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VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region I, headed by Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur, led by Gov. Ryan Luis V. Singson, signed the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for the implementation of the Provincial Foreshore Development and Management Plan (PFDMP) at the Provincial Capitol, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on September 22, 2020. The event was likewise, attended by , Vice-Governor Jeremias “Jerry” C. Singson, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member and chairman committee on environment, Christopher Baterina, Vigan City Mayor Carlo S. Medina, Sta. Cruz Mayor Teresita Valle, Sta. Lucia Mayor Joseph Simon Valdez, and San Esteban Mayor Ray Elaydo II.

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The FDMP, first piloted in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, is a long-term, collaborative strategy between and the DENR, the LGU of Ilocos Sur and other stakeholders in the improvement, development, management, protection, and conservation of natural resources within the foreshore areas. It is also one approach in combating underlying threats, issues, and concerns within the 18 coastal municipalities of Ilocos Sur.

“The Ilocos Sur FDMP requires a multi-sectoral approach by which Local Government Units (LGUs) within foreshore areas, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), and Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) actively participated and assisted during its formulation activities”, said RED Barcelo.

Further, Ilocos Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Rosemarie B. Jornacion mentioned that a number of concerns and issues were revealed during the ground validation along the foreshore areas of Ilocos Sur that needs to be addressed. Some of these were soil/sand erosion, flooding, tsunami, improper waste disposal, and the like. The plan, “will provide strategic directions to address predicaments and unsustainable impacts on the area and community.” she added.

Congruent to the said agreement, the DENR with PGIS and other National Government Agencies (NGAs) pledged to work to fulfill the PFDMP vision: “A progressive and sustainable foreshore area of a world-class heritage province that promotes eco-tourism and socio-economic development, managed by God-fearing and empowered citizens guided by principle-centered leaders, to provide equal benefits for the present and future generation.”

The plan, as RED Barcelo mentioned, will draw a guiding framework on the best management scheme to be adopted in a specific environment, particularly on the identification of the highest and best use whether it is legally permissible, ecologically viable, economically valuable, socially acceptable and/or compatible with adjacent land uses of a particular area. It will be implemented for the next 10 years along the 158 kilometer foreshore stretch of Ilocos Sur.

“The Province of Ilocos Sur is one of a kind for it has mountains and forests that nears the coastal and beaches. Nature lover tourists were so fond to visit our place since it is a 2-in-1 package adventure. Thus, keeping our coastal areas clean is a must”, he said.

As response, Gov. Ryan Luis V, Singson commended DENR for the implementation of different projects and activities that promotes ENR protection and conservation especially within the Province of Ilocos Sur. It was assured that the provincial government’s support in the programs and continued partnership in conserving the environment. “Local Government Units shall continue to work together with the DENR for the betterment of our nature,” Gov. Singson added.

RED Barcelo, at the end of the MOPA signing, assured that the management initiatives and activities defined in the plan will be carried out this year. Moreover, he is hopeful that the DENR and its stakeholders will continue to work hand in hand for the successful implementation of the said plan.

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San Fernando City, La Union - To protect officials, personnel from COVID- 19 pandemic and likewise, provide a safe public service, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo officially requested the assistance of Department of Health, Region- I (DOH- I) to conduct COVID- 19 testing among its frontline personnel.

The DOH Region- I headed by Regional Director Dr. Valeriano Jesus V. Lopez promptly responded to the request for Nasopharyngeal Swab Testing to 188 officials and employees of DENR- I. Just like any other government offices, DENR- I is presently implementing minimum office protocols to protect personnel from contracting the virus and to have a COVID- 19 free workplace. Likewise, the agency is also implementing a Skeletal Workplace and Work from Home Arrangement as per Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 10 series 2020 providing for the Revised Interim Guidelines for Affirmative Work Arrangements and Support Mechanisms for Workers in the Government during the Period of State of National Emergency Due to COVID- 19 Pandemic.

