PENRO Palawan hosts 2nd RMC for CY 2016 
by: Deniel Salvador B. Morillo

2nd rmc 2016 with asec amaro copyThe Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office- Palawan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) -MIMAROPA Region hosted the second Regional Management Conference (RMC) for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 held at the Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last June 21-23.

PENR Officer of Palawan, Juan C. Dela Cruz, welcomed the delegates from the provincial and field offices and shared to them that the said RMC is the fifth to be hosted by PENRO Palawan in his more than ten years of service in the Office. He also wished the 44 participants an enjoyable stay in Palawan as he invited them to an opening dinner, held later that night at the PENR Office.

Headed by DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) Oscar C. Dominguez, the three-day conference was called to order and the provisional agenda was presented. The delegates agreed to include the Work and Financial Plan of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), and to move the discussion of the updates of the first semester targets vis-à-vis accomplishments to the third day, and the updates for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), the Busuanga Pasture Reserve (BPR), and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) on the second day. Karen P. Dagumampan, Project Evaluation Officer I of the Planning and Management Division (PMD), read the agreements arising from the previous Management Conference, held last March 16-17, 2016 at the Aroma Family Hotel and Resort Complex, Airport Road, San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, after the provisional agenda was approved. The first set of agenda that were discussed was regarding the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) rating and ranking, and the summary list of Individual Performance Ratings, both for CY 2016 by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARDMS) Nelson V. Gorospe. The last agendum to be discussed on the first day was regarding the validation results on the status of accomplishment of the National Greening Program (NGP) and other programs of the Region by the Chief of the Planning and Programming Section, Maria Melissa L. Endangan.

The presentation of the Information System Analyst II of the Information and Communication Technology Unit, Jermar D. Belen, of the Region and PENRO websites opened the second day of the quarterly event. The Guidelines on CY 2016 for the Service Excellence through Continuous Systems Innovation Monitoring and Evaluation (SECSIME) by the Internal Audit Services Focal Person, Dennis B. Valdez, the Re-echo/Re-orientation of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) by Chief Endangan, the Memorandum Circular (MC) Number 1, Series of 2016, entitled “Guidelines on the Grant of Performance- Based Bonus for Fiscal Year 2016 under Executive Order (EO) Numbers 80 and 201 by the Planning Officer II of the PMD, Analyn O. Domingo, the Updates on BPR by the In-Charge of the BPR, Alfred Lopez, the Updates on PPUR by Project Director Elizabeth Maclang, the Updates on PWRCC by Project Director Ronnie Sumiller, and the MC No. 5, Series of 2016, entitled “Revised Qualification Standard for Division Chief and Executive/Managerial Positions in the Second Level by ARDMS Gorospe were also tackled on that day.

The Assistant Secretary for Field Operations (ASFO) of DENR, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., joined the delegates on the third day of the Management Conference and abetted RD Dominguez in responding to the queries which were raised during the discussion of the agenda, such as the Updating of the first semester targets vis-à-vis accomplishment by the Chief of the Monitoring and Evaluation Section, Jarvis L. Valencia, the Ecosystem Research and Development Service (ERDS) Southern Luzon Chapter on the National Greening Program- Production of Quality Planning Materials (NGP-PQPM) Plantation and the Seed Production Area by the Center Head of the Land Management Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center (LAUFTeRC) of the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Lucena U. Mercado, and the updates on TRNP by Project Director Angelique Songco. Before discussing the last two remaining agenda, which were regarding the issues and concerns of the PENR and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Offices and the result of the Mid-year assessment by ARD Gorospe, the meeting was called to a halt by RD Dominguez to give way to the participant’s scheduled travel and lunch at the Bacungan River Cruise (BRC).

The discussion of the last two remaining agenda continued after the delegate’s lunch and tour at BRC. After which, Regional Director Dominguez adjourned the Regional Management Conference as he invited everyone to watch the Mutya ng Kalikasan MIMAROPA 2016 held on the eve of that day.


 

 

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DENR slaps criminal charge against Ipilan Nickel Corporation

 

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July 14, 2017. Puerto Princesa City. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through Brooke’s Point Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Conrado Corpuz, files today at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor a criminal charge against Ipilan Nickel Corporation for violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines.

The case filed by DENR involves a 1.7 hectare area out of the total 24-hectare forest cleared by Ipilan Nickel Corporation in Barangay Maasin, Brooke’s Point which DENR argues to be undoubtedly outside the company’s tree cutting permit.

DENR issued INC a special tree cutting permit in May 2016 as part of its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA). However, former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez cancelled INC’s environmental compliance certificate (ECC) on December 16, 2016, rendering its tree cutting permit invalid. INC argues its tree cutting permit remains valid.

“Granting without admitting that INC’s tree cutting permit was valid, DENR has a strong case against the company on the 1.7-hectare cleared area,” asserts DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino.

“This is just the first in a series of cases against INC,” says Corpuz. He said that DENR will also file other charges against INC upon completion of the inventory of the trees cut in the remaining 22.3 hectares. The onset of the rainy season and the huge number of felled trees has slowed down the retrieval and inventory of trees.

DENR is also investigating another violation – the construction of a mine yard road without clearance from DENR. Apart from this, Brooke’s Point Mayor Jean Feliciano is also batting to revoke the SEP (Strategic Environmental Plan) clearance issued by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development to INC.

“INC is criminally liable and Secretary Roy Cimatu wants to ensure that irresponsible miners do not get around the law,” says Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo B. Cayatoc referring to the Secretary’s instruction to not let INC off the hook.Further, President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on July 12, 2017 that mining companies must make up for the destructive impact of their operations on the livelihood of farmers and fishpond owners.

“With the string of cases facing INC, there is little chance it will be allowed to continue its mining operations,” adds Bernardino.

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