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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Region 1 forestland boundaries assessed and delineated

by Esteleta M. Rafanan

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- In support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has conducted assessment and delineation of forestland boundaries in the four provinces of Region 1.

The assessment and delineation of boundaries between forestlands, agricultural lands and National Integrated and Protected Areas in the region aim to identify areas where government and stakeholders can plant trees under the NGP; and to determine the present land use of these areas and recommend appropriate land uses based on existing conditions of said areas.

A total of 4,244.11 kilometer forest lines, out of the 4,254 kilometers total target were assessed and delineated by the Regional Assessment and Delineation Team led by the DENR-1Land Evaluation Party.

The assessment and delineation of boundaries between forestlands, agricultural lands and national parks nationwide was mandated under Administrative Order No. 2000-24 and subsequently by Department Administrative Order 2008-24.

The said orders further states that it is the policy of the State to ensure protection and sustainable development of forestlands, national parks and the resources therein, as well as to accelerate the disposition and adjudication of agricultural lands.

To make the delineation final and executory, the Regional Assessment and Delineation Committee (RADC) submitted proposed bills to National ADC for review and submission to the House of Representatives.

Upon the passage of the law defining the final boundary of the forest lands within a province, the same shall be the basis for the issuance of certifications of legal status of the land. It shall form part of the control maps and records for all public land application filed before the department.

The activity is in coordination with the National Mapping Resource and Inventory Authority (NAMRIA), Forestry sector, protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Law, and Land Management Service.

Also, it involves compilations of all maps including Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The NADC Technical Working Group initiated the development of an algorithm for land use suitable to serve as guide for decisions in recommending the final land uses of area subjected to the delineation and assessment work.

According to Regional Executive Director Samuel Penafiel, the success of the resolutions was attributed to close coordination with various stakeholders, regular meetings to discuss issues and problems encountered including boundary conflicts in some parts of the provinces and reconciliation of map outputs.

Penafiel disclosed that out of the 76 provinces nationwide, 46 provinces have already submitted draft bills to the NADC TWG. The eight (8) provinces with RADC resolutions ready for printing and presentation are Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan, Biliran, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Camiguin, and Misamis Oriental. (JCR/EMR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DENR)

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