Pangasinan, Philippines - A convergence of ASEAN countries took place in the Philippines - Region 1, specially in the Province of Pangasinan when the country hosted the last leg of the AfoCO Cross Country Visit which aims to contribute to the improvement of forests and forests resources development within the ASEAN region, particularly in areas with community settlements.

The 4 days visit was a manifestation of cooperation among and between the ASEAN countries in engaging communities towards a sustainable environment. Countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Korea including the pilot Regions 1, 5 and 11 of the country joined the cross country visit to share experiences, information and lessons gained/learned of the host country to the visiting countries and vice-versa in the implementation of their respective In-Country project activities. This is a significant activity that will serve as the exposure trip and good opportunity for the implementers of the visiting implementing countries to broaden their perspective in terms of forest and community development in their respective countries.

Commendation on the Forged Partnership

The CCV was opened through a simple program to welcome the delegates and all participants of the CCV.

Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa expressed his gratitude and commended the Forest Management Bureau of the DENR in forging this international partnership and cooperation for the ASEAN member countries towards a sound and environmentally viable project.

He (REDTuballa) urged the member countries and the pilot regions to actively involve the communities and empower them in managing their areas so they can sustain their project even without the supervision of the government. This way, according to RED Tuballa, “they can stand on their own and be an integral part in nation-building.”

Likewise, Project Manager, AFoCO Regional CFM Planning project For. Norlito P. Sarmiento keynoted that the country is indeed blessed for hosting the event to showcase our country which is endowed with vast natural resources and hardworking communities. He assured the participants that he will continue to build partnership and opportunities for the People’s Organization for them to attain their objective of providing food security and livelihood for their members.

The Chief of the Forest Resources Management Division of the Forest Management Bureau and the AFoCO Focal Person for the Philippines For. Orlando A. Panganiban presented to the participants the country’s accomplishments including their plans after AFoCO. He thanked the AFoCo Secretariat represented by Ms. Emily Marie Lim for the support and funding provided in the implementation of this project.

Based on the presentation, the Philippines has now completed the regional activities and considerable number of in-country project activities in three (3) selected community-based forest management (CBFM) People’s Organization (POs) located in the Provinces of Pangasinan in Region 1, Albay in Region 5 and Davao in Region 11.

CS 1st Green Field Visit, “turning a Grass into a Wood”

The CS 1st Green visit was a learning experience for the participants as they were educated on how bamboos are made into trendy products which has a high demand in New Zealand, practically turning a “grass into a wood.”

CS 1st Green is an internationally acclaimed producer of bamboo products catering to the construction needs in New Zealand and China and hopefully to cover other parts of Europe.

The group was toured around the bamboo facility where they got amazed by the advance technology used in the production of the bamboo floor board, miniature items and the bamboo charcoal brickette. The technology used to spawn upgraded bamboo products according to Mayor Cesar Quiambao is from the Republic of China. An idea he wanted to replicate in the country is now starting to materialize with the partnership from DENR, DTI, DOST and the LGU of Bayambang, Pangasinan.

Another bamboo-made structure awed the participants as they were given the chance to see the 51 meters statue of St. Vincent Ferrer which according to Engr. Aron Villafuerte, the Project Engineer is made of 200,000 pieces of bamboo slat and costs Php100M. A project conceived as their entry to the Guinness book of World Records on Tallest statue out of bamboo material. St Vincent Ferrer is the Patron Saint of Builders and celebrated His 600th birthday and 400th Sainthood anniversary last April 5, 2019.

‘Twas another Learning Experience

The group prepared as early as 6:00am for Rang-ay Bantay People’s Organization in So. Tacnien, Sto. Domingo, San Manuel, Pangasinan. They headed to the POs Community-Based Forest Management site with the DENR 1 RED, FMB and the rest of the participants. It was another learning experience for the foreign visitors as they experience trekking to the Community-Based Forest Management site where activities were conducted like tree planting, lecture on mushroom production and a visit to the Small Water Impounding System among others.

Rang-ay Bantay served a sumptuous lunch for the group where they enjoyed the variety of vegetables freshly harvested from their garden.

Positive feedback was given to the PO for their hardwork and unity to come up with a productive project for the community.

After the visit to the People’s Organization, the group headed to the San Roque Power Corporation where they were toured around the facility from the dam, to the spillway to the control room.

A visit to some of the Famous Hundred Islands National Park (HINP)

Travelling via land for 3 days, now its traversing the waters of the HINP. Orientation was done before the line-up activities were conducted. It was facilitated by the staff of the City of Alaminos and the CENR Officer of Western Pangasinan, Atty. Hipolito Salatan.

First off was a lecture on mangrove propagation at the mangrove area, followed by the island hopping to some of the islands of the HINP.

They (participants) were amazed of the beauty of the HINP and in fact, Dona Octavia tried the zipline experience in Quezon Island.

Send Off Dinner

Saying goodbye is the most difficult word to utter especially when there is friendship that has been established. They cannot grasp for words to express how they feel with the thought of parting ways after the cross-country visit.

