BAGUIO CITY, April 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Cordillera presented its activities and pipe-lined projects under the Agency’s 10 priority programs during a media forum.
Secretary Roy Cimatu recently set the top environmental priorities namely clean air; clean water; solid waste management; Geohazard, groundwater assessment and responsible mining; Forest and watershed management; Intensified forest protection and anti-illegal logging; Enhanced biodiversity conservation; Scaling up of coastal and marine ecosystem; Improved land administration and management, and Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
DENR Regional Director Ralph Pablo, in a “Kapihan para sa Kalikasan” media forum here, said there are already implemented and lined-up projects in the region for the top 10 priority programs for the environment.
For clean air, the BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay) air shed action plan is being implemented while monitoring on compliance of firms/industries and maintenance/calibration of air quality monitoring stations are continuing programs, Pablo reported.
For clean water, DENR-CAR already finished the profiling and classification of 36 water bodies in the region. Only the Ikmin River in Abra remains unfinished.
Moreover, there are already Water Quality Management Area (WQMA) action plans adopted for Balili, Bued and Upper Amburayan rivers.
For Geo-hazard, ground water assessment and responsible mining, Pablo said that assessment of three ground water resources are set for this year in Abra, Apayao and Kalinga in line with the implementation of anti-illegal mining programs and monitoring of implementation/compliance on issued mining permits/contracts.
Meanwhile, on forest and watershed management and protection, DENR-CAR is continuing the enhanced national greening program, forest management program and the integrated natural resources and environmental management program. It also intensified its anti-illegal logging efforts.
On enhanced biodiversity conservation, Pablo talked about establishment of protected areas, assessment and classification of caves; development of eco-tourism areas and inventory/mapping of inland wetlands.
With Cordillera as a land lock region, DENR-CAR is working for the scaling-up of coastal and marine resources.
For Land Administration and Management, DENR-CAR is into enhancing processing and issuance of residential and agricultural free patents through the improved LAM guidelines.
For disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation, DENR- CAR is focusing on watershed characterization and vulnerability assessment and preparations of forest land use plan.
On top of the 10 priority programs, Pablo outlined that DENR-CAR as caretaker of “watershed cradle of the North”, continues to work on its primary mandate to sustainably manage and protect the watersheds, mineral resources, distinct flora and fauna, and the environment including other unique natural resources in the region. Carlito C. Dar (EDT/CCD-PIA CAR)