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09182017.  In line with the Department’s thrust on good governance, with the aim of promoting transparency in financial transactions, timeliness and accuracy in financial reporting of all implementing offices within the agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Office I headed by its Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr., conducted a 5-day Enhanced eNGAS and eBUDGET System Roll-out.  This was held last September 11-15, 2017 at Hotel Salcedo at Vigan, Ilocos Sur and was attended by Accountants, Budget Officers, Bookkeepers and Information Systems Analysts of the regional and provincial level. 

BIR Memorandum Circular No. 10-2017 (eNGAS Books of Accounts) mandates the implementation of the eNGAS and eBUDGET. 

          The Electronic New Government System (eNGAS) and Electronic Budget System (eBudget) developed by the Commission on Audit (COA) has already been installed/rolled-out and will be adopted and implemented properly once the data has been encoded in the system. The eNGAS and eBudget shall be the official source of Financial Data and Reporting.

           The workshop/lecture was facilitated by the personnel of the Finance Management Service of the DENR Central Office together with the Finance Division of DENR-1 regional office. (ffa)



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The DENR -1 headed by Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. and PENRO Maximo F. Soriano, Jr. of La Union conducted ocular inspection of the proposed pilot site for sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) at Barangays Poblacion and Corro-oy in Santol, La Union, consisting 290 hectares CBFM.

Two peoples organization namely Ambagat CBFM Association and Poblacion Hillside Farmers Association, Inc. will act as partner in the implementation of said projects.


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The area was identified by the DENR as a convergence site for sustainable area integrated development. The project dubbed as Santol Community-Based Agritourism Project thru Agroforestry will be implemented by DENR-PENRO La Union under the convergence strategy that will involve the local government unit, NGOs, civil society organization, academe (DMMMSU), Land Bank of the Philippines and various national government agencies like the DA, DTI, DOST, TESDA, DILG, DSWD, DPWH, NIA, DAR, etc..

            The proposed activities are the establishment of 10-hectares agroforestry area using bamboo, indigenous fruit trees and forest trees including enterprise development using bio-char technology.

            The project once implemented will ensure that the communities and families benefit, in a significant and sustainable manner. 

            This holds true to the mandate of DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez to uphold social justices for all people. (ffa/2062017).




Governor Ortega commends PENRO La Union for being the first to furnish copy of its
Annual Report for CY 2016.



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          The Provincial Government of La Union acknowledges PENRO La Union being the first to furnish copy of its CY 2016 Annual Report.  In his letter to PENRO Maximo F. Soriano, Jr., Hon. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III congratulated the collective efforts of the entire PENRO La Union in the attainment of its goals and its contribution to better the lives of his constituents. 



           The governor also hopes that his office will continue to work in unity to make La Union the Heart of Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon by 2025.






Theme : “Developing Innovative and Resilient MSMEs”


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PENRO La Union as member of the MSMED Council has contributed its share as resource person during the culminating activity which was held today (July 19, 2016), to discuss the Free Patent Act and other programs relevant to MSMEs.    This was held  at the 4th Floor Seminar Room, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas La Union Regional Office, San Fernando City, La Union.  This is in celebration of the 2016 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Week. 

 The activity was attended by the heads of various national government agencies, local government units, funding institutions, peoples organizations and small enterprise.  It was graced by Hon. Governor Emmanuel Francisco R. Ortega, represented by his Provincial Information and Tourism Officer Mr. Adamor Dagang. 

DTI Director Florante Leal also delivered his inspirational message.  He acknowledged the presence of the small scale entrepreneurs stressing their importance and contribution in the development of the country.  Accordingly, 99.6% of the total registered firms are SMEs consisting 70% employment rate.  Among the total, 6% of that SMEs are exporting their products to the world.  He also said that in his 42 years of service, he is helping SMEs create more jobs for the people.  He also informed the group of the services being provided by DTI:

  • ØSmall and Medium Enterprise Roving Academy (SMERA);
  • ØTraining, product development and capacity enhancement to include provision of technical assistance in the documentation for loan purposes;
  • ØNegosyo Center (RA 10644). For La Union, the 2 Negosyo Centers were established.  One beside PETRON near the DTI Provincial Office and 1 near PARTAS;

The Negosyo Center helps facilitates business registration in five minutes;

  • ØShared-service facility.  The shared-service facility provides free service in the production operations of SMEs.  For the province of La Union, the following are the shared service facility offered by DTI for:

-          charcoal briquetting

-          bamboo products

-          organic fertilizer production

         On the other hand, RD Leal also stressed the importance of lands to economic development.  He is thankful that the DENR is supportive of all the activities and undertakings of the DTI particularly MSMED. 