All the participants had shared good memories during the 4 day visit and some of them expressed that they will extend their stay where some said they will visit again the Philippines. (RAS-RPAO)


RPAO conducts Assessment and Planning Workshop for DENR- I info officers in Region- I

RPAO conducts Assessment and Planning Workshop for DENR- I info officers in Region- I


                The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) conducted a two- day Assessment and Planning Workshop for Information Officers and Sectoral Focal Persons of Region- I at DENR Conference Room, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union.

                Participants in the annual activity include the RPAO personnel, designated information officers of PENROs and CENROs, sectoral focal persons in the region from Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Aimed to review the DENR- I strategic communication roadmap, the communication strategies were tackled to direct info officers in the right direction as communication arm of the agency. DENR- I ARD for Technical Services William Savella who delivered a message during the event said, “The roles of information officers are very vital to disseminate the programs and activities of the DENR.” Presentation of IEC accomplishments was also tackled by RPAO and the participants. To further enhance the participants’ writing skills and knowledge, former OIC chief RPAO and WWRRDEC Senior Science Research Specialist Estrella Patrimonio was invited to lecture and discussed on Technical Writing which is vital and useful for information officers especially in writing research proposals for DENR research studies and projects. Florante Nicolas of PENRO Ilocos Norte enthusiastically discussed the topic, Art of Persuasion – the key to effective communication, emphasizing its elements and characteristics of a persuasive presentation. He, likewise, conducted the IEC workshop where participants presented and performed their “persuasive skits” regarding environmental problems showing their catchy skills and talents as effective IEC tools. RPAO Information Officer II Zenaida Paday-os also presented the 2019 Work Plan.

                DENR- I Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa delivered his inspirational talk on the second day of the activity, congratulating the RPAO unit headed by Chief Renelita Santos who stressed that “Quad Media of communication is the most powerful tool in information drive.” RED Tuballa urged the information officers to enhance information and or dissemination strategies not only on printed materials and broadcast media but also by way of a “skit or drama” which is more receptive to the audience especially the youth. In addition, the head executive of DENR- I reminded the PENRO and CENRO representatives to contribute information not only “pictures with caption” but also give specific details to the information. (GCG- RPAO)

Photo Releases

Photo shows DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) leads the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Bldg. together with DENR-I key officials led by RD Reynulfo A. Juan and Bangui Mayor Fidel Cimatu, Jr.

DENR- I spearheads International Coastal Clean-up 2018 in Region- I

MOA SIGNING: (Seated left) Mangatarem Mayor Ramil P. Ventenilla signed as witness on the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between (seated right) Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region I and (middle) District Engineer Edita L. Manuel of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pangasinan for the Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) at Brgy. Catarataraan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan, within the portion of Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL). Witnessing the signing are (standing from left) MSPL Protected Area Supervisor (PASu), Marlyn Banda and Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief, For.Barbara Pernia.

DENR- I delegation headed by OIC, Chief, Administrative Division Mary Ann Escoto joined the opening ceremonies in the AREX Sportsfest 2018 held at DPWH Second Engineering District Office in Bauang, La Union last October 23, 2018. Highlights of the activity include a short program, AREX muse competition and opening of ball games. (G. Garcia- RPAO)

Photo shows from left: Hazel Flores (PIA-I), Generoso Garcia (DENR- I) as panel of judges, Edward Calonge of RIS, La Union- 1st Runner- up in the NSM 2018 Poster- Slogan Making Contest (Regional level in UNP, Vigan City, I. Sur last Oct. 17, 2018. At far right is David Rabelas of DSWD- I.

From L-R: OIC, CENR Officer Romeo Z. Pernia, UAP Pres. Maria Teresa Velasco, LGU Vice Mayor Jesus Franco Sison, Jr., and VWD Gen. Manager Susan Q. Sison

RED Carlito M. Tuballa assumes post as new DENR Region- I head

ENVIRONMENTAL WARRIORS. Over a hundred students from Grade 4 to Junior high school of La Marea Academy actively participated to the different environmental lectures during the environmental campus tour of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau I on January 18, 2019. The activity aimed to raise environmental awareness among students and to promote sustainable and eco-friendly practices in schools.

Photo shows Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) key officials led by newly- installed Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa receiving the PRIME- HRM Bronze Award from Civil Service Commission, Region- I (CSC RO1) Regional Director Hedy Jose R. Lardizabal during the Regional Recognition Rites at the Provincial Capitol, San Fernando City, La Union last January 28, 2019. Also in the photo are DENR- I ARD for Management Services Leduina S. Co, OIC, Chief Administrative Division- Mary Ann Escoto, HRM personnel headed by Julinda Zamoranos.

The “Environmental Dancers” of Amlang-Nagtagaan High School wearing their kaleisdoscopic costumes – represents the Sun, Water and Land.

Photo shows group of Lumber Dealers together with (front row) ARD William C. Savella (in checkered polo), PENRO Rose Jornacion, CENRO Alfredo Racoma, LPDD Chief, Manny Ydia, Enforcement Division Chief, Frank Vincent Danglose, CENRO Francisco Arenas.

In line with the celebration of the World Wildlife Day this 2019 with the theme “Life Below Water: For people and planet”, which focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of marine wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region I (DENR-1) through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO), and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources – La Union (PENRO- La Union) jointly conducted Communication Education Public Awareness (CEPA) through Dalaw Turo activity highlighting the importance of wildlife.

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