Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hundreds of Oro trees cut without permission, bares Clenro

Mindanao Gold Star Daily
Nitz Arancon
April 12, 2014

HUNDREDS of trees have been cut in Dansolihon without the government’s permission.

The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) revealed this after it seized a truckload of Falcata logs in Carmen on Thursday night.

Edwin Dael, city hall’s Clenro chief, said there were at least 30 truckloads of logs still on the ground in Dansolihon.

Authorities stopped the truck with license plates MBU-753, owned by one Elena Pantao, after it moved on the overpass in Barangay Carmen.

Dael said the truck was loaded with 439 logs.

While the government allows Falcata logs, Dael said the operation was still illegal because these were logged within a protected area in Dansolihon.

Dael said the logs were consigned to a company called REM Import/Export Enterprises based in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

He said the attempt to sneak the logs into the city raised serious questions that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needs to answer.

Dael said the DENR should explain why the truck managed to pass its checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia.

“The documents are questionable. The papers show that the logs came from Talakag, Bukidnon, and that the truck supposedly left the town in April 8. And yet it reached Cagayan de Oro, April 10. This is puzzling and raises suspicions,” Dael said.

The Clenro seized the logs and impounded the truck at the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Kauswagan.

DAR, DENR issue new rules on land distribution

Manila Bulletin
Ellalyn De Vera
april 3, 2014

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have issued new guidelines for the orderly distribution of untitled privately-claimed agricultural lands (UPALs) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The joint DAR-DENR Administrative Order No.03, Series of 2014 will clarify four significant points in the ownership of public lands.

DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said the objectives of the joint administrative order (JAO) are to define the limits of authority of DAR and DENR in the coverage of UPALs under CARP and its distribution in excess of the applicable titling limit on the ownership of public lands, and to clarify the procedure in the validation and documentation of vested rights of the landowner-claimant.

Also under the JAO, the conduct of subdivision survey and disposition of areas will be retained under DAR’s jurisdiction for distribution under CARP, while DENR will retain jurisdiction over those in excess applicable titling limit.

The order also clarified the rules for the speedy disposition of UPALs by DAR under the applicable titling limit.

De los Reyes noted that the maximum titling limit of 12 hectares under the 1987 Constitution will be observed in the acquisition and disposition of identified UPALs covered under the Operation Land Transfer (OLT) program and the CARP.

He said the applicable titling limits of 24 hectares as prescribed under the 1935 and 1973 Constitutions will also be respected provided that the vested rights of the landowner-claimant over the land had accrued during the effectivity of these Constitutions.

De los Reyes also explained that the criteria for the determination of whether or not a person has already acquired a recognizable private right over an untitled landholding will be the continuous occupancy and cultivation for at least 30 years, classification of the land as alienable and disposable, payment of the real estate tax, and absence of any adverse claims on the land.

He added that the areas in excess of the applicable titling limit will be retained under DENR’s jurisdiction and surveyed as one lot to be designated as public land.

He pointed out that the JAO is not applicable to untitled privately agricultural lands already issued with certification of deposit prior to its effectivity and provided that the validity of any and all acts already undertaken on land acquisition and distribution of private agricultural lands will still be governed by the rules and procedures governing at the time of the said acts were undertaken.