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Municipal Government of Minglanilla, Cebu and DENR Central Visayas inked MOA to protect forests

With the preservation of its forest one of top priorities, the Minglanilla Municipal Government through Mayor Rajiv Enad signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to craft and implement a Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP).

While the management of the country’s natural resources rests primarily on the DENR, the Municipal Government also shares in the responsibility.

Minglanilla is home to the country’s first reforestation project which is more than a century old.

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In the MOA signed this afternoon by Mayor Rajiv and DENR 7 Director Pacquito Melicor Jr., they agreed to “formulate and legitimize” the FLUP.

The FLUP will define the strategies “to conserve the forest and water biodiversity resources” in Minglanilla, to ensure the sustainable development of the forest and forest reserves in the town for today’s use and “for generations yet to come.”

“With this memorandum of agreement with DENR as well as implementing and releasing our forest land use plan for the next ten years. We hope that Minglanilla’s development will be sustainable in the next ten years,“ Mayor Rajiv said.

Witnesses in the ceremony were the Municipal Council headed by Vice Mayor Lani Peña, Atty. Jesus “Boyet” Velez, chairman for the environment committee, Irene O. Anonar, MLGOO, Charlie E. Fabre OIC- Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis PENRO, Raul C. Pasoc CENRO, and Engr. Ivanlee Montejo, MENRO.
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DENR7 Regional Executive Driector Paquito D. Melicor, Jr graced the inauguration and blessing of the Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (AECTF) Monitoring Station in Bulwang, Mabinay, Negros Oriental last Oct. 14, 2022.


RED Melicor thanked the donor of the modular van- type building, Mr. Reynald Uy of DUCOMI Dumaguete City and acknowledged the collective effort of the people behind the successful installation of the AECTF monitoring station.

He said the station will serve as a checkpoint station of the multisectoral team specially created to enforce the full and strict implementation of environmental laws and regulations.


The event was attended by partner agencies Philippine Army 11th IB, Philippine National Police Mabinay Station and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, LGU Mabinay, and BLGU Bulwang.


CENRO TALIBON, BOHOL: A Multi-Partite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), DENR, and among other 24 partners from NGAs, CSOs, Academe, LGU, religious groups, civic organizations, and private sectors was signed to legally bind and give full support to the “Trees for Unity Program”.

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Present at the event were signatories Regional Executive Director of DENR-7, RED Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. and Bohol Governor Honorable Erico Aristotle Aumentado and the rest of the partners and representatives finalized the agreement in a ceremony held on September 28 at 9:00 am at the Ceremonial Hall, New Capitol Building, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The Bohol’s Trees for Unity Program aims to unite and mobilize Boholano citizens in protecting, conserving, and managing its environment and natural resources. Moreover, it is a collective effort and action among these entities to respond to the need to rehabilitate, restore, protect and conserve the damaged Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) plantations brought by typhoon Odette and the remaining denuded forestland within the province.

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Furthermore, this program will establish an initial 100 hectares in San Vicente, Ubay, Bohol which will be divided among the named partners.

 Among these are the partners include: the Office of 1st District Representative Atty. Edgar M. Chatto, Office of the 2nd District Representative Maria Vanessa C. Aumentado, Office of the 3rd District Representative Alexie B. Tutor; Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation of Bohol, Local Government of Ubay, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-47IB, Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO), Bohol Island State University (BISU), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Brotherhood Christian for Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), Community Based Forest Management Agreement Federation of Bohol (CBFMAFB), Bohol Small Scale Mining Asso. (BSSMA), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Agrarian (DAR-BOHOL), Department of Agriculture (DA-BOHOL), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-BOHOL), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-BOHOL), Department of Education (DEPED-BOHOL), Philippine Coast-Guard (PCG), Philippine Port Authority (PPA), Alturas Group of Companies, Enhanced National Greening  Program (ENGP), Bohol Quality (BQ), PhilHealth, Society of Filipino Forester Inc. (SFFI-Bohol Chapter) and LGU-Ubay.

