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Photo shows: Participants plant mangrove propagules along the riverbanks of Baroro River during the Celebration of Climate Change Consciousness Week on Nov. 25, 2021. DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo leads the mangrove planting of Bakawan together with LGU- Bacnotan, DMMMSU and LINK Participants.

Bacnotan, La Union – In line with the celebration of the Climate Change Consciousness Week, National Day for the Youth in Climate Change Action, National Environmental Awareness Month and Clean Air Month in the month of November, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) in partnership with PENRO La Union and the local government of Bacnotan, La Union while representing the youth sector are Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) Institute of Environmental Governance and the Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalakal ng Kapaligiran (LINK), jointly conducted a mangrove planting activity along the riverbanks of Baroro River situated in Bacnotan, La Union on November 25, 2021.

 A short program ensued in the planting area before the planting of about 500 mangrove propagules (Bakauan Lalake and Bakauan Babae species) sourced from the LGU- Bacnotan while another 500 mangrove propagules were planned to be planted in the eastern portion of the Baroro River. Camille Agatona, LINK President acknowledged the participants led by Baroro Barangay Captain Randy Macabitas and the coastal residents of said barangay. LGU- Bacnotan was represented by Municipal Agriculture Officer Dr. Divina Gracia Apigo who welcomed the personnel of DENR- I, PENRO La Union and other participants. Mr. Celso Jucutan, representing DMMMSU and also LINK co- founder delivered the overview of the mangrove planting activity and reiterated the establishment of 12 Beach Forest Parks within the province of La Union of which the area of Baroro River is one of the selected sites. Likewise, he announced the November 9, 2021 initial mangrove establishment (Saging- saging and Rhizopora species) within the Baroro River and was initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, who led the tree planting activity, reminded the participants the significance of mangroves, “Mangroves are the first line of defense against tidal waves and habitat of marine resources,” he said. RED Barcelo reiterated the Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as the “establishment of reservation areas in all coastal areas in each municipality of the country solely for the preservation, protection, reforestation and sustainable development of the mangrove forests,” and announced the DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s plan for the initiation of Tree Farms. He also thanked the participants for the utmost support of DENR’s programs and projects particularly mangrove planting which is very vital in the climate change adaptation. Representing PENRO La Union is former CENR Officer of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur and Chief TSD Alfredo R. Racoma Jr. who delivered the closing remarks, thanked and prompted the coastal residents in the protection of the planted mangroves as a continuing activity and high survival rate. The workforce of the DENR- I Regional strategic Communication and initiatives Group (RSCIG) headed by SCDO Renelita A. Santos, facilitated and hosted the fruitful program and activity. (GCG- RSCIG)

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION– Turnover ceremonies for the installation of the new chief of the Licenses Patent Deeds Division (LPDD) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region – I (DENR- I) was held on October  20, 2021 at the Social Hall of DENR- I Regional Office, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union.

DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo assisted by ARD for Management Services Leduina S. Co and ARD for Technical Services Felix Taguba, administered the turnover ceremonies of the incoming chief of the LPDD in the person of Forester Nely Meniado Butic who succeeded outgoing LPDD OIC, Chief, Engr. Noriel G. Nisperos who was been in- charge of the LPDD for more than two years. In his farewell message, Engr. Nisperos vowed to support the incoming head of the division. The DENR- I top management gladly welcomed the incoming head of the LPDD and thanked the outgoing OIC, chief LPDD for his contributions to the division which are very significant to the targets of DENR- I. The official turnover ceremonies was witnessed by division and section chiefs and LPDD personnel in the regional office.

