Pagadian: CENRO Siocon awards renewed Stewardship Contracts to nearly 200 Forestland Stewards in Baliguian

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photo courtesy of DENR Zamboanga Peninsula

In celebration of the 37th DENR Anniversary, CENRO Siocon, led by CENR Officer Rey A. Jalandoni, strengthened ties with the forestland stewards of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte through the awarding of renewed Certificate of Stewardship Contracts (CSCs). The event was held at the Baliguian Municipal Gymnasium on June 10, 2024.

Nearly 200 renewed CSCs were distributed to recipients from Barangays Alegria, Tamao, Mamad, Milidan, Tan-awan, and Linay.

In his address, CENRO Jalandoni emphasized the crucial role of CSC holders in the government’s forest protection and conservation program. He stressed the importance of adhering to the General Provisions of the Contract and reminded holders not to sell their CSCs, as this could lead to cancellation. He also reiterated that activities such as kaingin-making, timber poaching, and wildlife hunting are strictly prohibited. Jalandoni congratulated all CSC holders on the renewal of their contracts for another 25 years.

The Municipal Mayor of Baliguian, Hon. Gani Esmali, Jr., commended the efforts of CENRO Siocon personnel in assessing the Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) areas in Baliguian. He reminded the renewed CSC holders to properly manage their areas as a privilege granted by the government.

Other notable attendees included Mr. Zaldy Paculanang, the OIC, Municipal Administrator of Baliguian, who delivered the opening message, and DMO-IV Rossel Leo I. Cardenas, who gave the closing remarks.

The Certificate of Stewardship is awarded to individuals or families occupying or tilling portions of forest lands as per Letter of Instruction 1260 (dated July 28, 1982) for a period of 25 years, renewable for another 25 years. The grantees commit to protect and enhance the ecology of the land specified in the contract and collaborate with other stewards in the area. In return, they are allowed to peacefully possess, cultivate, and benefit from their forest landholding, managing it according to appropriate forest land farm methods and practices.

(Source: DENR Zamboanga Peninsula)

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