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          “It has been years that the DENR delved on this Climate Change phenomenon, however more on the technical aspect and people don’t understand it, hence the agency partnered with the PIA to relay the message in a way that people would understand its impact and take action to mitigate it”.

This is the message sent by DENR-1 Regional Director Samuel R. Peńafiel to media practitioners, government information officers, representatives of other government agencies and local government units during the launching of Climate Change advocacy campaign on August 6, 2014 at the Sea and Sky Hotel, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Related to this, Secretary Ramon Paje of the DENR who leads in the  intensified campaign and to popularize and strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation measures has issued a statement that “as the climate changes, so must overall public attitude on climate change”.

It has been articulated over and over that there is enough science and so many information about Climate Change but what is needed is to laymanize this to inform the public in order to enjoin the people and unite in mitigating this phenomenon. 

Director General Jose Mari Oquińena of PIA stressed that “this launching is not to look at it as something new but sustain what the government is doing with new perspective until everybody will embrace it”.

The launching ceremonies started with the unveiling of the PIA’s Multi-Media Corner, Story Reading with Daycare Pupils of San Fernando City and Puppet show on Climate Change, conduct of Kapihan sa Ilocos Region, lecture on the Regional Situation of Climate Change and Household Solid Waste Management.

Key officials of the DENR led by RD Peńafiel, RD Joel Salvador of the Environmental Management Bureau, RD Carlos Tayag of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau and Regional Technical Director Barbara Pernia together with DG Jose Mari of the PIA served as Resource Persons during the Kapihan which was participated by different media outfits in the region.

            The launching was made even more meaningful through a mangrove planting activities in the afternoon which was participated in by various government agencies (Philippine Maritime, Philippine Coastguard, DepEd, NEDA, POPCOM, Phil Navy, PNRC) in the coastal barangay of Parian Oeste, Bauang, La Union. This is also in support of the National Greening Program, a centerpiece program of the government whereby a total of 1,700 bakauan seedlings were planted. EEPatrimonio/RPAO-1

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BOOK ON INEC-IFMA PROJECT LAUNCHED. A book entitled POLES of HOPE was launched at the DENR-1 Regional Office with a presentation of the book’s highlights before the EXECOM Members by I.Norte-PENRO Juan P. Delos Reyes and turning over a copy to RD Peñafiel and FMS-Regional Technical Director Barbara M. Pernia.The book is about the success story of the partnership of PENRO I. Norte and the Ilocos Norte Electric Company in leading innovations adopted through the Industrial Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) of the DENR.

DENR-1 STRENGTHENED IEC ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS THROUGH THE MGB’S GEOHAZARD MAPPING. Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, DENR Region I is interviewed by Radio Anchor Romy Acosta of DWLU-FM, a local radio station, giving details of certain activities slated to highlight the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.

Dr. Nathaniel Rimando (center) of AGLAUN announcing the winners, (from left) 1st Prize Richard Sanchez, Bernard Barbadillo (2nd Prize). Also in the photo are RD Samuel Peñafiel and Ms. Venus Junio

The artist’s display of their oil painting entries (top) and the winning entry “The Warm Embrace”  (center photo)

GIANT TURTLE CAPTURED.  A Marine Turtle locally called “pawikan” was caught by fisherman at the coastal area of Sitio Aliguas, Libsong East, Lingayen, Pangasinan on July 21, 2014. The swimming turtle which was trapped in a net by Mr. Luis Casaclang was measured to be 91.5 cm long with a width of 80.4 cm. Based on a report of For. Marlyn M. Banda of DENR-CENRO Dagupan, the captured turtle with no identification or tag bear no injuries was immediately released to the sea on the same day after this was properly tagged.

Launching of Multi Media Corner on Climate Change with PIA- Director General Jose Mari Oquińena (in yellow shirt), PENRO Samuel Songcuan (in blue shirt), Eng’r. Ben Molano of EMB (extreme left), RD Jennylene Role and ARD Cristina Arzadon of PIA

In order to inculcate into the minds of the young about the Climate Change and how to address this issue, the advocacy launch included as one of its important activity to educate Day-Care pupils of San Fernando City, La Union through Story-Reading (left) and a Puppet Show.  Here the kids learned about causes of environmental degradation such as improper waste segregation, tree cutting, etc.)

Day Care Pupils actively participated in the Story Reading and enjoyed dancing during Puppet show presentation

Resource Speakers from the DENR-led by RD Samuel R. Peńafiel and PIA-Director General Jose Mari Oquińena had a healthy discussion with the media about the Climate Change advocacy campaign and other environmental-related issues. Also in the panel as Speakers are RD Joel Salvador of EMB (2nd from left), RD Carlos Tayag of MGB (extreme right) and RTD Barbara Pernia of the Forest Management Service

RD Samuel Peńafiel explained about the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign as he is being interview by Ms. Joyce Segui of GMA Network

Representatives of various government agencies including the Phil. National Red Cross  waded through muds and waters going to the planting site just to participate in mangrove planting activities as part of the Climate Change advocacy launch

A short ceremonial program was held at Parian Este, Bauang La Union to mark the launching through mangrove planting at Parian Oeste. The program was graced by Hon. Mayor Clarence De Guzman with DENR-RD Samuel Peńafiel and PIA-DG Oquińena and other key officials of the DENR and PIA.  Students of the Don Eulogio De Guzman Memorial National High School gave color to the event with different presentations.  One of the highlight of the event is the Signing of Commitment to spread the advocacy on Climate Change

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