April 13, 2024

BANGUED, Abra – The process of securing tree cutting permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Cordillera is now faster and more accessible with its “E-Frontline Services”.

With just a click of a button be it mobile app or the webpage, one may now apply for a tree cutting permit.

DENR-Cordillera Executive Director Ralph Pablo led the synchronized launching of the first electronic service on permitting of the office on Dec. 11.

Pablo lauded the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices for adopting this digital program in their areas, which is a significant step forward in their commitment to sustainable environment responsible resource utilization.

“I congratulate everyone for adopting this program and making use of information and communications technology in transforming our services to become faster and more accessible,” Pablo said.

“This is in support to the call of the President in digitalizing our services, and we must sustain promoting environmental responsibility by enhancing our client services,” he added.

Pablo acknowledged the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Lagangilang, Abra through forester Mark Elizer Bragas for initiating this e-service.

The digital permitting program eliminates submitting papers to the nearest DENR office as it can now be done remotely and online. Clients need only to scan and send the complete requirements through the mobile app of the webpage and wait for a notification if the permit is available for claiming.

The mobile application for android devices can be accessed through https://drive.google.com/drive/u/4/folders/1k9XPyeRoiLUHf897XKFS1HTh4KX80SaN.

Marlu Pacleba from Pidigan Central School, one of the first clients of the digital permitting, said this is beneficial for everyone because it is now easier to submit the applications without going to the DENR office.

Individuals who want to submit their application for tree cutting at DENR offices may still do so.

As DENR-Cordillera enhances its e-frontline services, it will soon integrate an online process for chainsaw registration and application for transport permits of forest products. – Christian Tubadeza