In an effort to assist LGUs in the preparation and approval of their Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plans, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – Region I of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Ecological Solid Waste Management Section (ESWMS) held a Review and Evaluation of Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plans of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur, municipalities of Santiago, San Esteban, Tagudin, Cervantes and Narvacan in the Province of Ilocos Sur, and the municipalities of Sto. Tomas and San Gabriel in the Province of La Union on May 15-17, 2019 at One Vittoria Hotel, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
EMB Region I Director Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe urged the LGUs to intensify the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 in their respective municipalities. She stressed the importance of involving everyone in the community in the ecological management of solid wastes, especially the practice of backyard composting, which significantly diverts wastes from the sanitary landfills.
Director Hipe, EMB-I Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division Chief Engr. Antonio L. Estrada, Provincial Environment Monitoring Officers of Ilocos Sur Eduardo T. Malasig and Leonilo B. Alinio, ESWMS OIC-Chief Marygail Antonette C. Naanep, Senior Environmental Management Specialist Immaecor Joy Alicias-Amilao, Senior Environmental Management Specialist Engr. Melecio Llanes, Jr. and ESWMS technical personnel held one-on-one coaching with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Officer of Ilocos Sur Edgar Yabes and representatives from the seven LGUs to help them improve and finalize their respective Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plans to be submitted to the National Solid Waste Management Commission for approval.
Basista, Pangasinan – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) in Region 1 also shifted gears in highlighting its programs through the Tayo Ang Kalikasan, an advocacy and social mobilization vehicle to uplift the lives of the people, recognizing their contribution to the environment.
A 4th Class Municipality, the Local Government Unit of Basista stood tall in bolstering the heavy shift propelled by the DENR in involving the people to move towards a common goal especially in providing a solution to the glaring solid waste management concern.
The LGU Executive Manolito De Leon expressed his gratitude to the DENR – 1’s support verbalizing that “Our problem is the unmanaged solid wastes. Philippines is not privy to the glaring in solid waste and we responded to the challenge by collaborating with the DENR here in Region 1 and came up with launching the Tayo Ang Kalikasan. In doing so, Basista will be part of the solution and not of the problem.”
Mayor De Leon underscored in his message and gave emphasis on their best practices on SWM namely: eco-bricking, potential materials recovery for their bags for life and basura expo. All these practices are not only a practice of the LGU but has been executed by the 13 barangays of Basista including the schools, reason for the DENR to choose and recognize their efforts in one of the environmental concerns SWM, which causes nuisance, environmental hazards or public health risks.
DENR Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa likewise thanked and lauded the efforts of Basista and their positive response on the challenge of solid waste management. RED Tuballa correspondingly urged the Department of Education to inculcate proper waste disposal to young learners and to include the love for the environment in their curriculum.
An estimated 250 participants came out strong and affirmed their commitments by sharing the vision for their municipality which is hoped to be replicated by other LGUs in the future. Participants include member of Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Committee of the 13 barangays of the said town, DepEd and Sangguniang Kabataan.
Their desire to be part of the solution is obviously clear and commendable in spite being a 4th class municipality.
Their dedication in helping the environment was cemented by the commitment setting and signing of the TAK Pledge of Commitment undertaken before the launch ended.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur – “We need to start shaping up and uphold the DENR Core values at all times.” This was the callout of Assistant Secretary for Human Resource and Development and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda to all DENR Ilocos Region Officials during her visit to the north as part of her DENR HRD appraisal and assessment.
ASec. Lagunda reviewed and checked the HRD activities and interventions of Ilocos Region despite of the bad weather. She was prompt and outspoken on what she wants to impose in improving the jewels of the organization, its employees. She believes that an organization’s asset lies in its people and it is very crucial to invest in the development of employees thus, she finds time to go to the field offices to instill the core values of the agency and gave a stern warning in those not following the civil service rules and policies as prescribed by the Civil Service Commission.
She presented the DENR core values which is also coined from the DENR acronym. The Core Values of DENR according to ASec. Lagunda is D-forDiscipline, E-for Excellence, N-for Nobility and R-for Responsibility. Discipline exemplifies giving value for people, work and organization; Excellence is for enhancing competencies, enforcing environmental laws and achieving goals with service quality; Nobility is exemplifying integrity with compassion, pride and honor and Responsibility for being committed, accountable, transparent and participatory towards good governance.
In her message towards achieving a competent workforce, she mentioned about having a good and positive mind-set to be a model DENR employee. Gone are the days that we forget about the image of the organization we work for, but because of the leadership of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu,who himself exemplifies the DENR core values, his army must also follow suit and keep being accustomed to the values of the agency.
