Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance

Regional policy to improve survey plan issuance

To improve the processing and issuance of survey plans, Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan issued on Feb. 13, 2015 guidelines in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01 mandates that approval of survey authorities requires a clearance from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO).

The regional policy had also established the new procedure in the processing and issuance of survey plan.

Before the issuance of the PENR Office clearance, the Records Officer of the CENR Office shall conduct preliminary assessment to verify the status of the lot applied for. The assessment shall be submitted to the PENR Office.

The PENR Officer shall refer the application for survey authority to the Inspection Team which shall be composed of one (1) Ecosystem Management Specialist, one (1) Forester and one (1) Geodetic Engineer.

After the conduct of the inspection, the Team shall submit report to the PENR Office within 48 hours. The Inspection Report shall include geo-tagged pictures of the corners of the subject lot to determine if it is within Alienable & Disposable (A&D) land, tenured/untenured agricultural area and foreshore area.

Based on the Inspection Report, the PENR Officer shall issue clearance to the CENR Officer for the approval of survey authority and execution of survey.

After the survey, the Geodetic Engineer (government or private) shall forward the survey return to the PENR Officer who will transmit the same to the Office of the Regional Director thru the Records Unit. No survey return shall be directly submitted to the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD).

The Records Unit shall forward the Survey Return to the SMD for evaluation. If survey return is found in order, the SMD shall forward it to the Office of the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services for approval. In case of correction and/or deficiency, the SMD shall inform in writing the Geodetic Engineer through the Records Unit. The SMD shall not be allowed to hand-in the survey return directly to the Geodetic Engineer for correction.

The Office of the ARD for Technical Services shall forward the approved survey plan to the Records Unit for release.

The Circular directs the Records Unit of the Regional Office to post all survey plans (approved or for correction) for purposes of transparency. #

ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT

Press Release
March 21, 2014

ERDS orients CSU studs on CPT

The Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) in partnership with the Cagayan State University (CSU) Carig Campus conducted a training on Clonal Propagation Technology (CPT) in support of National Greening Program (NGP).

The training was held on March 6, 7 and 10, this year at the ERDS Clonal Nursery, Rogelio B. Baggayan Nature Park and Wildlife Center (RBBNPWC), Carig, Tuguegarao City. This was aimed at inculcating the value of greening by letting the students experience soil potting and other nursery-related activities. The students were grouped into three batches to facilitate the learning process and for better appreciation of the training.

“We will teach you not just to plant trees but how to plant and care for the trees,” said Noel S. Soriano, Technology Transfer and Utilization Division chief, who discussed the concept of Clonal Propagation Technology in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Other topics discussed include Seed Collection, Clonal Propagation Using Mist and Non-Mist System, and definition of some technical terms like scion, ramet and ortet.

The 240 students who attended the training were exposed to actual demonstration on Clonal Propagation Technology. They produced a total of 6,000 potted soil as part of resource-sharing scheme between CSU and DENR. In return, the DENR will provide seedlings to be planted by CSU graduating students. #JPC

ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM

March 24, 2014

ERDS clonal nursery, seedling facility undergo expansion for PQPM

In line with the objective of National Greening Program (NGP) to plant 1.5 billion of trees in about 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016, the clonal nursery and seedling facility of the Ecosystems Research and Development Sector (ERDS) had undergone physical and structural expansion for the Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM).

The facility expansion and upgrading included the construction of additional 10 elevated rooting beds with complete roofing and equipped with water system. The lower part of each potting bed is also utilized as recovery area to maximize space. All seedlings ready for hardening are transferred to the newly expanded hardening areas covered with multi-layered nets. The seedlings are gradually exposed to increasing sunlight intensity until they are ready for field planting.

The newly constructed seed bank building will serve as depository of seeds collected from individual plus trees (IPTs) located within seed production areas (SPAs) in the region. SPAs are areas where there are good IPTs which serve as good seed sources. The seeds are packed with complete label such as common name, scientific name, seed source, seed count per kilogram and other vital information for record purposes.

