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2020-Annual Report Kalinga

KALINGA ANNUAL REPORT CY 2020
Another activity for the year was the identification and establishment of
Critical Habitat at Mt. Binaratan, Tanudan, Kalinga.

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Biodiversity Monitoring System

The Biodiversity Monitoring System has been designed to contribute to
the improved conservation and sustainable use of forest, freshwater and marine
wetlands. The backbone of this system is regular collecting of data on natural
biological resources and their utilization in protected areas. In this way changes
in the numbers of wild plants and animals and in the use of the park can be
monitored. That is why the system is called a monitoring system.

The objectives of conducting Biodiversity Monitoring System within
protected areas is to know the status of biodiversity if vulnerable, endangered
or critically endangered, to know if management intervention had the intended
impact on the ecosystem and to know if there are increased benefits to local
communities from sustainable natural resource use.

The BMS Team was able to effectively conduct a quarterly BMS within
the PA of the BPL. The said team is composed of the PAMBCU staff with the
assistance of the Forest Protection Officers, Biodiversity Brigade Volunteer and
Park Rangers assigned at the protected area. Hence the PAMBCU of CENRO
Pinukpuk has submitted four (4) BMS reports ahead of time for CY 2020

The BMS Team conducting Biodiversity Monitoring within the BPL

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Map showing the Biodiversity Management System

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Conduct of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP)
Survey under Communication, Education, Participation and
Awareness (CEPA)

Another activity is the conduct of KAP. The objectives of
KAP survey is to establish a new set of baseline data with regards
to knowledge, perception, attitude and practices of stakeholders
on biodiversity, ecosystems and the different communication
channels they have access to, for the development of PA plans
and to provide additional indicators to consider in monitoring and
evaluating the effectiveness of the communication approaches of
these plans.

The collected data from completed interviews from the
three barangays were validated and consolidated and finally
encoded in the KAP survey spread sheet file. A total of 103
respondents successfully answered in the KAP survey with their
answers encoded in the spread sheet file.

Photos showing the conducted survey

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Implementation of the Magangab Cave Management Plan
The province of Kalinga, specifically the Municipality of Balbalan is

blessed with several caves which exhibit unique features. Many of these caves
are familiar to nearby local folks and never have been visited by tourist from
other places. This is the reason that these caves have remained undisturbed
and pristine. One of these caves is the Magangab Cave located in Tawang,
Balbalan which is a natural cave adorned with beautiful rock formations having
an underground river.

The Magangab cave management plan was developed and prepared by
the Department of Environment Natural Resources with the assistance from the
Department of Tourism, and participatory approach from the Local Government
Unit of Balbalan, Barangay Local Government Unit and stakeholders of Brgy.
Tawang Balbalan Kalinga.

In coordination with DENR, CENRO Pinukpuk, the DOT Regional Office
and Provicial Tourism Office and Municipal Tourism Office of Balbalan will
facilitate the appropriate design of facilities such as rest shed, kiosk, picnic
areas, camping sites, pathways, drinking facilities and visitor’s area pursuant to
DENR Administrative Order No. 2009-09. For this CY 2020, the construction of
a footpath with steps and railings towards the entrance of the Magangab Cave
was facilitated in coordination with all concerned parties as stipulated in the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the Magangab
Cave Management Plan.

Construction of pathway/trail going to Magangab Cave

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Wetlands management

DENR Kalinga not just only focusing in the forest management but also
the protection of rivers, swamps and even lakes. All personnel conducted their
own activities in the clean up along rivers and creeks and even along the
roads near the river banks. We also celebrated Wetlands Day through clean
up within sources of water such as rivers and creeks.

Wildlife Conservation
Regular Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) is conducted in the Banao

Protected Landscape to ensure the condition of the wild flora and fauna thriving
in the area. The presence of volunteer brigades, enforcement staff and park
ranger conducting patrolling in the area prevent the illegal wildlife collection and
hunting. Likewise, conducting of IEC on biodiversity conservation to the
adjacent communities to raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity in
their area.

Scaling Up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program
The DENR initiated conduct of river clean-up drive activities to the

communities was suspended for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clean-up drives were initiated by the barangay in a small group. The office
however is very persistent in integrating IEC regarding proper solid waste
disposal during community meetings so that they will not end up in the coastal
areas.

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Geohazards, Groundwater Assessment and Responsible Mining
The following activities conducted by the Embedded MBG personnel as
follows:

1. Ocular Geologic Inspection/ Investigation of a proposed lot for a senior
citizen building at Aciga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga last January 23, 2020.

Ocular Geologic Inspection/Investigation at Aciga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga
2. Ocular Geologic Inspection of a lot proposed for a senior citizen

building at Taga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

Ocular Geologic Inspection of a lot proposed as
Senior Citizen Building

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3. Ocular monitoring of sand and gravel extraction activities within the cal-

owan line at Wagud, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

Monitoring of Sand and Gravel Extraction activities at
Wagud, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

4. Conduct of Geohazard Assessment at Taga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

Geohazard Assessment at Taga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

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2. Foreign-Assisted Project
INTEGRATED NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT
PROGRAM (INREMP)

For the year, INREMP activities focused more on maintenance of 2015-
2017 NRM and conservation farming. Aside from this, equipment purchased
last year under LES were also maintained for the year.

