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City of San Fernando, La Union - to strengthen the youth involvement in the performance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) mandate through information, education, and communication, social mobilization and partnership building, a DENR Special Order No. 2020-331 was issued on September 24, 2020 authorizing the implementation of the Environment and Natural Resources Ambassador Project. This project is also under the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” (TAK) initiative.

In DENR Region- I, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), the information and communication arm of the agency, and also the designated Youth Desk focal unit, is tasked to initiate the ENR Ambassador Project. To realize this initiative, a virtual meeting via Zoom with various partners’ stakeholders was conducted on February 4, 2021 hosted by RSCIG personnel headed by Chief, Renelita A. Santos. The partner organizations include the Lions Club District- 301-C of Northern Luzon represented by Robert Ranchez, Celso Jucutan of DMMMSU- NLUC, Dr. Joselito I. Rosario, College Dean of Agriculture Food & Sustainable Development, Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (MMMSU) of Batac, Ilocos Norte, and Jeff Zamoranos and Steven Angelo of the Lupon ng Indibidwal na Nangangalaga ng Kalikasan (LINK), an active youth organization based in San Fernando City, La Union.

The Office of the DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management, LGU Concerns and Strategic Communication and Initiative Service (SCIS), headed by Benny D. Antiporda will provide Ninety (90) units of Pocket WiFi to be given to selected ENR youth Ambassadors while the WiFi load will be provided by the Lions Club District 301- C of Northern Luzon. The significant meeting signifies first step of youth involvement in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. The “Tayo ang Kalikasan” orientation is the communication vehicle used by DENR to disseminate the advocacies to the public. TAK portrays the major elements of nature, through advocacy and social mobilization. A monthly regular meeting has been approved by the group and a memorandum of partnership agreement (MOPA) is presently crafted and finalize for the said initiative. (ZLP-RSCIG)

Mangrove 3Photo shows (left to right) DENR 1 ARD for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, RED Crizaldy M. Barcelo, USec. Ed Leonardo, Rep. Jorge Antonio Bustos, Sual Mayor Liseldo Calugay, ARD for Management Services Leduina S. Co, PENR Officer Maximo Soriano, and CENR Officer Ronnie Jacinto

SUAL, Pangasinan-Region 1- Responding to the dire need for environmental restoration and adaptation to climate change, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by the Undersecretary for Special Concerns Eduardo DC. Leonardo, Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Public safety Alliance for Transformation and Rule of Law (PATROL) Party-List Representative Jorge Antonio P. Bustos and Sual Mayor Liseldo DQ. Calugay steered the group of environmental advocates in planting 1,000 mangrove propagules and 1,000 seedlings along the 2,000 sqm. coastline of Sual, Pangasinan.

As early as 5:30 in the morning, the so-called environmental partners trooped to Brgy. Poblacion to show their enthusiasm in the goal of the team towards environmental restoration and disaster preparedness which is also a discipline observed by the group which is represented by Congressman Bustos, PATROL Party-List.

The ceremonial mangrove planting started around 6:30am where a number of participants actively joined from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police, the Local Government of Sual, Pangasinan, Provincial Government of Pangasinan among others.

“Plant a tree, sire a son, write a book,” this old quote expressing what a man should do during his existence on earth was emphasized by DENR 1 RED Atty. Barcelo in his message as he aims to capture the mindset of the participants to do something good for the environment in their lifetime.  RED Barcelo also lauded the leadership of DENR USec. Leonardo in this endeavor particularly in collaborating with his colleagues in the service to lead the undertaking in greater heights.

DENR USec. Leonardo likewise urged everyone to refocus on the DENR mandate and look into the possibilities of recreating activities to further advocate the importance of mangroves as natural barrier from storm surge, maintain water quality and serves as breeding ground and habitat for marine resources.  He (USec. Leonardo) also cited that “just like our mountains which protect us

from strong typhoons,” these mangroves are our shield citing what happened in Leyte during the surge of Typhoon Yolanda. The USec for Special Concerns also encouraged all the partner organizations to do mangrove planting on a weekly basis in preparation for the coming rainy season.  This activity for the environment is also in cognizance of the agency’s role in Executive Order #120 creating the Build, Back, Better (BBB) Task Force

which seeks to ensure post disaster rehabilitation and recovery efforts of typhoon-hit areas.  This BBB Task Force according to UnSec. Leonardo is a high-level institutional platform and a more permanent body that will streamline and expedite post-disaster efforts in a sustained and integrated manner, with a clear unity of command.

USec. Leonardo shared his optimism by saying that the Philippines still have the chance to recover by planting more trees and mangroves.  He likewise added that with the support of PATROL Party- List they have already started to install enforcers to safeguard the environment in the Province of Rizal which they intend to replicate in the whole country.  He ended with expressing his appreciation to the efforts of the field office personnel in the implementation of the environmental programs and projects in this side of the country.

Rep. Bustos also lauded the work of the DENR, the passion of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu and USec. Leonardo in ecological restoration where he (Rep. Bustos) declares his full support to the undertaking of his friend (USec. Leonardo).  The legislator also added that he will integrate awareness in the protection and conservation of the environment and committed to help through legislation as he recognizes the huge role of the government and other organizations in keeping a healthy and safe environment. (RSCIG)


Candon City, Ilocos Sur – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CENRO Southern Ilocos Sur personnel immediately responded to a call from the City Agriculture Office of Candon City, Ilocos Sur on December 30, 2021 after residents of Barangay Calongbuyan, Candon City spotted sea turtle hatchlings beside a seawall.