Forester Butic, a native Ilocana, hails from Balungao, Pangasinan, is a graduate of University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), and holds the position of Supervising Forest Management Specialist and previously assigned as OIC chief at the Forest Land Use Division (FLUD) of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) and she has been in the government service for the past 38 years. She is married to Moises H. Butic, a retired PENR Officer of Kalinga Province, Cordillera Administrative Region. In her acceptance speech, which was also personally witnessed by her husband and daughter, the new LPDD chief is proud to be assigned in her home region and promised to mentor the young generation of her new division and home region regarding land and forestry matters that she learned from FMB- an attached bureau of the DENR, of which she rose from the ranks before her new assignment in Region- I.  (GCG-RSCIG)

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – To strengthen information campaign on environmental laws and policies in Region- I, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I), the information and communication arm, Regional Strategic Communications and Strategic Group (RSCIG), conducted the Online Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and Policies on October 20- 21, 2021.

The two- day DENR- I online activity in collaboration with the Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region- I (MGB- I), is very essential particularly during this pandemic to capacitate the education and the youth sector concerning environmental laws and policies.  DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo delivered his inspirational message to the sixty- three (63) participants/ teachers from Lingsat Integrated School (LIS) of San Fernando City headed by School Principal Arlyn Bambico. RSCIG head Renelita A. Santos virtually welcomed the participants and discussed the Ten Point Priority Programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and briefly expounded each programs like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,  Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), Intensified Forest Protection and Anti- Illegal Logging, among others and explained the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” - a nationwide environmental campaign that aims to strengthen collaborative efforts among the government, locals, and stakeholders “to protect our natural resources and maintain the ecological balance for the future generation.” The RSCIG chief likewise, praised and recognized the public teachers’ adversities and sacrifices during this pandemic for their relentless efforts to convey “the importance of education” to the learners’ doorsteps.

A review on the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES- O) was enlightened by DENR- I Regional Youth Desk Officer, Information Officer II Zenaida L. Paday- os who also thanked the participating teachers for their continued support in the DENR programs and projects. Marc Lester Rodriguez, legal officer of EMB- I spoke about the various Environmental Laws, Engr. Nandry Clae Lagman of MGB- I imparted the Mining Resource Management most particularly the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act No. 7942) and Geologist Ivy Graycochea also of MGB- I presented the Disaster Risk Preparedness and Awareness. The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program- one of the top priority programs of the DENR was shared and presented by RSCIG Information Officer I Jenny A. Pugal and CDO Denise Marie Lorenzo also of RSCIG discussed the Wildlife Resources Management and Cristine Azarcon in lieu of Engr. Noriel G. Nisperos – outgoing OIC Chief, Licenses Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD), explained the processes of Land Titling.  Short “environmental test/ games” was also conducted after every topics were discussed to energize the participants’ awareness. LIS School Principal Arlyn Bambico, representing the teachers/ participants thanked the DENR- RSCIG for the vital online event for empowering the education sector on environment and natural resources in return, Chief RSCIG Renelita A. Santos also thanked the teachers for their unwavering support as partners of DENR- I.

 RED Barcelo in his message said, “The DENR with your support as environmental law implementer endlessly knock the doors of the civil society because it is our moral and legal obligation to disseminate  and enforce ENR laws to the public.” The successful informative online event conducted by DENR- I is an alternative and continuing environmental activity to the previous “Dalaw Turo” wherein schools were then visited by DENR- I and field offices information officers before the pandemic to impart and disseminate the agency’s advocacies to the teachers and the young learners in the region.   (GCG/ZLP-RSCIG)

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – In celebration of the Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANAMo) in September, 2021, the HIMIG AT WIKA: Agos ng Buhay Translation Contest is one of its major activities. This aims to spread the strong message to protect and care for the rich environment entrusted to us. The song is already heard in Tagalog and given the wealth of language our country has, the song will be heard in 7 major languages in the Philippines namely; Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon/ Ilonggo, Bicolano, Waray, Kapampangan and PangasinenseAgos ng Buhay is the theme song of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB).