The Component 2 focused on the Conservation, Rehabilitation and
protection of Sub-projects. The main activities concentrated on the maintenance
and protection of the plantation awarded for CY 2016, CY 2017 and CY 2018
including the conservation and protection of the remaining forest area. These
are such as Community-Based Protection and Monitoring (CBPM),
Reforestation, Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), Agroforestry and
Commercial Tree Plantation and Conservation Farming. It also includes the
implementation of the Livelihood Enhancement Support (LES).

Under the NRM established plantations, the plantation areas regularly
monitored by the assigned Site Management Officers. They assisted the
beneficiaries in the conduct of maintenance and protection to make sure that
the beneficiaries will comply. Replanting also conducted to those areas with low
survival during the rainy season. The activities now in the plantations mainly
focused on maintenance and protection. The Site Management Officers have
kept on monitoring their respective areas to make sure that the beneficiaries did
their part on their plantations. Assistance or guidance always given to the
beneficiaries so that the Project implemented well to have a fruitful outcome.

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2015 NRM
2016 NRM
2017 NRM

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Conservation Farming

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Livelihood Enhancement Services (LES)

LES 1 under CAL-OWAN WMU
PO – ABCD Farmers Association

Procurement of 1 unit Thresher & 1 unit Hand Tractor w/
construction of Shed
Turn over ceremony of the LES1 Project of DENR-INREMP Kalinga
to Partner PO
Sept. 04, 2020 @ Malin-awa, Tabuk City

LES 1 under PITA WMU
PO – Malin-awa Farmers Association
Construction of MPDP with Ware house

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Livelihood Enhancement Support package were all procured and
delivered to the different People’s Organizations for this year. The inspection
team encouraged the beneficiaries to maintain and give extra care to the
facilities for its long time use. All the procured and delivered farm machineries
and facilities to the different People’s Organizations were already operational.

Photos showing the Livelihood Enhancement Support (LES)

Operation of the Mini Thresher awarded to Poswoy Indigenous Farmers Multi-Purpose Association

Operation of the Mini Thresher awarded to KALIPI Ab-abaan Organization

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3. Gender and Development (GAD)

GAD activities such as orientation was conducted on every offices
participated by all employees. INREMP also conducted their GAD activities.
During the orientation, it was emphasized to promote gender equality in all
aspects. Development is for all in the same opportunities.

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PHOTOS ON GAD ACTIVITIES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF CENRO-PINUKPUK, KALINGA
Photos during the Saltan River Clean-up and World Wetlands Day Celebration on Feb. 03,

2020

PHOTOS DURING THE WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION ON MARCH 3, 2020
AT CENRO PINUKPUK, KALINGA

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GAD Activities of CENRO Tabuk

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D. Result/Outcomes
Assessment of stakeholders’ responses to the programs
implemented; participation, compliance, adoption, enforcement,
utilization of outputs provided

a. With the continuous implementation of the National Greening
Program, people’s organizations and community residents were well
informed of the program and many are still willing to participate. Most
of them also request that their private lots (A & D) be included under
NGP since they lack financial resource to develop their own lots.
Further, those individually developed NGP sites are hopeful that they
be given individual tenurial instrument as security and as basis for
harvesting later on.

b. Concerning disposition of public lands, numerous requests from
individuals/families had received for verification on status of their
lands areas in order to subject for public land survey and eventual
titling. The importance of obtaining appropriate tenurial instruments
had the clamor of many stakeholders as a way to avoid problems of
land conflicts.

c. In the management of the protected areas, communities within the
PA became more motivated to be involved in the conservation and
protection of the PA. Many are willing to join as the Park Volunteer
Brigade and participate on other significant activities to preserve
biodiversity in the PA.

d. The intensive IEC in the ground regarding the effect of illegal cutting
of trees draw response from communities by giving tips to apprehend
forest violators.

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D. Significant progress or Milestones
Though this year has been a tough situation, still there are significant
progress that this office has been attained. This includes the adoption
and legitimization of the Forest land Use Plan of the Balbalan
Municipality. The legitimization of the plan was made possible with the
close coordination, efforts and support of the LGU Balbalan.

As to Forest protection, about fifty-three (53%) percent of
apprehended forest products have decreased for this year compared to
the apprehensions for CY 2019. This proves the effectiveness of the
numerous activities done by the office, among others are, the intensive
IEC campaign especially the active participation of the OIC, CENRO and
the Forest Protection Unit during the barangay assemblies, Barangay
Peace and Action Team (BPAT) meeting to discuss Environmental
Protection conforms may have contributed to the decrease of
apprehensions or illegal logging activities. The involvement of forest
communities in forest protection works and active collaboration with
other national agencies, LGU, BLGU and uniform personnel contributed
to the decrease of illegal logging incidences. The visibility of Forest
Guards in the FPMS, the IEC on Forest conservation being done by other
personnel of the office during field visits also contributed to the lessened
incidence of illegal logging activities.