The collected seeds shall be used for mass propagation of seedlings to augment the seedlings needed by the different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the Region for NGP and for disposal to the public and private individuals.

The planting requirements of NGP for this year will no longer be purchased but should come from clonal nurseries of the DENR and academic institution in the region. Non-government organizations also produce seedlings for the Program. #JPC

Ducks dominate waterbirds in Region 2

March 24, 2014

Ducks dominate waterbirds in R2

Ducks still dominate waterbirds in Region 2.

Based on the results of this year’s annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted on January 11-26 by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), around 8,000 heads of Philippine Ducks were recorded in Basao Lake, Penablanca, Cagayan; and Malasi Lake in Cabagan and Sta. Catalina Small Water Impounding Project in Quirino; both in Isabela. This was followed by Wandering Whistling Ducks with 2,000 population found at Malasi Lake. Tufted Ducks ranked third with 315 counted at Usol Small Water Impounding Project in Jones, Isabela Monterey Lake in Cauayan City and Malasi Lake.

Little Egrets dominate the herons and egrets while most of the shorebirds and waders are Common Sandpipers. Other waterfowl species recorded was Spotted Wood Kingfisher. The census also recorded terrestrial species particularly Philippine Bulbul, Blue-headed Bee Eater, Swiflet and White-eared Brown Dove.

According to Forester Mina L. Labuguen, PAWD officer-in-charge, 14 wetland sites were visited by the counters. She added that these are the same sites visited last year for the census.

The AWC is an annual event that takes place during the second and third weeks of January. It was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has expanded its coverage to 26 countries of South Asia, East Asia, Pacific and Russia Far East.

The census is aimed at monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular and standardized counts of representative wetlands, thus, providing the basis for estimates of waterbird populations. It also intends to improve knowledge of little-known species and wetland sites as well as increase awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international levels.

The other objectives of AWC are: identifying and monitoring (networks of) sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and providing information on the conservation status of waterbird species for use by international agreements.

Last year, Philippine Ducks had the highest population with 7,929 heads followed by Little Egrets, 341; and Kentist Plovers, 150. # (VDB)


Tenure holders to give way for power transmission lines



ARD Malvar (left) confers with RTAD head Mabitazan (standing) on the details of their application for FLAg.

We will ask for clearance from the existing holders of Forest Landuse Agreement (FLAg) or any tenurial instrument that will be affected in the application of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for a consolidated FLAg.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar, OIC, Office of the Regional Director, stressed this during the Technical Conference with the NGCP on Jan. 12, this year at the Mabolo Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

He added that those holders upon determining that their tenurial instruments overlapped within the NGCP’s buffer zones must waive their rights in favor of the NGCP. “This will also avoid ‘double tenure’ in landuse applications,” he continued.

According to Franklin Mabitazan, NGCP Reliability and Technical Assessment Department head and team leader, a 40-meter right-of-way from the center (left and right) of the transmission line shall be established.

ARD Malvar said the DENR shall assist the NGCP in the compliance with the different requirements as there are government agencies involved like Environmental Management Bureau and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in the preparatory activities.

“The existing Forest Land Use Plan shall be used as reference, however, it must be updated to harmonize the areas to be covered by the NGCP. Likewise, those affected areas that will be evaluated as part of the transmission lines shall be removed and updated with its corresponding landuse,” ARD Malvar further stated.

In his Memorandum dated Dec. 9, 2016, Forest Management Bureau Director Ricardo L. Calderon ordered all Regional Directors except the National Capital Region to facilitate the conduct of actual ground verification survey and submit the list of existing and expired Special Land Use Permit and FLAg of the NGCP.

The RDs were also instructed to expedite action for tenured areas that will be affected by the FLAg, considering that the corporation has identified 65 backbone transmission lines nationwide which traverse the forestland covering an area of approximately 3,994 hectares.

Other agreements in the Conference include the adoption of a just compensation or co-location policy; payment of the NGCP of corresponding amount equivalent to the size of the area waived by the existing owners of tenurial instrument previously issued; and crafting of guidelines that regulate the project like the amount of User’s Fee with the standard computation of zonal value of the areas covered.

