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ISLA VERDE 2Another partnership initiative bound for implementation under the leadership of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region I Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DENR-1 and Isla Verde Mining and Development Corporation (IVMDC). Recently signed is the valuable offshoot of series of dialogue of various government agencies to oversee the implementation of DAO No. 2020-07 signed by former DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu or the “Rationalizing Dredging activities in Heavily Silted River Channels Pursuant to the DENR-DPWH-DILG-DOTr Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2019.”

The IVMDC is the most qualified company fit to undertake dredging, desiltation and rehabilitation of a portion of the Banaoang River (Abra River) in the Province of Ilocos Sur under Inter-Agency Resolution No. 06, Series of 2022, dated April 2022.

Prior to the signing of the agreement, the proponent was able to comply with the necessary requirement based on presented Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) documents which aims to protect and mitigate possible adverse effects on community health, welfare and the environment. This also includes environmental considerations in all phases and aspects of the project.

IVMDC will be responsible in ensuring that the dredging implementation shall be strictly in accordance with the approved Dredging Master Plan and issued dredging clearance by the DPWH.

This is the second dredging and desiltation activity in Region I initiated by DENR I RED Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo following the first one last June 28, 2021 by He Sha Prime Sand and Gravel Aggregates Philippines, Inc. for the dredging of the Pasdan River in Ilocos Norte. (RAS-RSCIG)


Camp Brig. General Oscar Florendo, City of San Fernando, La Union – Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region I (DENR-I) Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo was invited as Guest of Honor and Speaker during the Traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony of the Police Regional Office – I (PRO-I) – the nerve center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Ilocos Region, which was held at the PRO 1 Grandstand at the Camp Brig. Gen. Oscar Florendo, Parian, San Fernando City, La Union on June 13, 2022.

Upon arrival at the event venue, RED Barcelo signed the official PRO-1 guest book and was warmly welcomed by the uniformed men and women of the PRO-1 headed by newly-installed Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Westrimundo D. Obinque. During the deliverance of his inspirational message, RED Barcelo reiterated the continuing partnership between DENR and the PNP in various environmental advocacies especially in the line of law enforcement. He likewise, cited the DENR Ten Priority Programs and presented some short clarifications on these programs. In conclusion of his message, he thanked the PRO-1 for being supportive to the DENR advocacies, programs and projects.  A certificate of appreciation and a simple but meaningful token was conferred to the DENR-I Head Executive.

Before the culmination of the event, RED Barcelo together with the PRO-1 Key Officials led the awarding of various accomplishments of PRO-1 and deserving men and women of the police force and was later given the honor to commence the PRO-1 Pass and Review which was customarily accorded to guest honors. (GCG-RSCIG)


BAKLASBAKLAS 3In adherence to the order of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna which enjoins DENR Field Offices to strengthen the promotion of an environmentally conscious national election campaign and to enforce Republic Act No. 3571 and Presidential Decree 953 which penalize the unauthorized cutting, destruction, damaging, and injuring of trees, plants, and vegetation of public places, DENR Ilocos Region joined Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) region-wide “Oplan Baklas”.

DENR-Pangasinan Field Offices participated in the two-day Operation Baklas teaming up with their jurisdictions Provincial and City/Municipal COMELEC personnel, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Local Government Unit (LGU), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on February 25, 2022 and April 20, 2022.

On the other hand, DENR-Ilocos Norte Field Offices joined forces with Department of Education (DepEd), DPWH, Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INECO) and PNP on February 25, 2022.

In addition to that, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Ilocos Sur thru CENRO Bantay and CENRO Tagudin conducts a regular monitoring and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign since January 2022. This is the reason the public especially the candidates running for a position in the upcoming election are compliant to the campaign rules and mandates of DENR.

With the participation of the Department’s Field Offices, a total of 9,394 illegal election propaganda were collected and turned over to the COMELEC for proper disposition while other materials were returned to the parties involved. (DML-RSCIG)


MANLELUAG, Pangasinan- Sa tuwing ika-21 ng Marso ng bawat taon ay ipinagdiriwang ang International Day of the Forests o ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Kagubatan na unang idineklara noong taong 2012. Ngayong taon, iba’t ibang aktibidad ang isinagawa ng Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman- Rehiyon Uno. Ang mga opisina nito ay nagkaroon ng pagtatanim ng mga puno, pagtatag ng mini forests sa napiling munisipalidad, potting, at Information, Education, and Communication Campaign. Bukod pa sa mga nabanggit ay isinagawa sa pangalawang pagkakataon, ang International Day of the Forest Quiz Bee noong ika-21 ng Marso 2022 na may temang: Forest and Sustainable Consumption and Production na layong hikayatin ang mga tao na pangalagaan ang mga kagubatan at mapalaganap ang kahalagahan nito sa tao at sa mundo.

Ang patimpalak, na dating ginanap online at pinasimulan ng Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), ay idinaos nang harapang pagtitipon dahil sa pagluwag ng mga kautusan patungkol sa Pampublikong Pangkalusugan sa Rehiyon na nilahokan ng mga foresters o manggugubat mula sa DENR Pangasinan Field Offices.

 Ang naturang tagisan ng talino ay nahati sa dalawang kategorya, ang elimination at final rounds kung saan naipamalas at nasubok ang kaalaman at kagalingan ng mga manggugubat lalung-lalo na sa identipikasyon, batas, pamamahala, at pangangalaga sa kagubatan. Ang sinumang makuha ng nakamataas na puntos ay ang siyang mananalo.

Sa dalawampung nakilahok sa tagisan, hinirang na kampiyon sina For. Merygene Cupo ng CENRO Western Pangasinan at For. Gerry Matingin ng CENRO Eastern Pangasinan na tumanggap ng kumpletong collaterals ng DENR I, cellular phone load, at sertipiko bilang premyo. (DML-RSCIG)

Bakun 1Alilem, Ilocos Sur – Validators from the Office of Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations and Supervising Undersecretary for the EMB,  DENR Central Office conducted a site validation last March 23-25, 2022 at Alilem, Ilocos Sur as DENR-1's official entry for the Search for Recognizing Individuals/Institutions Towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.Rs) for Life Award 2020, Lower Bakun River, entered top 5 and will compete for the title with regions CAR, XIII, XII, and X. Cash prizes of Php100,000, Php75,000 and Php50,000 will be given to the 1st, 2nd and third placers, respectively.

Aside from the list of activities/interventions undertaken by the concerned Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs/CENROs) on their nominated river, the validation team also reviewed the Aesthetic Water Quality Improvement, Solid Waste Management, Partnership and Community Mobilization, and Information and Education Campaign (IEC) of the municipality. They were assisted by the personnel of the DENR I Regional Office, EMB  1, MGB 1, PENRO Ilocos Sur, CENRO Southern Ilocos Sur, and the Local Government Unit of Alilem, Ilocos Sur.

All were hopeful of being dubbed as the cleanest river in the entire country as the region's official entry last year, Naguillian River, won first place. This search, which was organized through the directive of the former DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu last 2018, aims to preserve and protect all rivers in the country from threats and pollution. (DML-RSCIG)

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