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(Left photo) New DENR-I Regional Gender and Devleopmetn (GAD) Focal Point Chairperson Mary Ann N. Escoto welcomes DENR-I Key Officials and selected employees during the National Women's Month Celebration Program and GAD Photo Booth Launching; (Right photo) Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo as he recognizes the women's contributions in the agency's accomplishments.


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) celebrated the National Women’s Month 2022 with this year’s theme: “We Make CHANGE Work for Women.” To cap the six- year recurring theme, this year 2022 will on the sub- theme: “Women make change amidst Climate Crisis and Covid-19.” The National Women’s Month celebration was held at the DENR- I Regional Office, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on March 8, 2022.

This year’s sub- theme emphasizes on women exercising their choices taking chances to make their voices heard, and benefitting from and trailblazing changes. It is a celebration of Filipino women’s power to take the narrative, raise priority issues that matter to them, and call for concrete actions. It also focuses on including women’s concerns in the government agenda and enabling more women to implement and at the same time, demand programs and services that can bring the country closer to narrowing the gender gaps.

The DENR-I kick-off ceremony was led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo together with OIC, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo, ARD for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Chief, Administrative Division Mary Ann N. Escoto who is the new DENR- I Regional Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point Chairperson and members of GAD Focal Point. RED Barcelo recognized the contribution of women in the success of men. Specifically celebrating the contribution of the women employee to the attainment of the department’s target and accomplishments for the past two years amidst the challenges of the pandemic. Highlights of the program include inspirational messages from DENR- I key officials, presentation of DENR- I CY 2022 GAD- initiated activities, overviews of the #GADtoKnow Photo Booth and IEC Corner Juana and the “Serbisyong Legal para kay Juana.” The celebration concluded with the ribbon- cutting cum launching of the #GADtoKnow Photo Booth and IEC Corner located in the front of the DENR- I Office Building. (RSCIG-ZLP)

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SUYO, Ilocos Sur – With the aim to highlight the importance of actions to conserve and sustain wetlands, PENRO Ilocos Sur led by PENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion through CENRO Southern Ilocos Sur under CENR Officer Danilo P. Manoloto, conducted a clean-up drive along Chico River situated at Cabugao, Suyo, Ilocos Sur in celebration of World Wetlands Day with this year’s theme “Wetlands Action for People and Nature” last February 11, 2022. The said river is also the official entry of Region I in the Recognizing Institutions/Individuals towards a Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERs) for Life Award 2021.

The activity was actively participated by employees of PENRO and CENRO Ilocos Sur, Saniata Environment 2022 Shireen Dicang Khalil, officials, and health workers of Barangay Cabugao, Suyo, Ilocos, Sur where a total of ten (10) sacks or 0.16 tons of wastes were collected. Everyone was able to pick up cigarette butts, food wrappers, used bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic straws, plastic bottles, used clothes, slippers, and diapers. All of which post a negative effect on the watershed and its biodiversity.

After the clean-up, a short program was carried out where Saniata Environment 2022 Ms. Shireen D. Khalil shared her advocacies on the development and protection of the environment. CENR Officer Danilo P. Manoloto then appealed for the community’s continuous support and cooperation in all activities to be undertaken by the office especially that it is the entry for RIVERs for Life Award 2021. PENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion, aside from enjoining the constituents of the barangay to be one with the department in the conservation of Chico River, also discussed the Classifications of Wetlands and the Priority Programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. (DCL-RSCIG/CENRO Southern IS)


San Fernando City, La Union - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) paid a very important tribute with the “Salamat-Mabuhay Retirement” rites for DENR- I Assistant Regional Director (ARD) of the Management Services Leduina “Wendy” S. Co at the DENR- I Social Hall on January 7, 2022.

The honoree and the birthday celebrant ARD Co, who rose from the ranks in the department, is a woman who possessed a very strong determination, a dreamer and environmental warrior, gallantly encountered countless challenges before she reached her current position as Director III in the DENR. She humbly took pride of her humble beginnings from the bottom to the top of her family life and colorfuI career. DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo led the officials and workforce who attended and paid tribute to the honoree who is an active advocate of women’s rights like Gender and Development (GAD) and Regional Advocacy for Gender and Equality (RAGE).

