CALABARZON RDC Forest Park Established in Antipolo City, Rizal

CALABARZON RDC Forest Park Established in Antipolo City, Rizal

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          The Regional Development Council members recently sealed an agreement on the establishment of the Regional Development Council Forest Park located in Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal. It is located within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape and has a total area of 25 hectares.
This initiative is in support of the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022. The RDP hopes to intensify protection and sustainable management of forest, watershed, coastal and marine and land through the adoption of the ridge to reef approach. DENR IVA (CALABARZON) proposed the establishment of the forest park to support watershed rehabilitation in protected areas.



          DENR IVA prepared an Implementation Plan that will ensure an increase in forest cover in the next 5-10 years. The indigenous species to be planted with a distance of 4x5 meters (Prescribed planting distance as per FMB Technical Bulletin No. 10 Series of 2014) include Batino, Makaasim, other Dipterocarp, and Bamboo Species. Fruit trees such as mango, calamansi, lukban, lipote and kasoy will also be planted. Seedlings will be provided by DENR IVA, while PENRO Rizal shall provide the technical assistance during the implementation of the project. The LGU of Antipolo will secure the area during the establishment. Each RDC member will have a specific site to adopt. Volunteer members will conduct maintenance activities that include: strip brushing/ ring weeding, staking, hole digging, and hauling. A 10-meter fire line will be established and flowering plants will also be planted along the boundaries of the parcels. The community in the area is entitled to possible harvesting and utilization later on.



Highlights of RED Gilbert C. Gonzales' Message during the DENR CALABARZON New Year's Call on January 6, 2020

Jan 23


             DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales begins his message by acknowledging the 2019 accomplishments of CALABARZON officials as he called the names of the Regional Directors for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environment and Management Bureau (EMB), Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs) as well as the Division heads, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) together with their Technical Services Division (TSD) and Management Services Division (MSD) Heads. He mentioned that most of the key officials had served the DENR for a longer period, thus, became experts and legends in accomplishing the targets of Region IV-A. Noting that all officials of CALABARZON are indeed responsible and dependable.


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