Regional DENREU

 

KALIPUNAN NG MGA KAWANI SA KAGAWARAN NG KALIKASAN
(K4 R2) 
CY 2012 CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

 

 


PREAMBLE

 

We, the rank and file employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 02, imploring the guidance of Almighty God, in order to establish a Union that will safeguard our rights as employees and human beings, promote our social and economic welfare, strive for better working relations with our employer to enhance public service, and under the principle of democracy, do hereby promulgate this Constitution and By-Laws.

 


ARTICLE I

 

NAME AND DOMICILE

 

Section 1. Name. The Union shall be called Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4 R2).

 

Section 2. Domicile. The principal office of the K4 R2 shall be at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Office No. 02, Pagayaya Road, Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Province of Cagayan.

 


ARTICLE II

 

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND COMMITMENTS

 

Section 1. The protection and promotion of the common interests and well-being of the members shall be the primary concern and responsibility of the Union;

 

Section 2. Solidarity and equality in the pursuit of common goals and aspirations shall always be the unifying bond of all members of the Union;

 

Section 3. The Union shall be non-sectarian, non-political and non-partisan in nature. It shall, however, motivate and encourage active and intellectual study and discussion of moral, political and social agenda affecting its members and the office;

 

Section 4. The Union believes on the strength of collective lawful action as an effective instrument in seeking just, legal and moral demands and redress of grievances;

 

Section 5. It shall be the responsibility of all Union members to efficiently and effectively perform their tasks as government workers as they are compensated in order to meet the basic needs of their families and to live as decent members of the society;

 

Section 6. The Union shall adhere to democratic ideals and principles in its operation. Every member’s ideas and opinions are valuable and deserving of attention and consideration. Decision making shall be transparent, participatory and parliamentary in process;

 

Section 7. Cordial working relations between the Union and the employer and/or management on matters affecting the interests and welfare of the members of the Union shall always be pursued with the end in view of promoting better public services;

 

Section 8. The Union values mutual and supportive linkages with other government and non-government organizations (NGOs) whose objectives do not, in any way, contradict with that of the Union;

 

Section 9. The Union believes that socio-economic, political and cultural consciousness of its members are vital towards being efficient servants and useful citizens of the country; the Union shall adopt peaceful dialogue as the primary means in resolving problems and disputes between and among its members and the management;

 

Section 10. The Union, as an integral part of democracy, will serve as a venue for meaningful participation in policy formulation and decision-making concerning and affecting the rights and privileges of employees. It shall also be a means to achieve the economic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the employees; and

 

Section 11. All members shall fulfill their obligations in accordance with this Constitution and By-Laws to ensure their rights and benefits resulting from their membership.

 


ARTICLE III

 

OBJECTIVES

 

Section 1. General Objectives. The Union shall protect the rights and common interests and work for the promotion of the general welfare and benefits of its members.

 

Section 2. Specific Objectives. Specifically, the Union shall aim:

 

(1) To promote effective collective measures in conformity with the principles of justice and to bring about harmonious and mutual relationship between the employees and the employer;
(2) To establish a democratic union that shall unite all employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and to engage in mutual protection;
(3) To represent its members and engage in collective bargaining and negotiations with respect to the terms and conditions of their employment;
(4) To establish, promote and undertake a continuing education, research and leadership training program within the union and among members to enhance greater efficiency and effectiveness in the public service;
(5) To promote all forms of meaningful social activities;
(6) To organize and promote unionism for the purpose of collective bargaining and to widen the practice of economic and political democracy; and
(7) To constantly seek and work for ways and means to assist all union members in times of calamities, hospitalization, retirement, separation or termination of employment and/or demise of a member or any immediate member of their family.

 


ARTICLE IV

 

NAME OF EMPLOYER AND PLACE OF OPERATION

 

Section 1. The Employer is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 02 (DENR-R2) for collective bargaining under the Constitution and By-Laws.

 

Section 2. The principal location and place of operation of the Employer is at the Regional Office No. 02, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

 

Section 3. The DENR functions are provided under Executive Order (E.O.) No. 192 Series of 1989 specifically sections 4. Mandate and 5 Powers and Functions.

 


ARTICLE V

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1. Qualification. The following are qualified for membership:
a) All employees of the DENR R02 who are not otherwise disqualified by law regardless of sex, race, nationality, religion, political belief or affiliation and employment status whether permanent, temporary, casual and contractual by plantilla.

 


b) All detailed DENR employees within Region 02
c) All other employees as further defined in Paragraph (m) Section 1, Rule 1 of the IRR of EO 180.

 

Section 2. Disqualification: DENR employees whose position or designation is managerial in nature are not eligible for membership. Their membership is suspended until their designation as such shall have been revoked;

 

Section 3. Classification of Members. Those members who applied for membership and subsequently admitted and approved by the Committee on Membership are considered members classified as follows:

 

(1) Active members. Those members who faithfully and willingly submit themselves to the responsibilities as defined under Article VI and who regularly pay their monthly dues as stipulated under Sections 2 & 3 of Article XII.

 

(2) Inactive Members. Members who do not possess the qualifications indicated under the immediate preceding paragraphs shall be deemed inactive.

 

However, those whose membership is suspended as provided in sub item of Section 02, they shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of active members except the right to vote and the right to be voted upon.

 


ARTICLE VI

 

RIGHTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MEMBER

 

Section 1. Legal Bases. The rights, duties and responsibilities of a member shall be governed pursuant to the express provisions of the Philippine Constitution and defined by Section 45, Book V of the Administrative Code of 1987, the rules relative to the right to self-organization and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Public Sector Labor Management Council and other existing rules and regulations on Public Sector Unionism.

 

Section 2. Rights. Every member of the Union shall have the following rights

 

(1) Participate and be heard in all deliberations on matters concerning the Union;
(2) To enjoy all benefits made available for all its members;
(3) To be informed of the programs and activities of the Union and participate therein;
(4) To be protected from any form of discrimination or against the arbitrary exercise of power as well as from being laid-off or dismissed without just cause in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission;
(5) To enjoy minimum labor standards under the laws of the land particularly in the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) and under international labor standards which this country has ratified or accepted;
(6) To promote the interest and welfare of the Union members in terms of improvement of quality of life and equitable and just solution of all grievances;
(7) To have full access to information and records, documents, books and other related references of the Union during business hours;
(8) To vote and be voted upon in all elections subject to the rules and regulations of the Union regarding elections;
(9) No member shall be expelled from the Union without just cause and must pass due process of law nor shall any member be denied of his/her rights to equal protection by the Union.
(10) To be accorded due process and equal protection of law by the union

 

Section 3. Duties. It shall be the duty of every member to:

 

(1) Uphold and obey the Constitution and By-Laws of the Union and other rules and regulations as maybe promulgated by the governing body;
(2) Protect, defend, promote and support the name, integrity and cause of the Union;

 

(3) Attend and actively participate in all meetings and other activities, whether internal or external, of the Union where attendance is required;
(4) Comply with all dues as stipulated in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of Article XII and other obligations which maybe passed and duly approved by the Board of Directors.
(5) Abide by certain norms inherent in his/her membership in the organization;
(6) Support his/her Union in activities and programs designed not only to promote the member’s welfare and the Agency as well;
(7) Contribute to the national development efforts through participation in the economic and social fields; and (to be deleted)
(8) Uphold and obey all laws, rules and regulations promulgated by duly constituted authorities.

 


ARTICLE VII

 

PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS OF A MEMBER

 

Any active member shall be entitled to all the benefits and privileges as provided in Sections 1 and 2 hereof as well as the enforced Collective Negotiation Agreement forged and promulgated by Management and the Union.

 

Section 1. Benefits

 

1. Death Benefit. In case of death of a member, the union shall extend financial assistance to the heirs in the amount of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00). Members’ authorized beneficiaries are entitled to death benefits subject to the IRR duly approved by the Board of Directors.
2. Calamity Assistance. The union shall extend assistance to members who are victims of natural calamities and other force majeure. The assistance shall be determined by the Board of Directors and contained in a resolution duly passed and approved for the purpose.
3. Medical Assistance. A member shall be entitled to a medical assistance. The Board of Directors shall craft a specific guideline through a duly approved resolution defining in detail the mechanics and/or requirements for such entitlement
4. Legal Assistance. The Union shall provide legal assistance on matters involving security of tenure, unjust and inhumane treatment, illegal or unjust termination and illegal transfer/reassignment and other job related cases upon written request. The Board of Directors shall determine the nature and the extent of the assistance.
5. Retirement Gift. The Union shall provide assistance in conformity with the guidelines prescribed by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 2. Privileges. All Union members shall be entitled to all the following privileges:

 

1. Scholarship. The Union shall coordinate with the Human Resource Development Section in order to assist management in ensuring equal opportunities for scholarship offerings.
2. Trainings/Seminars. The Union shall assist management in ensuring that proper selection of employees who shall participate in local or international trainings/seminars is done in the interest of the service.
3. Merit and Promotions. The Union shall assist management in ensuring equal opportunity for all employees for promotion.
4. Counseling. The Union shall provide counseling services for its members.

 

However, priority shall be given to active members.

 

ARTICLE VIII
Government

 

Section 1. Governing Body. Subject to the provisions of the Philippine Constitution and other laws on Public Sector Unionism, final authority in the management and administration of the affairs of the Union is vested in the General Assembly.

 

Section 2. The General Assembly – The General Assembly of the Union shall be composed of members entitled to vote duly assembled and constituting a quorum.

 

Section 3. Powers and Limitations of the General Assembly –The General Assembly has the power:

a) to elect and remove Directors, Officers and Committee Members for cause;
b) to hear and pass upon the reports of the Board of Directors, officers and committees;
c) to take final decisions regarding any drastic change in financial policies, subject to legal restrictions;
d) to determine and approve the amendments in the Articles of Corporation and/or By-Laws;
e) to exercise final authority on all matters vitally affecting the Union;
f) to approve developmental plans of the Union;
g) to exercise all powers expressly provided by law and the by-laws.

 

Section 4. Annual General Assembly – The General Assembly meeting shall be held every third Tuesday of February of each year at the principal office of the Union or at any place within its area of operation and at such time as the Board of Directors may designate.

 

Section 5. Special General Assembly – A special General Assembly meeting may be called at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors to consider urgent matters requiring immediate membership decision. A special General Assembly meeting shall be called by the Board of Directors within 30 days from receipt of a written request of at least ten (10) percent of the total number of members entitled to vote.

 

Section 6. Notice of General Assembly Meeting –Written notices of all meetings shall be served by the Secretary, through an agent/personal courier, radio message/fax or mail, upon each member at his last known office address or thru publication in a paper of general circulation at least two (2) weeks prior to the general assembly meeting.

 

The Notice for an Annual General Assembly meeting shall be accompanied with the agenda, minutes of meeting of the last General Assembly.

