In line with the celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week and the National Day for Youth in Climate Action, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources RO1 through its communication arm, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group has recently conducted communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA) campaign at Bonuan Boquig National High School in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on November 22, 2022 and Barangay Casilagan, San Juan, La Union on November 24, 2022.
The National Climate Change Consciousness Week is celebrated on November 19-25 of every year pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667, series of 2008. This year’s theme is “Sama-samang Tumutugon sa Hamon ng Nagbabagong Klima” which aims to create awareness on global warming and climate change by pursuing broad and intensive public information and education campaign to secure the collective cooperation of private and public sectors at all levels to finding solutions to this concern.
Whereas, the National Day Youth in Climate Action is celebrated every November 25 pursuant to proclamation No. 1160.
The Bonuan Boquig National High School is the recipient of the World’s Best School Awards in the Environmental Action category of a global education organization called T4 Education.
Fifty (50) high school students of BBNHS actively participated in the environmental lecture. Sir Vincent Jun Chiu from Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office discussed climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Dagupan City being vulnerable to geohazard disasters such as tsunami, storm surge, flood, typhoon, and earthquake, Sir Chiu focused his lecture on how the students can prepare for such disasters.
Information Officer 1, Jenny Pugal of RSCIG and EMS I Angelica S. Esteban of CENRO Central Pangasinan discussed the mangroves ecology and its role in flood mitigation along with other vegetations.
Ms. Jeremiah Tan of Pangasinan Youth for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management discussed the role of youth in mitigating climate change and shared some of the environmental activities of their organization.
On November 24, 2022, RSCIG with EMB and the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office gave an environmental lecture at Barangay Casilagan in San Juan, La Union.
Barangay Casilagan is a model barangay on solid waste management. The barangay is known for their remarkable projects for the environment such as “shoot that kalat”, “palit basura”, and the tulips garden made out of recycled pet bottles.
Resource speakers from EMB and La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office engaged the barangay councils, as well as the barangay communities in an environmental lecture on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Sir Renato Nisperos of EMB discussed the climate change whereas Information Officer I Jenny Pugal tackled ways on how private citizen can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Sir Marc Cabanban of La Union PDRRMO discussed ways on how the community can prepare for disasters such as typhoon, flood, and storm surge.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, together with Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo welcomed Director of Internal Audit Service and Internal Auditors of Operations Audit Division during the blended Entry Conference for the conduct of General Audit of Regional Offices-Financial Management System on November 16, 2022 at the DENR I Social Hall, DENR Regional Office I, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union.
Internal Audit Service Director Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr. presented the coverage of the audit (relevant systems, processes, records, reports and personnel of the audit area), and the offices (Regional Office and field offices - divisions and units) to be audited. Furthermore, th group proceeded to DENR-I Regional Office and PENRO La Union on November 16-17, 2022 respectively. The group will be visiting PENRO Ilocos Sur, CENRO Bantay and CENRO Tagudin on November 18-21 and they will proceed to CENRO Alaminos, CENRO Dagupan and PENRO Pangasinan on November 22-25.
The audit team is composed of the Operations Audit Division, headed by Lead Auditor/OIC, Chief Mabel F. Coloma, Internal Auditors and Guest Auditor.
Internal Audit System is responsible in enforcing audit fidnings conducted at the DENR Central Office, Bureau and Field Offices and recommen measures to take actions on the deficiencies by the Auditees. Ultimately, the action is to improve the governance and efficient and effective service delivery. (MSA-RSCIG)
As partner agency of the Department of Education (DepEd) in environmental awareness among students and in preparation for the opening of the school year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ilocos Region participated in the 2022 Brigada Eskwela through the conduct of environmental lecture dubbed as “Ligtas ang may Alam na Pagbabalik Eskwela” at Rimos National High School in Luna, La Union on August 26, 2022. Spearheaded by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) and in coordination with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, 105 senior students of the said school attended the environmental lecture which aims to equip students with relevant knowledge in the protection and conservation of the environment such as solid waste management, climate change, and other environmental laws as they go back to school after two (2) years of restrictions due to the pandemic.
Among the topics discussed were the role of youth in the environment and climate change by Information Officer II Zenaida Paday-os and salient features of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or RA 9003 and other environmental laws by Environmental Monitoring Officer Prince Jay Santiago. EMO Santiago also discussed the types and sources of solid waste, segregation at source, establishment of materials recovery facility (MRF), small scale composting in households and schools, and the roles of the local government unit in the implementation and enforcement of RA 9003.
On behalf of DENR-1 Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Information Officer II Paday-os turned over IEC materials in the form of flyers, posters, and reading books to Principal Rodel Minano.
The Brigada Eskwela is a yearly activity in accordance with DepEd Order No. 34. With the theme, “Brigada Eskwela: Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”, a week-long repair, maintenance, and cleanup activities of elementary and secondary schools are being conducted in preparation for the opening of classes. (RSCIG-JAP/ZLP)
As ALBERT SCHWEITZER, a French-German theologian quoted: " the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others", the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 joined in the celebration of the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week last July 17-23, 2022 through CEPA campaign in selected municipalities/city of La Union on July 21 and 22, 2022.