 Frontline personnel of   DENR- I especially those who render services at the Public Assistance Desk, security personnel, drivers and field personnel underwent rapid anti- body test or SWAB testing at DENR- I Office, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on September 4 and 18, 2020 by DOH- I medical personnel with the assistance of the Provincial Health Office of La Union headed by Dr. Eduardo Posadas. The DOH also provided the agency with medications to help strengthen the immune system and treat underlying health conditions as well as personal protective supplies such as face shields and alcohols to safeguard the employees from contracting the virus. In addition, the DOH- I also provided vaccines and a Flu Vaccination was administered by the office to all DENR employees last September 21- 25, 2020.

Consistent with the goal of DENR- I prevention plan in ensuring a COVID- 19 free environment, series of cleaning and disinfection protocol has been conducted in the DENR- I regional office building.  With the assistance of the LGU- San Fernando City, La Union- Engineering and Architectural Services (EAS) headed by Engr. Eduardo Villagracia, a comprehensive misting procedures are being continuously being undertaken in defense of the about 500 DENR- I employees including the Environmental Management Bureau EMB and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) against the virus.

DENR- I is indeed grateful to the DOH- I, PHO and LGU- San Fernando City for extending their helping hands for a sustained virus- free environment.

Lingayen, Pangasinan – On September 25, 2020 and amidst the pandemic, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) key officials led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo attended various activities in line with the DENR mandate.

After attending the program and ceremonial tree planting activities in the Daang Kalikasan Project in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, on the same day RED Barcelo also led the National Greening Program (NGP) memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing between the DENR and the local government units of Pangasinan at the Governor’s Office Provincial Capitol, Lingayen, Pangasinan. In support to the NGP, DENR- I allocated a 110 hectare plantation site in Cayang, Bugallon and 50- hectare site in Calitlitan, Umingan, Pangasinan as NGP sites to be adopted by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan to develop in line with the Provincial Government’s project named, Adopt- a- Mountain Project which was launched in August 207 in a 20- hectare plantation site allocated by DENR.  Present during the MOA signing aside from RED Barcelo were Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Atty. Nimrod Camba, representing Governor Amado I. Espino III,   Mr. Nathaniel Pulido- OIC- ENRO- NRRG, PENRO Raymundo Gayo of Pangasinan, OIC, CENRO Urdaneta Engr.Ronnie Jacinto, OIC, CENRO of Western Pangasinan Chester Casil, CENRO Central Pangasinan Frank Vincent Danglose and officials of LGU- Mangatarem and Bugallon.

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After the MOA signing at the Provincial Capitol, the ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of the new DENR- PENRO building which will be erected at the Provincial Capitol grounds which officiated by Rev. Father Hernan C. Caronongan, while RED Barcelo assisted by the provincial government official led the lowering of the time capsule to signify the start of the building construction.   (RPAO)

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Mangatarem, Pangasinan – Key officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo join other stakeholders in the Ceremonial Tree Planting and launching of Daang Kalikasan (Nature Road) Development Framework in Mangatarem, Pangasinan on September 25, 2020.

The Daang Kalikasan event is an offshoot of the stakeholders consultative meeting last September 18, 2020 at the MSPL, Mangatarem, Pangasinan led by the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon, the main proponent of the Daang Kalikasan - former 2nd District of Pangasinan Representative and now Lingayen, Pangasinan Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil, DENR- I and field offices, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-I), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB- I) National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Department of Tourism (DOT), LGU- Mangatarem, people’s organization, (POs) and other partner organizations.