 To speak in behalf of PENRO Maximo F. Soriano is Ms. Myrna L. Manio, the Supervising Ecosystems and Management Specialist of PENRO La Union.  She lectured on the titling process, requirements, benefits and addresses concerns relative to land disposition and dispute resolutions.  There were many problems raised relative to land problems which were readily answered by her.

          The forum with NGAs was conducted to raise appreciation on the institutional support structures for enterprise development as well as to create awareness on existing laws and rulings that affect business operation.  In attendance also were some of our people’s organizations involved in the National Greening Program.  The activity will help our POs be aware of their roles as organizations and responsibilities as taxpayers and micro-entrepreneurs in the future.








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July 11, 2016.  DENR-PENRO La Union headed by PENRO Maximo F. Soriano  has paid Honorable Governor Emmanuel Francisco “Pacoy” R. Ortega III a short visit after the governor has assumed post last July 01, 2016.  DENR Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. thru PENRO Soriano conveyed his message of support and likewise informed the governor of the programs and projects being implemented in the province of La Union, one for instance is the DENR’s National Greening Program (NGP).  “We are implementing these programs to combat climate change”, PENRO Soriano said.  To date, a total of 2,571 hectares has been developed with timber, fuelwood, bamboo and other high value crops (fruit bearing trees).  The NGP sites are located in almost all  municipalities of  the province. 

         During the visit, Governor Pacoy asked the DENR thru PENRO La Union what projects can the provincial government partner with the department.  He said that he had set the tone during his first cabinet meeting and have accepted sustainable development as a guiding principle in the sustainable development process.  He is one with PENRO when he mentioned that climate change has become the priority for implementation of his sustainable development agenda.

          Governor Pacoy said that he wanted to make the Province of La Union the “Heart of  Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon”.  He then recognized that environment has a great role being one of the pillars of sustainable development. 

         The governor would be grateful if DENR thru PENRO La Union will give priority on the co-management of La Union Botanical Garden.  Accordingly, the Botanical Garden will be for the interest of wildlife protection, ecotourism and biodiversity conservation.

          PENRO Soriano and his staff were elated when the Governor gladly informed that their office was the first to give a copy of the Environment Situation Report of Region I.  Complementing to the support offered by the PENRO towards the province’ plans and programs, the Governor appreciated hence, offering in return open lines of communication between the two office.


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Transparency Seal explained

In National Budget Circular No. 542, issued on August 29, 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reiterates compliance by all offices of the national government, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units with Section 93, the Transparency Seal provision, of the General Appropriations Act of 2012, to wit:

“Sec. 93. Transparency Seal. To enhance transparency and enforce accountability, all national government agencies shall maintain a transparency seal on their official websites. The transparency seal shall contain the following information: (i) the agency’s mandates and functions, names of its officials with their position and designation, and contact information; (ii) annual reports, as required under National Budget Circular Nos. 507 and 507-A dated January 31, 2007 and June 12, 2007, respectively, for the last three (3) years; (iii) their respective approved budgets and corresponding targets immediately upon approval of this Act; (iv) major programs and projects categorized in accordance with the five key results areas under E.O. No. 43, s. 2011; (v) the program/projects beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions; (vi) status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports; and (vii) annual procurement plan, contracts awarded and the name of contractors/suppliers/consultants.”

The Circular also declares that the respective heads of the agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with this section.

The Circular directs that the Transparency Seal must be prominently displayed on the main page of the agency website, and linked to a page within the agency website that contains the aforementioned documents in downloadable format. 

Symbolism of the Transparency Seal 

A pearl that is buried inside a tightly-shut shell is practically worthless. Government information is a pearl, meant to be shared with the public in order to maximize its inherent value.

The Transparency Seal, depicted by a pearl shining out of an open shell, is a symbol of a policy shift towards openness in access to government information. On the one hand, it hopes to inspire Filipinos in the civil service to be more open to citizen engagement; on the other, it seeks to invite the Filipino citizenry to exercise their right to participate in governance.

This initiative is envisioned as a step in the right direction towards solidifying the position of the Philippines as the Pearl of the Orient – a shining example for democratic virtue in the region.


