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BAUANG, LA UNION – Every month of September, the country celebrate the international Coastal Clean- up (ICC) as per Presidential Proclamation No. 407 Series of 2003. The environmental activity is a reminder for us to take action and be part of protecting and caring for our coastal environment and our oceans, as we take care of ourselves. Amidst the limitations brought about by the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) spearheaded the observance of the International Coastal Clean- up 2021 in partnership with the local government units of Bauang and Aringay, La Union together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other stakeholders with a clean- a- shore activity on September 17, 2021.

The clean- up activity led by the DENR- I Conservation and Development Division (CDD) headed by Division Chief Barbara M. Pernia was participated by representatives of every divisions of the agency including the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) which was held in the coastal barangays of Baccuit Norte, Baccuit Sur, Taberna and Pugo and other six coastal barangays in Bauang, La Union and barangays Samara, Sta. Lucia and Alaska in Aringay, La Union. Trash Data Forms were distributed to the volunteers and participants to identify and weigh the collected coastal garbage like plastics, candy wrappers, bottles, styrofoams, metal debris, and among others. The collected garbage were put in gunny sacks which were transported by municipal garbage trucks to the sanitary landfill. There are 327 volunteers who participated in Bauang and filled 144 trash bags weighing 1, 255.35 kilos of garbage.

ICC3Same activity was conducted in Aringay, La Union in simultaneous with the DENR- I coastal clean- up activity in partnership with LGU and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Aringay in Brgy. Samara, Aringay, La Union. There are 158 volunteers who participated in Aringay and filled 43 trash bags weighing 191.5 kilos of garbage. The activity aims to promote waste reduction and create public awareness on waste management and environmental concerns as well as to improve outdoor recreational activities of coastal communities. The trash in the water impacts the environment on many levels, including harming wildlife, humans, and impacting the livelihood of those working on the seas, it causes economic damage by affecting tourism and recreation and the money they bring into the coastal communities.

Empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the coastal areas are important parts of helping the conservation and preservation of our coastal environment. In the past several years, the efforts toward cleaning our seas and coastal communities have increased through the International Coastal Clean- up.  Volunteers all over the globe including the Philippines, work together on this month of September to help make a difference in the way the beaches, coasts, seas and oceans are able to survive and thrive. Let us also bear in mind the DENR’s Solid Waste Management reminder, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle our wastes. (GCG- RSCIG)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I together with PENRO La Union joined the simultaneous nationwide launching of “Duterte Legacy: Barangayan Caravan Towards National Recovery” held at Police Regional Office No. 1 (PRO-1), Camp General Oscar Florendo, Parian, San Fernando City, La Union on September 30, 2021.The launching is a simultaneous nationwide event with other regions throughout the country which showcases real stories from beneficiaries themselves – a legacy and embodiment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s whole- of- nation approach in governance and public service. It features several activities on the ground such as a One- Stop- Shop of government agencies, social welfare assistance, livelihood grants, and educational and training opportunities, among others.

The DENR- I, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and PENRO La Union participation on said activity is the result of an Emergency Meeting called by the Philippine National Police Region- I, Regional Community Affairs and Development Division (RCADD) on September 27, 2021, which was attended by CENRO Samuel C. Songcuan of the DENR- I Office of the ARD Technical Services via zoom.

The activity anchored on the theme:“ Barangay at Bayan nagBabarangayanihan Patungo sa Pag- ahon ng Bansa,” aims to bring the government services closer to the people and the communities,  kicked- off with a motorcade from San Juan, La Union to PRO- 1 Camp Gen. Oscar Florendo in Brgy. Parian, San Fernando City which was participated by various government agencies including DENR- I and MGB- I. At Camp Florendo Auditorium, minimum health protocols was implemented  which DENR- I joined other government agencies in the one- stop- shop kiosks offering various services led by the PNP Regional Office 1 through the Regional Medical

and Dental Unit offered free dental examination and fluoride treatment and free flu vaccine for force multiplier, circumcision for kids along with free legal assistance and counselling conducted by the Regional Legal Service and Human Rights Affairs Office; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted payout for TUPAD beneficiaries; Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Social Security System (SSS); PhilHealth; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) rendered public information assistance other government agencies who participated include Department of Agriculture (DA); Bureau of Fire protection (BFP); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH);  Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP); Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and other private entities like the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers. DENR- I, MGB- I, EMB- I distributed IEC materials containing the agency’s programs and advocacies while PENRO La Union gave away free fruit- bearing seedlings.

