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DENR-1 joins the Philippine Commission on Women and the whole nation in celebrating National Women’s Month as they kick off the month-long celebration with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the #GADToKnowBooth.

The 2023 National Women’s Month Celebration marks a juncture in the advancement of women’s rights as it launches a new recurring theme from this year to 2028: WE for gender equality and inclusive society. It sparks a renewed commitment to advocacy and banks on the gains achieved during the 2016-2022 theme, WE Make CHANGE Work for Women, which emphasized the need for compassionate and harmonized networks towards gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).

The kick-off ceremony was led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo showed his appreciation to the entire workforce of the DENR-1, especially the women behind the realization of the DENR-1 targets and accomplishments.

NWMC 1Gracing also the event were the Regional Director of MGB, Director Socrates Gaerlan, ARD for Management Services, Engr. Raymundo Gayo, ARD for Technical Services, For. Felix Taguba, representative of EMB Director, Engr. Remedios Jimenez, GAD Regional Focal Point System, Admin. Chief Mary Ann Escoto.

Among the lineup activities for the month of March are:

1. First Friday Thanksgiving Mass - March 01, 2023

2. Serbisyong Legal Para Kay Juana - every mondays of the month

2. Idol ko si Juana. Juana Know Why? Photo Contest - Deadline March 24, 2023

3. Gandang Juana Booth at the DENR-1 Lobby

4. #GADtoKnowBooth at the DENR-1 Lobby

DENR-1 enjoins everyone as the new era of the National Women’s Month Celebration begins with the hope and ambition that WE are all for Gender Equality, WE are all for an inclusive society.

PENRO BLDG 2Department of Environment and Natural Resources- I (DENR) Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo led the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed DENR-PENRO Records Building in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on February 14, 2023.

Through former Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Leduina S. Co, a budget proposal for the construction of the proposed three-storey Multi-Purpose Building was materialized. This is to ensure the safekeeping and storage of pertinent records and materials, decongest the existing PENRO building, and also a venue room for learning events and conferences.

“There are two (2) significant events that we are celebrating, first is the completion of this DENR-PENRO Pangasinan Records Building – first in terms of the compliance to the DENR uniformed façade (colors blue, green and brown) as initiated by DENR Asec. Joan Lagunda under Undersecretary for Management, Atty. Ernesto Adobo. Secondly, sa lahat po ng may records building, ang may separate records building lang ang regional office. Pag PENRO at CENRO, naka-attach sa CENRO Office buildings. Pero eto pa lang ang nakita ko na nakahiwalay na records building na sa PENRO. Ito pa lang kauna-unahang separate ang DENR-PENRO Records Building,” RED Barcelo said.

The establishment of new PENRO Pangasinan Records Building constructed within a land area of approximately five hundred seventy-five square meters (575 sqm), was built by virtue of a Contract Agreement executed by PENRO Raymond A. Rivera and the CAD Construction Corporation, represented by its President and CEO Mr. Kevin F. Dion.  The new Records building used to be the location of the old Bureauof Forest Development (BFD) Regional Office Building.PENRO BLDG 4PENRO BLDG 3

Further, two (2) new additional service vehicles (a Toyota pick-up and dump truck) were blessed which is a great relief to the mobilization efforts of PENRO Pangasinan in delivering efficient public service.

Present during the inauguration were Hon. Belen Fernandez, City Mayor of Dagupan City, Former DENR-Region 2 RED Atty. Gil Aromin, Engr. Victorino Domingo, National President of Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines, PCol. Rajo Opelanio, Chief of Regional Maritime Unit I, Provincial Director Mary Ann Solomon of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-I (BFAR-I), OIC Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba, OIC PENR Officer of Pangasinan Dr. Chester O. Casil, OIC CENR Officer of Alaminos Engr. Ronnie M. Jacinto, OIC CENR Officer of Dagupan Engr. Noriel G. Nisperos, OIC CENR Officer of Urdaneta For. Rico G. Biado, Ms. Nora N. Caracas, OIC Chief Management Services Division and Ms. Marlyn M. Banda, OIC Chief Technical Services, both in PENRO Pangasinan. Also in attendance during the inauguration were PENRO Pangasinan partners’ representatives from Aboitiz, Tony’s Lumber and CS First Green. (MSA/RSCIG)

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San Fernando City, La Union- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) through the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), conducted a two- day Training on Communication Skills Enhancement cum Formulation of Annual IEC Action Plan for CY 2023 held at YNAD’S Place Hotel and Resort, San Fernando City, La Union on February 6- 7, 2023.

IOsParticipated by designated Information Officers (IO’s) from PENRO/CENROs, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB- I), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB- I) and the Regional Office Sectoral IOs, the activity aims to capacitate the Information O fficers in written and verbal communication skills which are very instrumental in delivering key messages of the agency to educate and inform every sector of the society. Likewise, the information officers refined their writing aptitudes, identify challenges and share the best IEC practices and strategies based on the accomplishments and to cascade the communication initiatives with the new policy direction of DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo- Loyzaga.

