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Earth Hour 2014


DENR bagged 3rd Place in the Lantern Making Contest


Earth hour is an international celebration that encourages all cities and towns around the world to turn off their lights for one hour. This collective action is a powerful message to the people and governments that action needs to be done to mitigate global change. The city government of San Fernando, La Union together with government line agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and participating educational institutions celebrated Earth Hour 2014, dubbed Earth Hour Blue last March 29, 2014 with this year’s theme focused on the Endangered Animals of the Philippines in order to educate the people and the community on how Climate Change has threatened our wildlife.


This year the city government of San Fernando, La Union chooses to celebrate Earth Hour with a twist by holding a Street Party with a short program, entertainment and a street parade. The main event is the Lantern Making Contest of which participants showcased their innovations and creativity by creating endangered animal species found in the Philippines made from environmental friendly materials and lighted with LED bulbs. Another activity is the Glow in the Dark Body and Face Paint Contest and Fireflies of the North participated by the bikers of La Union. All participants of the contest-float with lanternsglow in the dark and face paint contestants while different drum and lyre corps, joined the parade after the ceremonial switch-off of lights at precisely 08:30 PM in downtown San Fernando City. The dark but festive and colorful parade, which ended at 9:30 PM is highlighted with the lighting of 60 candles which symbolizes one hour of energy conservation. Prizes were then awarded to the respective winners in the various contests. The DENR Regional Office I with a Green Sea Turtle (Pawikan) entry in the Lantern Making Contest bagged the 3rd prize and the People’s Choice Award, the top prize went to South Central Elementary School with a Flying Dragon entry and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) bagged the 2nd prize with a Mantra Ray entry. The signing of covenant/commitment made of tarpaulin by all participants and other celebrators concluded the very significant and unique celebration of Earth Hour 2014 right in the City after dark but bright in the eyes of the people and participants.

          The celebration of Earth Hour is everyone’s commitment to promote environmental awareness. This year, the Earth is Going Blue, your power amplified, multiplied and globalized.

Photo Releases

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Asst. Director Jigs Lardizabal headed by RTD for LMS Manuel Ydia and OIC, Office of the Regional Executive Director (center) and supported by AO Florence Alicias, RTD Barbara Pernia of FMS, RTD Gorospe of ERDS, Bernard Quiros, SAMAKA President (from center to left) and Asst. Lardizabal, RD Carlos Tayag of MGB, RTD Ronnie Jacinto of PAWCZMS and PENRO Samuel Songcuan of La Union (from center to right).

STRENGTHENED IEC ACTIVITIES. For. Domingo Abansi of the Forest Management Service, answers queries from the radio anchors of the radio program Amuen Tayo aired over DZNL radio, San Fernando City, La Union regarding the process of obtaining cutting permit of forest products. The radio broadcast which was conducted on March 12, 2014 tackled the ENR laws and regulations and penalties under the Forest Protection Program of the department.

DENR-1 UNION STRENGTHENED. The new President of the DENR Employees Union Samahan ng Manggagawang Kawani ng Gobierno (SAMAKA), Mr. Bernard Quiros has convened the 1st EXECOM Meeting consisting of Presidents from the different Chapters of PENROs/CENROs including Regional Chapter Officers on March 11, 2014 at the Conference Hall of the DENR building. Mr. Quiros (right) succeeded Eng’r. Cirilo Nuesca as President of the Regionwide union after the latter retired from the service in connection with the implementation of the DENR RATPLAN......

CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS. The Forest Management Service headed by OIC-RTD Barbara M. Pernia led the celebration of the IDF through a short video presentation on the importance of forests, facts and figures as well as the CBFM Best Practices on March 17, 2014 at the DENR Lobby. It featured the sucess story of the Laguit-Padilla Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Bugallon, Pangasinan: the producer of the famous Le Dilla Duhat Wine. In her message, RTD Pernia undescored the importance and role of forests in people’s lives and asked In “Can you imagine a life without forest…” .

BEEP PROJECT MONITORED. The implementation of the Bus Environmental Education for Passengers (BEEP), an initiative of RED Samuel R. Peńafiel was strengthened through close monitoring of the compliance with the MOA of major Bus Companies of the region. The RPAO Staff led in the monitoring activities which include production of more DVDs on BEEP, distribution and testing these to the DVD players of the buses.

DENR-1 GEARING TOWARDS IMPROVED OFFICE PROCEDURE. As part of the initiative of RED Samuel R. Peńafiel to have a paperless workflow of incoming and outgoing communications, a training workshop on the proposed DENR-1 DoTS or Document Tracking System was conducted last March 6-7, 2014 at the Conference Room, DENR-1 Building. The training which aims to empower the staff to have an effective and efficient means of operation which can lessen supply and manpower resources was conducted in coordination of the Management Information Section (MIS).

DENR-1 participated in the annual Civic Parade of the City of San Fernando, La Union on March 18, 2014 as part of its City Fiesta Celebration to commemorate the 16th Anniversary on its cityhood on March 20.

PAWIKAN RESCUED. A sickly Giant Marine Turtle (Pawikan) is being treated by PAWCZMS Staff, Ms. Joey Zarate in Canaoay, San Fernando City, La Union where it was taken and cared by its captors. The barnacle-infested pawikan was caught by fishermen in the seashores of Brgy. Pagudpud.

EARTH HOUR 2014. Highlights of the 2014 EARTH HOUR CELEBRATION on 29 March included simultaneous switching off of electric lights within the City Plaza of San Fernando, La Union, Lighting of Candles, parol-making contest in which the DENR-1 entry (Pawikan, above photo) bagged the third place and People’s Choice Award in the competition. The parols featured endangered and wildlife species which are made of recylable materials and LED light.

The City Government of San Fernando, La Union led by Mayor Pablo C. Ortega marked the World Water Day Celebration through an Underwater Clean-Up dubbed as SCUBAsurero at the coastal area of Barangay Poro Point on March 24, 2014. The activity was conducted with the participation of the Barangay officials and community residents and scuba divers to conduct underwater clean-up.

ORIENTATION OF DENR-1 CONTRACTUALS. A total of 64 contractual employees of the DENR-1 including EMB and MGB attended a one-day orientation on CSC-DENR Office Policies and Programs spearheaded by the Human Resource Division (HRD) in April 8, 2014 at the Social Hall, City of San Fernando La Union.

The undertaking focused on the DENR-CSC policies based on Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. It also included discussion on the major programs, projects and activities of the department as implemented by lands, forestry, protected areas and research sectors with no less than the RTDs and/or their representatives and heads and different Units as Resource Persons.

DENR Pilgrimage Mother visits DENR-1. The DENR-1 family offered a Thanksgiving Mass to glorify and honor the visit of the sanctified image of Mother Mary at the DENR-1 Lobby on April 8, 2014. Left photo shows RTD Nelson Gorospe of Research and RD Salvador of EMB laid their hands on the globe as a show of devotion and sacred responsibility in nursing the world.

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