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To promote a healthier ecosystem, the Dearbor3partment of Environment and Natural Resources Offices Region I took part to various activities for Arbor Day and Philippine Environment Month last June 25, 2021. Arbor Day was established to inculcate the importance of planting trees and rehabilitating the environment was stressed in Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396, s. 2003.


Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III joined the Nationwide Tree Planting Day Activity at Daang Kalikasan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan with Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, For. Felix C. Taguba; PENR Officer Maximo Soriano; and CENR Officers For. Rico Biado, For. Franck Vincent Danglose, and For. Chester Casil.  This is a collaboration with the Society of Filipino Foresters Incorporated (SFFI), ProfessionaARBOR 5l Regulation Commission (PRC), and DENR which will grant them and all Professionals with free six (6) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units.

SFFI La Union Chapter in a similar activity at Basca, Aringay, La Union with Foresters from the Regional Office and PENRO La Union planting over 416 narra seedlings.  Simultaneously, PENRO Ilocos Sur conducted tree planting activities in various locations. Two (2) of the identified sites are in Alilem along the Lower Bakun River which is Region I's official entry for the Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.Rs) for Life Award 2020.

DENR R1, under the Leadership of Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, represented by Incoming Mines and Geosciences Bureau I Regional Director Socrates Gaerlan; PENRO Rosemarie Jornacion and Staff; Mayor Velmor Sumabat; MENRO; Philippine National Police (PNP); Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Municipal Federation; People's Organizations (POs); and the local community were assigned at Barangay Ana-ao planting fruit-bearing and forest tree species.  CARBOR ENRO Southern Ilocos Sur headed by CENR Officer For. Alfredo Racoma, Jr. and the Office's Foresters, on the other hand, were designated at Barangay Amilongan to plant in consonance with the Tree Planting Advocacy Program of PRC. Some of seedlings planted were distributed during the Municipality's Community PanTREE last June 16-18, 2021.

CENRO Northern Ilocos Sur headed by CENR Officer, Engr. Antonio Ridulme at Magsaysay, Santa, Ilocos Sur joined by LGU Santa, Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), PNP, BFP, and local constituents. All three (3) tree planting activities conducted by the Province are simultaneous to the DENR Regional Office’s similar undertaking.

In the same day, other CENRO Southern Ilocos Sur personnel continued with the Office's pledge to bring Libtong Creek which spawns at Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur into its former glory. This is a regular clean-up every last Friday of the Month initiated by the Office which started way back Philippine Environment Month 2019 in support to the then recently launched 'Manila Bay Clean-up'. At first, it was a joint effort between the Office, LGU Tagudin through its MENRO, Barangay Officials and constituents, and Barangay organizations, now, has multiplied with the help of its LGU governed by Mayor Roque Versoza, Jr., as all other forty-two (42) Barangays of the Municipality came to rehabilitate the creek aiming it to be a recreational area for everybody. (DML-RSCIG)


S3AN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) jumpstarted the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2021 with a Virtual Press Conference at the DENR- I Regional Office facilitated by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency, Region- I (PIA- I) on June 4, 2021.

This year’s celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2021 themed: “Sama-sama Sa Pagkilos, Sama-sama sa Paghilom,” highlights the agency’s accomplishments in the Virtual Press Conference hosted by PIA- I Information Officer Ann Hazel Fajardo- Flores who also acted as Moderator in the “Kapihan sa Ilocos,”a two- fold monthly radio program of the PIA- I under the cudgel of PIA- I Regional Director Jennilyne C. Role. The virtual press conference was aired live via radio stations in Ilocos 1Region which include, DZRD Sonshine Radio, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, DWRS Radyo Pilipinas Tayug, DZRL- RPN, Batac City, Ilocos Norte, 99.7 Core FM DZRD 981, Candon City, Ilocos Sur, DWRS Commando Radio Global, Vigan City, My FM 104.3, La Union and Northbound Philippines News.

 The COVID- 19 Status Update in the region- I was first reported in the DENR- I/ PIA-I one- hour press conference “Kapihan sa Ilocos” before guests were introduced. DENR- I key officials graced the event led by Assistant Regional Director Felix C. Taguba in lieu of Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB- I) Regional Director Carlos Tayag and Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) Regional Director Engr. Ma. Dorica Naz- Hipe. Questions like updates regarding the progress and objectives of the National Greening Program (NGP) i2n region- I the residential and agricultural free patent application and extension, the legislated and initial component Protected Areas in the region, among others were discussed by ARD Taguba. RD Naz-Hipe answered queries about the Republic Act No. 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management, its implementation, the monitoring and technical assistance of dumpsites and sanitary landfills to the local government units while RD Tayag explained the identified areas in the region that are susceptible to flooding and erosion, distribution of Geo Hazard Maps to the LGUs, monitoring of quarry operations and the amended Philippine Mining Act of 1995. A short video production was also shown entitled “Bida Solusyon,” a minimum health protocols reminder against the fight to the coronavirus.