 

The consolidated reports of the Board of Directors and Committees, financial statements, proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and/or Constitution and By-Laws if any, and other papers needed by the members to arrive at sound and intelligent decisions during the general assembly shall be distributed at the assembly venue.

 

Section 7. Fiscal Year. The Fiscal Year of the Union shall commence on the 1st day of February and end on the last day of January.

 

Section 8. Agenda. As far as practicable, the order of business at such annual meeting shall be:
a) Roll Call;
b) Proof of due notice;
c) Consideration of the minutes of the last general assembly meeting;
d) Consideration of the consolidated report of officers, Board of Directors and
Committees including audited statements of financial conditions and operation;
d) Unfinished business;
e) New business;
f ) Adjournment

 

Section 9. Quorum of the Membership Assembly – At the annual regular or special General Assembly meeting, 25% of the total number of members entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum.

 

Section 10. Manner of Voting – (a) Members entitled to vote shall be qualified to vote and participate in the General Assembly of the Union. No member of the Union shall be entitled to more than one vote. (b) In case of failure of a quorum, election of Board of Directors and Committee Members may be conducted by Province through a vote of 50% + 1 of the total members in each Province. (c) Election and removal of Directors and Committee members shall be by secret balloting. However, the Board of Director nominated by the Province who shall act as its Representative to the Board of Directors may be made through other means of written consent or support. Action on all other matters shall be in any manner that will truly and correctly reflect the decision of the membership.

 


Article IX

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 1. Role. The Board of Directors as a body shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Union. It shall prescribe policies consistent with laws, this By-laws and the resolutions of the General Assembly for the management of its business and the guidance of its members and officers. Likewise, it has the power to create other committees, positions or working groups that it deems necessary for the effective and efficient management and operation of the Union. The Board of Directors may also be granted emergency powers by the General Assembly through a vote of majority during a special meeting called for the purpose in the form of referendum or other legal means.

 

Section 2. Composition. The Board of Directors shall be composed of thirteen (13) members to make proper representation of the members coming from the different offices as follows:

 

4 - Regional Office
2 - PENRO Cagayan
2 - PENRO Isabela
2 - PENRO Nueva Viscaya
2 - PENRO Quirino
1 - PENRO Batanes

 

Section 3. Qualifications for Board of Directors. A member who has the following qualifications is eligible to seek election to a Board of Director Position:

1. Must be holding a permanent position;
2. Active member for at least one (1) year;
3. Has the willingness to serve;
4. Is not serving any sentence;
5. Has not been issued a suspension order during his/her term as BOD, in case of a re-electionist.

 

Section 4. Election. Members of the Board of Directors shall be elected through secret balloting which shall be conducted during the general assembly meeting.

 

1. Nomination. The nomination to a Board of Director position shall be open to all members subject to the qualifications set forth in Section 3 Article IX and to the guidelines prescribed by the Election Committee. The various offices, members, Regional Office and Provincial/CENROs shall nominate their respective candidate who shall be voted upon during election.
2. Proclamation. The Election Committee shall proclaim the top four (4) from the Regional Office, the top two (2) each from Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, and top one (1) from Batanes as the winners. In the absence or lack of nominees from a particular Office, the duly proclaimed Board of Directors shall appoint qualified members to fill up vacant BOD positions.

 

Section 5. Term of Office. Duly elected members of the Board shall have a term of office for two (2) years with a maximum of three consecutive terms or six years. After the third term, a break of at least one (1) term is required before the same member may run for another election to a maximum of three terms.

 

In case of vacancy in the board, the remaining Board of Directors shall appoint from among qualified members who come from the same office of the one being replaced and shall serve for the unexpired portion of the term.

 

Section 6. Directors Meeting, Election of Officers. A meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held within ten (10) days after each annual General Assembly meeting to elect by secret ballot from among themselves a President and an Executive Vice President. The other officers of the Board of Directors like Vice President for Legal and Inter-Union Affairs, the Vice President for Finance and Ways and Means, the Vice President for Membership and Grievance and the Vice President for Education and Training shall be elected through “secret ballot”.

 

Section 7. Removal of Directors.

 

a. The following are the grounds for removal of the Board of Directors:
1. Conviction of any crime
2. Facing civil/criminal suits involving financial and/or property accountability
3. Violation of Civil Service provisions
4. Absences in Board meetings for three (3) consecutive regular Board meeting without valid reason.

 

b. Manner of Removal
1. Any elected member of the Board of Directors maybe removed from Office by a vote of two-thirds of the members entitled to vote present and constituting a quorum at the Annual or Special General Assembly called for the purpose after having been given the opportunity to be heard at the said assembly.
2. Any appointed member of the Board maybe removed for cause by a majority vote of the members of the Board present and constituting a quorum at a regular or special meeting.

 

ARTICLE X

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1. A member of good standing who had been a bonafide member of the union for at least one (1) year shall be eligible to run for election to the Board of Directors or to any position, elective or appointive. The following positions shall be subject to election proceedings through a vote of the majority:

 

a. Members of the Board of Directors
b. Members of the Audit and Election Committee shall be composed of one Chairperson and at least four (3) members; the Chairperson to be voted upon by the members of the concerned Committee;
c. Other Committees
Other Committees may be formed and/or created and their powers/functions defined by the Board of Directors as the operations of the Union may require. The said Committees shall assist the Board of Directors in the implementation of the various developmental activities, plans and projects of the Union.

The following positions or officers shall be appointed by the Board of Directors from among qualified and interested members of the Union who shall file their application/intent in the proper form and after screening and evaluation shall choose among those who signified their intention to occupy said position.

 

a) Secretary
b) Treasurer
c) Other positions that the Union may need whose functions and duties shall be defined by the Board of Directors.

 


No two members who are related up to the fourth degree by affinity or consanguinity may serve in any capacity or position (whether appointive or elective) at the same time in the Union.

 

Section 2. The election of officers of the Union which is conducted during the General Assembly shall be voted by secret balloting. The winners of which shall be proclaimed by the Election Committee after the election consistently provided in Section 4 of Article IX.

 

Section 3. Committee on Election (COMELEC). The Committee on Election shall be composed of three (3) members who shall be responsible for the orderly conduct of the election.
(1) Three (3) members of the COMELEC shall be regular members of the Union and are duly elected by a majority vote.
(2) The elected members shall elect among themselves their Chairperson.

 

Section 4. Election of Officers and Vacancy. Elected officers like the members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by secret ballot by the members of the Annual General Assembly and shall hold office for a term of one (1) year and may be re-elected for another two (2) terms. Unless earlier removed for cause, or have resigned or became incapacitated due to illness or death and until their successors have been elected, the incumbent Board of Directors may designate if deemed necessary and in order not to disrupt the smooth operation of the Union from among qualified member, who shall continue to discharge the duties of the vacated office or position on a hold-over capacity until their successors shall have been elected by a vote of majority in a General Assembly meeting called for the purpose. In case the General Assembly cannot muster a quorum, the remaining Board of Directors and the Committee on Audit may meet to elect from among qualified members of the Union who shall serve only for the unexpired portion of the term of office of the vacated position. Upon ratification of this Constitution and By-Laws, election of Officers shall be conducted on every 3rd Tuesday of February.

 

ARTICLE XI

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall convene within ten (10) days following their proclamation to elect from among themselves the Officers of the Board which consists of a President, Executive Vice-President, Vice-President for Finance and Ways and Means, Vice-President for Membership and Grievance, Vice-President for Legal and Inter-Union Affairs, Vice President for Membership and Grievance, Vice President for Education and Training as well as appoint a new Secretary, Treasurer and other appointive officers when deemed necessary.

 

The Board of Directors may designate from among themselves an official Spokesperson and Press Officer.

 

Section 2. The President shall:

 

(1) Acts as chairperson and preside over all meetings of the Union and the Board of Directors;
(2) Direct and supervise all activities of the Union;
(3) Oversee the effective enforcement of the provisions of this Constitutions and By-Laws and all resolutions legally adopted by the Board;
(4) Approve all expenditures of the Union fund upon recommendation of the Board of Directors; and
(5) In general, perform all duties normally attached to the Office of the President of the Union.

 

Section 3. The Executive Vice President shall:

 

(1) Assume the duties and responsibilities of the President in the event of the latter’s absence, incapacity, resignation or death;
(2) Assist the President in the administration and operations of the affair of the union;
(3) Coordinate the execution of all programs and activities undertaken by the different Vice-Presidents and Committees; and
(4) Brief the President from time to time of the status of the activities being undertaken by the Union.

 

Section 4. The Vice President for Legal and Inter-Union Affairs shall:

 

Act as the Legal Counsel of the Union;
(1) Represent the union in all cases or hearings on issues involving the legality of Union actions
(2) Serve as legal adviser for the Union members;
(3) Recommend to the Board of Directors appropriate legal actions on issues affecting the Union; and
For Inter-Union Affairs:
(1) Coordinate with other government employees union regarding the promotion of unionism in the public sector;
(2) Act as representative of the union to inter-union conferences and/or meetings and present the official position of the Union on issues being discussed and deliberated.
(3) Submit a written report to the President the result of every conferences or meetings attended; and
(4) Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 5. The Vice President for Finance and Ways and Means shall:
Finance:
(1) Oversee the proper disposition of the union funds;
(2) Prepare and recommend to the president for discussion and approval by the Board of Directors the annual budget of the Union;
(3) Recommend to the Board of Directors the adoption of measures to raise Union funds; and
Ways and Means:
(1) See to it that materials, equipment and funds needed for the execution of all programs and projects of the Union are available;
(2) Recommend to the President appropriate measures to facilitate accomplishment of the union programs and activities; and
(3) Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 6. The Vice President for Membership and Grievance shall:

 

(1) Supervise the recruitment of new Union members;
(2) Maintain an up-to-date Roll of Union members according to their places of assignments and the units where they are operating;

 

(3) Act as mediator or conciliator in the resolution of conflicts between the Union members;
(4) In coordination with the Vice President for Legal and Inter-Union Affairs, prepare and recommend to the Board of Directors a draft of a CBA for presentation to management;
(5) Document reasonable grievances of Union members involving their conditions of work;
(6) Recommend to the Board of Directors appropriate courses of actions to obtain from management the relief sought by Union members in grievance cases;
(8) Take charge of all matters pertaining to and specifically affecting the members;
(9) Recommend to the President courses of action to be taken by the Union on matters affecting members; and
(10)Perform other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 7. The Vice President for Education and Training shall:

 

(1) Determine the training needs of the Union members;
(2) Conduct continuing education courses, trainings, seminars and workshops on effective unionism and improve the working efficiency of Union members;
(3) Supervise the preparation and distribution of information materials to enhance the knowledge of Union members on public sector unionism;
(4) Oversee the establishment and operation of Union library; and
(5) Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 8. The Secretary shall:

 

(1) Take the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and of the General Assembly;
(2) Keep, maintain, release, reproduce or disseminate pertinent records to any member of the Union as duly allowed by the Board of Directors without prejudice to the right of access to information by any member of the Union;
(3) Send out notices of meetings to the members of the Board of Directors or the General Assembly, and upon instruction of the President, prepare the agenda of all meetings; and
(4) Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 9. The Treasurer shall:

 

(1) Collect all fees, dues and other financial obligations of the members;
Have under custody, on behalf of the Union all donations from private parties to the Union;
(2) Hold under custody and deposit in the bank chosen by the Board of Directors all monies and/or funds in the name of the Union;
(3) Serve as custodian of all funds, properties and accounts by the Union and keep records pertaining thereto;
(4) Submit a complete quarterly financial report and/or statement to the Board of Directors a copy of which should be posted on the bulletin board; and
(5) Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Section 10. The Committee on Audit shall:

 

(1) Audit all records and books of account on the Union and submit his audit report every quarter of the year in a regular meeting of the Board of Directors, or as instructed by the Board;
(2) Make available the audit reports to the members of the Union as may be instructed by the Board of Directors; and
(4) Conduct spot audit of all records and books of account of the Union as may be deemed necessary.