The NGCP’s application for FLAg aims to safeguard the reliability of transmission lines from unwanted obstructions such as hazard vegetation and tall structures. This is in line with the provision stated in Department Administrative Order No. 2004-59 known as the “Rules and Regulation Governing the Special Uses of Forestlands”. #CAT#


Cagayan Valley has new DENR chief


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 has a new Regional Director.

This was revealed by Secretary Gina Lopez during the Expanded Executive Committee Meeting held on Jan. 23, this year in San Mateo, Rizal.
The designation of Atty. Gil A. Aromin as OIC, Regional Director is contained in Special Order No. 2017-32 issued by Secretary Lopez on January 23, 2017.

Director Aromin took over the leadership from OIC, Office of the Regional Director and concurrent Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar who will retire in Feb. 9.

During the Monday Convocation held in Jan. 30 at DENR Regional Office, the new environment regional top official emphasized on integrity as he encouraged all personnel to live a simple life.

“Integrity is one of the principles of Secretary Lopez,” RD Aromin underlined.

A licensed forester, Director Aromin has been the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services since 2015. Prior to his designation as ARD, he was the Regional Technical Director for Lands for five years.

He also held the designation of OIC, Regional Director of Environmental Management Bureau in Region 2.

He first joined the DENR in 1976 as Forester at the then Bureau of Forestry and Development in Dagupan City. He transferred to Region 2 in 1998 as Attorney III and became the chief of the Legal Division for 18 years.

A Director III by position, Atty. Aromin was appointed Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV on October 1, 2015 by then Pres. Benigno Aquino III.# CCC



Special Feature



TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.


The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.


One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


With Secretary Gina at the helm of a major government department that has a direct and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and this time under the leadership of a capable and knowledgeable environment and natural resources secretary. For one, Secretary Gina has been a practitioner of area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).


Secretary Gina knows that with the Philippines’ archipelagic territory, the mountain ridge ecosystem connects by streams, creeks, rivers to the various other ecosystems until the final one (within our territory), the coral reef ecosystem, the totality of which was once teeming with life. “Life in all its fullness” was certainly what the Philippines was (before the times of colonization and industrialization. But alas, development was under the unitary and sectoral paradigm).


Area development deepens this understanding of the fragile but critical relationships between and among interconnected ecosystems and working with the local people applies the principle of subsidiarity which states that functions and decision-making should be undertaken at the lowest possible hierarchical level and the role of the higher organizational level is to support those lower units undertaking the functions.


As Secretary Gina says, “area development is about nurturing and helping the local people nurture their local areas to unleash [their]productive potential”. This means making development based on the potentialities of the area. This is the better opposite to what has been going on since the Philippines became a country under colonial masters where the desires of the corporations were simply imposed on local areas that suited their businesses. And since business was all that mattered, they generally left the place worse off and, in many instances killing off the ecosystem that the locals could have relied on for sustenance. The zenith of this “devil may care” attitude seems to be the guiding principle of many large mines that decimate the geological and hydrological functions of the ecosystem leaving the locals in perpetual risk and scamming the Filipino people by leaving behind a permanent pit hole of humongous dimensions. It wouldn’t be surprising if the economic tab left behind by derelict mines long abandoned by mining companies that have been in turn abandoned by their shareholders are simply dumped on you and me, the taxpayers. Secretary Gina calls this “madness”.


Under the principle of subsidiarity, it is government’s role to assist local people co-create local sustainable economies based on the perpetual beneficial use of the local ecosystem bounties for even distant future generations. Thus, the shift towards federalism is timely in that area development and subsidiarity are wholly compatible with federalism. In fact, they are necessary complements to genuine federalism. Where unitarism (our present centralized system) brought us corporate-led sectoral and highly inequitable development, federalism should usher in community-based, ecosystem-sensitive area development that gives everyone who wants a chance to participate in the local economy that opportunity.


Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is leading the way by selecting 29 priority areas to demonstrate area development and is enlisting the help of the Sixto K. Roxas Foundation that targets poverty eradication by creating the template of an expanded local social accounting matrix of the value-adding power of the local sectors and how incomes are distributed (or not distributed locally but remitted out of the local area). Secretary Gina wants all programs of the DENR like the National Greening Program, Bamboo Program, Biochar Program, Mangrove Rehabilitation Programs, and Mining Programs to be re-crafted along the principles of area development with its concrete manifestation of viable community enterprises that are networked to build up to scale and demonstrate the opposite of “trickle-down” (pinatulo) towards the alternative of “nurturing upwards,” or pinatubo.


President Duterte seems to be instinctively aware that the ideological lines are not anymore between the “left vs. the right,” the old Cold War mentality of these old ideologies (that ironically are united in their pinatulo paradigm as both ideologies rely on trickle-down sectors to benefit the locals) but between the primacy of nurturing people and ecosystems versus sectoral corporations (that have grown so large, moneyed and powerful), or in other words “pinatulo” vs. “pinatubo”. Thus, the push for federalism as a government organizational set-up where now, finally, area development can be its favored bride guided by the vow of subsidiarity.


The author, a co-convenor of the Subsidiarity Movement International and the Federalist Forum of the Philippines, advocates for the bottom-up development model as well as proper decentralization, and the strengthening of regional governance. He served for 12 years in the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon as chair of the economic committee. He was a consultant for the Philippine Alternative Fuels Corp. (PAFC) and was on the board of trustees of the HARIBON Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of advisors of CDPI.





CV forest protection advocates gather in conference

More than a decade after its last meeting, the forest protection group in Cagayan Valley once again convened for a regionwide conference.

At least 100 advocates composing the regional, provincial and municipal Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC) attended the Regionwide Conference on Forest Protection and Conservation held on Dec.8, this year at Las Palmas de San Jose in Tuguegarao City.aseccuna

They are the DENR’s active partners in preserving the remaining forests of Region 2.

In his keynote message, Luzon Assistant Secretary for Operations Juan Miguel T. Cuna said the MFPCs have evolved to deal with more complex problems, issues and challenges of the environment in general.

“It is high time we recognize the efforts and contributions of the MFPCs in Cagayan Valley leading to the greater awareness and appreciation of our natural resources and preserving our protected areas here in Region 2,” he enthused.

He reminded that highly mobilized MFPCs will always have a positive impact on the environment and the communities.

ASEC Cuna also stressed on the main thrust of Sec. Gina Lopez on Sustainable Integrated Area Development Management which will be implemented in 29 sites including the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP). According to him, NSMNP is considered the last remaining forested frontier in Northern Luzon.

Regional MFPC Chairperson Perla A. Visorro said the activity serves as an avenue for MFPC stakeholders to share their long standing experiences and best practices for the last decade of operation.

The regionwide conference also paves the way for the documentation of the best practices and recent developments in forest protection conducted including the innovations by the different groups advocating forest protection.

Updates on the existing forestry policies and strategies and their effectives in addressing illegal logging; status of forest cover including the trends of confiscation and seizure of illegally sourced forest products in Region 2; and the report on the RMFPC monitoring in Tumauni and City of Ilagan, both in Isabela after Super Typhoon Lawin were presented during the meeting.

Initiatives and strategies on forest protection and best practices on Community-based Forest Resource Management were shared by selected local government units and people’s organizations, respectively.

Organized in 1992, the MFPC is composed of local government units, national government agencies and different civil society organizations such as non-government organizations and people’s organizations.# CCC



piat solana boundary conflict 

Piat-Solana political boundary clarified

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 OIC Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar (2nd from left) and Engr. Alberto S. Obedoza (right), Chief of the DENR Region 2 Surveys and Mapping Division, listen as DENR Assistant Regional Director for Management Service Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from right) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Region 2 Director Marjorie P. Ayson (left) discuss salient points pertaining to the jurisdiction on a parcel of land between the municipalities of Piat and Solana, in the province of Cagayan, during a dialogue held at Hotel Roma in Tuguegarao City where DAR Undersecretaries Atty. Marcos Risonar and Atty. David Erro, representatives from the Land Bank of the Philippines, Register of Deeds, Department of the Interior and Local Government, the local government of Piat and Solana, representatives of the owners of the landholdings and farmer beneficiaries were also present.

