SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources here in Ilocos Region positively accepted the challenge of moving towards ISO Certification on Environmental Management System (EMS).  According to For. Joey Austria, Team Leader on EMS from the DENR Central Office, “this is the first region which accepted the challenge on EMS” of which according to him is a good indicator of a driven leadership in the organization.  As the primary region to take on the test, Mr. Austria commits their full support to the region.

The Core Team from the Central Office lauded the leadership of the regional office as it bravely started the first step through orientation of all the employees about the essence of EMS.  EMS ensures that its core process and service are safe, reliable and of good quality meeting the ISO or International Standards.  This is a strategic decision for an organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.

As the agency gears up towards crafting the roadmap to manage environmental concerns effectively in the organization, the management, with the Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo at the helm manifested its enthusiasm in achieving the ultimate goal of reducing the environmental footprint caused by the daily grind in the organization.

The benefits of practicing EMS include: 1) reduction in waste production or wise use of resources 2) avoidance in use, and costly disposal of other hazardous or potentially polluting materials 3) a planned approach to compliance with regulations and the consequential reduced risk of prosecutions and fines and 4) increased profitability, better access to markets and improved relationships with stakeholders.