FOREST MANAGEMENT SECTION
Programs and Projects Undertaken
This section is tasked to implement certain activities of the Integrated Social Forestry Program/ Community –Based Forestry/Program.
Integrated Social Forestry Program (ISFP)
The program seeks to reduce poverty, promote social justice and protect the environment through proper stewardship of the upland. The ENRO help the members through technical & community organizing, information drive & agro forestry development.
Community Based Forest Management Program (CBFMP)
This program aims to improve the well-being of forest-dependent communities; both indigenous people as well as migrant groups to ensure the sustainable management of forest lands by empowering these communities to rehabilitate, protect and develop the country’s forest. The activity is a joint project of LGU and DENR.
The DENR-devolved activities include monitoring & evaluation of Certificate of Stewardship Contract (CSC) holders to evaluate their performance in developing their farm lots as being stipulated in the contract. Provides technical assistance and services to upland farmers like agro-forestry development, training programs, extension & community organizing and infrastructure, livelihood and other program assistance.
A mini-forest nursery is being maintained to raise forest and fruit bearing tree seedlings purposely for distribution to interested individuals, NGOs schools/colleges/ universities, barangays and upland farmers for their tree planting activities. Reforestation is one of the major key to combat the worsening global warming and flooding in our locality.
MINES AND GEO-SCIENCES DEVELOPMENT
The mines unit seeks to encourage, promote the exploration, development and wise utilization of the mineral resources and to undertake the promotion of well-planned exploration development and systematic exploitation of mineral resources.
Mineral products found in Bataan are sand and gravel, basalt, boulders, armour rock and diatomaceous earth.
The activities being undertaken are:
a) Enforce small-scale mining laws subject to policies, standards and guidelines of the DENR
b) Inspection of proposed quarry sites
c) Issuance of permit to extract sand and gravel, boulders and other quarry resources.
d) Verification and adjudication of conflicts, collection of fees and charges for the extraction of sand, gravel, boulders and other quarry resources
At present, the quarry sites being monitored are located in Sitio Maluya, Central and Dangcol in Balanga City, Pantingan in Pilar, Sisiman in Mariveles, Sabang in Morong and in selected barangays in Dinalupihan.
Crushing plants are being monitored namely Acumen Construction and Development Corporation, Rockmix Inc., the New Bataan Concrete Products (BCP), and Rodelyn Builders Corporation.
PROTECTED AREAS, WILDLIFE AND COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT SECTION (PAWCZMS)
Protected Areas and Wildlife Section (PAWS) is basically one of the functions of the DENR devolved to the Local Government Unit. However, this Office has included the management of coastal zone as we are an active partner in different coastal development programs and projects of the Provincial Government through the years.
This section is concerned with the protection, management and conservation of protected areas such as parks and communal watersheds, of wildlife and their habitat and the coastal resources.
The activities being undertaken are:
- Protection and conservation of wildlife (flora and fauna) and other endangered species
- Preservation of wildlife habitat
- Sustainability through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaign
List of Endangered Species Found in the Philippines:
1. Phil. Eagle –Pithecopaga jefferyi
2. Phil. Eagle Owl- Bubo philippinses
3 Palawan Talking Myna- Gracula religiosa
4. Blue Naped Parrot- Tanygnathus lucionensis
5. Phil. Hawk Eagle- Spizeatus philippenses
6. Rufus Hornbill- Buceros hydrocorax
7. Phil. Cuckatoo- Cacatua haematuropygia
8. Reticulated Phyton- Phyton reticulatus
9. Tarsier- Tarsius syrichta
10. Binturong- Arctictis binturong
11. Green Sea Turtle- Chelonia mydas
12. Dugong- Dugong dugon
13. Phil. Pond Turtle- Siebenrockiella leytensis.
14. Phil. Sailfin Lizard- Hydrosaurus postulates
15. Phil Brown Deer- Cervus marianus.
16. Palawan Bearded Pig- Sus barbatus
17. Phil. Crocodile- Crocodylus mindorensis
18. Phil. Macaque- Macaca fascicularis
List of Endangered Pawikan Found in Bataan
1 Olive Ridley Turtle- Lipedochelys olivacea
2. Green Sea Turtle- Chelonia mydas
3. Hawksbill Turtle- Eretmochelys imbricata
List of Pawikan Conservation and Rescue Center in Bataan
1. Morong Bantay Pawikan and Conservation Center- Nagbalayong, Morong
2 Montemar Marine Turtle Hatchery- Bagac, Bataan
This Office is a strategic partner of PMO-BICMP in the implementation of coastal development programs such as coastal clean-up, mangrove planting and conduct of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign on Manila Bay Rehabilitation and other related activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SECTION
With the growing public awareness on environmental issues, it has been the governments concern to have a closer examination on the role and influence of man in its environment hence; new insights were noted as to the consequences of man’s activities in both rural and urban areas/environs.
