After a month-long celebration of the Environment Month, DENR-1 conducted its Culmination Program on June 30, 2014 at the DENR Social Hall, Government Center, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.  This event is marked with awarding of winners for the launched photography contest dubbed the 1st One-MGB Photo Contest, Mural Painting and Recognition of meritorious accomplishments of DENR-1 employees. Winners of the Eco-Adventure Race conducted at the Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL) in Mangatarem, Pangasinan were also announced during the program.


Also part of the event is the unveiling of the DENR-1 Building Landscape and Mini-Garden located the second Floor by DENR key officials.


RD Salvador of EMB welcomed the participants and guests and thanked the program committee/staff who made the successful celebration of the Environment Month this 2014. RD Samuel Peňafiel inspired the audience that employees should perform above the rest and dream big.


With the theme “What’s Mining to Me”, the 1st One-MGB Photography contest awarded five (5) major winners and all the 24 contestants from the DENR were given with Certificate of Appreciation and T-shirts. The winners on the other hand, received an attractive frame of embedded rock and minerals from the Philex Mining Company.


As a highlight of the event, seven (7) employees from the different PENROs/CENROs were recognized for their meritorious accomplishments on protected areas supervision, forest protection on illegal logging, lands investigation, deputized Public land Investigation, Lands Management and Records management, implementation of CBFM project and best CENR Office.


Regional Technical Director for ERDS Nelson V. Gorospe, Chairman of the PRAISE Committee who spearheaded the first selection and search of DENR-1 performers stressed that this is in line with the pending implementation of the RATPLAN which would help the employees in obtaining promotion in their respective positions.


This year’s search is a deviation of the usual search for “Likas Yaman Awardees” of our partner GOs, NGOs and private entities who are champions in environmental protection conducted in previous years.


DENR spearheads celebration of the Philippine Environment Month every month of June by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 series of 1988 which enjoins every citizen to actively participate in this event and give generous time and effort towards, protection, enhancement and development of the environment.