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In a meaningful Salamat, Mabuhay Program last January 31, 2023, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 gave tribute to seven (7) retirees at Ynad’s Place Hotel and Resort, Inc., San Juan, La Union.

SALAMAT MABUHAY 1Being honored are former Northern Ilocos Norte CENR Officer- For. Noemi Ruadap, Conservation and Development Division Chief- For. Barbara Pernia, Project Evaluation Officer III- Ms. Deborah Menguita, Administrative Officer V Ma. Clemence Nacar, Forester II Alberson Sagun, Land Management Officer II Pablo Ody Bentrez, and Cartogrpher I Bona Perez. They were recognized for their service in the agency during which they have shown exemplary dedication and efficient conduct of their duties. The said event was an adoption of the Civil Service Commission Memorandum series of Circular No. 7 to recognize retiring employees in government service.

During the said program, their loved ones and officemates extended their well wishes, word of congratulatory, and recollection of their memories together thru a video message.  Regional Executive Director- Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III, who led the program, delivered a message wherein he talked about the honorees’ passion, sacrifice and service. He mentioned that retirement is a new phase of life, it’s like setting one whole new journey with nothing to worry about. No bosses, no targets, no reports to submit, and no messages to prepare. This is the time for them to do what they think they could have done especially with their families. RED Barcelo also gave thanks for their invaluable length of service in the agency contributing to the success of the department.


The honorees were then awarded Plaques of Recognition and tokens and in turn expressed their gratitude to everybody especially to the department.

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CEPA 1In line with the celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week and the National Day for Youth in Climate Action, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources RO1 through its communication arm, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group has recently conducted communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA) campaign at Bonuan Boquig National High School in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on November 22, 2022 and Barangay Casilagan, San Juan, La Union on November 24, 2022.

CEPA 3The National Climate Change Consciousness Week is celebrated on November 19-25 of every year pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667, series of 2008. This year’s theme is “Sama-samang Tumutugon sa Hamon ng Nagbabagong Klima” which aims to create awareness on global warming and climate change by pursuing broad and intensive public information and education campaign to secure the collective cooperation of private and public sectors at all levels to finding solutions to this concern.

Whereas, the National Day Youth in Climate Action is celebrated every November 25 pursuant to proclamation No. 1160. 

The Bonuan Boquig National High School is the recipient of the World’s Best School Awards in the Environmental Action category of a global education organization called T4 Education.

Fifty (50) high school students of BBNHS actively participated in the environmental lecture. Sir Vincent Jun Chiu from Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office discussed climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Dagupan City being vulnerable to geohazard disasters such as tsunami, storm surge, flood, typhoon, and earthquake, Sir Chiu focused his lecture on how the students can prepare for such disasters.

Information Officer 1, Jenny Pugal of RSCIG and EMS I Angelica S. Esteban of CENRO Central Pangasinan discussed the mangroves ecology and itsCEPA 2 role in flood mitigation along with other vegetations.

Ms. Jeremiah Tan of Pangasinan Youth for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management discussed the role of youth in mitigating climate change and shared some of the environmental activities of their organization.

On November 24, 2022, RSCIG with EMB and the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office gave an environmental lecture at Barangay Casilagan in San Juan, La Union.

Barangay Casilagan is a model barangay on solid waste management. The barangay is known for their remarkable projects for the environment such as “shoot that kalat”, “palit basura”, and the tulips garden made out of recycled pet bottles.

Resource speakers from EMB and La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office engaged the barangay councils, as well as the barangay communities in an environmental lecture on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Sir Renato Nisperos of EMB discussed the climate change whereas Information Officer I Jenny Pugal tackled ways on how private citizen can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Sir Marc Cabanban of La Union PDRRMO discussed ways on how the community can prepare for disasters such as typhoon, flood, and storm surge.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, together with Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo welcomed Director of Internal Audit Service and Internal Auditors of Operations Audit Division during the blended Entry Conference for the conduct of General Audit of Regional Offices-Financial Management System on November 16, 2022 at the DENR I Social Hall, DENR Regional Office I, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union.