Unregulated use and development of resources physical, biological or natural often resulted in adverse environmental impacts such as contamination of air and water, soil erosion and sedimentation.
Under this function, the following activities are being undertaken:
a) Enforcement of Pollution control and Environmental Protection laws, rules and regulation.
b) Acts on complaints on small and large scale piggeries and poultries.
c) Implementation of solid waste disposal and other environmental management system and services related to general hygiene and sanitation such as sewage and house waste disposal and proper waste disposal to piggeries and poultry.
d) Continuous IEC on Biogas technology to large and small scale piggery in the province.
e) Information Education & Communication (IEC) campaign on environmental protection awareness to different schools and universities
FOREST MANAGEMENT SECTION
1. What is the Integrated Social Forestry Program?
It is a people oriented program launched in July 28, 1982 by Letter of Instruction (LOI) 1260 designed to maximize land productivity and enhance ecological stability and improve the socio-economic condition of forest occupants and communities.
2. What are the objectives of the program
The program seeks to reduce poverty, promote social justice, and protect the environment through proper stewardship of the uplands.
3. What is a Stewardship Agreement?
This is a contract between the government and an upland farmer or forest community association or cooperative. It allows the holder peaceful occupation, possession, and sustainable management of the designated area.
4. What is Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) program?
The program aims to improve the well being of the forest-dependent communities, both indigenous peoples as well as migrant groups. Aims to ensure the sustainable management of forest lands by empowering these communities to rehabilitate protect and develop the forests.
Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Section
1. What is a Protected Area?
Protected area refers to identified portion of land and water set aside by reasons of their unique physical and biological significance managed to enhance biological diversity and protected against destructive human exploitation. Example: Bataan Natural Park, Roosevelt Protected Landscape, Mariveles Watershed etc
2 What is wildlife?
Wildlife means wild forms and varieties of flora and fauna, in all developmental stages, including those which are in captivity or are being bred or propagated. Example: wild deer, wild boar, wild plants like waling –waling, etc.
3. What does endangered species means?
Endangered species pertains to species or subspecies that is not critically endangered but whose survival in the wild is unlikely if the causal factors continue operating.
Mines and Geo-Sciences Section
1. What is the difference between mining and quarrying?
Mining is the act of excavation in the earth of precious stones and minerals like gold, silver and copper while quarrying means the process of extracting, removing and disposing of quarry resources found on or underneath the surface of public land.
2. What does minerals means?
Minerals refers to all naturally occurring inorganic substance in solid, gas, liquid or any intermediate state excluding energy materials such as coal petroleum, natural gas, radioactive materials and geothermal energy.
3. What are the mineral resources and quarry resources?
Mineral resource means any concentration of minerals/rocks with potential economic value whereas quarry resources refers to any common rock or other mineral substances as the Director of Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau may declare to be quarry resources such as , but not limited to , andesite, basalt, conglomerate, coral sand, diatomaceous earth, diorite, decorative stones, gabbro, granite, limestone, marble, marl, red burning clays for potteries and bricks, rhyolite, rock phosphate, sandstone, serpentine, shale ,tuff, volcanic cinders, and volcanic glass….
4. What is the difference between small scale and large scale mining/quarrying?
Under the provision of Phil. Mining Act, small scale quarrying covers only five (5.0) hectares and below, more than/ exceeding falls to a large scale quarrying.
5. Where to apply Quarry Permit?
Application of small scale quarrying is to the Provincial Government and for large scale is to the DENR-MGB R3.
6. Area covered by an application :
Small scale quarry – 5.0 has & below
Small scale mining – 20.0 has. & below
7. Ground for cancellation of quarry permit - violation of the terms and condition of the permit or agreement shall be sufficient ground for cancellation.
