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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 (RSCIG), the main communication unit of the department conducted the Virtual Orientation cum Workshop on the Creation of DENR- I Communication Plan (ComPlan) Calendar Year 2022- 2026 at DENR- I Regional Office, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on March 16- 17, 2021. RSCIG hosted the significant event headed by Chief, Renelita A. Santos together with the Sectoral Focal Persons from Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB-I) Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region- I (MGB- I) and to ensure the health and well- being of all involved on said event because of the pandemic, designated information officers from DENR- I field offices attended via Zoom.

As the main communicationCOMPLAN 2 arm of DENR- I, RCSIG is mandated to lead and create public awareness and provide information on Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) programs and projects. Because of the pandemic, DENR adopted alternative measures to efficiently implement and strengthen information education and communication (IEC) drive to the public most particularly in the social media. The orientation/ workshop aims to capacitate designated Information Officers in DENR- I, EMB- I, MGB-I and field offices who also acts as Public Assistance Desk Officers (PADO) and Youth Desk Coordinators. They are as well be informed on the regions’ environmental issues and concerns, ENR laws, programs and projects of the department and shall form part of the creation of the DENR- I Com Plan for CY 2022- 2026. The ComPlan aims to guide and support activities for increasing stakeholder awareness and literacy on the ecological and economic values of the environment and natural resources and the designated information officers of PENROs, CENROs and sectoral focal persons are the front liners in the information campaign drive in the implementation of DENR programs, projects and other activities in llocos Region.

During the event, DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo personally delivered his message and urged the new set of Information Officers to strengthen their mandated responsibilities to raise awareness on how to provide information on ENR programs and projects under the “new normal” situation most particularly in the social media – the foremost, loudest, and most visible medium today. He also reminded the participants regarding the Ten Point Priority Programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, “we must write, conceptualize, inform and empower the public based on these priority programs,” the DENCOMPLAN 1R- I head executive said. “I hope that you will help craft a creative, informative and innovative Communication Plan for CY 2022- 2026 for the public to be closer to our DENR IEC campaign awareness, you are the DENR bridge and voice to the public,” he added. Likewise, DENR Director of Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service (SCIS) Dr. Hiro Masuda, virtually delivered his inspirational message and stressed that “We act as legitimate information officers with end goal for culture and behavior change.” DENR National Youth Desk Officer, Joseph M. Villaflor also virtually discussed the components and important points of Environmental Education and Information, ENR laws, among others.

Participants were virtually formed into groups wherein they prepared and presented their respective work programs and communication plans regarding environmental issues based on the Ten Point Priority Programs during the workshop. The workshop and orientation not only focused on the creation of ComPlan but also aims to generate “consistent and uniformed messages about DENR Ilocos Region- I advocacies based on the DENR Roadmap crafted in 2016. This April 2021, a learning event on the results based Strategic Communication Plan will be hosted by the DENR-SCIS to formulate the medium term communication plan aligned with the ENR priority program. (GCG-RSCIG)    

URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan“TBIKE HIKE 1he National Greening Program (NGP) aims to bring back the diminishing forest cover of the Philippines, sana matulungan niyo kami na pangalagaan ang mga puno at kagubatan at, ginagawa natin ang lahat para mag-succeed ang project na ito,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Daniel Darius Nicer said during the Environmental Caravan dubbed “Bike and Hike for Health and Environment” held at Sitio Parasapas, Barangay Casantamaria-an, San Quintin, Pangasinan on March 12, 2020. The said activity is also in line with the celebration of the International Year of Forests (IDY) this month of March, 2021 with the theme, “Forest Restoration, a path to recovery   and well- being.”

The combined sports, health and nature activity was initiated by Asec Nicer which aims to entice people of their active participation in restoring and protecting our forests that will help improve a healthier environment especially during this pandemic.

In his message, Asec Nicer also called for the active participation of the communities especially the youth who has passion in riding bicycles to have` help nurture our forests. Some NGP areas have potentials as tourist attractions because of some development like camping grounds and a bike ramps which was created by the bikers. On the NGP site in Barangay Casantamaria-an, ilang-ilang species were planted which were foreseen to augment the income of the People’s Organizations (POs) in the area and provide them sustainable livelihood and protection in their community.   The flower of an ilang-ilang tree produces essential oil which is the main component of some expensive perfumes being produced here and abroad. Beside the planted ilang-ilang are pet bottles bored with small holes that serve as the “water reservoir” to continuously augment water to the plants even without somebody to water them occasionally.

The event was participated by CENRO Urdaneta personnel headed OIC, CENR Officer Engr. Ronnie M. Jacinto, LGU San Quintin led by Honorable Mayor Clark Cecil P. Tiu, San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) led by Vice President for Public Affairs Tommy T. Valdez, Eastern Pangasinan Bikers ClBIKE HIKE 2ub (EPBC) led by Mr. Luis Manuel Fonacier, Philippine National Poilice (PNP) San Quintin led by PCPT Freddie Lorenzo, and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) San Quintin led by SFO3 Harry Carig.

According to Mayor Clark Cecil P. Tiu,  “Sa dami na po ng naitatanim dapat, marami na dapat tayong kahoy sa kabundukan, but sometimes people are hardheaded, though, we are exerting effort to advise them, but there are still, who doesn’t care and understand the importance of our environment and the forest, kaya yung mga nagkakaingin, nagsusunog doon sa kabundukan, a small fire can cause a big problem, especially this month is tag-init, pag isang pagkakamali lng, upos lng ng sigarilyo na maitapon, it can destroy the whole mountain area”.

