Ombudsman Dismisses Alleged In-action Complaint Against DENR-NCR



The Office of the Ombudsman, in its decision dated September 5, 2013 and received on September 24, 2013 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) dismissed the complaint lodged against DENR-NCR Land Management Officers.


The grievance stemmed from the complaint of Mr. Antonio Bicare, et. al, of  Rolling Hills, Purok 7, Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, dated August 6, 2013, for alleged inaction on their complaint against a certain corporation who allegedly registered the land they have been occupying and tilling for more than 30 years.


In a conference called by the Office of the Ombudsman on September 4, 2013 which was attended by complainants Rosito, Rodolfo and Lourdes all surnamed Bicare and a certain Nestor Luching, Mr. Florencio Chavez and Mr. Sonny Encela of DENR-NCR explained that based on their research, the complaint cannot be acted upon since the lot they are claiming are titled properties belonging to private individuals, therefore, it is no longer within the DENR’s jurisdiction.


For clarification, Chavez and Encela, advised the complainants to request copy of the Survey Plan of the subject lots from the Land Registration Authority (LRA). They were also directed to the Tax Mapping Division of the Assessor’s Office in Quezon City for further verification of the lots ownership and actual location and to inquire whether the registered owners have been paying the real property taxes. If the registered owners are delinquent in paying, the complainants were advised to seek the assistance of the Local Government Units of Quezon City for further guidance on the matter.


Also cleared were DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin and Land Management Services Technical Director Arturo E. Fadriquela.


Director Andin congratulated the DENR-NCR land management officers for the valuable assistance extended to the pleased complainants. She also thank the Office of the Ombudsman, particularly Atty. Julita S. Manalac-Calderon, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer III and Bureau Director Marlyn Torres Galvez for the effective handling and speedy resolution of the case.  


Public service is the paramount concern of DENR-NCR, Andin said. We always strive for the best for the satisfaction of our customers, she added.





DENR To Launch Conservation Areas along the Manila Bay in NCR



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) through the Coastal Marine Management Division (CMMD) organized a consultative meeting to address other conservation areas along Manila Bay in NCR particularly in Malabon and Navotas.


Ms. Teresa Salanguit, CMMD Chief said that stakeholders had their consultative meeting last September 2, 2013, Monday at Malabon City Hall Penthouse to deliberate the on-going project of conserving the proposed areas within Navotas City and Malabon City.


Brgy. Tanza Marine Tree Park in Navotas City and the Chungkang-Batasan-Dampalit Wetlands in Malabon City were the two proposed conservation areas.

Their main objectives are to conserve the remaining pockets of biodiversity along Manila Bay in the cities of Navotas and Malabon and to create awareness among the stakeholders on present conservation policy and laws, explained Regional Technical Director Donna Mayor Gordove of Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS).


Navotas City's 29.47-hectare stretch accommodating old stands of mangroves and the only remaining area in Metro Manila, is to help better restore the ecosystem's environmental services and protect the Philippine fishing capital from climate change.


It was also stressed that the mangroves within the Brgy. Tanza Marine Tree Park is specially designated as a conservation area both in the Brgy. Tanza Development Plan and the updated Navotas City Comprehensive Land Use Plan.


In a report to DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Neria A. Andin, agreement reached by the stakeholders’ is that the two proposed areas will be treated separately in terms of conservation and that the Brgy. Tanza Marine Tree Park will be raised into a Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area while the Chungkang-Batasan-Dampalit Wetlands will be designated as a Mangrove Heritage Area.


Brgy. Tanza Marine Tree Park may be revised to either the Navotas Mangrove Forest Park or the Navotas Ecopark considering that the Manila Bay is not a marine area in terms of its per cent salinity. The revision of the name should be integrated into the draft of Navotas City order in line with the adoption of the said conservation area by the city Government.


The representatives among DENR-NCR, Navotas and Malabon will be having a joint ocular survey for the ground validation of the Chungkang-Batasan-Dampalit  Wetlands that is scheduled on September 13, 2013.


Among those who have attended the meeting is Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta, representatives from offices within the city government, barangays, local People’s Organization (POs) and Non-government Organizations (NGOs) in Navotas and Malabon and some representatives from DENR Region 3, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO)-Bulacan and Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB).







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