DENR-1 fetes Women’s Month Celebration 2015


DENR-1 fetes Women’s Month Celebration 2015 with the Launching of Techno Forum on Sustainable Livelihood for People’s Organizations


            In this year’s celebration of the National Women’s Month this of March with the theme, “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 (DENR-1), and the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) (formerly Ecosystems Research and Development Service) launched a Techno Forum on sustainable livelihood which aims to inform the public about the technologies, programs and projects being implemented in the region most particularly the involvement of women in the upland areas.

            A one-day exhibit was held last March 22, 2015 in front of the DENR-1 Regional Office in Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union of which various People’s Organizations (P.O.s) proudly showcased their finished products as a result of the upland technologies for livelihood adopted from DENR-1 with the assistance of local government units (LGUs), national government agencies and other stakeholders. The Techno Forum on Sustainable Livelihood and Enterprise Development Program exhibit was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by DENR-1 Regional Director Samuel Peñafiel and PIA-R1 Regional Director Jennilyne C. Role, along with ARD for Technical Services Dr. Gwendolyn Bambalan who is the Regional GAD Focal Person, ARD for Management Engr. Pedro Noble, guests and officials from other government line agencies.

            Shortly, after the opening, a press conference followed at the DENR-1 Conference Room where members of the media, P.O. representatives and DENR-1 key officials spent an hour of talakayan.  P.O. representatives briefly discussed their “success stories” regarding the livelihood technologies they have adopted.

            A livelihood presentation of various P.O. representatives was conducted at the DENR-1 Social Hall which included the Kinapian Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc (Ginger Tea Making), Siaosiao West Upland Farmer’s Cooperative (Buho Hand bag Weaving), Laguit Padilla Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Duhat Wine), Honey Sagpat Collectors Association (Honey making), and the academe -the University of Northern Philippines (Water Lily Hand bag making). Other P.O.s which displayed their products in the Exhibit are Cabcaburao Green Forest Association of Alibangsay, Bagulin, La Union, Barangay Abut Bamboo Weavers Association of San Fernando City. During the forum, Provincial Director Ismael Gurtiza of DOST shared technology assistance to the P.O.s while Ms. Cynthia Tarroja of the Small Business Corporation, a government-owned controlled corporation discussed the micro-financing opportunities which the various P.O.s may avail.

          The whole day event was addressed to open more doors for upland farmers particularly women to showcase their products and adopted technologies. Moreover, the ENR technologies are not only for sustainable livelihood but are also sustainable for the protection and conservation of the environment. (Gene Garcia-RPAO)