Two personnel of the DENR- I Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), Generoso Garcia and CDO Mariel Aquino together with Bert Rivera of DENR Cagayan Valley were invited as panel of judges in the Ilokano and Pangasinense language translations in the Pre- judging competition via Zoom last September 17 and 22, 2021 which was hosted by  Ma. Katrina Apaya and Apol Laroco of the DENR- BMB.  The Tagalong version of the Agos ng Buhay song were translated into Ilokano and Pangasinense lyrics and sung by contestants accompanied by a recorded melody of the song. There are seventeen (17) entries from Northern Luzon - thirteen (13) entries in the Ilokano translation while four (4) entries in the Pangasinense translation. Criteria for judging include, Clarity- 10%, Creativity- 15%, Singability- 25% and Accuracy of Translation- 50%. The sole winner per language will receive Php 15,000 and two (2) consolation prizes per language entries will receive Php 5,000 each. The Agos ng Buhay Translation Contest is open to Filipinos residing in the Philippines who are 18 years old and above while DENR employees and their immediate family members are not qualified to join.

All entries in the said environmental and language translation competition ended last September 15, 2021 while winners have been announced by the DENR - BMB after the result of the judging last September 30, 2021. The top seven (7) winners of the Himig at Wika: Agos ng Buhay Translation Contest are as follows: 1. Clarisse Borral- Bicol Translation 2.Ma. Ann Vallecer- Cebuano Translation 3. Lucy Lunjas – Hiligaynon/ Ilonngo Translation 4. Felix Seriales, Jr. – Ilocano Translation 5. Katy Chene Napao – Kapampangan Translation 6. Funny Joy Lamsen – Pangasinense Translation and 7. Richard Moscare – Waray Translation.  Consolation prizes were also awarded to the following: 1. Bicol Translation- Charmaine Joy Cajurao and Kobe Dionela 2. Cebuano Translation – Psalm David Abella and Francisco Deloso 3. Hiligaynon/ Ilonggo Translation – Cynde Esparagoza and Miriam Burrato 4. Ilocano Translation- Jubilee Biscarra and Victoria Agoo 5. Pangasinan Translation – Lanelina Tamayo and AlmaNepascua and 6. Waray Translation – Arlando Villanueva and Jonas Llevado. (GCG- RSCIG)


BAUANG, LA UNION – Every month of September, the country celebrate the international Coastal Clean- up (ICC) as per Presidential Proclamation No. 407 Series of 2003. The environmental activity is a reminder for us to take action and be part of protecting and caring for our coastal environment and our oceans, as we take care of ourselves. Amidst the limitations brought about by the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) spearheaded the observance of the International Coastal Clean- up 2021 in partnership with the local government units of Bauang and Aringay, La Union together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other stakeholders with a clean- a- shore activity on September 17, 2021.

The clean- up activity led by the DENR- I Conservation and Development Division (CDD) headed by Division Chief Barbara M. Pernia was participated by representatives of every divisions of the agency including the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) which was held in the coastal barangays of Baccuit Norte, Baccuit Sur, Taberna and Pugo and other six coastal barangays in Bauang, La Union and barangays Samara, Sta. Lucia and Alaska in Aringay, La Union. Trash Data Forms were distributed to the volunteers and participants to identify and weigh the collected coastal garbage like plastics, candy wrappers, bottles, styrofoams, metal debris, and among others. The collected garbage were put in gunny sacks which were transported by municipal garbage trucks to the sanitary landfill. There are 327 volunteers who participated in Bauang and filled 144 trash bags weighing 1, 255.35 kilos of garbage.

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Empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the coastal areas are important parts of helping the conservation and preservation of our coastal environment. In the past several years, the efforts toward cleaning our seas and coastal communities have increased through the International Coastal Clean- up.  Volunteers all over the globe including the Philippines, work together on this month of September to help make a difference in the way the beaches, coasts, seas and oceans are able to survive and thrive. Let us also bear in mind the DENR’s Solid Waste Management reminder, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle our wastes. (GCG- RSCIG)