RSCIG Chief Renelita A. Santos welcomed the participants on the first day of the training, the first face- to –face Learning Event of DENR- I information officers after more than two years of bearing with the health restrictions due to the COVID- 19. DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo delivered his inspirational message and urged the new pool of designated IO’s to be responsible enough on their respective roles to face the challenges of their mandated tasks. “There’s a dire need to improve your wits in all avenues of communication to properly execute your assigned tasks. Likewise, this training is an opportune time to share the best application in IEC practices and strategies as new trends of information and communication tools continue to surface,” he said. Ms. Adona P. San Diego, Chief of the Development Communication Division of tIOs 1he DENR Strategic Communication Initiatives Service (SCIS) served as the resource speaker and discussed about “Establishing Good Media Relations” The DENR- I pool of communicators also tackled and planned for calibrated IEC strategies for CY 2023 and the crafting of 2023 IEC Action Plan based on the DENR priority programs.

On the final day of the activity, Dr. Fe Tangalin, Associate Professor V of DMMMSU- South La Union Campus, imparted about vital points on Public Speaking where a brief public speaking workshop ensued which was enjoyed by everyone as they uncover their fears and faced the challenges to overcome it. Topics discussed and lectured during the training are very useful and vital for DENR- I information officers most particularly in the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) activities of the agency which is an indispensable means of advancing DENR’s mission to conserve, protect and preserve the environment and natural resources. Since new trends of information and communication tools continue to surface in this digital era, DENR Information Officers should learn effective and more efficient strategies, to disseminate the agency’s advocacies, plans and programs. (RSCIG)

WWD SAN JUAN 2The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service (DENR-SCIS), through Ilocos Region, gathered over 200 participants for the celebration of this year's World Wetlands Day with the theme “It's time for wetland restoration” which highlights the urgent need to prioritize wetland restoration for a multi-stakeholders environmental engagement at San Juan, La Union last February 03, 2023.

The said event was participated by DENR R1, under the leadership of Regional Executive Director - Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, represented by Chief Administrative Office Mary Ann Escoto, Provincial Government of La Union represented by Executive Assistant to the Governor Hon. Justito Orros, Municipality of San Juan represented by Municipal Councilor Hon. Reginald Ng, Barangay Taboc led by Barangay Chairman Teofilo Cabiladas, Boy Scout of the Philippines La Union Council, Boy Scout of the Philippines Dagupan Council, Food Panda Philippines, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Jaime Ongpin Foundation, and Suzuki Philippines. Multiple activities were set to reignite stakeholders' love for the environment and inculcate to them the vitality of saving our wetlands.

Before deploying the various participants to the environmental activities, a Partners’ Commitment Signing was first conducted to symbolize their willingness to be involved in the initiatives of the DENR in the protection, conservation, and proper management of the country’s environment and natural resources. After the program they were grouped into three. A group was assigned in Ili Norte, San Juan to witness the release of ten (10) sea turtle hatchlings and one (1) rescued mature green sea turtle initiated by Coastal Underwater Resource Management Action or CURMA, a non- profit, volunteer and non- government organization (NGO) based in Barangay Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union and managed by father and son Dir. Toby Tamayo and Carlos Tamayo. These turtle hatchlings were released adjacent to the Marine Turtle Hatchery of the said NGO.

WWD SAN JUAN 1WWD SAN JUAN 4WWD SAN JUANLikewise, a coastal clean-up drive was conducted along the shores of Taboc, San Juan , La Union followed by a tree planting activity at Sto Rosario, San Juan led by Barangay Chairman Reynaldo Ubungen, of which the municipality is identified as a vulnerable area. Participants including the BLGU and constituents planted over 200 mangrove seedlings to reduce the risk of flooding.

Summing up the celebration was an ecological tour at Lotus Valley Farm located at Dasay, San Juan, La Union owned and managed by a former military man and the rising star when it comes to Environmental Conservation and Agri-Tourism in La Union, Mr. Ramon Benito "Toby" Tamayo. He is currently serving as the Provincial Consultant on Sustainable Apiculture, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Development. The brief tour, which served as an Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign for the importance of wetlands and the environment, gave the opportunity for the participants to connect with nature, away from the busy trap of urban life.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 turns the spotlight on children in the celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2023 through the conduct of “Dalaw Turo” on February 02, 2023 in Dacap Norte Elementary School in Bani, Pangasinan.

In recognition of the immense importance of wetlands to the welfare of the Filipino people and the protection of global biodiversity, February 2 of every year was declared as National Wetlands Day through Presidential Proclamation No. 74, series of 1999.

The date was chosen by the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention in Ramsar, Iran that marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.

This year’s WWD theme, “It’s Time for Wetland Restoration,” highlights the urgent need to prioritize wetland restoration and the steps needed to revive and restore degraded wetlands.

According to the Ramsar Convention, nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. At this rate, there is an urgent need to raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore wetlands in the world.

DENR-1, through the collaboration efforts of the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) and Conservation and Development Division (CDD), shared to forty (40) Grade 4 and Grade 6 students of Dacap Norte Elementary School the significance of critically important ecosystems found in wetlands to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, and world economies. The “dalaw turo” program also highlighted the role of DENR in the protection of the environment and the different wildlife found in wetlands, specifically in Bangrin Marine Protected Area.

Bangrin Marine Protected Area (MPA), a mangrove forest found in the municipality of Bani, Pangasinan is home to different migratory and indigenous birds. This local wetland provides valuable protection and sustain lives and livelihood of the communities of Bani. EMS II Joey Zarate of CDD introduced to students the different wildbirds and mangroves inhabiting Bangrin Marine Protected Area.

Through fun and interactive learning activities, the students developed deeper appreciation of wetlands and were enlightened on the big roles they play in wetlands restoration and the protection of the environment.