ARD Taguba concluded the PressCon and spoke regarding the DENR- I highlights of activities of the Philippine Environment Month celebration this June, 2021 while head executives RD Tayag and RD Naz- Hipe thanked the PIA- I, the various media personalities from the radio stations who made the event more informative, and interactive. (GCG- RSCIG)


AGOO, La Union - In celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2021 this June and the 34th Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Anniversary – Region I spearheaded a simultaneous coastal clean-up on the ten-kilometer stretch along the shorelines of Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape (ADPLS), particularly at barangays Sta. Rita Central, Sta. Rita West, Sta. Rita Sur, San Julian Norte, San Julian West, and Balawarte in Agoo, La Union on June 10, 2021.

A short program was first held at Brgy. Sta. Rita Central which was attended by DENR I key officials headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, barangay chairpersons of the six barangays and selected DENR-I personnel. With this year’s Philippine Environment Month 2021 theme, “Sama-samang Pagkilos, Sama-samang Paghilom. Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan.”, RED Barcelo encouraged everyone to do join hands in the protection and conservation of our natural resources for a greener and safer environment.

Among the participants and volunteers in the said activity were selected employees of DENR-I, Environmental Management Bureau-I, Mines and Geosciences Bureau -I, PENRO La Union, barangay councils and communities of the said barangays. Majority of the total waste collected were items such as food wrappers (candy, chips, sachets), cigarette butts, facemasks, beverage bottles and cups (plastic)and other waste like straws and cigarette packaging.

The coastal clean-up was also graced by EMB-I Regional Director Mar. Dorica Naz-Hipe, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Leduina S. Co, and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Felix Taguba. Barangay councils and volunteers from the communities received token of appreciation like IEC materials, face shields, tumblers and eco bags from DENR, EMB and MGB. (MSA)

EARTH 3DAGUPAN CITY, PaEARTH 4ngasinan- In line with annual celebration of Earth Day 2021 led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Central Pangasinan headed by OIC CENR Officer Frank Vincent Danglose, conducted various environmental activities last April, 2021.

Despite the pandemic, personnel of CENRO Central Pangasinan conducted a river clean- up along the riverbanks of Tanap River in Barangay Bonuan- Gueset, Dagupan City, Pangasinan last April 16, 2021.  The river clean- up produced a total of 29 sacks of collected garbage/ waste weighing 108 kilograms mostly composed of single- used plastics like candy wrappers, clothings, used face masks and plastic bottles. As per request of the Pangasinan Youth Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and to strengthen the environmental information drive of DENR- I and CENRO Central Pangasinan, SEMS Norma Laluan was also invited as one of the resource speakers in the Webinar entitles, “PAOILEN: My Heart Goes Back to the Earth.” Discussed during the said webinar on April 30 was about the significance of trees, the things to consider in cutting trees and the youth role in the protection of the trees and as well as the environment.

In consultation with the veterinarians of the Municipality of Bugallon and Dagupan City, Pangasinan, a Philippine Hawk Eagle was officially released to its habitat after its rehabilitation at Manleleluag Spring and Protected Landscape (MSPL), Mangatarem, Pangasinan. The endangered bird was turned over by Mr. Jackson Viliran of Brgy. Laguit- Padilla, Bugallon, Pangasinan to CENRO Central Pangasinan last April 12, 2021. (GCG- RSCIG)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) through the Regional StrategSUMMIT2ic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) conducted the first Online Environmental Youth Leadership Summit: Capacitating Young Leaders of Region- I. The event was held in DENR- I Regional Office via Zoom last May 26, 2021.

The event, which is the kick- off activity for this year’s Philippine Environment Month, aimed not only to link strongly with our Sangguniang Kabataan Federation presidents from various municipalities of Region- I and Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) ENR Ambassadors but also to encourage them to come up with innovative solutions to the widespread environmental problems in their dominion through an integrated solution. RSCIG chief Renelita A. Santos welcomed the participants while DENR- I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M.Barcelo delivered an inspirational message, encouraging the youth environmental leaders to become advocates of environmental change. Citing the support of stakeholders and the DENR youth programs like the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Ambassador Program and the YES- O or Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, the DENR- I chief executive enjoined the youth leaders to help DENR strengthen its mission and vision particularly in public awareness and information drive. Dr Hiro Masuda, Director of the DENR Strategic Communication andSUMMIT3 Initiatives Service (SCIS), the communication arm of the agency discussed the goals and roles of the environmental leaders. Proficient virtual speakers include, Engr. Misael Camposano Jr. who discussed Environmental Leadership,; Atty. Leenard Dulay of Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) who presented updates and relevant features of Environmental Laws;  Forester Marie Bernadette Mendoza of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) shared her expertise on Forest Resource Management; Forester Andy Sarac of DENR- I informed participants about Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act; and Ms. Giovanni Fontanilla- Information Officer  II of DENR- CAR discussed the significant topics  of DENR Priority Programs and Environmental Legislation.

The significant Environmental youth summit is a great opportunity to gain new solutions, strategies, new ideas and larger pool of resources that will alleviate the dilemmas we are facing presently in environment and the coronavirus.  (GCG- RSCIG)