 

Section 11. Other Committees – Other Committees or positions may be formed and/or created and their powers/functions/duties defined by the Board as the business and operation of the Union require. Said Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in the implementation of the Union development program.

 


ARTICLE XII

 

FINANCES AND DUES

 

Section 1. Membership Fee. An applicant for membership to the DENR R2 Employees” Union shall file his/her application in duplicate to the Union in the prescribed form and shall pay a membership fee of Fifty Pesos (P50.00) upon filing. The application shall pass through the Vice President for Membership and Grievance for review and evaluation.

 

Section 2. Monthly Due. A monthly due of One Hundred Pesos (P100.00) shall be collected from each member.

 

(1) Collection of dues from members whose payrolls are at the regional office shall be made every 2nd half of the month while members who in the field offices whose payrolls are paid once a month are deducted from their salary every payday. Collections made by Cashiers shall be remitted to the Treasurer within five (5) days after collection had been made.
(2) Moneys of the Union in the form of collected/remitted membership fee, monthly dues, etc. shall be deposited by the Treasurer to the designated depository bank of the Union in the name of the Union every Friday before the close of banking hours or as often as possible for moneys amounting to at least five hundred pesos shall be deposited immediately on the same day or the following day.

 

(3) The Treasurer shall keep all copies of transaction with the depository bank for record purposes and shall be made available to any member of the Board of Directors or officers or member who may want to look into these records or transactions;
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Section 3. Agency Fee. An agency fee for CNA incentive and other similar monetary benefits equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) shall be collected from non-union members. The agency fee shall be automatically deducted from the payroll of the said monetary benefit.

Section 4. Special Assessment. The Board of Directors, through resolutions and upon the concurrence of at least majority in a general assembly called for the purpose, assess and/or collect from its members such amount as deemed necessary and other fees such as agency fee from non-DENR employee members and other beneficiaries.

 

Section 5. Special Projects. The Board of Directors, through resolution, shall launch fund raising campaign and similar activities to augment/strengthen the financial status of the Union. The same may be undertaken for the furtherance of the Union and for such other purposes as may be deemed necessary.

 

Section 6. A book of account of all dues and fees collected shall be maintained and financial report of collections and disbursements shall be made by the Treasurer for audit purposes. Interest earned from the aforementioned savings account shall form part of the general fund of the Union.

 

Section 7. Withdrawals and disbursement of funds shall be subject to approval by the President and Vice President for Finance and Ways and Means subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

 

Section 8. A petty cash in the name of the President shall be maintained by the Treasurer for monthly operations of the Union, the amount of which shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Replenishment of petty cash shall be allowed only after liquidation of the previous amount spent subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations. The following shall be observed:

 

(1) Petty Cash vouchers must bear the signature of the Vice President for Finance and the approval of the President and
(2) Petty Cash advance shall be replenished only after submission of liquidation report.

 

Section 9. Payment or reimbursement of all other expenses incurred in the maintenance and operations of the Union and other officers may be claimed or tended through the use of the prescribed voucher form with supporting documents and subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations
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Section 10. The Treasurer upon request of the Board of Directors shall render an oral report on the financial status of the Union at least every regular meeting of the Board and as the need arises in order to update the Board and the members.

 

Section 11. The General Assembly shall authorize the Board of Directors of the Union to allocate funds necessary and appropriate in pursuit of the Union’s goals and objectives in general and for the effective and efficient management and operation of the Union. This shall include funds for its various programs/project/activities, administrative/operational costs/expenditures, allowances of officers, etc.

 


ARTICLE XIII

 

QUORUM, MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS

 

Section 1. General Assembly. The annual meeting of the members shall be held at the principal office of the Union or at any place designated by the Board of Directors on the 3rd Tuesday of February.

 

Section 2. Regular/Special Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called every 2nd Tuesday of the month by the President of the Union. During such meetings, the President shall render his monthly report to the members of the Board regarding the activities of the Union. Special meetings may be called as the need arises, by at least five (5) members of the Board of Directors or the President or upon petition of at least one-fourth (1/4) of the general membership and must be in writing.

 

Section 3. Notices. Notice of Meeting for all types of meetings (i.e., annual, quarterly, special meetings, etc.) shall contain the date, time and venue of the annual, quarterly and special meetings of the members/officers shall be delivered to concerned officers or members of the Union by personal courier, through fax, radio facilities, by mail, or other means at least one (1) week before the date set for such meeting. In urgent cases, the

 

Notice of Meeting may be communicated at least two (2) days before the meeting through personal or direct contact or by telephone, or by telegram, if contact is not possible to ensure that the concerned officer or member is properly informed. The notice of every special meeting shall state the purpose or purposes of the meeting. No other business shall be considered at such meeting except with the consent of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 4. Quorum. The quorum for any meeting of the officers shall consist of at least fifty percent (50%) plus one of the members of the Board of Directors. For General Assembly Meeting, at least 25% of the total membership must be present and shall be considered a quorum.

 

Section 5. Order of Business. The order of business of the Annual Meeting of the members shall be as follows:

 

(1) Proof of service of the required notice of meeting;
(2) Proof of the presence of a quorum;
(3) Reading and approval of the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting except when such meeting is dispensed with a majority vote of those present;
(4) Unfinished business;
(5) Report of the President/Chair of Standing Committees;
(6) Election of the Board of Directors for the ensuing year;
(7) Other matters.

 

The order of business at any meeting maybe changed by a vote of majority of the members present.

 


ARTICLE XIV

 

DECORUM AND SANCTIONS

 

Section 1. The following shall be grounds for disciplinary action:
(1) Failure of the officers to attend regular meetings without justifiable reasons/cause shall be penalized. Unexcused absence/s shall be meted the following:

 

(a.) 1st absence – WARNING
(b.) 2nd absence – REPRIMAND
(c.) 3rd absence – SUSPENSION

 

(2) Commission of any act prejudicial and/or inimical to the interest of the Union as determined by the Board of Directors;
(3) Refusal to comply with one’s duties and responsibilities as a member and/or officer shall be a sufficient ground for disciplinary action; and
(4) No disciplinary action or penalty shall be given to any of its members/officers without due process.

 

Section 2. The following shall be ground for expulsion:
(1) Any member found to be disloyal to the principles, objectives and commitments of the Union; and

 

(2) Any act of dishonesty, guilty of malversation, extortion and other malpractice concerning the affairs of the Union.

 

Section 3. Any member of the Union may file charges against a member thru a written complaint with the Secretary of the Union. The President shall call a special meeting to consider the charges. The affirmative vote of simple majority of all the members of the Board of Directors shall be necessary to suspend a member, provided that where the penalty is expulsion, the affirmative vote of two-third (2/3) of all the members of the Union shall be necessary to expel a member.

 


ARTICLE XV

 

COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATION

 

Section 1. The Board of Directors headed by its President or by a negotiating panel for the members who shall be duly elected by the Board shall conduct collective negotiation, for and in behalf of the members.

 

Section 2. The result of the collective negotiation shall be subject to the review, perusal and scrutiny by the Board of Directors and the same shall be concurred by a majority vote.

 

Section 3. Upon concurrence, the proposed Collective Negotiation Agreement shall be subject to ratification and approval by majority votes of the Union’s bonafide members at a meeting, conference or by a plebiscite called for such purpose.

 


ARTICLE XVI
FISCAL YEAR

 

Section 1. The Fiscal Year of the Union shall be from February 1 to January 31 of every year.

 

ARTICLE XVII

 

AMENDMENTS

 

Section 1. Proposed amendments to this Constitution and By-Laws shall be presented by the Board of Directors to the members of the Union or the General Assembly during its Annual General Assembly and shall be deemed approved by 50% + 1 votes of the quorum.

 

Section 2. A member of the Union may move for the amendments/revisions of this Constitution and By-Laws through the Constitutional Committee created by the Board of Directors for the purpose subject to Sections 1 and 2 of this Article.

 


ARTICLE XIII

 

TRANSITORY PROVISION

 

Section 1. The interim officers shall be elected from the Board of Directors duly elected by the DENR employees prior to the ratification of this Constitution and By-Laws.

 


ARTICLE XIX

 

EFFECTIVITY

 

Section 1. The Constitution and By-Laws shall take effect immediately after presentation and ratification by majority vote during the General Assembly.

 

Section 2. APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the K4 R2 Employees’ Union General Assembly, DENR-R2 Tuguegarao City, this 28th day of February 2012.

