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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 under the helm of Regional Executive Director- Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo and the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Governor Raphaelle Veronica "Rafy" Ortega-David carried out a Technical Meeting Re: Application of Provincial Government of La Union for a Gratuitous Special Land Use Permit (GSUP) for the Rehabilitation of Ramot-Puguil Farm to Market Road (FMR) covering 1.82 hectares situated in Barangays Ramot and Puguil, Santol, La Union last March 18, 2024 held at the Conference Room, DENR Regional Office 1 Building, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Said permit is granted by the Office which allows a specific land area to be used for a particular purpose or projects that are non-profit. In this situation, the provision of a farm to market road system which is free of charge that will facilitate the transport and delivery of goods and farm inputs in the Municipality of Santol.

After the parties reviewed the facts of the application and finding out that all requirements pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No.2022-01 or the Guidelines in Granting Government Agencies Gratuitous Permits for the Special Uses of Forest Lands including certifications concurred by the Commissioner for CAR and Region 1 and  Municipal Planning and Development Office of Santol are duly complied with, RED Barcelo, without hesitation approved the GSUP where it was witnessed by Gov. Rafy, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services - For. Felix Taguba, PENR Officer of La Union-Engr. Cezar Manuel Cabansag, and technical staff, and DENR 1 Division Chiefs.

As a response, Gov. Rafy expressed her gratitude to DENR Region I and the proponents of the permit. She also emphasized that the project aims to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the farmers. Specifically to reduce hauling cost of farm products, inputs, and transport losses; increase mobility and reduce travel time; and increase agricultural production. (DML/RSCIG)


San Fernando City, La Union- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo was accorded with a prestigious award during the 40th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at the La Union Convention Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on February 15, 2024 in recognition of its persistent partnership in protecting the north Philippine coast.

The anniversary program ensued with the Entry of the Official Party led by the Provincial Governor of La Union Raphael Veronica Ortega- David who is also an Auxillary Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard Axillary, Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Ronie Gil Gavan,  the Coast Guard District North Western Luzon headed by Captain Ivan Roldan, fetes the 40th Founding Anniversary with the theme, โ€œCoast Guardians of the Northwest; honoring sacrifice and celebrating unity through 40 years of resiliency to all maritime challenges.โ€ DENR- I Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo received the award in behalf of DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo. The environment office was awarded in the 40th Founding PCG Anniversary as a result of its lengthy partnership with PCG in various environmental activities particularly in protecting the safety and security of our marine environment.  (GCG- RSCIG)PCG Award 3

wetlands 1In line with the celebration of the World Wildlife Day, Department of Environment and Natural Resources โ€“ Region I through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) conducted a communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) on the protection of wildlife to Grade 6 students of Gabu Elementary School in Laoag City on February 29, 2024 and bird watching activity at Paoay Lake National Park in Paoay on March 01, 2024, both in Ilocos Norte.        

Together with PENRO Ilocos Norte and CENRO Laoag, sixty (60) elementary students actively participated in the series of environmental lectures highlighting the theme discussed by Project Support Officer Dylan Dave Sadcopen and the importance of wildlife tackled by Environmental Management Specialist II Joey Zarate.This yearโ€™s theme, โ€œConnecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservationโ€ revolves to a sustainable future that is shared by all in the digital era of wildlife protection and how wildlife conservation is supported by digital conservation technology and services, as well as sustainable and lawful wildlife trading. Gabu Elementary School Principal Crisanto R. Oroceso expressed his gratitude to the speakers of the CEPA for imparting their knowledge on the celebration of the World Wildlife Day and looking forward to a more engaging activities with the agency in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources.         

wetlands 3On March 1, CDD and RSCIG staff conducted a bird watching activity at the Paoay Lake National Park. The conduct of the said activity is to provide an intimate connection between the people, wildlife(bird) and their natural environment, and to identify the various bird species in the area. Some of the birds sighted were White-throated Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Zebra Dove, Tufted Duck, Egret and Heron. 

