SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union– In line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)’s implementation of its program and projects, the information arm of the agency convened for the first this year 2020 to strategize in the Communication Education Public Awareness (CEPA) or Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign. Led by the DENR- I, Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO), the 2020 first Regular Meeting for information officers and Youth Desk Officers was held at the DENR-Region- I Conference Hall, Government Center, San Fernando City, La Union last February 13, 2020.

The said occasion was likewise, is the first face to face meeting of all DENR- I information officers with Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo after he assumed his post in the region.  Information Officers from DENR-1, PENROs and CENROs and sectoral focal persons, from the Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-I) convened to strategize and strengthen this year’s IEC campaign on DENR’s advocacies, programs and projects. Likewise, updates and directives from the Central Office, 2020 Communication Plan and strategies for the DENR-I official newsletter, the Green News, were presented.  The 2020 Youth Work Program was discussed as well with the representatives from PENROs and CENROs.

RPAO Chief, Senior Communication Development Officer, Renelita Santos proposed to the information body of the DENR- I to have a regular communication between information officers to synchronize informations, report and activities.“ It is like what the Central Office is doing to prevent struggles or confusion in the implementation and execution of our activities”, she said. 

Moreover, updates regarding the Search for the Recognizing Individual/Institutions towards a Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers Award (R.I.V.E.R.S. for Life) was also tackled.  It was cited in the meeting that the Naguilian River System was chosen and endorsed as the region’s official entry to the 2019 R.I.V.E.Rs  for Life Award search.

In his message, RED Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, encouraged the information officers to fulfill their duties well and to enjoin the citizenry to support DENR programs and projects.