Before the ceremonial tree planting, a short program was first held at the Muelang Bueno Reforestation Association Inc (MBRAI) PO office/ nursery in Mangatarem where the objective of the said activity reiterated by the brainchild of the project. Aside from RED Barcelo, DENR representatives who attended the activity include Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Barbara Pernia, Enforcement Division Chief Atty. Arlyn Buduhan, NGP Coordinator Marietta Javierto, PENRO Pangasinan Raymundo Gayo, CENRO Central Pangasinan Officer Frank Vincent Danglose and representatives from the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) headed by Renelita A. Santos. LGU representatives include Mayor Bataoil, Councilor Ricardo Pastor of Mangatarem, Mr. Nathaniel Pulido of ENRO, NRRG, DPWH representatives- Engr. Larry Flores, Engr. Willie Vince, MENRO Pangasinan- Engr. Denver Quitlong and Engr. Jessie Sacupia, PO representatives include MBRAI President Francisco Yaeng, Mangatarem Alliance of Upland Frmers Association Pres. Isabel Sison, and Bantocaling Reforestation Association Pres. Eduardo Pascua.

In his message, RED Barcelo thanked all the partners of the Daang Kalikasan Master Plan especially the brainchild, Mayor Bataoil, and the POs. He fervently hoped that the Daang Kalikasan project connecting the provinces of Pangasinan and Zambales, will be a successful eco- tourism hub so that the communities and the riding public will enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature particularly the existing NGP projects of the DENR. “We should set aside personal interest over general interest, because if we don’t preserve this, in a couple of years the future generations will have nothing to gain, we must have strong political will and determination to carry out this mission into a reality just like what President Duterte directed DENR Secretary Cimatu in rehabilitating the Boracay and Manila Bay, it’s my commitment too here in Region I,” RED Barcelo added. The DENR- I chief executive likewise, enjoined the POs and other partners to make the “ceremonial tree planting” a regular activity to protect, conserve, manage and preserve the environment and natural resources in the area. With the help of the LGUs, partner line agencies and the POs, RED Barcelo also hoped that the “private property and no trespassing” signs in the NGP areas will be given a solution since Alienable and Disposable classification has not been released yet in this area as per Land Classification map 698 dated 1927.

During the ceremonial tree planting, bamboo species were planted in the higher grounds along the stretch of Daang Kalikasan road in observance of Bamboo Day in the month of September including the planting of Ilang-ilang species. Bougainvillea will be planted in the roadside of the four lane 54- kilometer road as component for the landscaping and beautification of the area.###

 

San Quintin, Pangasinan - Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon Sec. Raul L. Lambino lauded the leadership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources here in Region 1 for being proactive in advancing development through private and public partnership and collaboration. “You’re doing a good job here in Region 1,” Sec. Lambino quipped immediately after the presentation of the Daang Kalikasan Developmental Framework by the team headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo.

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A stalwart of the environment, he took a short visit to Ilocos Region as part of his duty being the Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon.  Sec. Lambino who is known to be an environmental advocate is also the chief executive officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

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His casual talk with the DENR-1 Chief Atty.  Barcelo during his stop at the townhall of San Quintin, Pangasinan before proceeding to the proposed investment site of the LGU, he recommends for the identification of a municipality to host a sanitary landfill that can cater to a cluster of LGUs in Easter Pangasinan which can be replicated in other part of the country.

Sec. Lambino also visited the proposed LGU investment site in Brgy. Dipalo where he checked for himself the feasibility of the site to a sustainable development.  He hiked for more than an hour enduring the scorching heat of the sun. “Maganda ang lugar na ito for an eco-tourist destination” remarked by the official as he urged Mayor Clark Cecil P. Tiu to continue working with the private sector as partners in the protection and conservation of the environment.

His travel to this side of the region is promising not just for San Quintin, Pangasinan but also for the DENR Region 1 as the agency propels the initiative and drive to conserve and protect Daang Kalikasan through an auspicious developmental framework to guide the partner agencies in achieving its goal for a greener infrastructure.  This roadmap is a complete architecture of engineering intervention and beautification of the area which is going to be a collaborative effort between the DENR-1, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Region 1 and Department of Tourism (DOT) – Region 1.

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Daang Kalikasan which is also known as Pangasinan-Zambales Road is located in Mangatarem, Pangasinan connecting Sta. Cruz., Zambales. ###