“This is a very good activity na naisipan po ng ating ASEC Daniel Dicer na kung saan po ang ini- involve po ang ating madlang people especially ang ating mga bikers, to create awareness at the same time and protect the environment”, Mayor Tiu points out.

The Bike and Hike for Health and Environment is correlated to adopt a tree where all participants espoused a tree that will be named after them. Signing of the Pledge of Commitment was highlighted during the conclusion of the activity as a manifestation of the support of all participants in the protection and preservation of the environment and natural resources. (ZLP-RSCIG)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - Members of the San Fernando City, La Union - based active youth organization, the Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga ng Kalikasan (LINK) founded by acting city Mayor Alfred "Alf" Ortega, received 10 units of LTE pocket WiFi from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region I (DENR ) I represented by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) Chief, Renelita A. Santos in collaboration with the Lions Club International District 301-C headed by District Governor Robert Ranchez. The distribution was held at Marcos Bldg., San Fernando City on March 10, 2021.

In his message, Mayor Ortega urged the student- beneficiaries to do well in school and at the same time continue their passion and their love for the environment.

Santos also expressed that, "may this assistance from the DENR and the lions club international serve as inspiration to them as they are now officially called ENR ambassadors."

  The ENR ambassador project is under the Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) which is the advocacy and social mobilization platform of the DENR. This is a nationwide initiative which aims to mobilize the learners in promoting DENR programs, projects and activities. The said WiFi's will be used by the selected youth-recipients in the IEC campaign through social media in partnership with the Lions Club International that will likewise grant for the monthly load for these pocket WiFi’s.  The ENR Ambassador Project is a pet project of DENR USEC for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Unit (LGU)- Concerns, Benny D. Antiporda. (ZLP/RSCIG)

CANDON CITY Ilocos Sur – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I), represented by Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) Chief, Renelita A. Santos together with Lions Club International 301- C District Governor Robert Ranchez, turned over 10 units of LTE Pocket WiFis to the Candon City Lions Club of District 301 - C in Candon City, Ilocos Sur on March 19, 2021.

Representatives from the Candon City Lions Club received the Pocket WiFis and applauded the DENR for the exemplary efforts in tapping various organizations. Likewise, they assured the DENR-I that they will forever support the agency’s mission and vision as stated in the memorandum of partnership agreement (MOPA). The WiFi distribution is the component of the nationwide Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK) Ambassador Project of the DENR. Selected deserving young learners who will serve as ENR Ambassador and recipients of said WiFis will become partners in advocating the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources while the pocket WiFis will be used in their online learning and share their information education and communication (IEC) campaign through social media in support to the DENR programs, projects and other activities. Lions Club International will grant for the WiFis monthly load. The project also aims to reach schools in remote areas of the region. Despite the pandemic, the DENR continuously strengthen its partnership with various stakeholders like the Lions Club International to raise awareness on the protection, conservation and preservation of the environment and natural resources.

The ENR Ambassador Project is lodged at the Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK) headed by DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste management, LGU- Concerns and TAK Supervising Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda and shall serve as force multiplier of the DENR in promoting its mission and vision with an end view of attaining behavioural change. It is a countrywide initiative to mobilize and capacitate selected young learners and deputized as ENR Ambassadors. (ZLP-RSCIG)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - ‘Not even the pandemic can stop the initiatives for the Naguilian River System, this is the strong message with the character and spirit which surfaced in the collaborative efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ilocos Region thru the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) -La Union, Provincial Government of La Union and the Local Government of Naguilian in their sustainable efforts for this water body, which brought them the fame of bagging the 1st Place in the recently conducted Search for the Best R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award or Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers with a rating of 93%.

Through Resolution No.1 series of 2020 by the National Committee on R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Awards of the DENR declaring the winners in the most coveted nationwide contest, Naguilian River System came out with a well-built mechanism to outdo and prevailed over the 15 other regions which also tried to grab the award. 16 entries were reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria: (a) Aesthetics and Water Quality Improvement – 35%; (b) Solid Waste Management – 25%; Partnership/community Mobilization – 25%; and (d) Information and Education Campaign - 15%.

The officialdom of the DENR in Region 1 headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked for the achievement of this award which he considers as another feat attributed to the team and collaborative efforts of the regional office and its field offices. Atty. Barcelo also underscored that “this is another manifestation of an unselfish leadership giving the full trust and confidence to the people you lead and guiding them to maximize their potential in attaining this achievement.”

The R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award was launched and initiated by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu which aims to: (1) raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve the country’s rivers as the lifeblood of the Earth and human civilization; (2) tap concerted action to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution and assure their suitability, sustainability and further improvement for their designated use or classification; (3) come up with appropriate mitigation measures and interventions to help address the continued worsening condition of river systems in the country; and (4) recognize CENRO’s and PENROs that have responsibly implemented DENR policies, programs, project and activities and have enforced ENR laws and regulations in their area of responsibility. This competition likewise addresses the concern on solid waste management and clean water which are among the ten (10) major programs of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

RED Barcelo also added that “rivers are essential for human and nature to survive so it is our duty to ensure that these bodies of water are not exploited to secure livelihood and the wide-range of benefits that people derive from them.”

The top 3 entries are: (1) Naguilian River of PENRO-La Union in Region 1 – 93%; (2) Bued River of PENRO – Benguet in Cordillera Administrative Region - 91.75%; and (3) Naga River of PENRO-Camarines Sur in Region V – 86.25% and same be awarded as the First Place, Second Place, and Third Place respectively. (RSCIG)