SARRAT, Ilocos Norte – Top officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) this region take ‘stiffer action’ against those who continue to do or attempting to do destructive activities against the environment.

The tougher measures are contained in the memorandum of commitment of DENR-1 officials led by Regional Director Paquito T, Moreno, Jr. as they concluded the 2-day regional management conference held here recently.  

Moreno said, additional checkpoints will be set up to prevent smuggling from and entry of illegally cut logs to any of the region’s four provinces to include Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.  

Previously, it was reported that several municipalities in the four provinces had been identified as illegal logging “hot spots” where charcoal and furniture making is the prevalent source of livelihood of the residents.

Intelligence report also revealed that illegally cut logs coming from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley region gained entry into the region and sold profitably to furniture shops.  

Gwendolyn Bambalan, assistant regional director for technical services, reported that illegal logging activities in those so-called “hot-spots” municipalities were already contained but not totally stopped.

Bambalan said to sustain campaign against illegal logging activities, a closer cooperation among government agencies – DENR, Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units - and the communities must be established.

But with the renewed commitment, DENR-1 officials and personnel could confront steadfastly the challenge of stubborn illegal logging activities which, if not stopped, threaten the region’s forest zones including protected areas.

“This region is known for its critical natural resources – its lake, rivers, sea shores, forest, mountains, mineral resources and its floras and faunas – and DENR people are privileged to have been chosen to do the responsibility of conserving, preserving and protecting these (natural resources),” said swearing that DENR-1 will exert efforts to comply with its mandate.

On the reported forest fires destroying tree planting areas of the National Greening Program (NGP) particularly in Western Pangasinan, Moreno warned that DENR extension personnel could be liable for negligence if the incidents were not reported immediately to concerned officials of Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) which has jurisdiction over the area.

He hinted that an investigation is on-going and for the identification and prosecution of those who caused the forest fires.

Meanwhile, Manuel Ydia, chief of the licensing and patents division, said that his office will enforce strict compliance of the requirements prior to the issuance by the regional director permits for the cutting of trees on private properties and even along public highways.

Ydia said that for every tree cut along public highways due to road expansion project, the contractor is required to plant 100 trees as replacement.


DENR RD Reynulfo A. Juan in Region 1

DENR RD Reynulfo A. Juan in Region 1


San Fernando City, La Union – “Sincerity, Integrity, Efficiency and Fast Service,” these are the values that the New DENR Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan wants to instill to the employees of his new turf, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Ilocos Region.  Region 1 is composed of 4 Provinces namely: La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

In his message during the Monday Convocation, he gave emphasis to the importance of these values.  RD Juan stated that every employee should serve the people with these values because the Filipinos deserve no less than the best service from the government. 

Reminding everyone his acceptance message during the Turn-over Rites last Friday (January 19, 2018), he committed to introduce reforms in the organization to ensure that targets are accomplished well and on time and all employees are part of the effort in achieving the targets and goals of the organization.  Another reform he wish to introduce is the Open-door Policy, where he urged employees not to be wary and feel free to talk to him because he wants to know what the employees are up to.

He started his work officially last Saturday (January 20, 2018) where he had a briefing with the Technical and Management Services in order to apprise him with the status of the programs and projects of DENR congruent to the 10-point agenda of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu.  He also took time in meeting his staff (Office of the Regional Director). This week will be a busy week as well for the Regional Chief as he will be heading to the provinces to inspect the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the entire region.  Way to go Region 1 under the leadership of RD Juan. (RPAO)

Photo Releases

WALK FOR JUANA – In line with the celebration  of Women’s Month, DENR-1 personnel including the  Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and PENRO La Union employees actively participated during the inter-agency activities conducted by the Regional Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE I) on March 16, 2016 at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Mid-La Union Campus. The activities include a funwalk, cheering completion, and parlor games.

KAPIHAN SA ILOCOS – DENR-1 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan discusses environmental programs, projects and events on March 9, 2016 during a press conference at the Philippine Information Agency, San Fernando City La Union. Also featured in the said media activity were Kids to Forest Young Earth Ambassadors James Darylle Rey and Cesar Ariola, Jr. Rey and Ariola shared their stories on how they initiated change in their family, peers, school and community towards caring for the environment. The Kapihan sa Ilocos, held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month is a one-hour live program aired over three radio stations in the La Union and Dagupan.

National Youth Council, Commissioner-at-large Paul Anthony M. Pangilinan delivers his piece on the importance of cooperation and active participation of the different agencies.

CONVERGENCE AND COLLABORATIVE EFFORT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR THE PEOPLE:  (from left to right) Mangatarem Mayor Balong Ventenilla, Pangasinan Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino, III, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary  Regina Paz L. Lopez, Natural Resources Development Council President-Designate Sylvia Ordonez,  DENR -1 Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. CESO III, >>> Read More >>>

Former Mayor and now consultant Eddie Guillen (l) of Piddig shows to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and Region 1 Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. the map of the Lammin Coffee Plantation during the cabinet secretary’s visit here on June 2, 2017.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited his hometown in Ilocos Norte recently and made a side trip to Piddig, where he met with local officials to gain more insights on the ongoing development of the town’s model project under the national convergence initiative on coffee farming.

A Serpent Eagle was recently rescued from the Eco-Trail of Holcim Phils. Located in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union last July 21, 2017.  The said eagle was allegedly trapped at a cage which Holcim provided to feed some 20 species of migratory birds gliding within the area.  It was found that the said eagle could not make its way out from the cage, reason for the workers to save the struggling eagle from being trapped.  Spilornis Cheela is the scientific name of the Crested Serpent Eagle which was named “Kailian,” coined from the local term of “Kababayan or Kabayan.”  Holding “Kailian” during the ceremonial release on July 25, 2017 are Bacnotan Mayor Francis Fontanilla (on blue collared shirt) and Holcim Plant Manager Eraño Santos.  Looking on are DENR1 representatives, Wildlife Handler Joe Nullar, Enforcement Division Chief Atty. Arlene Buduhan and Cora Pugal of the Wildlife Conservation Division.  DENR1-RePAO

DENR Chief Sec. Roy A. Cimatu as he turns-over the DENR1 Flag of Leadership to Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan while RD Paquito T. Moreno looks on (R)

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan delivers his acceptance speech during the Turn-over Ceremony

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan’s smile shows a sincere commitment in upholding the DENR mandate

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