Her visit was the 5th leg in her HRD caravan. She was with HRD Director Ric Enriquez as they were warmly welcomed by the DENR Ilocos Region Officials headed by Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa.
TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC SERVICE BY REDUCING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE
PURPOSE OF CITIZEN’S CHARTER
To promote transparency in the DENR with regard to the manner of transacting with the public through the simplification of frontline service procedures, formulation of service standards for every transaction, and making these known to the customer.
The DENR is the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources.
A nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and a clean and healthy environment.
The DENR shall be the driving force in the pursuit of sustainable development, enabling stakeholders’ participation in the protection, conservation and management of the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.
In pursuit of the foregoing, the fast, efficient and satisfactory performance of the following frontline services of the DENR may be demanded by customers:
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed hope the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would receive the P3.036 billion additional funding it needed to bankroll three crucial programs the agency will start to implement next year.
“We are hopeful the budget augmentation will be included in the final version of the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) to be passed by Congress—the House of Representatives and the Senate—and signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Cimatu said.
The proposed funding increase includes P1.2 billion for the Enforcement Bureau; P1.8 billion for the full implementation of the Republic Act No. 11038 or the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018” ; and P36 million for land titling.
During the budget deliberation at the House Appropriations Committee held last September 6, both the Majority and Minority blocs threw their support behind Cimatu’s plans to create an Enforcement Bureau with the assurance that they would push for the augmentation of the DENR budget during the bicameral conference on the 2020 GAB.
He explained that with its own Enforcement Bureau, the DENR could effectively enforce environmental laws and protect its workers who have been the vicious targets of illegal loggers and other environmental criminals.
The environment chief made the appeal a few days after Bienvenido Veguilla Jr., a DENR forest ranger, was brutally killed by suspected illegal loggers in El Nido, Palawan.
The deliberation likewisetackled the need for the additional funds for the full implementation of and the acceleration of land titling and distribution of public lands.
Last Sept. 20, the House approved on third and final reading the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, including the P25.5 billion allocation for the DENR which is 16 percent higher than the P21.96 billion it got for this year.
The Senate had already started its own review of the government’s spending plan for next year and is expected to come up with its own version of the GAB.
“We are hoping that the DENR would get the same extent of support from the senators just like their counterparts in the House when they meet at the bicameral conference committee,” Cimatu said.
“Representatives crossed party lines in casting their support,” Cimatu said, referring to the commitment of support given by House Majority Floor leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority leader Manila 6th District Rep. BienvenidoAbante Jr., and independent opposition Albay 1st District Rep. EdcelLagman.
At the deliberations, Romualdez assured Cimatu of joining “the minority in the proposals to support the department all out” in response to Abante’s assurance of the minority block’s support to the DENR’s appeal to increase its proposed 2020 budget
“Kung hindi pa kayo masyadong Masaya dyan, andito po kami,” Abante said, responding to Cimatu’s appeal on the need to increase the proposed DENR P25.5 budget.
For his part, Lagman said that “the independent minority will join the majority” in pushing for the increase in the DENR’s budget.
“Mr. Chairman. At the proper time, if the Majority in the Committee or at the Plenary would consider a justified augmentation of the proposed budget of the DENR, the independent opposition will join the majority in making this allocation,” Lagman said.
The DENR—through Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones—submitted to Congress the proposed augmentation budget of the agency last Sept. 16.
In a letter addressed to House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Leones said the DENR would need P1.2 billion for the establishment and initial operation of the proposed Enforcement Bureau in 2020.
Leones said the agency would also need P1.8 billion for the full implementation of E-NIPAS law, and P36 million to fast track the issuance of titles for alienable and disposable public lands.
According to Leones, the creation of an Enforcement Bureau within the DENR is in line with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, particularly peace and order, as it would enable the department to “fully implement and enforce laws on environment and natural resources (ENR) with full authority to police illegal loggers and ENR violators.”
The DENR official also cited the need for “full logistic support” for the implementation of the E-NIPAS law and the acceleration of public land distribution.
“Still, under the 10-point agenda of the President, to be specific, is to ‘ensure security of land tenure’ to encourage investments and address bottlenecks in land management and titling,” Leones pointed out.
The E-NIPAS law expands NIPAS Act of 1992 to cover broader range of protected areas (PAs) safeguarded under the law. The new law adds 94 more legislated PAs in the country, and bolsters the security of previously declared PAs.
The law allows the DENR to strengthen the management of PAs, which are widely considered essential for biodiversity conservation. PAs are frequently home to irreplaceable and threatened species. ###