This year’s NDPR theme is aptly dubbed "Pamahalaan Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Pantay na Edukasyon, Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Tugon sa Pagpapalakas ng Taong May Kapansanan" ("working with government in achieving equal access to education, employment and livelihood towards empowerment of persons with disabilities)". DENR 1 through the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group distributed various environmental CEPA materials in form of flyers, posters, books, and AVPs with sign language to the Municipal/City Social Welfare Offices (M/CSWOs) of the municipalities of San Juan, Bacnotan, Balaoan, Bangar, Bauang, Caba and the City of San Fernando, La Union.
The RSCIG's objective is to provide a sense of belongingness for the disabled individual in a safe environment, spreading awareness on the existing environmental and natural resources laws and policies towards a friendly environment. The CEPA campaign is a step towards empowering people with disabilities to help them make their lives better and enhancing their capabilities in the community by making them partners and project implementors in the community based on what they are capable of doing, so that they could feel that they belong and their disabilities are not impediments for them to earn a livelihood and to contribute to their communities. (ZPL-RSCIG)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-I through Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III kicked-off the Philippine Environment Month (PEM) 2022 with the theme “Aksyon para sa Natatanging Mundo” through a coastal cleanup activity along Tondaligan Beach, Bonuan-Tondaligan, Dagupan City on June 1, 2022.
Said activity was participated by the Line Bureaus, P/CENR Officers, Division Chiefs, Philippine Coastguard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Barangay Officials, and constituents. Later that day, RED Barcelo, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – Region I Director, Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe; DENR-I Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Forester Felix C. Taguba; and DENR-I OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo entertained questions from the media during the DENR-I press conference at CENRO Central Pangasinan Social Hall as part of the kickoff of the PEM. Present during the said press conference were Aksyon Radyo Dagupan, SMNI, iFM, DWIZ, GMA Regional TV, PIA Pangasinan, DZRB 980, Radyo Pilipinas and Bombo Radyo.
Aside from PEM 2022, various special environmental events for June are also celebrated. One of which is the Philippine Eagle Week which is celebrated every June 4-10 of each calendar year with the theme, “Kapayapaan at Kalayaan: Ang Agila at Mamamayan, May Kaugnayan”. DENR I shared some trivias about the country’s pristine jewel to remind Filipinos of the responsibilities as caretakers of the land and the importance of the Philippine eagle and other wildlife in sustaining life on earth. As responsible citizens, we need to usher in a new era of commitment to save our threatened fauna especially our national bird.
As a result of the region’s initiative, the social media cards were shared by a lot of people and organizations including Local Government Units, other DENR Regional Offices, Philippine Information Agency, DENR Central Office, Director Khalil Bayam of DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives Services, , and the - reaching more audience and persuading them to join in the campaign for the conservation of the Philippine Eagle and the rest of the rich biodiversity of the country.
Talking about Eagle, Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III was recognized as one of the finalists for the “Environmental Awards for Governance and Leadership Excellence” Award CY 2021 - RED Category while EMB 1 Regional Director-Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe bagged the EAGLE Award as Top Performing EMB Regional Director for calendar year 2021 where she received a trophy and a cash prize of Php 100, 000 during the “Gabi ng Parangal at Pagpupugay” held at the Grand King Imperial Hotel in Iloilo City on June 7, 2022 in celebration of the agency’s 35th founding anniversary and the Philippine Environment Month.
The following day, DENR I took part in the nationwide tree planting spearheaded by the DENR Central Office as one of the opening activities of the Philippine Environment Month 2022 to help restore the country’s forest cover last June 8, 2022. Participants from various groups trooped to 11 identified sites in Ilocos Region. A total of 1,112 volunteers from DENR personnel of the Regional Office and the field offices, other national agencies and private sectors planted a total of 5,816 different variety of premium, fruit-bearing, and native species from 13 planting sites across the region. Among the seedlings planted were narra, acacia, molave, antipolo, bani, fire tree, mahogany, raintree, agoho, supa, duhat, mango, avocado, batino, and cashew.
In line with the celebration of the World Ocean Day and Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Day on June 8 and 9, 2022, respectively, DENR-1 through the Conservation and Development Division spearheaded the conduct of Communication, Education and Public Awareness campaign, coral bleaching validation and crown of thorns (COTs) removal / SCUBAsurero in the Municipality of Agno and Anda, Pangasinan on June 9, 2022. The CEPA Campaign was organized for the barangay constituents and fisherfolks / communities of Brgy. Aloleng in collaboration with the LGU Agno, Pangasinan. The coral bleaching validation and crown of thorns (COTs) removal / SCUBAsurero was conducted in Brgy. Tondol and Carot in Anda, Pangasinan with the support and collaboration with the said LGU.