Virtual messages were delivered by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations and Environment Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, former PENR Officer of Pangasinan Eligio Soliman, and former Finance Division Chief Teresa Unico. Messages form DENR- I regional and field offices, close friends and family members were also delivered during the event. Also present during the program is former DENR- I RED Samuel R. Penafiel and former DENR- I ARD for Technical Services and now DENR- II RED Gwendolyn Bambalan, who personally shared their respective memorable messages to the honoree. Also seen during the program was Pangasinan PENR Officer Engr. Cezar Cabansag and La Union PENR Officer and incoming OIC, Office of the ARD for Management Services Engr. Raymundo Gayo. ARD Co, a dedicated public servant, served the government for 42 years and 38 years of which in the DENR.

Right after the retirement rites of ARD Co, the installation of incoming DENR- I OIC, Office of the ARD for Management Services followed. Engr. Gayo was installed as the new OIC, ARD M. S. due to the retirement ARD M. S. Co. RED Barcelo administered the installation of the new OIC ARD Management Services. (ZLP- RSCIG)


San Fernando City, La Union- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region-I (DENR-I) communication arm – the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) initiated a coastal clean-up activity in Barangay Lingsat, San Fernando City, La Union last December 20, 2021 in line with the observance of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) 2021 in December with the theme: Volunteer Now: Spark Hope, Create Solutions, and Respond to Pandemic Challenges” (Mogboluntaryo Ngayon: Buhayin ang Pag-asa, Lumikha ng mga Solusyon, at tumugon sa mga Hamon ng Pandemya).

Volunteering has been a fundamental part of the lives of people and communities all over the world including the Philippines which takes pride in its rich history of volunteerism through the “bayanihan spirit.” The DENR-I RSCIG workforce headed by SCDO Renelita A. Santos in cooperation with Lingsat Barangay Council headed by Barangay Captain Jesusa J. Iglesias, conducted the early daybreak coastal clean-up along the shorelines of the said barangay that included coastal resident volunteers. The coastal clean-up activity resulted in the collection of about ten sacks of coastal wastes like mineral water bottles, used clothing, plastic caps, among others. Lingsat is where one of the three (3) marine protected areas established in San Fernando City enriching the marine resources and to help preserve the diverse coastal ecosystems of coastal barangays.

NVM celebration aims to build nationwide public awareness, create the environment for bolstering voluntary action in development and recognize the noble acts of volunteerism by individuals, families, institutions, and communities as vital partners in economic and community development (GCG-RSCIG)

SRACDENR – Ilocos Region – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his visit to Region 1 calls for the establishment of mini-forests/parks in every Local Government Unit (LGU) to help in the reforestation program of the government.

Sec. Cimatu met with the officials in the region headed by the Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo including the four (4) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENRO) and seven (7) Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENRO) to ascertain how the ENR programs are being implemented in this part of the country.  “We should not be complacent in the performance of our duties to protect our environment particularly in this time of pandemic.  It is important that we strictly implement the environmental laws on Clean Air, Clean Water and Solid Waste Management” stated by Sec. Cimatu.  He also added that on top of the 3 major environmental laws to include in their priority list are the legislated Protected Areas (PA) and the National Greening Program (NGP)

According to the DENR Chief, the establishment of mini-forests or parks in the municipalities will support the government’s efforts and initiatives for clean air and augment the timber requirement of the country.  This is also in line with the agency’s initiatives in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.

He urged the key officials in the region to encourage the stakeholders and guide tSRAC1hem on planting varieties of timber commodity that will help in promoting forestry investment and establish a good source of local wood to supplement the demand of the country.  Sec. Cimatu also directed the field officials to focus on planting 1-2 varieties for the NGP Plantations and look into strategies to sustain the protection and maintenance of these plantations.

The Secretary reminded that the field offices are the frontliners in the successful implementation of the agency’s programs and projects.  That “it is very important to always keep in mind the mission statement of the agency in mobilizing the citizenry in the protection, conservation and management of the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.”

Sec. Cimatu is the brainchild of big environmental tickets like the Boracay Island and Manila Bay Rehabilitation and the Build Back Better project in Cagayan and Marikina Rivers