Under the protected area, the BPL has been recommended to be
established under the E-NIPAS under the category of Protected
Landscapes which is now on step no. 10 among the 11 steps towards its
declaration as a protected area. For its passage into a law, a House Bill
No. 7419 was introduced by Hon Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang entitled “An
act declaring the Banao Protected Landscape situated in Barangays
Balbalasang, Talalang and Pantikian, all in the Municipality of Balbalan,
Province of Kalinga as a protected area under the category of protected
landscape providing for its management and for other purposes” has
passed its first reading during the committee meeting on Nov. 19, 2020
at the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives at
the Batasan Complex, Quezon City.

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E. Policy and Implementation Issues and Actions Taken

Issues Actions Taken

Implementation

COVID-19 pandemic Work from home scheme and
alternative work arrangements to
accomplish the targets following
the minimum health protocols

No Instrument for the Execution of Rented instrument to private entity
PLS Survey but payment was denied. Able to
borrow equipment from CENRO-
Paracelis on a later part of the year

In availability of vehicle in Sometimes military truck and
transporting illegally cut forest other agency vehicle such as
products and immediately haul DPWH were used to hauled the
seized undocumented forest undocumented forest product.
product However, the trucks are not
always available.

Poor Internet signal for mobile data

No internet connection which is The personnel go to PENRO
very needed during this pandemic where internet is available and
were new modes of with strong signal
communications,
trainings/seminars and meetings
are online-based

Very limited remaining area Land management service
classified as Alienable and personnel entered MOA to
Disposable Land (A & D) wherein CENRO-Tabuk to allow CENRO-
almost all the A & D lands now Pinukpuk look for potential areas
applied and covered with free at the municipality of Tanudan for
patent titling in order to meet target on
land disposition this year

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Slow responsiveness of some PO KALINGA ANNUAL REPORT CY 2020
members over targets under
INREMP resulting to low Intensive efforts to enforce the
accomplishment especially on beneficiaries to accomplish their
financial performance. Due to targets and continue coaching
several concerns such as culture, process to POs and beneficiaries.
prioritization of planting short-term Likewise, continue giving
crops than planting of forest trees. warnings to non-compliant
Some identified areas are located beneficiaries.
in inaccessible and far areas
making difficulty in monitoring and
extending closer assistance to
partners

Policy

Difficulty in harvesting trees in Conduct inventory ,survey and

private plantations established in prepare necessary documents for

forest land areas consideration at Regional Office

Difficulty in harvesting trees in non-
tenured plantation areas funded by
the government

No stiff penalty specified in the Issued letter to the PO reminding
MOA of previously established them to continue maintain their
NGP plantations plantation even without funds from
the office

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IV. TABLES AND ANNEXES

 Physical and Financial Accomplishments as of
December 31, 2020

 List of Patentees under RFPA, FPA, and titled
under Government Lots

 Lists of Apprehensions/Confiscations for CY 2020
 Revenue Generation for the year

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V. PROSPECTS FOR CY 2021

 Forest Management

a. Continue intensifying IEC at the barangay level for the protection
of tenured and untenured forestland areas;

b. Continue producing seedlings in the nurseries since there are
individuals requesting for them to improve their lands through
planting of trees.

c. Continue restoration activities of NGP sites especially those with
low survival rates with the assistance of Bantay Gubats;

d. Continue conducting inventory of growing plantations especially
under forest zone areas as basis for future utilization. Individuals
with harvestable plantations in forest zone areas have difficulties
in availing cutting permits.

e. Continue issuance of tenurial instruments
f. Development of arboretum within the NGP site for educational

purposes.
g. Constant monitoring, assessment and mentoring in every phase

of work in the establishment of new plantations shall be
undertaken by the NGP staff.
h. In previously established plantations, conduct of continuous fuel
reduction activities as preventive measure against plantation
burnings.
i. Site Managers to exert best effort to conduct IEC and regular visit
of the assigned areas to remind POs of their obligations in the M
& P of their graduated areas.

 Lands Sector

a. Plotting of all approved surveys on A and D shapefiles
through AutoCad form to determine available A and D in our
area of jurisdiction

b. Preparation of LMS Base Map in our area of jurisdiction

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 Biodiversity Management
a. Improvement/landscaping of the PA building including
fencing of the PA vicinity/compound
b. Instill volunteerism to the Forest Protection Officers hired
under CBPM-INREMP to continue forest patrolling and
protection of the BPL even the funding support under
INREMP will end.
c. Improve strategies on Biodiversity Conservation and
protection
d. Continue intensified IEC/CEPA on R.A.9147, R.A 9003 and
other related laws
e. Improve analysis on BMS
f. Conduct of resource inventory thru site sampling
g. Continue strengthen PAMB Operation
h. Strategize more involvement of all sectors/stakeholders
including youth and OSY in all the programs, projects and
activities of the DENR especially on the Protected Area

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