Elementary Schools in Oriental Mindoro commit to fight Climate Change

By: Deniel Salvador B. Morillo

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Roxas Central School (RCS), San Mariano Elementary School (SMES), and Julio R. Hernandez Memorial Elementary School (JRHMES), all in Oriental Mindoro, committed to fight Climate Change in response to the Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Lecture on Climate Change headed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) MIMAROPA Region.


Supported by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Oriental Mindoro and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) of the Province, the IEC Lecture was conducted in RCS and SMES last October 19, 2016 and in JRHMES last October 20, 2016.


The four-fold lecture was composed of the following topics: Climate Change and Changing Perception, What the Youth can do for Climate Change, Effects of Climate Change to Biodiversity, and the Promotion of the Eco-School Search. These topics were discussed by Amor D. Asi, Forester III and Chief of the Conservation and Development Section, Jyferson A. Villapa, Communication Development Officer I, and Deniel Salvador B. Morillo, IEC Specialist, assisted by Jayhne Maeritz Barcenal, Information Officer I, Anabelle Castillo, Forest Technician II, Jose Maria Montecarlo Fontanilla, Forest Technician I/Designated IEC Officer, Josephine Lovella Malijan, Administrative Aide 6, and Project Support Staffs Sandro E. Angelo, Ma. Christina Marciano, Kenneth E. Pudiquet, and Ma. Carmila Ramirez.


SMES’ Principal Pilipinas Gadon- Ramos, among the different representatives of the schools who shared their best practices and commitments to fight Climate Change in agreement to the lectures conducted, cited that their school was one of the finalists in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools where they placed third. Principal Ramos further expressed the school’s continuous efforts to sustain and improve the strategies handed to them by the school’s previous administration, like their greening program, paper conservation program, and livelihood program by tapping the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. The students from the different schools also took pictures of themselves holding placards with different advocacies and green statements to show their commitment and support to the battle against climate change.


Similar lectures are still to be conducted in the following month in consonance to Proclamation number 1160 series of 2015 declaring November 25 of every year as the National Day for Youth in Climate Action.

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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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