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BAUANG, La Union- Various stakeholders from the government and private sectors and the academe in the province of La Union converged in the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the project, β€œPlastic Recovery and Recycling for Clean Coasts” at Hotel Ariana, Paringao, Bauang, La Union on July 15, 2021.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) led by PENRO La Union and the Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) joined other stakeholders in this significant project which aims to reduce plastic pollution through the collective participation of communities in the sustainable management of plastic waste. Parties involved in this initiative are committed to protect coastal environment of the municipalities of Bauang, San Juan and the City of San Fernando, La Union.

Present at the venue include EMB- I Regional Director Engr. Maria Dorica Naz- Hipe, PENR Officer of la Union Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo, Department of Science and Technology, Region- I (DOST- I) RD Armando Q. Ganal, San Fernando City Mayor Herminigildo A. Gualberto, Bauang Mayor Menchie L. de Guzman, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) President Reinaldo A. Bautista Jr., San Juan Resort, Restaurant and Hotel Association, Inc. (SJRRHASS) President Maria Cristina H. Antonio and Dragon Eight Junkshop owner Mayoleen L. Belen.

Also present via Zoom include Governor Francisco Emmanuel β€œPacoy” R. Ortega III, San Juan Mayor Arturo P. Valdriz, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, RFO- I (BFAR RFO- I) OIC, RD Segundina P. Gaerlan, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) President Dr. Jaime I. Manuel Jr., Saint Louis College (SLC) President Rev. Fr. Ramon R. Caluza, Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga ng Kalikasan, Inc. (LINK) President Camille M. Agotana, La Union Hotel Resorts and Restaurant Association Inc. (LUHRRA) President Crestine P. Lucman, Bauang Resorts, Restaurant and Hotel Association, Inc. (BRRHA) President Peter Paul R. Nang, Sto. Nino Junkshop owner Cesar M. Del Rosario and the barangay captains of San Juan, Bauang and San Fernando City, La Union. A representative of the Coca- Cola Foundation Cecile Alcantara also delivered a short message and JVOFI has received a grant amounting to $ 148, 247.85 from the Coca- Cola Foundation intended for the said project to be implemented from November 2020 to November 2022 in the said municipalities and city.

It has been recalled that the DENR initiated in 2019 the rehabilitation and massive clean- up of Manila Bay dubbed as β€œBattle for Manila Bay,” which aims to enjoin the public to take action to address the growing problem of plastic wastes. The stakeholders in this project with the support of DENR- I, were inspired to initiate this initiative due to the initial success of the Manila Bay enormous clean- up.

Gov. Ortega assured the public that PGLU will uphold its commitment and roles to attain the desired results of the project and to increase public awareness of the impacts of plastic pollution on La Union’s marine resources. The project objectives and initial activities conducted were presented by the Technical Working Group (TWG) to 17 parties in the MOA signing. Short messages were also conveyed by Mayor De Guzman, RD Naz- Hipe and RD Ganal before a community symposium ensued. (GCG-RPAO)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – ConAligning envi focus in the north 2sistent to the directive of the Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in the rehabilitation of rivers and strict implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, DENR Ilocos Region headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo have been consistently compliant in ensuring that rivers in the region are not indiscriminately turned into open dumpsites and that these waterways are continuously flowing.

Following the successful partnerships to bring the Naguilian Rivers System to improve water quality, it’s aesthetics and water flow, another collaborative effort was initiated by Atty. Barcelo through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR 1 and HE SHA PRIME SAND AND GRAVEL AGGREGATES PHILIPPINES INC. which aims to restore the natural state and water flow of the heavily-silted Padsan River and to reduce risks to the lives and properties of the residents of the Province of Ilocos Norte through a large-scale dredging and desilting operations based on a comprehensive dredging plan.  This body of water is the largest river in this province which is also called the β€˜Laoag River or the Sarrat River’ with a total length of 73.1 kms.

The MOA signing is also anchored on the Joint Memorandum Circular in 2019 among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) which was reinforced by the DENR Administrative Order No. 2020-07 entitled, β€œRationalizing Dredging Activities in Heavily-Silted River Channels Pursuant to the DENR-DPWH-DILG-DOTr Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2019” signed by Sec. Cimatu on February 27, 2020.

The MOA signing was attended by DENR 1 Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Ilocos Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Vic Dabalos, the Vice-President of He Sha Prime Sand and Gravel Aggregates Philippines Inc. Mr. Ignacio Richie C. Balicanta IV and the contractor’s Project Manager Atty. Abigail Sestoso.

As per agreement, the contractor would be allowed to sell the dredged minerals, from which the govAligning envi focus in the north 1ernment would also earn revenues. Under DENR Administrative Order No. 2020-07, contractors will shoulder all expenses in exchange for whatever minerals they may recover, provided they pay the required national and local taxes and necessary permits and clearances they are required to secure. It will also ensure the protection of the riverbanks from erosion and provide necessary engineering intervention to support the vital infrastructure along the river.

The DENR 1 on the other hand, together with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will take charge in the monitoring of its compliance to various environmental permits and clearances as stipulated in the agreement.

