BAUANG, La Union - The Environmental Management Bureau-Region 1 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources took part in the beach fun walk and coastal clean-up drive dubbed “Pagna Pagna para iti Basura” along the coast of Bauang, La Union on January 25, 2020, which was organized by the Provincial Government of La Union and the local government unit of Bauang, La Union in celebration of the National Zero Waste Month.

Thirteen EMB-I personnel showed full support by picking up trash along the shorelines of Barangay Paringao to Barangay Pugo, Bauang, La Union from 6:00-10:00 AM. Over 800 participants from the National Government Agencies, LGU Bauang, Academe, Coastal Barangays of Paringao, Baccuit Norte, Baccuit Sur, Taberna, Pugo, Bauang, La Union, Sanguniang Kabataan, Barangay Health Workers and Tanods, Marine Reservists, Non- Governmental Organizations, Confederation of Ilocano Association Inc., Bikers Association, Youth Organizations for Environment, residents and other stakeholders joined the clean-up drive. Approximately 1.76 tons of recyclable and residual wastes were collected and brought to the Bauang sanitary landfill.

EMB-I Clearance & Permitting Division Chief Engr. Nicanor Esteban, who represented EMB-I Regional Director Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, lauded the Provincial Government of La Union for successfully organizing the “Pagna Pagna para iti Basura,” which is a very innovative information, education and communication campaign that raises public awareness about the imperative need to ecologically manage solid waste.

The month of January was declared as Zero-Waste Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 760 signed by former President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 15, 2014. “Zero waste” is an advocacy that promotes designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, and to conserve and recover all resources, and not indiscriminately dispose or burn them.“Zero Waste” is likewise a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – In line with the “Bayanihan Spirit” tradition of Filipinos particularly in times of natural calamities, officials and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) and its field offices in the region poured their modest resources and extended assistance to the Taal Volcano eruption victims who are residents of the province of Batangas. The Taal donation is also a commitment to the Association of Regional Executives (AREX) of which DENR- I is a member agency.

Thousands of residents within the seven kilometre - wide radius danger zone of the volcano have been displaced and homeless devastating their livelihood and properties after heavy ash fall from voluminous plumes from the volcano and volcanic earthquakes continuously blanketed several municipalities near the Taal Volcano including adjacent provinces near Batangas. The men and women of DENR- I collectively gave donations for the purchase of consumable goods such ready- to- eat foods, blanket and toiletries. The donations were turned over to the Office of the Civil Defense. Regional Office No. I (OCD, RO1).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) through the initiative of the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) not only spread and inform the public regarding the policies, programs and projects of the agency, leads in the protection, preservation and conservation of the environment and natural resources but also advocates voluntary humanitarian endeavour particularly to the youth.

As a continuing activity of the RPAO led by Chief, Renelita A. Santos and designated information officers from MGB, EMB, PENROs and CENROs and sectoral focal persons – the conduct of Communication Education Public Awareness (CEPA) for the youth regarding the protection and preservation of the environment and natural resources in selected primary and secondary schools in the region most especially in the interior barangays was held in two public primary schools last February 28- 29, 2020. Topics discussed in these schools include solid waste management, biodiversity, wildlife and marine conservation, clean water and clean air.

The information officers’ team first noticed the old, broken and damaged slippers of young learners during their first environmental lectures and activity in Cabaraoan Integrated School in Sto. Tomas, La Union prompted the DENR- I team led by Information II and Youth Desk Officer Zenaida Paday- os and CDO Mariel Aquino to initiate the so- called Box of Hope- a large carton box placed in the lobby of the DENR- I building where voluntary donations in kind like new slippers, shoes, clothing, among others overflowed after an audio- visual of the information officers’ environmental activities was shown during the DENR- I regular Monday Program and the purpose of the Box of Hope moved the kind- hearted employees and officials.

On February 29, 2020, the DENR- I information group went back to Cabaraoan Integrated School in Sto. Tomas, La Union and Siapar Integrated School, Anda, an island municipality located northwest of Pangasinan. In cooperation with PENRO La Union and CENRO Western Pangasinan headed by Atty. Hipolito Salatan. The DENR- I information team proceeded to Anda with the Box of Hope by car, by foot and by water and distributed the contents of the Box of Hope to the excited learners and teachers in the above mentioned schools. In Barangay Siapar, school officials and the barangay chairman thanked the DENR- I team for their compassion and generosity. The small but significant gifts given to the learners is a large bridge that connect the youth to nature and the advocates of nature. Likewise, it will relatively touch and soften their hearts which will someday pass on to the next generations to come.  As they say, “Big things come from small beginnings.”

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 227 series of 1988, the month of March has been declared as National Women’s Month in the Philippines and a part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day, This year’s Women’s Month 2019 theme is “Make Change Work for Women” emphasizes that women especially Filipinos should be active drivers in bringing about positive change and development efforts in all aspects of our society. This can be made possible by empowering women – enabling them stakeholders, and by fully implementing the Magna Carta for Women. The advocacy is to promote in advancing women’s rights and end discrimination against women as well as breaking gender stereotypes and stopping gender- based violence

The changes which empowers women of today promotes advancement and contributes development and progress and tool to gender equality. In our present society, the theme underscores women empowerment which had dominated the circles of politics, business, media, economy, national and local governments, judiciary, the military and among others. The men and women of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region- I (DENR- I) are always firm and strong to support, “Make Change Work for Women. Mabuhay ang Kababaihan!

In the heydays of the yesteryears, every Filipino adored the beauty of this body of water. With its crystalline surface, tranquil environment and captivating scenery— that’s the Manila Bay our old foks had cherised for a long time. 

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