DENR compliance with Transparency Seal

 I. DENR mandates and functions, names of officials with their positions and designations, and contact information

 II. Annual Reports

      a. Statement of Allotment, Obligations and Balances 

     b. Disbursement and Income

         b.1. Disbursement Report 

    •              b.1.1. FY 2013
    • c. Physical Plan 
      • e. Financial Monitoring Reports
      • f. Financial Accountability Reports 

III. DENR approved budgets and corresponding targets

    • a. Approved Budget

         b. Corresponding Targets 

b.1. FY 2013  
b.1. FY 2012 

V. The program/project beneficiaries as identified in the applicable special provisions



VI. Status of implementation and program/project evaluation and/or assessment reports

 a. Accomplishment Report for FY 2013

 •   FY 2013 3rd Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service (as of October)
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service (as of October)

               •   FY 2013 2nd Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service     

                •   FY 2013 1st Quarter Accomplishment Report

                              -  Support to Operations
                              -  General Administration and Support Services
                              -  Forest Management Service
                              -  Land Management Service
                              -  Protected Areas, Watershed and Coastal Zone Management Service
                              -  Ecosystem Research Development Service  
                                   * ERDS Narrative Report                               

VII. Annual procurement plans, contracts awarded and the name of contractors/ suppliers/ consultants





RED Juan Reviews R1’s Q3 performance

RED Juan Reviews R1’s Q3 performance


Tubao, La Union – DENR 1.          The Regional Executive Director (RED) Reynulfo A. Juan welcomed all the participants as he urged them to always “better your best” by actively taking charge and leading their respective offices to perform better in the remaining months of 2018 during the Regional Management Conference. He expressed his appreciation to the hard-work and dedication of the employees for doing the job as expected but should not be too complacent though, as the year comes to close.


RED Juan gave an update on what he has been doing for the DENR in this part of the country worth mentioning is his visit to the different National Greening Program (NGP) sites in La Union and in Ilocos Sur even at the height of the typhoon. He also shared his experience during his visit to Coquimbo, Chile, where he represented the DENR during the conduct of the ‘Exchange of Experience to Add Value to Organic Wastes from Small-scale Fisheries and Aquaculture through its reuse and Conversion into Innovative Products, which contribute to enhanced food security.’ He shared his learning on the best practices he observed during the international visit which was also participated by representatives from other countries. RED Juan also underscored the message of DOT Sec. Puyat during the opening of the (new) Boracay Island saying that the “rehabilitation does not stop in Boracay, this effort will continue entire the country” including Ilocos Region.


The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) presented the status of their performance in terms of the NGP programs with some concerns on the maintenance of the plantation sites during the rainy season and summer. The RED recommends to the heads of the field offices to report the actual situation to back them up from any liability if it is caused by natural calamities. It is reminded that they should visit at least 5 NGP sites, know the status and ‘take ownership’ of their jurisdiction.


As the head of office, RED Juan felt sad by the wrath of the 2 typhoons which left its rage in the northern part of the Luzon leaving numerous casualties in Regions 2 and CAR. Thus, he expressed his concern on the safety of all personnel by reminding the need to be ready and inspect the office building every now and then, check for some oddities in the area to avoid any tragic event citing what happened with the DPWH building in Natoni, Mountain Province.


During the 1st Day of the Management Conference, the Regional Management also recognized the collaboration efforts of the Philippine National Police as partners in the enforcement of environmental laws.


Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Division Chief, Ms. Aida Lapis presented their findings and recommendation on bamboo propagation related to the Green Livelihood program of here in Region 1. Their findings will enhance the propagation of bamboo specie in the region as well as its economic dimension towards a sustainable development. They have recommended the need of continuous information, education and communication drive including consistency of extension service and to strengthen the collaboration with partner agencies on the added value of bamboo.



Over-all, DENR 1 maintains its rank as a performing field office in the implementation of its mandate to protect and conserve the environment in the countryside. The RED urged the regional officials to innovate and be creative in the implementation of the programs and projects most importantly in the effective and efficient utilization of funds. This also includes the intervention of the agency to the different ENR projects of the congressional district representatives in Ilocos Region. It’s line bureaus Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences likewise presented their accomplishments.


With RED’s Juan’s dynamism, it is hoped that the frontline crew of the DENR become resilient and could adapt to the enthusiasm of the RED in implementing the mandate of the agency.


Finally, RED Juan quipped “let us walk the extra mile and think out of the box in serving the public,” as he closes the Management Conference. (RAS-RPAO)

Photo Releases

RD Reynulfo A. Juan as he encouraged everyone to be part of the solution to the glaring environmental concern.

BM Kit Ortega highlights on educating the youth on the value of environmental protection

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with USec. Jonas Leones (left photo) offered a fruit bearing seedling to the gradeschool pupils of Barit Elementary School as a gesture of commitment that the youth will play vital role in protecting the environment from exploitation. Right Photo shows Sec. Cimatu signs on the Pledge of Commitment Wall. #TayoAngKalikasan

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.

Discussion of subject matters during the Youth Meeting at EMB, DENR Compound last August 15, 2018.

Actual technical visit at assigned schools in Odiongan, Romblon

Regional Youth Desk Officer Zenaida L. Paday-os during the lecture proper on climate change to the students of Mayhan National High School

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

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