Engr. Alberto S. Obedoza, in his presentation of the technical descriptions of the subject landholding, revealed that the same area was covered by two separate titles. Engr. Obedoza however stressed that during the cadastral survey they conducted, the actual location of Barangay Warat, where most of the farmer beneficiaries reside, is within the municipality of Piat, Cagayan. This was confirmed by the DILG Regional Office’s and National Barangay Operations Office’s certifying Barangay Warat as ‘listed in the current and master list of barangays as one of 18 regular barangays in Piat” and that the representative from Solana “is not claiming that the subject landholding is within their jurisdiction.” #





DENR: Best Government Agency BuB Implementer in Cagayan Valley Region.

 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar (2nd from left) and Forester Felina R. Malupeng (center) marvel at a plaque of recognition awarded to the premier environment agency by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 2 Regional Director John M. Castaňeda (2nd from right), DILG Asst. Regional Director Odilon Pasaraba (left) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 2 Supervising Budget and Management Specialist Jose Cusipag Pamittan (right) during the DILG-sponsored Local Government Unit Incentives and Awards (LGUIA) Ceremony held at the Ilagan Auditorium, City of Ilagan in Isabela on November 8, 2016. DENR Region 2 was recognized as “Best (Government Agency) BuB Project implementer” for its ‘excellent performance in the implementation of BuB (Bottom-up Budgeting) in 2014, 2015 and 2016.’ Also awarded next to the DENR were the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).



City of Ilagan: Best BuB Implementer in Cagayan Valley Region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo C. Malvar (center) beams as he awards the plaque of recognition for the City Government of Ilagan as ‘Best (Bottom-up Budgeting) BuB Project implementer’ to City Mayor Evelyn C. Diaz (2nd from right) during the Department of the Interior and Local Government DILG-sponsored Local Government Unit Incentives and Awards (LGUIA) Awarding Ceremony held at the Ilagan Auditorium, City of Ilagan in Isabela on November 8, 2016. The city of Ilagan was cited for its ‘effective and remarkable’ implementation of two BuB projects--the Agroforestry Project and Forest Development and Rehabilitation Project which were enrolled in the DENR-initiated National Greening Program (NGP) in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

In its 209.6-hectares agroforestry project area in Barangay Rang-ayan, the LGU administered the planting of some 104,800 seedlings of narra (Pterocarpus indicus), yemane (Gmelina arborea) and mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) forest tree species and mango (Mangifera Indica) and calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa) fruit tree species using the P2.4 million pesos the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) appropriated for the project. It also reported having completed plantation establishment, maintenance and protection activities including the construction of a 18 6x1000-meters fire prevention blocks and two look-out towers as of December 30, 2014.

In the 173.4 hectares forest development and rehabilitation project area, also in Rang-ayan, the Ilagan City LGU planted 173,400 seedlings of narra, mahogany and gmelina forest tree species; established ten fire prevention blocks and two lookout towers as part of maintenance and protection component using the P2.6 million fund from the DBM, and reported project completion on September 30, 2015.

DENR Region 2 OIC Regional Director Malvar said, “The projects were implemented ahead of schedule. The LGU used the funds as programmed and appropriately liquidated according to COA (Commission on Audit) prescribed guidelines.”

“More importantly, the Barangay Rang-ayan community or the city constituents seemed to be happy with the projects. We did not receive any complaint from any stakeholder related to the implementation of the Bub projects. No complaints!” he added.