 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

RICARDO C. SORIANO
President

 

SAMUEL M. VINARAO
Executive Vice-President

 


RESTITUTA V. ANTOLIN FE C. LINGAN

 


VICTORIA D. BALIUAG WAGAYWAY Q. AGATEP

 

MINA L. LABUGUEN LUZ S. SORIANO

 

CORAZON AQUITANIA LAWRENCE GRACIANO

 


FRANK CARBONEL

 

HILDA D. OPALEC
Secretary/Administrative Assistant

 

 

K4 OFFICIALS:

REGIONAL OFFICE

  1. 1.RICARDO C. SORIANO – President
  2. 2.SAMUEL M. VINARAO – Exec. Vice-President
  3. 3.RESTITUTA ANTOLIN – VP for Finance
  4. 4.FE C. LINGAN – VP for Membership

CAGAYAN

  1. 1.WAGAYWAY AGATEP – VP for Legal
  2. 2.ELIZABETH BRILLANTES

ISABELA

  1. 1.LUZ C. SORIANO – VP for Education and Training
  2. 2.MINA LABUGUEN

QUIRINO

  1. 1.LAWRENCE GRACIANO
  2. 2.FRANK CARBONEL

NUEVA VIZCAYA

  1. 1.CORAZON AQUITANIA
  2. 2.EDNA WILLIE – Chair, Housing Committee

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE:

  1. 1.EMERITA PESCADOR
  2. 2.BONIFACIO IFURUNG
  3. 3.ALEX VILLANUEVA

ELECOM COMMITTEE:

  1. 1.JANET BRILLANTES – Chair, ELECOM
  2. 2.MARINA MALAMUG

 

Human Resource Management

Training and Scholarship

 

 TRAINING PROGRAMS CONDUCTED

     TRAINING PROGRAM         DATE        VENUE        NO. OF PARTICIPANTS                                             OBJECTIVE
 Training on Office Protocol  March 1-2, 2012  Narra Hall, DENR R02, Tuguegarao Cit  39  To generate excellent delivery of services to various customers and stakeholders with public service work ethics
Training on Office Protocol and Social Graces April 12-13, 2012 Narra Hall, DENR R02, Tuguegarao City 34 To generate excellent delivery of services to various customers and stakeholders with public service work ethics
 Training on Moral Recovery Program/values Orientation Workshop  May 17-18, 2012  Narra Hall, DENR R02, Tuguegarao City  32  To develop among participants the proper values that have to be integrated in three dimensions of their personality as a person, as a public servant and as a Filipino
 Training on Office Protocol  June 21-22, 2012  Narra Hall, DENR R02, Tuguegarao City  31  To generate excellent delivery of services to various customers and stakeholders with public service work ethics
 Orientation Seminar for Contractual Employees  September 11 & 12 & 13, 2012 (3 Batches)  Narra Hall, DENR RO2, Tuguegarao City  128  To equip the contractual employees with appropriate knowledge and vita information on environmental concerns in order to empower them to become partners in the Department’s advocacy
 Training on Office Protocol  October 3-4, 2012  Narra Hall, DENR RO2, Tuguegarao City  41  To generate excellent delivery of services to various customers and stakeholders with public service work ethics
Training on Government Procurement Reform Act (9184) Narra Hall, DENR RO2, Tuguegarao City Narra Hall, DENR RO2, Tuguegarao City 65 To raise the level of understanding of Supply Officers/Storekeepers on the Government Procurement Reform Act ( RA 9184)

 

 FOREIGN TRAININGS

  

TRAINING PROGRAM/NOMINEE DATE COUNTRY SPONSOR REMARK

Training Course on Various Forest Conservation with Community Participation

• Corazon L. Mabborang FMS II

August 13, 2012-November 17, 2012  Japan  JICA/TESDA Indorsed to Central Office awaiting for the approval of her nomination

Educational Tour to Discuss the result of the first study at Dinapigue, Isabela and planning on the propose additional Sites for the collaborative study entitled “Taxonomic and Biographic Studies in Common Species between Japan and the Philippines particularly in Region 02”

• Benjamin T. Tumaliuan – Regional Executive Dir.
• Mina L. Labuguen – Senior Environmental Mgt. Spec.

May 16-21, 2012 Japan National Museum of Nature and Science Participated

East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012

• Jovito B. Layugan, Jr. – Regional Technical Director for PAWCZMS
• Enrique Q. Pasion – OIC, Coastal Marine Management Division

July 9-13, 2012 Korea  ICRMP/GEF  Participated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012

• Jovito B. Layugan, Jr. – Regional Technical Director
for PAWCSMS
• Enrique Q. Pasion – OIC, Coastal Marine
Management Division
July 9-13, 2012 Korea ICRMP/GEF participated

 

Management of Scholarship Program

Training program invitations are referred to the different Sectors and concerned offices for them to identify and nominate personnel from their sector or office.

These training programs are also disseminated to the agency’s field offices for the information of interested employees. From January to June this year, a total of twenty three (23) training program invitations were received and properly disseminated by the Section.

 

Promotion of Health Care

One of the interventions to further the functionality of the HRDS is the health care program for all personnel of the department. For the first semester, two issues of HRD Health Updates were produced and distributed to increase awareness and to attain wider dissemination of information.

 

Endorsement of Benefit Claims (MOWELFund)

The HRD Section assists personnel in the processing of claims for assistance from the Morale and Welfare Foundation (MOWELFund). This is in line with its trust to work for the benefits and welfare of the DENR R-2 personnel.

 

Management of On-the-Job Training (OJT)

With the issuance of DENR Administrative Order No. 2006-14 dated October 16, 2006, the Section keep on giving assistance to practicum students. Prior to the deployment of OJT students, the Section conducts orientation where they are also briefed of the mandate, vision, mission, organizational structure and office rules and regulations.

A total of forty (40) students from the University of Cagayan Valley (UCV), Cagayan State University (CSU) Tuguegarao and Aparri Campus and the International School of Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) were accepted to undergo On-the-Job Training in the office.

 

Production of HRD Updates

The Section regularly produce and circularize a mini– publication, the HRD Updates, This is published semi– annual to apprise agency personnel and other concerned offices on the latest events along human development.

 

OTHER KEY RESULT AREA

There are also other interventions and activities being undertaken by the HRD Section aside from its regular functions.

 

Maintenance of Conference Halls

The Section continues to properly maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of Narra and Narek Halls which are both located at the fourth level. Staff of the Section automatically prepare the halls for scheduled activities as it caters not only to DENR related activities but also to those of partner agencies. For this semester, there were already twenty-five (25) activities conducted.

 

Care and Maintenance of the DENR Hostel

This is another activity being undertaken by the Section. From time to time, staff do general cleaning to ensure its cleanliness and orderliness for the convenience of visitors/guests. Copies of hotel guidelines are also distributed to all offices to serve as their guide anytime they have visitors to check in.

 

Middle Managers attend Protocol Training

The Human Resource Development Section (HRDS) conducted training on office protocol on April 12-13, 2012 for middle managers specifically to generate excellent delivery of services to various clientele and stakeholders with public work ethics. Government employees deal with various kinds of clientele in the performance of their official functions.

Accredited and competent Lecturers were invited to share their knowledge and expertise in Protocol. Police Superintendent Atty. Roman C. Arugay, Training Manager, Regional Special Training Unit, Philippine National Police, Regional Command No. 2 discussed the relevance of Protocol, Order of Precedence and Protocol of the Philippine Flag. Ferdinand Urata, Legal Officer, DENR R-02 briefed the participants on Ethics in Public Service, Duties of Public Officials and Employees as provided for under R.A. 6713 and the DENR Code of Conduct while Ms. Monserrat Martinez de Ubago, a proficient Lecturer, talk on Etiquette, Social Graces, Dress Code and the Art of Conversation.

It is expected that the various topics discussed during the two-day training gave the middle managers the expected knowledge, skills and attitudes in effectively communicating various concerns of the department.

 

Regional Anti-Corruption Program

anti-corruption

  

DENR REGION 2
ANTI-CORRUPTION PROGRAM
CY 2011

MEASURE COMMITMENT
ACTIVITY TIMELINE RESPONSIBLE PERSON
I.  MEASURE (Prevention)
 
 
 
 1.  Improve employee discipline
a.  Installation of biometric machine
March
PENROs and CENROs
 
b.  Requiring agency clearance for moonlighting employees
Annually
AOs 
 
c.  Strict implementation of RA 6713
March
AOs
 2. Implement "honest to goodness" asssesment of employee   performance
Strict adherence to the procedures in the PES
Semi-Annually
 All Ratees/All Raters
 3.  Avoid fraudulent travels
a.  Submission of daily  accomplishment reports
Daily
 All employees
 
b.  Submission of travel plan
Quarterly
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
 
c.  Submission of accomplishment for the previous T. O.
Weekly
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
 
d.  Observance of proper channel or protocol
As needed
 All employees
 
e.  Strict issuance of CAs
 As needed
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
 
f.  Evaluation of travel duration 
 As needed
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
 
g.  Establishment of internal 
February 2011
AOs
 
h.  Issuance of Travel Order on a weekly basis
As needed
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
4. Avoid short cut in the purchase of supplies and materials andcontract of services
Strict implementation of RA 9184
Daily
BAC, HOPE, BAC Secretariat
5.  Promote transparency of regulatory functions such as but not limited to the issuance/approval/endorsement of permit/license/tenurial instruments/ agreements
a.  Provision of checklists and corresponding fees
February 2011
 FRDS, FUS ChiefEMS, PASu, FS,LI, DPLI,All Specialists,CENROs, PENROs,RTDs
 
b.  Posting of clear and  readable Citizens Charter
March 2011 
AOs 
 
c. Posting of Anti-Fixer Campaign "fix the fixers"
March 2011 
AOs 
6.  Fast track approval of permit 
a.  Observance of the reglamentary period as prescribed by ARTA and CSC
Daily
 PENROs, CENROs
7.  Exercise due diligence in doing research a to the status of areas subject of certification 
a.  Resorting to all possible references such as control maps, LC maps
As needed
Cartographer,DPLI, FS, CENROs
 
b.  Imposition of administrative sanction to officials issuing fraudulent certifications
As needed
Appointing Authority
II.  MEASURE (Education) 
 
 
 
1.  Intensify IEC on RA 6713, ARTA, IDAP and EO 292
 Conduct of Ethics training/spiritual formation under a moral renewal program
March 2011
CENROs, PENROs, HRD
2.  Implement DENR's Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards
a.  Conduct of IEC during Monday updates "homily every Monday"
Weekly
RePAO, IOs, AOs
 
b.  Implementation of PRAISE
 
HRD
III.  MEASURE (Deterrence)
 
 
 
1.  Development of agency internal   complaints units, including  encouraging and protecting internal whistleblowers on:
a.  Maintenance of suggestion box
Daily
AOs, PENROs & CENROs
-  conflicts of interest
b.  Maintenance of PACU
Daily
AOs, PENROs & CENROs
-  illegal gifts (cash, travel, entertainment, 5 thousand pesos)
c.  Involvement of K4 officials
As needed
K4 Board of Directors and staff
-  nepotism
 
 
 
 -  fraud (travels, TEVs, etc.)
 