World Wildlife Day, which was established by the UN General Assembly in 2013, has grown to be the most significant yearly celebration of wildlife. Every year on the third of March, people throughout the world mark this day to emphasize the value of safeguarding wildlife and their habitats as well as to discuss issues that need to be resolved in order to support conservation efforts that preserve biodiversity and ecological balance. (MSA/RSCIG)wetlands 1

IO TRAINING IO TRAINING 1 resize IO TRAINING 2 resize IO TRAINING 4 resize San Fenando City, La Union- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I, (DENR- I) Regional Strategic Communications Initiative Group (RSCIG), conducted the Annual Formulation of Integrated Information Education and Communication (IEC) Action Plan Workshop Cum Advance photography and Videography Training for Information Officers of DENR- I at the DENR- I Regional Office Social Hall, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on February 22, 2024.

RSCIG Chief, Renelita A. Santos welcomed the participants from the DENR- I, RSCIG, divisions, field offices, line bureaus from Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB-I) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region- I (MGB- I) who attended the very significant activity. To grace the occasion, DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo delivered an inspirational message emphasizing, โ€œYou need to learn Advance Photography and Videography because these subjects play an important role in our accomplishments and services to the people.โ€ Through the activity, the RSCIG aims to formulate audience- specific, effective and innovative communication strategies that will inform, empower the stakeholders on the plans and programs and ENR management of the department in the region. The Action Plan serves as a document guide to communication strategies of DENR- I, field offices, MGB and EMB throughout CY 2024. To enhance the skills of information officers, resource speakers from DENR Central Office, Eduard Dominic Ocado lectured about Advance Photography while Kerby Pajarillo discussed about Advance Videography. The series of lectures include open forum, a workshop and on- the- spot outdoor photography and videography lesson session at the Agoo- Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape (ADPLS), Agoo, La Union.

The new set of designated DENR- Ilocos Region information officers, armed with their own gadgets like cellular phones and DSLR cameras, eagerly and skillfully learned the advanced lessons in multiple angles and dimension in photography and videography, imparted by veteran and accomplished photographer and videographer from DENR Central Office. Theyโ€™re beginning to be โ€œenvironment content creators,โ€ because video productions and photography โ€œtalkโ€ of what had been accomplished in any environmental activity of the agency especially on fieldworks. The series of lecture on photography and videography will be a big boost to DENR- I information officers in order to cope up with the latest digital trend on camera and video technology. Created videos and photos are very vital in terms of accomplishments and the said training is one component of improvement in serving the people. (RSCIG)


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 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan again entered a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the interim management of the foreshore area for salt production of the 473.8 hectare Pangasinan Salt Center situated in Barangay Zaragoza, Bolinao, Pangasinan. On January 25, 2024, DENR Region I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo officially handed the signed MOA to Pangasinan Governor Ramon V. Guico III. The said agreement was signed by DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna, by authority of DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga. Under the MOA, the provincial government will manage the salt farm, making it the first and only local government unit in the country to run a salt farm. The agreement is in response to resolve the salt crisis in the country as well as to provide continuity of operations to salt industry and give security of tenure to salt workers. picture 2On the same day, DENR Region I turned-over a Provisional Permit for Pangasinan Bangus Breeding and Hatchery in Barangay Arnedo, Bolinao and signed a Resolution for adaption of Strategic Management Plan of Bani, Bolinao, Burgos, Infanta, Dasol and Agno โ€“ Marine Protected Area Network (BBBIDA -MPAN)  The ceremony was also graced by DENR I Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba, PENR Officer of Pangasinan Raymond A. Rivera, CENR Officer of Western Pangasinan Dr. Chester O. Casil, OIC-CENR Officer of Central Pangasinan Engr. Noriel G. Nisperos, CENR Officer of Eastern Pangasinan For. Rico Biado, and Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief For. Nely M. Butic. Also present were OIC, PG-ENRO Vivian U. Oamil, Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay A. Moya, EMS I Milanie Meriรฑo, (MSA-RSCIG)