The activity was graced by Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping- Director -General of the PIA, PRO-I Regional Director Police Brigadier General Emmanuel B. Peralta; DOLE- I Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos; TESDA RD Vincent Atienza Cifra; RD Jennilynne Role of PIA- I and virtually attended by PCOO Secretary Jose Martin Andanar and USEC Vicente Agdamag- Deputy Director General of the National Security Council. The Caravan will be knocking on the doors of various cities, municipalities and even barangays to make sure that the Duterte legacy is on the doorsteps of every Filipino homes. (GCG- RSCIG)

San Fernando City, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region-I (DENR-I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, joined the September 16, 2021 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, which is a simulated emergency response to ensure safety at the workplace.

The Third Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill started with the livestream virtual messages from the national head executives led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Hernando M. Caraig, Jr., Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol-Director of Department of Science and Technology-PHILVOCS, and USEC Ricardo B. Jalad-NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator. The Online Ceremonial Pressing of the Button commenced at exactly 9:00 AM which lasted for a minute. The earthquake drill was spearheaded by the National Disaster Reduction Risk Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).

Disasters are nothing new to the Filipinos since the Philippines is prone to natural calamities particularly typhoons and geographically situated in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire.” More than 40,000 Filipinos from various sectors of the society participated in the nationwide simultaneous Earthquake Drill. The OCD and the NDRRMC enjoined all citizens in their homes and offices to join the livestream national simultaneous earthquake drill which aim to prepare Filipinos from all walks of life in the event of natural calamities like earthquake and typhoons that may occur.

DENR-I personnel and officials who were present in the office building executed the “Duck, Cover and Hold,” within their workplaces when the office emergency siren rang at exactly 9:00 AM. The drill is very vital to refresh Filipinos in case of emergencies specially this pandemic. (RSCIG-GCG)

San Fernando City, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region-I (DENR-I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, joined the September 16, 2021 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, which is a simulated emergency response to ensure safety at the workplace.

The Third Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill started with the livestream virtual messages from the national head executives led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Hernando M. Caraig, Jr., Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol-Director of Department of Science and Technology-PHILVOCS, and USEC Ricardo B. Jalad-NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator. The Online Ceremonial Pressing of the Button commenced at exactly 9:00 AM which lasted for a minute. The earthquake drill was spearheaded by the National Disaster Reduction Risk Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).

Disasters are nothing new to the Filipinos since the Philippines is prone to natural calamities particularly typhoons and geographically situated in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire.” More than 40,000 Filipinos from various sectors of the society participated in the nationwide simultaneous Earthquake Drill. The OCD and the NDRRMC enjoined all citizens in their homes and offices to join the livestream national simultaneous earthquake drill which aim to prepare Filipinos from all walks of life in the event of natural calamities like earthquake and typhoons that may occur.

DENR-I personnel and officials who were present in the office building executed the “Duck, Cover and Hold,” within their workplaces when the office emergency siren rang at exactly 9:00 AM. The drill is very vital to refresh Filipinos in case of emergencies specially this pandemic. (RSCIG-GCG)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 1 (DENR-1), headed by the Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo concluded its role as the Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) chair and turned over the chairmanship to the Department of Tourism – Region 1 (DOT-1), led by Regional Director Joseph Francisco “Jeff” R. Ortega. DOT-1 will be the REC chair from AY 2021-2023.

The blended ceremonial turnover held on September 06, 2021 at the DENR-1 Building, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union was attended via online conference by the members of the committee from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-1), Department of Interior Local Government (DILG-1), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-1), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), and University of Northern Philippines (UNP). Also virtually present from the DENR field offices were the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers, together with the Protected Area Superintendents of the different Protected Areas (PAs) in the region.  

The REC was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 111 issued on June 17, 1999, which established the guidelines for ecotourism development in the Philippines. Sharing the responsibilities of steering the committee towards the implementation of the national ecotourism strategy, DENR-1 and DOT-1 take turn on the chairmanship every three years.

With the passing of the chairmanship to DOT-1, RED Barcelo looks forward to the windows of opportunities DOT-1 can offer to the stakeholders of the fifteen (15) PAs in the region to which the Regional Executive Director take great pride because of the true concepts of ecological tourism, nature tourism, cultural and adventure tourism they offer. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has pose economic burden to the stakeholders relying on the tourism activities within the PAs. However, RED Barcelo is confident that through the leadership of the incoming REC chairperson, Director Ortega, and strong partnership with other members of the committee, ecotourism will bounce back and provide sustenance to stakeholders’ livelihood once again.

As the new REC chairperson, Director Ortega hopes that with his energy and passion to tourism, he can give a new direction in stewarding the committee towards sustainable tourism by offering new strategies while still carrying the mission of environmental protection for future generations to come. Director Ortega shares the strategy of the department to rebuild tourism that has been hardly hit by the pandemic through the development of nature-based products and services and promotion of local ecotourism.

Opening a new path, REC will continue setting the bar for the ecotourism industry to flourish amidst changing time and interest without compromising the environment.