 
 
-  malversation
 
 
 
2.  Set-up/strengthen internal investigation of corruption
Creation of Investigating Body through Special Order
Annually
PENROs, RTDs,RED
3.  Publish blacklisted offenders(clientele/outsiders) & maintainon-line central database for public access
Broadcasting
As needed
Information Officers & Webmasters
 
Website posting
 
 
 
Posting in conspicious places preferably at the clientele's waiting area/lobby
 
 
4.  Hold superiors accountable for corrupt activities of subordinates
Implementation of the Principle of Command Responsibility
As needed
RED
5.  Advocate for the submission of W4 as attachment of assets,liabilities and net worth (SALN)
Encouraging disclosure of Real and True Assets & Liabilities
Annually
AOs 
6.  Use effectively existing agency administrative disciplinary machinery (formal investigations)
Imposition of appropriate sanctions
As needed 
Appointing Authority
7.  Check anti-graft and corruption program effectiveness
Strict monitoring of the ARTA implementation in all units of the DENR
Quarterly 
Appointed Ombudsman & IAS
IV.  MEASURE (Partnership) 
 
 
 
  1. Link for existing database of complementary agencies and sharing of information
 Networking with LGUs, OGAs which have complementing databases like PNP, AFP, etc.
As needed
 Information Officers
2.  Enlist/enhance participatation of private sector and civil society in various areas of governance
Converging CSO and Private Sector for fora on existing projects/activities of the DENR
As needed
Information Officers, All Specialists
3.  Tap international development agencies & private sector for support
Encouraging international communities in the monitoring of DENR developmental activities
As needed 
Division Chiefs,  RTDs
4.  Institutionalize the participation of stakeholders in agency  activities
Recognizing the stakeholders' unwavering support to the achievements of DENR Mandate
As needed 
 PENROs,CENROs, RTDs

 

 

National Greening Program - Program Brief

As the spearhead for agency's National Greening Program and numerous tree planting efforts within different agencies, the plantation development section of the Forestry sector produced a total of 18,247 seedlings of assorted species with the initiative of DENR employees on a scheduled basis and through the allotment of ERDS.  To further enhance the production of quality or genetically superior seedlings, additional/extension of Forestry  Clonal Nursery was constructed which is very useful in the propagation of clonal seedlings.  The National Greening Program had been the top priority of the sector.  With the target plantation establishment of 6,676 hectares regionwide for CY 2011-2016, 21.6% is accomplished with an area of 1,441.41 hectares.  Upon the target of 2,024,767 seedlings, 2,113,611 seedlings were produced by the PO.  On the other hand 248,760 seedlings were produced through the initiative of the DENR personnel.  With the continuous efforts of the plantation section, more seedlings are produced and able to distribute 35,711 seedlings to other agencies from January to August 2012 as support to the NGP.

 

                   Program Activity
               Target
                                            Remarks
National Greening Program
 
 
    - Plantation Establishment
   6,676 has (CY 2011-2016
   accomplished 1,441.41 has for CY 2011-2012 OR 21.6%
    - Seedlings produced by PO
   2,024,767 seedlings
   produced 2,113,611 seedlings
    - Seedlings produced by personnel
 
   produced 248,760 seedlings through the initiative of DENR personnel
Establishment/Maintenance of Nursery
 
 
    - Seedling/Sapling produced (Initiative)
 
   Raised 23,126 seedlings
    - Seedling/Sapling distributed
 
   35,711 seedlings were distributed to other agencies 

FY 2012 TARGET & BUDGET

ACTIVITY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR TARGET BUDGET ACCOMPLISHMENT AS OF AUGUST 2012
      MOOE CO  
1. Survey, Mapping & Planning (SMP)  900.00/ha 10,380  9,206     
                      Batanes   200 180    
                      Cagayan    2,967  2,669     
                      Isabela   4,325 3,758    
                      Nueva Vizcaya   1,688 1,519    
                      Quirino   1,200 1,080    
    a.  SMP (FMS) area surveyed & mapped (ha.)  8,133  7,183     
    b.  SMP (ERDS) area surveyed & mapped (ha.)   2,247 2,023     
2. Seedling Production/Procurement    2,360,260   8,880 25,472   
                       Batanes    20,000 400     
                       Cagayan     750,357 1,958  8,814   
                       Isabela    869,582  4,860 9,010   
                       Nueva Vizcaya     429,893 950  4,588   
                       Quirino   290,428 712 3,060   
    a. FMS - POs seedling produced (no.)  1,797,000    21,564   
    b. Additional Areas    340,500 8,880     
    c. Urban Greening seedling produced (no.) 45,000   3,375  
    d.  Mangrove Rehabilitation seedling produced (no.)  177,760   533   
3. Site Preparation and Mobilization Civil Society Organizations, Partner Agencies, Groups Individuals prior to treeplanting (SOC-MOB) site prepared (ha)   6,676 16,690     
                      Batanes   40  100     
                      Cagayan     2,184  5,464    
                      Isabela   2,229 5,575    
                      Nueva  Vizcaya   1,308 3,265    
                      Quirino   915 2,286    
     a. SOC-MOB (FMS) site prepared (ha)   3,748  9,370    
     b. Additional Area site prepared (ha)  681  1,702     
     c. SOC-MOB (ERDS) site prepared (ha) 2,247 5,618    
 4.  Plantation Establishment, Maintenance & Protection of CY 2010 UDP and 2011 NGP          
           

National Greening Program Commodity Roadmap for 2011-2016

 

 Type of Commodity Total (has) Batanes Cagayan Isabela Nueva Vizcaya Quirino
1.  Timber  10,000 200  3,895  4,505  600  800 
2.  Fuelwood 10,000  100  2,500  3,400  3,000  1,000 
3.  Coffee 12,000  3,915  4,688  1,985  1,412 
4.  Cacao 12,000  4,000  4,000  2,781  1,219 
5.  Rubber 4,000  1,000  1,000  1,000  1,000 
6.  Bamboo 500  100  100  100  100  100 
7.  Rattan 400  100  50  50  100  100 
8.  Fruit Trees 12,000  4,000  5,700  1,300  1,000 
9.  PA (Indigenous Spp)  5,414 100  1,000  1,100  1,600  1,614 
10. PA Mangroves  40   - 40 
11. Mangrove (Outside PA)  100  100 
Total 66,454  600 20,560   24,583  12,466 8,245 

 

National Greening Program Commodity Roadmap for 2011-2016                                                                                                                                                                                                   Distribution By CENRO

 

CENROs
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Batanes  261 40 160 100 39   - 600 
Cagayan   1,169 2,184  4,500  4,230  4,230  4,247  20,560 
  1st District  462  712  1500  1410  1410   1415  6,909
     C. Aparri  321  320  800  664  664  715   3,484
     C. Alcala  141  392  700  746  746   700 3,425 
  2nd District  202  943  1550  1410  1410   1415 6930 
     C. Sanchez Mira  141  347  900  846  846   849 3929 
     C. Solana  41  413  550  382  382  427  2195 
     C. Aparri   20  183  100  182  182  139  806 
  3rd Distirct 505  529  1450  1410  1410  1417  6721 
    C. Solana  198  137  350  464  464  422  2035 
    C. Tuguegarao  307  378  900  846  846   849 4126 
    C. Alcala  14  200  100  100   146 560 
Isabela 1011  2229  6000  5110  5110   5123  24583
1st District 387  704  2100  1555  1555  1562  7863 
   C. Cabagan 141  430  900  1355  1355  1362  5543 
   C. Palanan 141  140  1000  100  100  100  1581 
   C. Naguilian 105  134  200  100  100  100  739 
2nd District 236  530  900  1555  1555  1561  6337 
   C. Naguilian 136  280  750  1300  1300  1300  5066 
   C. Roxas 100  250  150  255  255  261  1271 
3rd District 141  498  1500  1000  1000  1000  5139 
   C. Cauayan 141  498  1500  1000  1000  1000  5139 
4th District 247  497  1500  1000  1000  1000   5244
   C. San Isidro 247  497  1500  1000  1000  1000   5244
Nueva Vizcaya  658 1308  1,866   2,878 2,878   2,878 12,466 
   C. Aritao 219  499  622  960  960  960  4,220 
   C. Bayombong 219  404  622  959  959  959  4,122 
   C. Dupax 220  405  622  959  959  959  4,124 
Quirino 517  915 2,006  1,600  1,600  1,607  8,245 
   C. Diffun 248  457  1,003  800  800   805 4,113 
   C. Nagtipunan 249  458  1,033  800  800   802 4,112 
   PENR Office 20  -  - 20
GRAND TOTAL 3,616 6,676  14,532  13,918  13,857  13,855  66,454 

 

 

 

NEWS

 

Strict procurement process reduces corruption – ARD Reyes

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In a bid to improve the procurement process and to shun officials and employees from committing violations, more than 50 Regional and Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members underwent a learning event on Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as “Government Procurement Reform Act and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations” on June 27-28, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur Tuguegarao City.

RA 9184 prescribes the necessary rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities of the Government of the Philippines (GoP).

 

In his opening message, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes emphasized that government employees can help save government money and reduce corruption if RA 9184 is strictly followed.

He cautioned the BAC members for a possibility to commit violation if they are unaware of the procurement policies. He said no excuse will be made for actions that were inconformity with the procurement procedures.

“Most officials were dismissed in the government service due to failure of complying with the said Republic Act. Although our intention is good and we only wanted to fast track the procurement of goods for the Office, we are not still safe unless we thoroughly learn the policies,” ARD Reyes underlined.

He mentioned the importance of procuring activities whether they are goods, infrastructure and consultancy services as relevant factors to achieve a smooth flow of any office operation.

“This 2017, I hope that we do the procurement process sound and safe so that we could again qualify in the granting of Performance-Based Bonus which requires all government agencies to be compliant to RA 9184,” he added.

 

Meanwhile, Senior Budget Specialist (SBS) Reynaldo R. Villon, procurement practitioner and resource speaker from the Department of Budget and Management Region 2, has added knowledge to the participants on the Overview of RA 9184 and its Amendments, Alternative Modes of Procurement and its Policies and Changes, Amendments of Public Bidding and Procurement Planning and Monitoring.

SBS Villon discussed the bidding procedures for the procurement of goods and Infrastructure projects.

He underscored the use of Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) Registration Certificate and PhilGEPS Registration Certificate Number as one of the provisions in the Revised IRR.

“The PhilGEPS Registration Certificate, categorized as platinum membership only, became a mandatory document submitted during public bidding. Prospective bidder can now use the certificate in lieu of other eligibility requirements: registration from the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission and Cooperative Development Authority, mayor’s permit, tax clearance, audited financial statements and pick up licence in case of infrastructure projects. But for alternative mode of procurement like shopping and small value procurement, certificates are no longer needed. Only the PhilGEPS Registration Certificate Number categorized even in the old blue or red membership is required instead,” Villon clarified.

The two-day learning event was impressive as expressed by the participants during the closing program. “It would be a great help for the BAC members, Secretariat and Technical Working Groups for the improvement of the operation and regulation of the procurement activities not only in the Regional Office but also in the Field Offices,” said Chief, Administrative Officer Lilia dL. Abel. #CAT#

 

RD Aromin calls for personal commitment to environment


“Patunayan natin na nagmamalasakit tayo sa kapaligiran.”pia

This was the challenge posed by the regional environment chief during the press conference dubbed “Tipon-Tipan sa PIA” held on June 6, this year to kick-off the Philippine Environment Month.

“Ang pag-asa natin ay ang ating mga sarili. Umpisahan natin sa ating mga bahay sa pamamagitan ng tamang pag-segregate ng mga basura,” said Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin dramatizing this year’s theme “Connecting People to Nature.”

Regional Director Cesar S. Siador Jr. of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) joined RD Aromin in the presentation of the lined up activities in celebration of the Environment Month and updates on the programs and projects of their respective offices.

The DENR will conduct environmental symposiums in schools in different provinces, tree planting activities, and levelling-off with local government units on environmental protection particularly on forest protection.

In June 29, a stakeholders’ forum on mining policies and operations will be conducted by the MGB in Santiago City, Isabela.

