Background of Office



The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office(CENRO) of Taytay was first established in the year 1980 under the supervision of District Forester Eufemio E. Obay. It was first called the Bureau of Forest Development using a space shared at then Municipal Town Hall of Taytay. The present office with an area of 2,235 sq.m situated along the National road of Bgy. Poblacion, Taytay, Palawan, is a much better place. District Forester Obay initiated the construction of the office building. It was a native style type made of light materials such sawali, walling, tadtad buho roofing and concrete flooring. Years after, it was renamed to Ministry of Natural Resources, then, Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


The initial construction of the present office building was effected by former CENRO Juan C. dela Cruz who is now the province' PENRO. He was succeeded then by OIC CENRO Florencio C. Diaz and personnel to its completion in 2005. The succeeding leaderships all made enhancements in landscaping and other infrastructure especially in the term of the present CENR Officer. Through the years, the office's facade has improved and become more appealing to its clientele.


 


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Mandate and Role in the community


The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Taytay-El Nido, Palawan, pursuant to Executive Order 192, applies as its role to the communities of the two northern municipalities the overall Vision, Mission and Thrusts and Priorities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as follows:
This Office as the DENR’s local arm is primary responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, including licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived from for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.
To accomplish this, we are guided by the following objectives:



  1. Assure the availability and sustainability of the two municipalities’ natural resources through judicious use and systematic restoration or replacement, whenever possible;

  2. Increase the productivity of natural resources in order to meet the demands for forest, mineral, and land resources of the growing population;

  3. Enhance the contribution of natural resources for achieving national economic and social development;

  4. Promote equitable access to natural resources by the various sectors of the population; and

  5. Conserve specific terrestrial and marine areas of the two (2) protected areas within the jurisdiction (Malampaya Sound Protected Land and Seascape and El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area or MSPLS and ENTMRPA, respectively) representative of the nation’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generation.


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Areas of Jurisdiction


The areas under the jurisdiction of CENRO Taytay covers the municipalities of Taytay and El Nido with land areas of 125,768 hectares and 92,326 hectares(as of 2007, Philippine Statistics Authority), respectively. The municipality of Taytay is consists of 31 barangays with a total population of 70,837 (as of May 1, 2010, Philippine Statistics Authority). Whereas, the municipality of El Nido, which is well-known as top tourist destination in the country is consists of 18 barangays with a total population of 36, 191(as of May 1, 2010, Philippine Statistics Authority).


CENRO Taytay, in collaboration with LGUs and Peoples Organizations supervises the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape(MSPLS) within the municipality of Taytay, and the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area(ENTMRPA).


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Organizational Chart


The organizational structure of CENRO Coron is aligned with the rationalization scheme implemented in the department. Over a hundred new positions have been created and filled-up to enhance organizational productivity since 2015. The office is currently staffed with at least 49 strong and dedicated men and women in the agency. Each are assigned in sections which commensurate their skills and qualifications.


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Forest Management Initiatives


 


To respond with the instruction of the Honorable Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to eradicate illegal logging operations and hotsposts in the entire country, CENRO Felizardo B. Cayatoc issued the memorandum on checkpoints manning schedule to Forest Rangers importantly being 24/7. The instruction includes constant patrolling over their respective jurisdictions and to create team strategies in monitoring activities.


Just very recently, a two-day training on forestry laws, rules and regulations was initiated by the Office as a refresher to old employees while an orientation to new ones as a result of the rationalization program of the agency. Inclusive of the training were topics about protected areas and land management concerns in order to address the shifting of sectoral to functional management of the Office.


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Land Management Initiatives


Land Management Services is still healthy despite the standing order on land surveys and titling since May 28, 2015. The Office continues to serve our customers about requests for certifications, authentication of documents, and claims and conflict handling to possible amicable settlement. The service unit is also on progress inventory of the land records of all kinds both disposition and surveys. In highlighting the initiatives, it is with pride that this Office has the quickest means of verification within ten to fifteen (10-15) seconds of a land application status whether patented, subsisting, under claims and conflict, etcetera with the simple program viewed at the right.


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Protected Areas, Widlife and Coastal Zone Management Initiatives


The Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO), Taytay, Palawan covers two protected areas initially established under the Republic Act 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. These are the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape (MSPLS) in Taytay and San Vicente, Palawan and El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (ENTMRPA) in both Taytay and El Nido, Palawan. The multi-sectoral Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) as mandated under the NIPAS Act of 1992 serves as the governing body on the implementation of programs, projects and activities consistent with the Management Plan for protected area.


Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape


Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape is established by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 342 dated July 12, 2000. The Protected Area covers an area of 200,115 hectares of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Malampaya Sound is located in northwestern Palawan. It covers a total of twenty-two (22) barangays, eighteen (18) of which are under the administrative jurisdiction of the Municipality of Taytay and the four (4) remaining barangays are within the Municipality of San Vicente, Palawan.


The protected area lies between 100 43’ to 110 1’ N, and 119018’ to 1190 26’E. It incorporates a diverse number of ecosystems, such as corals, tropical rainforests, white beaches, mangroves, a mountain, caves, and the Sound itself.  An estimated 20% of the protected area is covered by old growth forest and 25.7% by residual forest.  Mt. Capoas is the highest peak within the PA, and provides a unique habitat, as the only mossy forest outcrop.


The 34 km long Sound is divided into two sections, a salt water Outer Sound and a brackish Inner Sound. At its widest point it is 9 kilometers and it covers a surface area of 24,500 hectares.  The Outer Sound varies in depth from about twenty-two (22) meters to forty-six (46) meters and the Inner Sound varies from four (40) meters to sixteen and a half (16.5) meters. There are approximately 13 islets that separate the two sections.  Most of these small islands are uninhabited but are used by the people to grow cashew trees.


The protected area is home to a number of wildlife which include species such as the Palawan bearcat, Palawan porcupine, Civet cat, Palawan stink badger, Palawan tree shrew and Long-tailed Macaque. At least seven (7) endemic bird species have been observed that include significant species such as Palawan talking mynah, Palawan hornbill, Palawan peacock pheasant, Philippine cockatoo, and Tabon bird. Irrawaddy dolphin, being the trigger species of BPP, is found within the Inner Malampaya Sound. It is classified as critically endangered and was declared as flagship species of the protected area by virtue of PAMB Resolution No. 12, series of 2012.


An estimated 30% of the population is engaged in various agricultural activities that include lowland rice farming, upland swiddening, slash and burn, and agroforestry. 


 


El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area


The El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area which is established by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 32 dated October 8, 1998 covers a terrestrial and marine area of 90,321 hectares, situated in the municipalities of El Nido and Taytay. It is located in the northwestern most part of mainland Palawan at approximately  119°24’E and 11°11’N. The West Philippines Sea lies on the west of the protected area and the municipality of Taytay, on the south.


There are five (5) major types of natural forest represented in ENTMRPA. Lowland evergreen rainforest is primary old growth and secondary forest grows along the mainland hills and mountain range of the protected area. This forest type is particularly rich in plant species and also forms an important habitat for many of the endemic, rare and threatened birds and mammals of Palawan.


The marine ecosystem composed of beach areas, estuarine mangrove forest, coral reefs, sea grass and coral reefs. This is a habitat of four (4) species of marine turtle such as Hawksbill (Erytmochelys imbricate), Green sea (Chelona mydas), Olive ridley sea (Lepidochelys olivacea), and Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochyls coriacea). Dolphins and whales have been sighted in the waters within and adjacent of the protected area.


Farming, fishing and tourism are the major sources of income. The major cash crops are rice, mango, cashew, coconut and banana. Fisheries include groupers, sweetlips, lobsters, mud crabs and squid. One major seasonal “resource” is the edible swift’s nests which commands a high market price.


 


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Programs and Projects


National Greening Program


This year, this jurisdiction has no target on National Greening Program this year. Instead, it concentrates on maintenance and protection of the Mangrove Beach Forest Program established last year, 2015 and the NGPs of 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Regional Office had chosen this jurisdiction for the year 2015 as having the pest practices in the implementation of the said program through the People’s Organization.


For the year 2015, the NGP of CENRO Taytay Palawan was focused on rattan and mangrove plantation. Rattan specie for regular NGP consisted of Bugtong, Kalapi, and Talasan while Mangrove specie consisted of Bacauan lalaki (R. apiculata) and Bacauan Babae (R. mucoronata). For Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Program, propagules such as Sonneratia alba (Pagtpat), Xylocarpus granatum (Tabigi) and Ceriops tagal (Tangal) were used for the plotted production and Bacauan lalaki (R. apiculata) and Bacaun babae (R. mucronata) for seawards plantation.


Community-based Forest Management


Some of our CBFM areas were selected as part of the National Greening Program. Currently, there are three (3) active People’s Organzations namely: Bato Multi-purpose Cooperative, Malampaya Pancol Multi-Purpose Cooperative and San Fernando Agroforestry Producers Cooperative. To date, this Office is currently conducting IEC drive with regards to Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM). From 2011 to this day, the holders of CBFM are the ones tapped by the Office as contractors of NGP activities. Evaluation of Certificates of Stewardship Contract within the CBFM areas is also being conducted by the Office to update and know the status thereof.


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