Moreover, in consonance with the Department's family day celebration with the theme, Pistang Pamilyang DENR Para sa Tuluy-tuloy na Tagumpay at Pagkakaisa, DENR Ilocos Region joined virtually via Zoom at the DENR-I Building, Government Center, Brgy. Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union on June 10, 2022. This year’s family day celebration highlighted fun games such as chess, table tennis, scrabble, darts, virtual quiz bee and online raffle/bingo. To complete the fiesta theme of the family day, Filipino delicacies were also served to employees and the walk-in clients. DENR Anniversary Messages were then delivered by MGB-I Regional Director Socrates Gaerlan; EMB-I Clearance and Permitting Division Chief, Engr. Nicanor C. Esteban; Surveys and Mapping Division Chief, Engr. Narciso A. Aragon; and Enforcement Division Chief, Atty. Arlyn Katherine C. Buduhan.
Simultaneous with the fun celebration in DENR I were the awarding of 2021 Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers or R.I.V.E.Rs for Life and Pasiklaban sa DENR talent competition in the DENR Central Office Multipurpose Hall, Quezon City, Metro Manila. Out of sixteen (16) regions, the Office’s official entry, the Lower Bakun River in Alilem, Ilocos Sur made it into the top five (5) and was given a Certificate of Recognition from Undersecretary for Field Operations Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna which was received by RED Barcelo, ARD for Management Services, Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo, Jr., ARD for Technical Services Dir. Felix C. Taguba, and Ilocos Sur PENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion.
Also, the Region’s entry in the PASIKLABAN sa DENR emerged first place immersing the crowd within their festive performance and representing Region I the best way. Part of DENR I's presentation was EMB Eagle Awardee CY 2021, EMB 1 Regional Director-Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe who gracefully danced, kept up with the younger employees of the Office, and wowed the audience with her majestic look.
RED Barcelo, RD Hipe, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Engr. Raymundo Gayo, DENR-I Administrative Division Chief Mary Ann Escoto, and the DENR-I dance group happily received the cash prize of P30,000 as “Pasiklaban sa DENR” nationwide champion. DENR-I, EMB-I and MGB-I personnel showed their full support to the DENR-I delegates by watching their performance online.
Still in line with the EMC 2022, DENR Ilocos Region formally opened the weeklong DENR Sportsfest 2022 at the DENR Regional Office I grounds last June 13, 2022.
It was indeed a festive event that gave DENR I personnel a much needed break and a time to relax in a competitive yet friendly atmosphere. Personnel from the different Offices were grouped into four (4) teams namely the Red Management Services Team, Green Technical Services Team, Blue EMB Team, and White MGB Team and each were represented by their respective 'muses'.
Instead of the usual cauldron lighting, the opening ceremony of the Sportsfest wrapped up with the 'breaking the pot' also known as Pukpok Palayok which is a fun game played during Filipino fiestas and traditional parties-one that suits the theme of this year's fest. This was led by RED Barcelo and the Key Official/representatives of the different teams.
The following week, June 20-24, 2022, the Office officially opened frontline kiosks of services from Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) dubbed as HR @ Ur Service as part of the agency's celebration of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month which aims to bring the services closer to the employees.
The ribbon cutting was led by the Chief of the Legal Division Atty. Claro M. Ramolete together with Surveys and Mapping Division Chief Engr. Narcisco Aragon, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Administrative Officer Leopoldo Raguindin and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) represented by Engr. Nick Esteban.
In collaboration with the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. and the Professional Regulations Commission, through their Carbon Neutral Program (CNP) Convergence Initiative, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region I (DENR-I) took part in the nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity in consonance of Arbor Day 2022 with this year's theme: BIKE.HIKE.PLANT at Daang Kalikasan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan last June 25, 2022. Same activity was also conducted in assigned planting sites in the field offices.
Among the volunteers were Regional Office personnel, PENRO Pangasinan, CENRO Central Pangasinan, Professional Regulation Commission-Region 1 (PRC-R1), Department of Public Works and Highways- Region 1 (DPWH-R1), Department of Education -Region 1 (DepEd-R1) Pangasinan State University, Tarlac Agricultural University, San Carlos College, Philippine College of Science and Technology, Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy, Mangatarem Mountain Bikers Association, Region 1 Medical Center, LGU Bayambang, and other volunteers.
To wrap up the celebration of PEM 2022, DENR Ilocos Region conducted a colorful and festive culminating program held at Bauang North Central School Gymnasium, Central East, Bauang, La Union on July 6, 2022.
The program carried Filipino native games like jackstone, bunong braso, Chinese garter, and Sikking Bado (Piko) while the Sideline Band and DENR I talents performed live to entertain the crowd who sported in various color-coded shirts-Red for Management Services, Green for Technical Services, White for MGB, and Blue for EMB.
It was graced by the representative of Bauang Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin De Guzman, Sangguniang Bayan Member- Committee on Environment Felix Sanchez. The highlight of the fiesta-themed celebration was the awarding of plaques, medals, and certificates to the winners of sportsfest and native games as well as the recognition of DENR I’s key officials who excelled in various endeavors (DML/JAP-RSCIG)