The EMB will hold a multi-sectoral meeting with the governing board of PIESTTA Air shed composed of seven municipalities: Peñablanca, Iguig, Enrile, Solana, Tuguegarao City, Tuao and Amulung.

Accomplishments in forest protection were discussed by RD Aromin. He reported that from January to May this year, a total of 64.04 cubic meters of forest products were confiscated and 28 units of conveyances were apprehended.

According to Atty. Aromin, the DENR Legal Division has been strengthened. “There are four full-fledged lawyers who will be deployed in the provinces to address issues not only on forest protection but also on illegal titling,” he added.

For National Greening Program (NGP), the regional top official said a team from the Forest Management Bureau will be conducting validation of plantations in the different provinces. He also invited the media to visit the best NGP sites of the region.

He warned that any personnel found to be involved in anomalies in NGP will be dealt with accordingly after due process has been observed.

The MGB and EMB chiefs explained the status of the operation of mining companies in Region 2, and compliance of local government units with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act including the status of water and air quality monitoring in Tuguegarao City, respectively. # CCC

ASEC Cuna visits Quirino, graces FP caravan

 

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As a kick-off activity of the Philippine Environment Month celebration, the Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for Luzon led the DENR team in the caravan on forest protection conducted by the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Quirino on June 1, this year.
 
Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna said in his message: “The government and national agencies will not succeed in implementing programs without the help and support of the people. The cooperation of everyone will help combat the detrimental effect of climate change.”
 
For his part, Gov. Junie E. Cua urged everyone to care about the environment and to help protect the forest.
 
“Climate change is a product of activities conducted by men which, if not halted, could lead to everyone’s destruction,” the provincial local chief executive said.
 
Gov. Cua presented different opportunities that could be adopted by the residents as source of income. These include SALT or Sloping Agricultural Land Technology, an agroforestry scheme which increases crop yield by 31.8 percent per hectare compared to corn production. Development of ecotourism and employment as “bantay-gubat” are also some of the livelihood opportunities. 
 
After the caravan, ASEC Cuna visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Quirino. 
 
“It has been a while that someone from the Central Office visited the Province of Quirino that’s why we make it a point to meet the personnel,” he said.
 
“We should always be on our toes because environment consciousness is higher now and our actions are put under the microscope. Everyone should work hard and continue to invite stakeholders because we cannot do it alone,” he emphasized in his message.
 
The DENR national official assured the personnel that he can always talk to the higher management if there are concerns in the province that need to be addressed.  
 
ASEC Cuna was accompanied by DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta, DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella and PENR Officers Vicente C. Bayucan and Frederico C. Cauilan.# JFSP/CCC

 

Appointees pledge commitment for better environment  

Having a permanent position in the government service is not only a privilege but also a challenge. As appointee, I am thinking on how could I contribute more for the successful implementation of our programs, how could I overcome obstacles that I may encounter along the way, and how could I surpass the work expectations of my superiors. oathtaking2017

For. Charles G. Tomas, promoted to Forester II position, said this in his response representing the oath-takers from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Offices - Quirino during the Oath-Taking Ceremony on May 8, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.of our programs, how could I overcome obstacles that I may encounter along the way, and how could I surpass the work expectations of my superiors. 

 

Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, administers the
oath of office of appointees from the Regional  Office.

Other testimonies from representatives of the PENR Offices of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Batanes emphasized that appointments and promotions are responsibilities. They said as they promised to find pleasure in the job, they also promised to put excellence in their work.  

According to them, promotions come from God for without Him, there could have been no Oath-Taking conducted.  They told that God gave the executive officials heart and wisdom to choose.  They promised to do their best for the environment to show that they deserved their appointments.

In his message, OIC, Regional Director Gil A. Aromin congratulated the newly appointed and promoted employees and acknowledged the efforts of the Regional Selections and Promotions Board for conducting the different steps of deliberation process in accord with the Merits, Selections and Promotions Plan.    

“Your appointments are coupled with responsibilities that you must undertake.  Do not compromise your integrity in favour of somebody.  Maintain your integrity for the environment so that others may see the beauty of nature and the beauty of the Philippine generation that has yet to come. Uphold that principle because if we do not, who else can do. Do your work with efficiency and competence. Always asked the intercession of the divine providence who is always keeping us perform our duties and responsibilities well,” the regional director said.

According to Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes, Chairperson of the Regional Selections and Promotions Board, the 122 appointments of employees was a result of the six weeks deliberation process of the newly filled up positions ranging from Salary Grades 3-22. This was broken down into: 22 original appointments, two lateral entries, 92 promotion and six change of item.

The RSPB chairperson also encouraged the appointees to start planning their career path as they will be the future leaders of the Department. 

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella emphasized the employees’ promotion as product of their sacrifices who have been working hard for the protection of the environment.   

The filling up of vacant positions in the Regional Office started in June, 2015 under the new DENR Organizational Structure approved by the Department of Budget and Management.  

The new structure is pursuant to Executive Order No. 366 entitled "Directing a Strategic Review of the Operations and Organizations of the Executive Branch and Providing Options and Incentives for Government Employees Who may be Affected by the Rationalization of the Functions and Agencies of the Executive Branch.” #CAT#

 

Press Release

Divilacan watershed is priority site for SIAD

A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the Philippines.

Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the “Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project” will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan.

The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectares covering six barangays and basin length of approximately 12,500 meters.

The SIAD project will be managed by the Asosasyon ng Nagmamalasakit ng Kalikasan (ANAK) and Divilacan Agta Rattan Gatherers Association (DARAGAT) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Divilacan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

A new approach in project implementation, SIAD aims to apply area-based interventions, concepts on its natural resources development programs including but not limited to national greening program and integrated island development.  It takes into consideration Marginalized civil society organization (CSO) Sectors including, but not limited to Indigenous Peoples (IPs), urban poor, farmers and fisherfolk, Muslim Filipinos, rebel returnees, youth, vocational work force, and  men and women stakeholders.

The adoption of SIAD as a strategy is authorized by Memorandum Circular No. 2017-02 issued by Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez on Feb. 15, 2017.

In an interview aired over Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao, DENR Regional Director Gil A. Aromin said: “The Divilacan Watershed is a home for endemic plants; abundant rattan and nito for handicraft making. These livelihood opportunities were considered in selecting the site.” 

“While they (Dumagats) are there to plant trees, we also capacitate them to provide livelihood for them,” Atty. Aromin added.

The Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project according to Director Aromin employs the ridge to reef concept considering that water from the watershed flows down to the sea.

The area where the project is located is known to have three species of Makabuhay used to treat stomach ache and dysmenorrhoea according to the Dumagats or Agtas, the Indigenous People in Divilacan. Tsaang gubat also thrives in the area.

Within the site, a 100-hectare area in Barangay Ditarum will be developed for the Enhanced National Greening Program.

After the identification of the site as priority for integrated development, a meeting with Divilacan Mayor Venturito C. Bulan, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Arthur V. Umengan and DARAGAT IP Chairperson Floro Flores was conducted.

The DENR will also deputize 27 Forest Protection Officers for the six barangays.

To develop business enterprise, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Isabela conducted the Training on Bee Keeping on March 30-31, this year in Barangay Dicaruyan.

Using SIAD as a strategy for the project, the DENR envisions the sustainable multiple-use of the natural resources within the watershed in a manner that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable.

  It aims to rehabilitate through enrichment planting and reforestation of the idle and open areas, and safeguard and preserve the natural tropical forests of the watershed while improving the quality of life of people in the area.# CCC 

Media Release
March 28, 2017


RD Aromin orders vigilant forest protection on Lent

The environment chief of Region 2 has ordered vigilance on illegal forest activities this Holy Week.perpetrator

In his fax message to all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENR) Officers on Mar. 27, this year, Regional Director Gil A. Aromin directed the field officials to establish mobile checkpoints in strategic locations within their respective territorial jurisdictions.

The mobile checkpoints should be manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on rotation basis, as “perpetrators of illegal forest activities would take advantage to engage in timber poaching and transport of forest and wildlife products”.

“Further, mobilize and keep on alert all forest officers, forest rangers, forest protection officers...to be more vigilant not only in monitoring illegal transport of forest and wildlife products but also detection and quick response on any incident of forest fires in your respective areas,” the fax message reads.

To ensure security of the personnel who will man the checkpoints, the regional DENR executive had mandated the PENR and CENR Officers to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies for assistance.

The field officials were also instructed to submit to his Office exact locations of mobile checkpoints to be established for monitoring purposes.

“You are also reminded of the ‘One Strike One Out’ policy of the Secretary,” Atty. Aromin said.

The “One Strike One Out” policy was issued by Sec. Regina L. Lopez on Feb. 15, this year.# CCC

 

Media Release
March 27, 2017

 

Preparation for Sierra Madre Summit underway

To strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in protecting the Sierra Madre, the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance (SSMNA) and the three regions of DENR will spearhead the Sierra Madre Summit.

Proposed to be conducted on May 24-28, this year in Antipolo City, the Summit will be participated in by at least 150 Indigenous Peoples (IPs), People’s Organizations (POs), representatives from the religious sector, academe, non-governmental organization and other CSOs from Regions 2, 3 and 4.

In a meeting with the DENR Region 2 officials held on March 27, this year, Fr. Pete Montallana, chairman and president of the SSMNA, said: “We have to instill in the consciousness and mindsets of the IPs that they are the custodians of the Sierra Madre. We have to encourage them to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Sierra Madre.”

According to Fr. Montallana, the Summit also aims to come up with clear and synchronized actions of the DENR and its partners in forest protection. This will also serve as an avenue to improve the implementation of the National Greening Program in the area.

Fr. Montallana is the DENR’s CSO focal person in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development project in Divilacan, Isabela, the pilot site in Region 2 located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.sierra

During the meeting, Perla A. Vissoro, chairperson of the Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC), suggested that model local government units and POs will be selected to share their experiences and best practices on environmental protection and conservation.

The RMFPC chairperson also requested that the participants from the CSOs will be given an opportunity to interact with the DENR through an open forum.

Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Regional Director of DENR Region 2, lauded the initiative of the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance as he assured Fr. Montallana to relay his proposal with Undersecretary for Field Operations Philip G. Camara during the Regional Directors’ Meeting.

“Thank you for collaborating with us...for working with the DENR to save the Sierra Madre,” RD Aromin said in his closing message.# CCC

 

PENRO Isabela observes Earth Hour

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office Isabela employees were obliged to switch off light in their respective houses at 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening of March 25 in observance of the Earth Hour.

Forester Federico Cauilan Jr, newly installed Officer in Charge of the PENR Office, urged the employees to support the global event to raise awareness of the importance of using resources wisely for the environment.

“Let us make plans on how to make Earth Hour more meaningful. Participate in this activity to feel the one-hour of solidarity showing support and concern on the worsening climate change,” Forester Cauilan said.

People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are supportive of the Earth Hour for it gives the feelings of what it would be like to live without light.