Also present during the awarding rites were: DILG Region 2 Regional Director John M. Castaňeda (4th from left) DILG Assistantt Regional Director Odilon L. Pasaraba (3rd from left), DILG Isabela Provincial Director Elpidio A. Durwin (right), DILG Regional Project Management Officer Engr. Imelda P.A. Rosales (2nd from left), National Anti-Poverty Commission representative Amalia Decena (left) and DBM Region 2 Supervising Budget and Management Specialist Jose Cusipag Pamittan, (3rd from right).


Photo Releases

MECHANIZED SEEDLING PRODUCTION—The personnel charged of the Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery (MMFN) operation prepare the delivery of seedlings to CENR Offices of Sanchez Mira, Aparri, Alcala and Solana.  As of July 28, this year, a total of 417,500 Narra, Mahogany, Gmelina, Mangium and Ipil-ipil seedlings were already delivered for planting to the different National Greening Program sites within the jurisdiction of PENR Office Cagayan.  Considered as the state-of-the-art forest nursery, the MMFN located in Lannig, Solana, Cagayan started its operation in February, this year.#
OPLAN BROADCASTREEING – Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix C. Taguba commends the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Cagayan Chapter for spearheading the fourth year of Oplan Broadcastreeing in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) on Aug. 6, this year. He said, “The DENR cannot do the protection, management and development of the NGP sites all by itself but with the help of the media and the people they reach out.” Representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Solana Bureau of Fire Protection; Philippine National Police; Local Government Unit; and DENR participated in the planting of more or less 1,000 seedlings of Gmelina and Mangium in General Balao, Solana. #

STRENGTHENING RESILIENCE - World Bank Group Technical Team Leader Maurice Andres Rawlins commends the DENR for the progress of the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) during the Exit Conference held on Sept. 22, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The Exit Conference was conducted following the World Bank Implementation Support Mission visit at the DENR - PhilCCAP’s agroforestry sites in Barangays Nabbabalayan, Buyun and Manga, Peñablanca, Cagayan, including sites of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – led PhilCCAP components in Peñablanca and Tuguegarao City. Rawlins opened up before the Project implementers about the possibility that DENR and other PhilCCAP-implementing agencies such as the DA– Agricultural Training Institute could work together for the realization of the team’s vision of uplifting the farmers’ lives by transforming them from being in a “just surviving” state into having a “really resilient” living. The World Bank, which funds said Project, is set for another visit in December for a follow-up evaluation. With Rawlins are Isabela PENR Officer William C. Savella (center), In-Charge, Office the Regional Director and Wilbur G. Dee, PhilCCAP Project Manager.#

DEVELOPING FORESHORE AREAS - Representatives from different Local Government Units in the foreshore areas of Cagayan and other stakeholders brainstorm in formulating a vision statement for the Regional Foreshore Development Plan (RFDP) in a Visioning and Planning Workshop held on Sept. 27, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Served as Planner/Consultant of the RFDP, Restituta V. Antolin (inset) educated said participants about coming up with a vision that best exhibits how the foreshore will be managed, its state that the body wishes to achieve in the future, and the image of the foreshore. “It (RFDP) is important because this serves as our blueprint of our actions to preserve and conserve the foreshore areas,” said Antolin who also emphasized that the RFDP in said province is a pilot plan to be established in the entire Luzon.#   

ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP - “Tomorrow is in our hands now. May we then work hand in hand in protecting our environment and natural resources for our own benefit and that of the future generation,” Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, calls on the participants during the opening program of the Training for the Deputation of Municipal, City and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers. The two-day activity held on Oct. 13-14, this year at the Villa Blanca Hotel, Tuguegarao City was conducted  to acquaint the 42 participants with different laws, policies, regulations and procedures in the implementation of environmental laws in preparation for their deputation. #

CHANGE OF COMMAND – Outgoing Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan (left) turns over the symbolic  ‘Key of Responsibility’ to Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar that highlighted the opening of the Sports Fest/Cultural Presentation cum Employee Performance Recognition on Dec. 19, this year at the DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.  In his acceptance message, Director Malvar thanked RD Tumaliuan for creating the “house of leadership, unity and cooperation” in DENR Region 2.  He assured that the rope of management   turned over to him shall be opened up in shepherding the Office and its personnel.  “We have been together for several decades. No one is alien to me, likewise, I can say, I am not alien to you.  Let us respect each other and there will be no problem,” he said.#