We are one with the globe in celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup with this year’s theme “Fight for Plastic-Free Seas, Pilipinas: Ending the Flow of Trash at the Source”. ICC Philippines is supported through Presidential Proclamation 470 signed by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo on September 15, 2003 declaring every third Saturday of September each year as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.
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With its mission to help clean the seas, rivers, and waterways, and to raise awareness of the growing marine debris problem, ICC requires volunteers not only the collection of litter but also to identify and record collected trash on the Data Card. The data generated from all over the participating countries will be encoded in a database for further study and analysis by pollution specialists.
DENR Central Visayas as the lead agency collaborated with the City and Local Government Units and tap all stakeholders and partners for today’s cleanup activity.
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With 3,647 number of individuals and 43 civic groups spread in more than 20 sites region wide, the central visayas volunteers collected around 742 sacks with an estimated 5,060.2 kg of mostly plastic products, beverage bottles, kid and adult pads, styrofoams, and other household wastes. (More data and information to follow) #IkawAkoKitaAngKalikupan #TayoAngKalikasan #ICC2022

Last September 7, 2022- A MOA signing was held at the Provincial Capitol in Tagbilaran City on the Creation of the Bohol Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef Management Council (BDBDBRMC). This Agreement enters between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resouces (BFAR), Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) and the 10 Local Government Units of Tubigon, Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, Getafe, Talibon, Trinidad, Bien-Unido, Ubay and Pres. Carlos P.Garcia, Bohol.

This MOA serves as the guiding instrument of the members of the council and stakeholders in the province of Bohol in the proper management, protection, and conservation of Danajon (danawon) bank double barrier reef that has been serving as a breeding and nursery area for various marine organisms and fishing grounds for centuries and has helped ensure food security for the Central and Eastern Visayas communities while exhibiting considerable ecotourism potential.

Governor Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado on his statement “that it is a fresh start in protecting and conserving the Danajon double barrier reef and he will make sure that other provinces like Cebu, Southern Leyte, and Leyte will join the band and will help safeguard the nearly one million people who live directly in the vicinity of the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef that relies on its resources for sustenance and livelihood”.

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Present of the MOA signing are Governor Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado of the Provincial Government of Bohol, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. represented by PENRO Ariel N. Rica, CENRO Richard N. Abella, CENRO Elena , Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Dr. Allan L. Poquita represented by Candido Samijon, LGU-Tubigon by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. William R. Jao, LGU-Clarin by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Eugeniano Ibarra, LGU-Inabanga by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Jose Jono Jumamoy, LGU-Buenavista by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Dave D. Duallo, LGU-Getafe by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Cary M. Camacho, LGU-TAlibon by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Janette A. Garcia, LGU-Trinidad by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Roberto C. Cajes, LGU-Bien Unido by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Rene B. Borenaga, LGU-Ubay by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Constantino H. Reyes and LGU-Pres. Carlos P. Garcia by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Fernando B. Estavilla, 2nd District Representative Cong. Maria Vanessa C. Aumentado, Representative of Cong. Edgar M. Chatto and Representative of Cong. Alexie Tutor.

Danajon (also known as "Dawahon") Double Barrier Reef, composed of an outer reef and an inner reef, is one of six (6) in the world and the only documented Double Barrier Reef in the Philippines and South East Asia, with over 272 (27,200 ha) with a total coastline of 699 km and comprising over 1% of the Philippines' total coral reef area is bounded by the Provinces of Cebu, Leyte, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and the City of Lapu-Lapu, which through the coastal LGUs in the area, share administrative jurisdiction.

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The coastal communities bordering the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef ecosystem rank among the most densely populated in the country and are threatened by impending climate change impacts are some of the underlying factors that are contributing to poverty, malnutrition, and climate vulnerabilities in these communities so that integrated resource protection, conservation, rehabilitation, and management approach that incorporates population management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation measures as a strategy for sustainable development is therefore deemed necessary.

The most significant problem concerning the Danajon Double Barrier Reef is the lack of a collaborative governance framework leading to uncoordinated management of an important ecosystem leading to significant gaps in law enforcement resulting in rampant destructive fishing practices, economic development, capacities, adaptation to climate change impacts, and education and advocacy for relevant stakeholders, hence this agreement was initiated and formalized.