Global communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off lights for one hour annually every last Saturday of March as a symbol of commitment to the planet. #RMC

 

PLGU Quirino, DENR sign conservation pact for ecotourism

PLGUQuirinoThe major ecotourism destination in the Province of Quirino will now become operational after the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) and the DENR inked the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Feb. 23, this year in Brgy. Pedlisan, Maddela town.

Signed by Gov. Junie E. Cua and Regional Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the MOA was forged purposely to protect, conserve and rehabilitate the Governor’s Rapid.

It also aims to showcase the importance of ecotourism for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources within the Quirino Protected Landscape (QPL).

Witnessed by Maddela Mayor Renato G. Ylanan, Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Officer Yolando B. Binag, then Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Vicente C. Bayucan, Nagtipunan Community ENR Officer Clarita S. Bermosa and the more or less 400 residents of Pedlisan, the signing highlighted the Information, Education and Communication campaign on Forest Protection Project conducted by the Provincial Chief Executive.

Under the Agreement, the provincial local government shall manage the ecotourism site. It can avail of a certain percentage from the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF). Income of the Protected Area like user’s fee, entrance fee in ecotourism sites, and documentation fee accrue to IPAF.

For its part, the DENR through the Protected Area Management Board for QPL shall approve proposals, work plan and guidelines in accordance with the approved management plan.

The Department shall also extend technical assistance especially in conservation activities.

Governor’s Rapid is a portion of the Cagayan River which has received numerous awards for being the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water” in the region. Its limestone formations serve as a natural shelter to the Dumagats.

It is located within the four barangays of Maddela, namely; San Bernabe, Divisoria Sur, Divisoria Norte and Villa Ylanan.# RGA/CCC

  

Forest patrol system levels up

forest patrol systemThe web-based mobile application dubbed Lawin Forest Biodiversity Protection System (LFBPS) launched on March 10, 2016 to monitor conservation areas has upgraded into a more extensive monitoring system.

Enforcement Division Chief Joel S. Daquioag lauded this move for efficiency in the transmission, consolidation and analysis of patrol data during the SMART Connect for LFBPS Learning Event on Feb. 27-28, this year at the Crown Pavilion, Tuguegarao City.

“The Lawin System has been streamlined in the forest protection activities targeting a total patrol of 1,800 kilometers for this year. It is very useful and improves our advocacies, as all forms of threat in the forest are detected through our forest patrollers,” said Forester Daquioag.

The system, developed by the DENR and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER), is operated through an open-source software called “CyberTracker” for data collection interface and the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for data analysis, mapping and report generation.

It aims to improve the response mechanisms to address wildlife threats within the forests and protected areas of the Cagayan Valley Region.

Equipped with Global Positioning System, the SMART Connect features the collection and sharing of field data in real time; manages and responses to real time alerts to enable more effective and rapid operational responses; centrally manages SMART deployments at multiple times; and enhances analysis, visualization and impact of SMART data for decision making by integrating with other systems.
In his message, OIC, Regional Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, emphasized that there is a need to capacitate the forest rangers, extension officers and forest protection officers (FPOs) on the use of the mobile system to further improve the implementation of forest protection and law enforcement activities.

The 38 patrol teams composed of 204 forest rangers, forest protection officers and extension officers had a total patrol of 1,355.84 kilometers from July 2016 to January 2017. Adopting the forest conservation area plans of the different Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices, the forest condition and indicator species were observed.

The top five observed threats were: presence of hut/house and other infrastructure, 31 percent; cutting of trees, 29 percent; annual and perennial farming, 16 percent; slash-and-burn farming, 14 percent; and charcoal making, 10 percent. These observations were immediately responded to by the concerned Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers.

Facilitated by representatives of the Forest Management Bureau and Chemonics International, Inc. (B+WISER), the learning event educated the participants on how to install and manipulate the upgraded software that will be used in data analysis after conducting forest patrol and biodiversity assessment. Patrol data can now be recorded per CENRO.

B+WISER Biodiversity and Forestry Specialist Felix Gaschick discussed the features of the application. He said the system has become more embracing because through the interconnection of database, monitoring and access of data are easier and better.

“The system has now started to roll out to the different DENR offices nationwide,” Specialist Gaschick added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rodolfo B. Santos Jr., Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the B+WISER convened the FPOs for the formulation of process for responding to observed threats.

“Technology will not protect the forest, it is the people who are. They are the ones doing the activity that is why we need to enhance them and come up with a generic protocol which will apply to all situations,” Dr. Santos emphasized.

As an output, the FPOs were able to formulate a response framework stressing the procedure to respond to data-driven reports particularly on kaingin farming and establishment of buildings/structures in protected areas.

RD Aromin congratulated the 43 forest patrollers in the closing program of the Learning Event.

“I hope that the knowledge you have gained will be applied by heart for a more productive workforce so that our mandate to protect the environment will always be there. We count on you as our partners in forest protection and conservation,” the Cagayan Valley chief enthused. #CAT

 

 

 

Media Release
March 20, 2017

Sec. Lopez issues “One Strike One Out” policy

To intensify environmental law enforcement, the national environment chief has ordered the implementation of “One Strike One Out” policy in forest protection.

In her Memorandum dated February 15, 2017, Secretary Regina L. Lopez mandated all Regional Directors (RDs), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officers to implement the policy and clear their respective areas of responsibilities of illegal logging activities.

The retained RDs, PENR Officers and CENR Officers were given one month to comply with the directive while the newly assigned officials were given three months.

According to Sec. Lopez, the order is pursuant to the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to intensify the anti-illegal logging campaign.

Upon receipt of the order, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Cagayan Valley Regional Director, immediately instructed all PENR and CENR Officers to come up with strategies or schemes on how to implement the directive in their respective jurisdictions.

The field officials were also enjoined to treat the directive with utmost sense of responsibility.

Among the strategies formulated are: creation of task forces to conduct close monitoring of forest protection activities; deputation of interested parties or individuals and mobilization of all Wildlife Enforcement Officers; and close coordination and partnership with law enforcement units to sustain strong partnership with the Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee, local government units and other government agencies.

From January to March 15, this year, Region 2 recorded 10 incidents of apprehension that yielded a total of 49.59 cubic meters of illegally-sourced forest products and seven conveyances.

The DENR will also maintain intensified visibility; conduct regular patrolling through LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System; and hire on-site Forest Protection Officers and Park Rangers to strengthen the established checkpoints.

The “One Strike One Out” policy is in line with Executive Order No. 23 s. 2011 “Declaring a Moratorium on Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force”. # CCC

 

CV targets zero forest fire

Cagayan Valley’s Forest Fire Management Plan (FFMP) is now ready for implementation to attain zero case of forest fire in the region.

The Enforcement Division (ED) of DENR Region 2 created the FFMP as a guide to avoid or prevent fire incidents in forests.

“We have to prepare for the coming dry season, when forests are more prone to fire,” said Forester Joselito D. Razon, ED Assistant chief.

The fire management plan includes programs for fire preparedness, detection and prevention.

According to Forester Razon, they will be strengthening their campaign against the common causes of forest fire which include kaingin, burning of agricultural wastes, unmindful gathering of honey bees and ant eggs, and negligence of residents of communities adjacent to forest areas.

The said plan was also designed to avoid massive fire occurrences like what happened in 2016 where a total of 851 hectares of forest and National Greening Program areas in the region were destroyed. These incidents brought an approximately 30 million-peso loss from the government fund.

As part of fire prevention activities, the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices were instructed to formulate their respective fire brigades. Also, 16 look-out towers are to be established in strategic locations within the fire prone forest areas in the region.

For a more efficient fire rescue, sets of firefighting equipment were purchased while the hiring of firefighting crews were also requested to the Central Office.

The Department encourages residents of areas near the forests to immediately report to the nearest DENR office any detection of fire indications such as smoke from the forest.#

DENR, LGU Sta. Teresita ink partnership on Bakong enterprise

mou stateresitaTo promote the growing Bakong enterprise in Sta. Teresita, Cagayan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), DENR Region 2 and the Local Government Unit of said town on Feb. 24, this year.

The signing of the Memorandum highlighted the celebration of the 5th National Ecotourism and 2nd Namunit Festivals.

The MOU is a venture of the DENR and the local government in promoting the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprise. It shall also provide livelihood and sources of income for communities within and surrounding areas of high biodiversity values.

Sta. Teresita’s Bangalao lake, a part of the Northeastern Cagayan Key Biodiversity Area, is a home of the endemic aquatic plant called Bakong which can be used to produce woven accessories and furniture. Turned into a ‘bustling industry’, this enterprise now helps as a source of income for the residents of the municipality.

The engagement of the DENR on Bakong enterprise started in 2013 through the Biodiversity Partnerships Project which initiated the conduct of a preliminary study of the water plant in determining its growth, supply and local distribution. The agency also facilitated the capacity building of People’s Organization.

BMB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim expressed her desire for the biodiversity-friendly Bakong products to be recognized globally.She aimed at perfecting the technology of the enterprise with the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism and other partner-agencies for the community to be benefitted while making sure that all activities in the industry are environment-friendly.

“We at the DENR want the community to feel and experience the benefits from the environment without them abusing or destroying it,” emphasized Director Lim.

The bureau chief also assured Mayor Lolita C. Garcia that the participants in the upcoming United Nations Convention and Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in October and November, respectively, will be encouraged to visit her town for possible investments and market linkages.

Meanwhile, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC Regional Director of DENR Region 2 also articulated the agency’s support after mentioning that the enterprise is a fulfillment of the thrusts of Secretary Gina L. Lopez on social justice and environmental integrity and “gross national happiness” among the people of Sta. Teresita.

“This is also an exemplification of the new approach in the implementation of our environmental programs which is the Sustainable Integrated Area Development,” added Atty. Aromin as he commended the efforts of the whole municipality in protecting and preserving the environment and natural resources in their area.# RCC

RGADFPS lines up Women’s Month activities

The Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) has lined up activities in celebration of National Women’s Month in March, this year.

Engr. Paulina A. Lingan, RGADFPS chairperson, discussed the rationale of the celebration during the GAD Meeting on Feb. 13, this year at the Office of the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

The chairperson emphasized the conduct of Information, Education and Communication on Gender and Development as one of the activities highlighting this year’s celebration with a theme, “We Make Change, Work for Women.” This focuses on National Greening Program (NGP), forest protection, protected area management and other environment and natural resources programs.

She discussed among the focal persons the 2017 Annual GAD Work and Financial Plan having a minimum of five percent and a maximum of 30 percent of the Office’s total budget. “The activities shall be finalized in the Action Planning Workshop to be held in March 1 at the Regional Office,” said Engr. Lingan.

Lined up activities include: March 6, Kick off – Lecture on Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and Oath-Taking of the RGADFPS new set of officers; March 8, Freebie Day – the first 20 clients to request for blueprint can avail any of these at no cost; and March 10 – Simultaneous Strengthening of Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (lecture and demonstration on Vermi-composting).

Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel, OIC, Office of the ARD for Management Services, enlightened the group on the Search for the Most Gender Sensitive Project Implementer and Most Gender Responsive Project, also enlisted as major activities in March. This shall be launched in the kick off program.

Free Pap smear and prostate gland check-up of employees in a government hospital shall also be scheduled.

All employees shall be wearing any shade of purple in all Mondays of March, as a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to end violence against women.

Aimed at recognizing the contributions of Filipino women in the society, the annual conduct of National Women’s Month is embodied in Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988. #CAT#

 

Tenure holders to give way for power transmission lines

 

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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


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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.#

SOLAR POWER PROJECT LAUNCHED IN CAGAYAN- Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from left) and Cagayan Governor Manuel N. Mamba (left) prepare to shake hands with GreEnergy Power Systems-Philippines, Inc. Chairman and CEO Filomeno Villaruz III after his speech closing the groundbreaking ceremonies held over the weekend (February 25, 2017) which launched the P6.8 Billion, 105-megawatt Cagayan Solar Power Project to be established insome 255 hectares of land in Barangay Caagaman in Aparri, Cagayan. The energy project will be the first grid-connected solar power generation, and first renewable power generation facility in Cagayan Valley. Regional environment head Atty. Aromin, who represented Luzon Field Operations Assistant Secretary Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna and Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, said he hoped that the facility, while it harvests the ever-available energy from the sun, and causes the least or minimal damage to the environment, will bring jobs, development and happiness to the Cagayano community particularly in Caagaman, Aparri, Cagayan.#
ENSURING EMPLOYEES’ WELL-BEING – Updating on the status of members’ welfare programs, Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Juan T. Evangelista, Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) Region 2 president, welcomes regionwide delegates in the K4R2 7th Annual General Assembly on Feb. 10, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  With a theme “Achieving Ultimate Goal of Protecting the Interests of Members,” the General Assembly was highlighted with a lecture on health services from the Insular Life Assurance Company.  President Evangelista and all the Board of Directors committed to work out the provision of ‘medicard’ to all K4 members as soon as the DENR-K4R2 Consultative Committee, a governing body to negotiate for funds to finance the ‘medicard’ enrolment, shall have been formalized.#
SERVICE PLEDGE – Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, officiates the Oath-taking of the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers of the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) Region 2 on Feb. 28, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City. The Board is represented by the Regional Office and five Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices:  Regional Office- Lea A. Daquioag, Juan T. Evangelista and Engr. Fe C. Lingan; Cagayan- Mae G. Delos Santos and For. Samuel M. Vinarao; Isabela- Racquel M. Caldez and For. Luz S. Soriano; Quirino- For. Jose B. Corpuz and For. David S. Yanguas; and Nueva Vizcaya- For. Rogelio G. Rollan and Engr. Giovannie S. Magat. The representative for Batanes shall be appointed by the Board.  The K4 Region 2 is now on its 7th year of promoting the employees’ welfare and implementing developmental programs.#
INFORMATION OFFICERS’ MEETING – “You are our potent partners in promoting our programs and in engaging our stakeholders in the field,” said Atty. Gil A. Aromin (standing), Regional Director of DENR, emphasizing the purpose of the conduct of the Information Officers’ (IOs) Meeting held at the Mabolo Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City on Mar. 6, this year. The Department’s new strategy in project implementation called Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) was introduced to the IOs through Planning and Management Division Chief Lea A. Daquioag. Aside from SIAD, the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program was also presented through Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Chief Salome G. Bonnit.#
ONE BILLION WOMEN RISING – Officials, staff and Day Care pupils of the DENR Regional Office perform the One Billion Rising (OBR) dance on Mar. 6, this year as part of the kick-off program of the Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”. The OBR led by GABRIELA in the Philippines, is a global movement in support of the campaign for a systematic change towards ending violence against women and children. The dance was performed simultaneously at 8:45 in the morning in all DENR offices nationwide. #
AGROFORESTRY FOR ENHANCED NGP - Dr. Carlos S. Arida Sr. (standing) of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) discusses the rationale of the Capability Building on Agroforestry under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) held on March 8-9, 2017 at the Visitors’ Center, PENR Office, Basco, Batanes. In his message, PENR Officer George R. Reyes emphasized that the training is in line with the thrust of Secretary Gina L. Lopez to involve the community people in all DENR programs and capacitate them for enterprise development. The learning event was participated in by members of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) group in Barangay San Antonio who will be involved in the ENGP for 2017. The implementors from the PENR Office joined in the training. #     
PURSUING A REWARDING CAREER – After administering the oath of office, Atty. Gil A. Aromin, OIC, Regional Director, congratulates Atty. Ismael T. Manaligod, who was   promoted on Feb. 28, this year to the position of Attorney V by Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” L. Lopez.  This was highlighted in the kick-off ceremonies of the Women’s Month celebration on March 6, this year at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  Atty. Manaligod, OIC, Chief, Legal Division since June 2010 shepherded Region 2 to attain the highest rate in conviction and resolution of criminal cases for violation of ENR laws nationwide.  He also led the successful handling of six civil cases involving annulment of fake titles.  Atty. Manaligod authored the development of a land case data base tracking system, now operational in the region.  The system has reduced waiting time for party litigants requesting for case status update and facilitated retrieval of case records. The youngest division chief in DENR Region 2 history, Atty. Manaligod is backed-up by a public administration degree from Saint Paul University and passed the bar in 2009 immediately after finishing Law School at the Cagayan State University in 2008.  He rose from the ranks, starting his professional career as Casual Laborer in 2003; Forest Ranger, designated as Information Officer in 2004; and Land Management Officer III in 2007.#
PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT – “Be loyal to your job. Your loyalty to your work is what counts most to me because you will be rated based on your performance and not on your loyalty to me,” appealed Atty. Gil A. Aromin, Cagayan Valley environment chief, to the regional and field officials as he closes the Regional Management Conference held on March 13, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The Management Conference was conducted to convey updates and new instructions of Secretary Gina L. Lopez as a result of the Special Regional Directors’ Meeting with the Undersecretary for Field Operations, the Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, and the three Assistant Secretaries for Field Operations; and assess the region’s accomplishments in terms of physical performance and financial utilization. Issues affecting the different divisions in the Regional Office and field offices and the Strategic Performance Management System Indicators for Calendar Year 2017 were also discussed during the Conference. Director Aromin also said the management expects full cooperation of the personnel in the implementation of DENR programs as he committed support to everyone.#
IMPROVING SUPERVISORY SKILLS – “You will be the agents of change in the Department. You are the future of the DENR.” Assistant Regional Director for Management Services George R. Reyes underlines this in his message during the opening program of the Supervisory Development Course – Track I on Mar. 15, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. He also emphasized the importance of the continuous learning of the supervisors in order to create a better relationship with their subordinates and to deliver a more efficient service to their clients. The three-day Course conducted by the Civil Service Commission is aimed at improving the leadership and management skills of the learners. The 34 participants who hold supervisory positions were engaged in lectures and activities on Enhancing Personal Effectiveness, Managing Self-esteem, Becoming an Achiever, and Coaching and Delegating. #
STRENGTHENING ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT – As part of Women’s Month celebration, Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel, Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) chairperson, conducts lecture on Production of Organic Fertilizer through Proper Solid Waste Management on March 10, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City.  The RGADFPS chairperson explained the procedures of Vermicomposting which uses earthworms to convert organic wastes into organic fertilizer called vermicast.  “As practicing environmentalists, we do not only protect our environment but also we can benefit and earn a living,” said the Chief, Administrative Officer.  The women employees were encouraged to become entrepreneurs through proper waste segregation.  As a continuation of the activity, a demonstration on Vermicomposting will be conducted at the Regional Office. #
SERVICE EFFICIENCY - Engr. Dominador A. Penera (center), assistant chief of the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD), explains the Digital Land Survey Data (DLSD) lodgment in an interview aired over DPWE Radyo ng Bayan in Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City on Mar. 23, this year. The DLSD lodgment is covered by the e-survey plan which is a computer program designed to prepare, encode, print and view survey data records and plans. According to Engr. Penera, private engineers and clients can lodge automatically to the e-survey kiosks for the immediate processing of their transactions. “This is a fast track process for verification and approval of survey plans because there is no more manual encoding of survey data. This is also the standard format of submission and exchange of data under the LAMS (Land Administration and Management System) Philippines,” said Engr. Penera. The SMD assistant chief was accompanied by Enforcement Division Assistant Chief Joselito D. Razon who discussed about the region’s Forest Fire Management Plan.# 
EDUCATING THE ACADEME – Biodiversity Monitoring Section Chief Samuel P. Telan (extreme left) leads in briefing Tourism students of the Batanes State College (BSC) before they conducted observation of priority wildlife species along the transect line at Mt. Iraya in Basco. The activity was held on Feb. 10, this year. Zerjei Ballada, BSC instructor, accompanied the 11 students. #  

 

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP – Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from right), discusses with Batanes Gov. Marilou H. Cayco (center) priority programs of the DENR specifically foreshore development and management, and Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program. The two executives agreed to harmonize their programs and activities for a better partnership toward environmental integrity. Gov. Cayco said the foreshore development and management plan will be integrated in the ecotourism development master plan which is being formulated by the province. She also solicited assistance on waste management. The interaction was made during the courtesy visit of RD Aromin on April 6, this year. With him are Forester Dionicio C. Deundo( 2nd from left), in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Ecosystems Management Specialist I Darcy N. Labrador (extreme left) and Park Maintenance Foreman Ariel S. Agabin (extreme right).#
LAND POLICIES TRAINING - Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Marlon C. Agnar explains his earnest desire to equip the newly-appointed personnel about land policies during the opening ceremony of the two-day Learning Event on Land Disposition and Tenurial Instruments within Forest Lands that started earlier today at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. “From the Department’s process of shifting from sectoral to functional structure under the Rationalization Plan, there were new officers who were given items, or transferred to sectors, concerning both lands and forestry,” said PENR Officer Agnar that caused him to initiate the learning event for 69 participants from the PENR and CENR Offices of Cagayan. “This training aims to capacitate the participants on the concepts and procedures in the issuance of all types of tenurial instruments including evaluation,” added Samuel M. Vinarao, Management Services Division chief. #
RECOGNIZING PARTNERS – DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin awards the certificate of recognition to SPO2 Bernard S. Beran for his invaluable support in the implementation of Executive Order No. 23 during the culmination of the Environment Month celebration held on July 3, this year at the PENR Office of Cagayan. In his inspirational message, Director Aromin thanked the Philippine National Police for being the Department’s active partner in forest protection.  According to Atty. Aromin, the presence of police officials in anti-illegal logging activities boosts the morale of the DENR forest protection officers. Three other police officials of Rizal, Cagayan Police Station were also recognized. In the same event, the results of the Search for “The Most Environment Responsive Office” in Cagayan were presented where CENRO Aparri was adjudged as champion. Also in photo are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services William C. Savella and PENR Officer Marlon C. Agnar.#

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