IAS 1Internal Audit Service Director Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr. presented the coverage of the audit (relevant systems, processes, records, reports and personnel of the audit area), and the offices (Regional Office and field offices - divisions and units) to be audited. Furthermore, th group proceeded to DENR-I Regional Office and PENRO La Union on November 16-17, 2022 respectively. The group will be visiting PENRO Ilocos Sur, CENRO Bantay and CENRO Tagudin on November 18-21 and they will proceed to CENRO Alaminos, CENRO Dagupan and PENRO Pangasinan on November 22-25.

The audit team is composed of the Operations Audit Division, headed by Lead Auditor/OIC, Chief Mabel F. Coloma, Internal Auditors and Guest Auditor.

Internal Audit System is responsible in enforcing audit fidnings conducted at the DENR Central Office, Bureau and Field Offices and recommen measures to take actions on the deficiencies by the Auditees. Ultimately, the action is to improve the governance and efficient and effective service delivery. (MSA-RSCIG)

 

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As partner agency of the Department of Education (DepEd) in environmental awareness among students and in preparation for the opening of the school year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ilocos Region participated in the 2022 Brigada Eskwela through the conduct of environmental lecture dubbed as “Ligtas ang may Alam na Pagbabalik Eskwela” at Rimos National High School in Luna, La Union on August 26, 2022. Spearheaded by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) and in coordination with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, 105 senior students of the said school attended the environmental lecture which aims to equip students with relevant knowledge in the protection and conservation of the environment such as solid waste management, climate change, and other environmental laws as they go back to school after two (2) years of restrictions due to the pandemic.

Among the topics discussed were the role of youth in the environment and climate change by Information Officer II Zenaida Paday-os and salient features of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or RA 9003 and other environmental laws by Environmental Monitoring Officer Prince Jay Santiago. EMO Santiago also discussed the types and sources of solid waste, segregation at source, establishment of materials recovery facility (MRF), small scale composting in households and schools, and the roles of the local government unit in the implementation and enforcement of RA 9003.

On behalf of DENR-1 Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Information Officer II Paday-os turned over IEC materials in the form of flyers, posters, and reading books to Principal Rodel Minano.

The Brigada Eskwela is a yearly activity in accordance with DepEd Order No. 34. With the theme, “Brigada Eskwela: Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”, a week-long repair, maintenance, and cleanup activities of elementary and secondary schools are being conducted in preparation for the opening of classes. (RSCIG-JAP/ZLP)

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As ALBERT SCHWEITZER, a French-German theologian quoted: " the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others", the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1 joined in the celebration of the 44th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week last July 17-23, 2022 through CEPA campaign in selected municipalities/city of La Union on July 21 and 22, 2022.

This year’s NDPR theme is aptly dubbed "Pamahalaan Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Pantay na Edukasyon, Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Tugon sa Pagpapalakas ng Taong May Kapansanan" ("working with government in achieving equal access to education, employment and livelihood towards empowerment of persons with disabilities)".  DENR 1 through the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group distributed various environmental CEPA materials in form of flyers, posters, books, and AVPs with sign language to  the Municipal/City Social Welfare Offices (M/CSWOs) of the municipalities of San Juan, Bacnotan, Balaoan, Bangar, Bauang, Caba and the City of San Fernando, La Union. 

The RSCIG's objective is to provide a sense of belongingness for the disabled individual in a safe environment, spreading awareness on the existing environmental and natural resources laws and policies towards a friendly environment.  The CEPA campaign is a step towards empowering people with disabilities to help them make their lives better and enhancing their capabilities in the community by making them partners and project implementors in the community based on what they are capable of doing, so that they could feel that they belong and their disabilities are not impediments for them to earn a livelihood and to contribute to their communities. (ZPL-RSCIG)