Currently, dredging activities initiated by the DENR in major rivers in the country are in full swing and these rivers include the Cagayan River in Region 2, Pasig River and Marikina River in the National Capital Region (NCR).  (RAS-RSCIG)













CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, La Union- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region I Official and personnel warmly welcomed DENR Undersecretary for Legal and Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. during his visit on July 8, 2021 to echo important directives from the Environment and Natural Resources Chief Executive Roy A. Cimatu.

During his short visit, an inter-active meeting was carried out which was attended by Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services For. Felix Taguba, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) I Regional Director Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) I Regional Director Geol. Socrates Gaerlan, PENR/CENR Officers, and Division Chiefs. This served as a medium for the discussion of opportunities and challenges of the Region.

RED Barcelo mentioned in his message that this is a chance for the field offices to raise issues and concerns in their jurisdictions as well as those that are relative to the thrusts and programs of Secretary Cimatu.

On top of his purpose to cascade vital directives, he also commended RED Barcelo and RD Hipe as top contenders in the DENR Environmental Awards Government and Leadership Excellence (EAGLE) Awards 2020. Further, he was able to engage the participants in a substantial discussion and to address the predicaments faced by the Field Offices in Region 1.

USec. Adobo and his party then conducted a tree planting activity after the meeting at Daang Kalikasan in Mangatarem, Pangasinan which is one of the Region’s priority development projects and is dubbed as one of the Philippine’s most scenic road (connecting Pangasinan and Zambales). Alongside USec. Adobo and his company were RED Barcelo, Pangasinan PENR Officer Cezar Cabansag, Eastern Pangasinan CENR Officer For. Rico Biado, Central Pangasinan CENR Officer For. Franck Vincent Danglose, Western Pangasinan CENR Officer For. Chester Casil, and staff planted over 215 seedlings. (DMCL-RSCIG)

culminating 3SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, led the observance of the Culminating Program activity of the Environment Month Celebration 2021 with this year’s theme, β€œSama- samang Pagkilos, Sama- samang Paghilom: Ikaw ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan,”a physical/ virtual blended program was held at the Social Hall of DENR- I Regional Office, Government Center, Sevilla , San Fernando City, La Union on June 30, 2021.

The Culminating Program activity which was attended by key officials of DENR- I, Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region- I (MGB- I), aims to recognize the efforts of the agency’s advocacy partners in the region in line with the Ten Point Priority Programs of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. Highlights of the program include virtual awarding with plaque of certificates to DENR- I advocacy partners in RIVERS for LIFE Award Program and these include Industrial Sand and Gravel culminating 1Permittees, Commercial Sand and Gravel Permittees, Department of Public Works and Highways, Region- I (DPWH- I), Provincial Government of La Union, local government unit of Naguilian, La Union, and PENRO La Union. Audio- visual presentation of the Naguilian River System was shown being the national winner in the 2019 RIVERS for Life Award. Other awardees include Atty. Leanne Maureen S. Apolinar and Atty. Derek R. Puertollano of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), winners of the DENR- I Dish Garden Landscaping Competition and certificates of participation were given to the DENR –I entries in the nationwide β€œTayo ang Kalikasan” Jingle Making Contest.

RED Barcelo in his message, β€œUrged everyone to uphold laws and inculcate environmental awareness to the public and promote ways to reduce negative impact.” Likewise, he thanked the DENR- I Family for their support, cooperation and resiliency.”

The AVP of Lower Bakun River of Ilocos Sur was also shown being the 2020 official entry of Region- I in the nationwide RIVERS for Life Award. DENR- I Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba delivered the closing remarks acknowledged the awardees and all partners of the agency’s programs and projects.  (GCG- RSCIG)

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Dish Garden entries (L-R) Management Division, Technical Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, and Environmental Management Bureau

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – One of the highlights in the Philippine Environment Month 2021 celebration spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) was the Dish Garden Landscaping Competition which was held at the DENR- I Building Roof Deck, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on June 29, 2021.

The Dish Garden Landscaping Competition is in line with the Philippine Environment Month 2021 theme, β€œSama- samang Pagkilos, Sama- samang Paghilom: Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan,” and was competed by four (4) entries from various services of DENR- I namely; Office of the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Management Services, Office of the ARD Technical Services, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Five personnel are assigned on each 17” diameter circular clay plate using recyclable material, ornamental plants, top soil, rocks and other materials. All competing entries were given one (1) hour to assemble and design their dish garden landscape. The exciting and creative competition was judged by DENR- I key officials led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo. The awarding of the winners were officially announced during the Environment Month 2021 Culminating Program held at DENR- I Social Hall on June 30, 2021. The Office of the ARD Management Services garnered the top award with a 96.8% rating and also the RED’s Choice Award winning the P 3,000 top cash prize.  Other three (3) entries were awarded with P 1,000 each consolation prizes.

The Dish Garden competition showcases the creativity, camaraderie, artistic and competitiveness of DENR- personnel especially this pandemic. (RSCIG- GCG)