REWARDING GOOD DEEDSEmployees of the DENR Regional Office pose in pride after receiving ecognitions for their exemplary performance and contributions for the Department during the ports Fest/Cultural Presentation cum Employee Performance Recognition held on Dec. 22, this year at Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Grace Ann B. Addun (third from left) and Romer C. Pugal (rightmost), both from Administrative Division, were awarded as the Employees of the Year for sharing their expertise in the formulation of designs of the Compendium of the proocurement of Every Good and Service conducted through National Competitive Bidding, and Proficiency for Client Satisfaction Service and Anti-Red Tape Act, respectively. Other awardees were commended in showing the ‘Spirit of Employee Engagement’ by giving priority attention in saving government properties from further damage after Super Typhoon Lawin.#

RESTORING VALUES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE – More than 50 learners have actively participated in the Values Restoration and Re-orientation and Career Development Learning Event on Dec. 28-29, 2016 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.  Aimed at developing the learners’ full values as persons, public servants and Filipinos and equipping them with appropriate knowledge and vital information about the Department’s thrusts and programs, the learners were impressed of having the opportunity to learn the different principles toward exceptional public service.  In his congratulatory remarks, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services, said the learning event had inculcated to the participants the desired values essential in achieving the client-services satisfaction. “Every employee must observe values in the workplace regardless of his or her position or designation.  Our clients deserve to be respected and to be properly attended to and served as well,” ARD Aromin emphasized.#

PRIME RECOGNITION – Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director Wilfredo C. Malvar and Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel pose with officials from the Civil Service Commission after receiving the plaque of recognition for DENR having obtained Maturity Level 2 (Process-Defined HRM) in the areas of Performance Management; Learning and Development; and Recruitment, Selection and Placement under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM). The award was given as a result of the Department’s determination and invaluable efforts to promote people excellence in public service delivery. The recognition rites was held on Dec. 27, 2016 at the Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club, Tuguegarao City. The plaque of recognition for the area of Rewards and Recognition was awarded to the DENR in February of the same year. #

EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION To know more and to have an access for medical assistance in emergency cases, employees of the DENR attentively listen to Remedios V. Andrada, Information Officer II of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC)-Regional Extension Unit 2, during the conduct of In-house Orientation on Jan. 23, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. Discussing the different medical benefits, IO Andrada said that employees, whose claims for medical assistance were disallowed by the ECC’s administering agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System, can ask for further assistance to the Commission for the approval of their claims. Covered for application of medical assistance are those of work-related compensable sickness, accident and death. The ECC is a quasi-judicial entity that implements the employees’ compensation programs in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment.#

USEC TEH’S VISIT – Undersecretary for Attached Agencies and Chief of Staff, Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, updates DENR Regional Office personnel on the Department’s structure in the Central Office and on the selection and promotion process during her visit in Region 2 on Jan. 25, this year. In a general assembly meeting, the top official encouraged the employees to diligently perform their duties. USEC Teh is in Cagayan Valley to lead the evaluation of the Special Climate Change Fund and Gender Mainstreaming in the Global Environment Facility being the Operational Focal Point in the Philippines. #

DENR REGION 2 UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP - Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, accepts the symbolic key of responsibility from outgoing Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Office of the Regional Director (ORD) Wilfredo C. Malvar during the Turnover Ceremony on Feb. 6, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. In his message, RD Aromin expressed his hope that all employees will cooperate and will always remember the directives and accomplishments of the past leaders.  “We should pursue it and even excel unto it to prove our worth to the DENR administration,” he added. As the new Regional Director, Atty. Aromin underlined the importance of following regulations at all times. “As a lawyer, I am stickler for rules,” the new environment chief  emphasized. In his remarks, outgoing OIC, ORD Malvar pleaded for the support and cooperation of all employees to the new leadership.#

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