At around 11 P.M. of December 29, 2021 coastal residents, Robin Gadingan, Mark Joseph Barbin, Mark Sanchez, and Sony Francia witnessed the sea turtle hatchlings crawling in the shorelines and reported their sightings to the barangay officials who instantly reported to the concerned authorities who assessed the 73 hatchlings and identified as Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) considered as endangered species. Barangay officials Eleazar Garidan and Reynaldo Aunor and volunteers were able to locate the turtle nest with 8 dead hatchlings and 5 unhatched eggs recovered.

The live sea turtle hatchlings were later released back to their natural habitat by DENR personnel together with the Candon City local government officials led by City Mayor Ericson G. Singson. Since the observation of hatchlings in the area, DENR and field offices in the region will be conducting a Community Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) in said costal community to educate the residents regarding the significance and conservation and management measures on sea turtle (Pawikan). (GCG- RSCIG)


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources inter-regional Memorandum of Agreement between three regions in Northern Luzon which aims to intensify the enforcement of environmental laws and harmonize resource protection was forged by the head executives of DENR, Regional Executive Directors Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo of DENR Region 1, Ralph Pablo of DENR-CAR, and Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Region 2 on February 04, 2021 in San Fernando City, La Union. The MOA singing was witnessed by the Assistant Regional Directors for Technical Services and Chiefs of the Enforcement Division of the three DENR Regional Offices.

The convergence of the said regions will lead to the establishment of inter-regional monitoring stations to unify and streamline efforts and resources through mutual complementation and collaboration for the full protection and conservation of natural resources. With harmonious coordination, the DENR regional offices wish to curb the incidence of illegal transport of forest products, wildlife, and illegally extracted, removed, and transported minerals, and minerals by-products in the regions.

RED Barcelo assured his fellow head executives of his full support to the regions for the full realization of the agreement and the sustainability of future activities to intensify the said implementation. Looking forward to the development of strategic action plans, RED Barcelo suggested significant strategies such as reactivation of inter-regional law enforcement and coordination with other agencies such as the government prosecutors. RED Barcelo highlighted the need to coordinate with the government prosecution to penalize offenders of environmental laws, knowing not much have been convicted for such crime because of plea bargaining.

Executive Directors Ralph Pablo and Gwendolyn Bambalan have also expressed their full support to the agreement. RED Pablo reiterated the need for a proper orchestration of efforts of the three regions and the importance of the commitment, dedication, passion and integrity of DENR personnel manning the monitoring and checkpoints within the regions for it to be fully effective.

RED Bambalan acknowledged the significance of the tripartite agreement in addressing one of the identified causes of massive flooding in Cagayan that happened last year which is river siltation. She aligned the purposes of the inter-regional agreement to the rehabilitation undertakings in the Cagayan River through the Build Back Better project of President Rodrigo Duterte. The ARD also emphasized the intensification of surveillance operations to prevent deforestation following the directive of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.

To intensify the enforcement of environmental laws and harmonize resource protection in the three regions, the regional executives agreed to establish linkage and close coordination among the DENR forest products monitoring stations through their respective Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and streamline the protocols in checkpoints, apprehensions, and seizures, and administrative adjudications in the regions. (JAP-RSCIG)

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WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2021. Photo shows participants in the river clean-up chanting, "TAYO ANG KALIKASAN"


BACNOTAN, La Union – In line with the observance of World Wetlands Day 2021 with the theme; “Inseparable: Water, Wetlands and Life,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiative Group (RSCIG) led the river clean- up activity along the riverbanks of Baroro River together with the personnel of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of La Union, LGU- Bacnotan and the Barangay Council of Baroro in Brgy. Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union on February 2, 2021, also the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention in Ramsar, Iran where the Wetlands of International Importance was first signed. 

A river clean- up activity2 Baroro was held along the Baroro River Watershed downstream which is located in Barangay Baroro, while the midstream is in Cabaroan, San Juan and upstream in Lon- oy, San Gabriel, La Union. The Baroro River encompasses the municipalities of San Gabriel, San Juan, Bagulin, Santol, San Fernando City and Bacnotan, La Union and the river is known for the endemic fish “ipon” which appears to be an ecological indicator of the river ecosystem health.

The PENRO La Union team is led by PENR Officer Engr. Raymundo Gayo, and RSCIG Chief, Renelita A. Santos; the local government unit of Bacnotan is represented by Dr. Divinagracia Apigo, who is the Municipal Agriculture Officer (MAO) and also the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO); Barangay Baroro is headed by Ba3 Barororangay Captain Randy Macabitas, the Kagawads, and the Sangguniang Kabataan members. Riverbank wastes gathered during the clean- up activity includes mineral water bottles, plastic wrappers, dead wood branches, rubber slippers, among others.  The collected wastes composing about 8 sacks were recorded and brought to the sanitary landfill. Participants chanted the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” mantra after the activity was concluded. Likewise, DENR- I personnel from CDD and RSCIG led by Chief Renelita A. Santos and Information Officer I Jenny A. Pugal conducted Information Education Communication (IEC) campaign regarding the protection and conservation, significance, benefits, and the classification of wetlands- the freshwater wetlands, saltwater wetlands and human- made wetlands. The Ecological Solid Waste Management was also tackled during the IEC information drive at the Barangay Hall of which Brgy. Captain Macabitas clarified the sustainable protection of the downstream Baroro River which is the catch basin of wastes coming from upstream municipalities. The village leader said, one of their initiative is the monthly riverbank and coastal clean- up activities and are currently planning to install huge garbage bins and “environmental signage” along the riverbanks. IEC materials on solid waste management and wetlands protection were also distributed to the barangay officials and residents of Baroro who warmly welcomed the DENR- I and PENRO La Union personnel. (GCG- RSCIG)