spiritual formations, ans spiritual aspect in the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment as well as provide capacity building/enhancement to the community to ensure successful implementation of the program.

The Bayanihan sa Kalikasan is a movement that brings together passionate individuals, communities, and organizations committed to conserving and preserving our precious environment. Around 20 hectares of forestland in the Municipality of Pinamungajan would be reforested with our very own indigenous tree species.

LGU Pinamungajan and other participating groups and collaborators committed to provide full support and ensure the successful implementation of the “Bayanihan sa Kalikasan” wherein its pilot implementation is the selected peoples’ organization (PO) beneficiary in Sacsac, Pinamungajan Cebu and it will be eventually replicated in some other areas in Cebu and even other Provinces.

Bayanihan sa Kalikasan Secretariat Group, representatives from DENR-7, Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC) and Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water (CUSW), facilitated and conducted series of meetings with the different stakeholders before and after the forging of the Memorandum of Agreement in January 09, 2023.

“During the launching, we laid down the foundation for various initiatives, such as tree-planting drives, waste management projects, and educational campaigns on sustainable practices. We firmly believe that small acts, when combined, create significant ripples of change, ” Father Murphy P. Sarsonas said.

The event was a remarkable gathering of like-minded eco-warriors, local leaders, and nature enthusiasts who share a common goal: to protect Mother Earth for future generations. Participants of the activity is the Municipal Mayor of Pinamungajan Ana Jessica Baricuatro, Vice Mayor Glenn Baricuatro, PNP Pinamungajan and other LGU participants, MENRO, BLGU Sacsac, Pinamungajan, Sangguniang Kabataan and some constituents, Sacsac Farmers Association, DENR RO, PENRO Cebu and CENRO Argao, Former DENR USEC Renato De Rueda, Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC), Catholic Women's League, Cebu Lions Club, Cebu Polaris Lions Club, Cebu Council of Lions, Couples for Christ, Cebu Caritas, Knight-Stewards of the Sea, Inc., United Church of Christ of the Philippines and University of San Carlos.

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RED Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. commends the effort of PO Sacsac Farmers Association thru the leadership of Rudolfu Banguiran because of his continued efforts and hard work to undertake reforestation related activities even then with the absence of budget allocation. He encourages everyone’s participation especially the community within the project area to ensure successful implementation of the program, through revitalizing the Bayanihan Spirit.

Also, RED Melicor expresses his gratitude to all the partners, who in one way or another contributed the program realization with hopes that even with the environmental problems we are currently facing, we can surpass and overcome it through everyone’s participation geared towards the common goal of conserving the environment, our common home.

DENR 7 has awarded its first ever Special Service Award to For. Filadelfo Jumawid in recognition of his dedication, commitment and outstanding service as Project Manager of the Cabidian Watershed Rehabilitation Project.

For 32 years, this dedicated forester have successfully developed a vast barren land into a 1,500-hectare tree plantation in Candijay, Province of Bohol.

On his last day of service in DENR 7, here's a short tribute video to honor his remarkable contribution to the department and to inspire young foresters of his exceptional hardwork and passion.


Forest Land Use Planning (FLUP) is a participatory process of allocating forests and forestland as natural resources asset by the government under appropriate management, tenure arrangement and eventually putting these assets according to their best uses in order to harmonize uses of forest lands. Forest and forestland provide a good resource based for sustainable economic development, a source of environmental services such as fresh air, clean water supply and serve habitat for various fauna and flora. It also prevents the occurrence of flash floods and landslide.

A key strategy to effective management is to establish the best uses of these lands and allocate them to responsible managers under different forms of tenure. A resource manager can be an individual, a group or an organization that can aptly rehabilitate, preserve, conserve and protect the area from illegal activities and use the resource in a sustainable manner. The LGU itself, in partnership with DENR, can be a resource manager. While allocation decision (who will be assigned to manage the area) and management decisions for strict protection areas reside with state, LGUs can be involved in the process. DENR and LGU need a good basis to be able to make an informed decision thru FLUP.

An important step in FLUP is the identification of “open access” areas which are areas in FFLs that are not covered by any tenure. In the absence of a tenure holder or resource manager, anybody can just come in and use the resources, in most cases, in an unsustainable and destructive approach living the resource degraded and damaged.

Information provided in the FLUP is valuable in reaching a decision on who can be the best resource manager for a particular area. With responsible and accountable tenure holder in place, intrusions and unauthorized use of the resource in what were once an “open access” will be mitigated if not stopped. It must be emphasized that allocation in the forestland areas does not imply a process of dividing the land for the sole purpose of handling them out to beneficiaries. Somewhat, it is a management tool for establishing accountabilities and promoting responsible and sustainable forest resource management.

The end goal is to harmonize the use of forestland and ensure that production activities in the uplands are in balance with forest protection and biodiversity conservation. It also assured that upland-lowland relationship within a ridge-to-reef framework is observed and sustained. The ridge-to-reef approach takes into consideration the interconnectedness of the ecosystem, from uplands to lowland and down to coastal areas. Everything that happens in the uplands will go down to the sea. This is an important consideration that an LGU should instill in mind in formulating and implementing the FLUP.

DENR Central Visayas worked hand in hand with the Technical Working Group created by the Local Government Units in the conduct of data gathering and on-site validation in order to come up with a realistic view of the forestland areas. The steering committee is formed to institutionalize partnership between DENR, LGU and FL stakeholders. The duration of the plan

As part of the intensive information drive on Solid Waste Management, DENR 7 Regional Public Affairs Office together with Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 Solid Waste Educators and Enforcers Team conduct Education and Information Campaign on Solid Waste Management and other DENR Priority Programs in Ubay National Science High School and Manga National High School on September 18-19, 2019.

The activity is part of the advocacy campaign initiated by the EMB to assist and augment the efforts of the local government parters in mobilizing the community to participate and get involve in matters related to addressing the garbage problem in the region.

Another IEC discussion will be conducted in Brgy. Lourdes, Panglao Island, Bohol; Negros Oriental on September 23-24; Cebu on October 2-3; and Siquijor on October 15-16, 2019.