Regional Releases

Building on the momentum of its successful distribution of land patents last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas has increased its target of distributing land patents to 4,478.

The target will cover residential free patents with 2,728 and agricultural free patents, 1,750.

Of the total residential patents, around 893 will be distributed in Antique, 998 in Iloilo, 406 in Aklan and 150 in Capiz.

Provincial distribution of agricultural free patents, on the other hand, is broken down as follows: Aklan with 700; Antique, 400; Capiz, 200; Iloilo, 300; and Guimaras, 150.

In 2016, the regional office was able to distribute a total of 2, 861 residential patents and 1,181 agricultural patents, thereby exceeding its annual targets by 4 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

“Our goal to provide the legal and rightful beneficiaries their much-deserved land titles has always been an important component of DENR mandate. This is not only to ensure that the country’s land resources are equitably distributed but also in alleviating the plight of our rural communities, particularly the farmers, as they now have all the opportunity and the motivation of introducing improvements in their lands to generate economic gains,” said DENR-Region 6 Director Jim O Sampulna.

The distribution of residential free patents is pursuant to Republic Act 10023, also known as “An Act of Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents for Residential Lands” while that of agricultural patents is provided for under Commonwealth Act 141 or the Public Land Act, as amended, which aims to promote social justice and industrialization. ###

Various stakeholders of the Laguna Lake, including local government units (LGUs), have joined hands with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of country’s largest lake using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach in a 2-day convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.

"One of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is not only to plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," DENR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.

Mendoza sought the cooperation of the various stakeholders present during the convergence workshop, such as non-government organizations and LGU representatives, saying that the implementation of SIADM by the DENR “will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".

DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained the SIADM approach as one of key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez to attain improved quality of life and sustainable environment, which calls for convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of the Laguna area.

Laguna de Bay is one of the 29 priority areas in the country for the implementation of the SIADM approach. Its selection was in consonance with President Rodrigo Duterte's instruction to transform the lake "into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution".

The convergence workshop included presentations and lectures on the following: planting and marketing of bamboo and other high-value crops by Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro of Agham Party List; Laguna de Bay Basin master plan by Cesar R. Quintos of the Laguna Lake Development Authority; legal framework for the management of Laguna Lake by Atty. Rolando R. Recto of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc.; local solutions to waste in the Philippines by Zero Waste Program Manager Shelley S. Carbonel; and guidelines in the implementation of SIADM by Usec Mendoza. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo leads the signing of the Declaration of Support for the National Implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) as a strategy for achieving sustainable development during the National REDD+ Congress held September 12-15, 2016 in Macrohon, Southern Leyte.  ###

DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca proudly presents a Certificate of Commendation to SPO2 Necias C. Bebit, Jr. of the Philippine National Police in Region 8, for his role in various operations relative to the enforcement of environment and natural resources laws and policies.  Also in photo is DENRRegion 8 Asst. Director for Technical Services Carlito M. Tuballa. ###

Women members of people’s organizations in Eastern Visayas are honored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 8 for their leadership in rallying their respective communities in protecting and sustainably managing their environment and natural resources. Standing proudly with their certificates of recognition are: (from left) Myrna Valdez, president of Mahagnao Rural Workers Development Association in Mahagnao, Leyte, and Imelda Abadines and Carmelita A. Paloma, both members of the Bogo Women's Association in Southern Leyte. The recognition rites was held coinciding with the 29th DENR anniversary on June 10, 2016. ###