The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded to the Army in Cagayan de Oro a special patent covering over 4 hectares of land within Camp Evangelista.
The special patent was awarded by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to the 4th Infantry Division (ID) during its 48th founding anniversary commemoration on February 2, the DENR reported in a news statement.
The special patent for 43,547 square meters of public land was received by Lt. Gen. Rolao Joselito Bautista, who turned it over to 4th ID commander Maj. Gen. Ronald C. Villanueva.
At the same time, the DENR chief, a former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff himself, signed the deeds of donation covering 50,000 board feet of confiscated lumber to the 4th ID and the 103rd Infantry Brigade (IB) of the 1st ID based in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.
The 4th ID got a total of 40,000 board feet, while the 103rd IB got the remaining 10,000 board feet.
The donations will be used for the repair and construction of facilities in the two military camps.
Cimatu, who once served as division commander of the 4th ID, meanwhile, gave DENR-Region 10, led by its Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable, a pat on the back for its accomplishment and lauded the official for facilitating the award of the special patent to the 4th ID of the Army.
A special patent is awarded by the DENR on public land actually occupied and used for public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks and other government institutions.
The Caraga regional office of the DENR facilitated the donation of the lumber, composed mostly of lauan species.
The DENR is in partnership with the AFP, particularly the Army, in its campaign against illegal- logging activities, particularly in areas that are considered illegal-logging hot spots. There are currently 23 illegal-logging hot spots in the Philippines mostly in Mindanao.