8. Theft of Mineral - under sec.103 of the Phil. Mining Act states that any person extracting minerals and disposing the same without a mining agreement, lease, permit, license, or steals minerals or ores or the products thereof from mines or mills or processing plants shall upon conviction, be imprisoned for six (6) months to six (6) years or pay a fine from Ten Thousand pesos (P 10,000.00) to Twenty thousand pesos ( P 20,000.00) or both at the discretion of the appropriate court.
9. Other violation of IRR of Phil. Mining Act shall constitute an offense punishable with fine not exceeding Five thousand pesos (P 5,000.00), such as transporting of materials without receipt & excavation of quarry resources without permit.
10. What is Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) – refers to the document issued by the government agency concerned certifying that the project under consideration will not bring about an unacceptable environmental impact and that the proponent has complied with the requirements of the environmental impact statement system.
11. What is Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - is the document which aims to identify, predict, interpret, and communicate information regarding changes in environmental quality associated with a proposed project and which examines the range of alternatives for the objectives of the proposal and their impact on the environment.
12. What is a biogas digester?
Biogas systems are most popular for their ability to produce fuel from products that might otherwise be wasted--crop residues, manures, etc. The fuel is a flammable gas suitable for cooking, lighting, and fueling combustion engines.
Biogas generators or digesters yield two products: The biogas itself and a semi-solid by-product called effluent or sludge.
The digested waste--sludge--is a high quality fertilizer. The digestion process converts the nitrogen in the organic materials to ammonium, a form that becomes more stable when plowed into the soil. Ammonium is readily "fixed” (bonded) in soil so that it can be absorbed by plants. In contrast, raw manure has its nitrogen oxidized into nitrates and nitrites, which do not "fix" well in soil and are readily washed away.
13. What are the benefits derive from a biogas digester?
BENEFITS OF BIOGAS TECHNOLOGY
A well-functioning biogas system can yield a whole range of benefits for their users, a society and the environment in general.
• Improves agro/agri-waste management
• Reduces build-up of manure solids in farm storage lagoons
• Recycles fiber for use as bedding or soil enhancements
• Processes nitrogen in liquid by-products making these similar in composition to commercial fertilizer thus more readily available for crops
• Captures and utilizes methane gas from manure making air of better quality (uncontrolled methane is a toxic greenhouse gas, 20 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide).
• Controls pathogenic bacteria in soil and surface water supplies.
• Lowers demand for natural gas and other finite supplies of fossil fuel thus saving precious pesos.
• Fully renewable.
REQUIREMENTS FOR QUARRY PERMIT
1 Survey Plan
2. Filing of Application (Duly notarized)
3. Picture of the area.
4. Consent/waiver form the lot owner if private land
5. Clearance from DENR if public land
6. Certificate of no objection from Barangay (Public consent)
7. Certificate of no objection from Municipal
8. Area clearance from MGB R-3
9. Field verification from MGB-R-3 Mining & Geodetic Engineer
10 Inspection report from ENRO
11. Initial Environmental Examination Report
12. ECC from EMB R-3
13. Environmental Management and work program
14. Endorsement of the Application from ENRO to the office of the Governor
15. Permit from the Governor.
Forest Mgt. Section
1. Letter request addressed to the Dept. Head indicating the purpose ( Include location and area to be planted for planting materials)
2. Request shall be acted upon receipt depending on the availability of the limited planting materials. Mines & Geo-science Section
Steps in processing of application:
1. Submission of survey plan w/ title if private property.
2. Filing of Application forms plus notary of the documents.
3. Secure area clearance of the project site – MGB-Region 3
4. Secure Certificate of NO OBJECTION
b. Municipality concern
5. Secure ECC from Environmental Mgt. Bureau, Region 3
6. Submission of Environmental Mgt. & Work Plan (EMWP) to ENR Office.
7. ENRO will conduct site inspection in connection of the EMWP submitted.
8. Endorsement letter from ENRO to the Governor’s Office for permit approval after the completion of the necessary requirements.
9. Approval of the Permit by the Governor
10. Payment of Extraction Fees to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office after the payment order prepared by the ENR Office.
11. Regular monitoring & documentation of the project operation by the ENRO.
12. Submission of accomplishment report of the proponent to the ENRO on a quarterly basis.
For more information you may contact us at :
Environment & Natural Resources Office
Address: Capitol Compound, San Jose, City of Balanga, Bataan
Tel.No.: (047) 237-2946