Regional DENREU


(K4 R2) 





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.






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.




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




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.






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.






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:
(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.






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;
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
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.






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.






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.






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.




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






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.






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.






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.






Executive Vice-President












Secretary/Administrative Assistant





  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


  1. 1.WAGAYWAY AGATEP – VP for Legal


  1. 1.LUZ C. SORIANO – VP for Education and Training




  2. 2.EDNA WILLIE – Chair, Housing Committee







Human Resource Management

Training and Scholarship



     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)





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
• 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.



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



CY 2011

I.  MEASURE (Prevention)
 1.  Improve employee discipline
a.  Installation of biometric machine
b.  Requiring agency clearance for moonlighting employees
c.  Strict implementation of RA 6713
 2. Implement "honest to goodness" asssesment of employee   performance
Strict adherence to the procedures in the PES
 All Ratees/All Raters
 3.  Avoid fraudulent travels
a.  Submission of daily  accomplishment reports
 All employees
b.  Submission of travel plan
CENROs,PENROs, RTDs,and Division Chiefs
c.  Submission of accomplishment for the previous T. O.
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
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
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 
c. Posting of Anti-Fixer Campaign "fix the fixers"
March 2011 
6.  Fast track approval of permit 
a.  Observance of the reglamentary period as prescribed by ARTA and CSC
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
2.  Implement DENR's Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards
a.  Conduct of IEC during Monday updates "homily every Monday"
b.  Implementation of PRAISE
III.  MEASURE (Deterrence)
1.  Development of agency internal   complaints units, including  encouraging and protecting internal whistleblowers on:
a.  Maintenance of suggestion box
-  conflicts of interest
b.  Maintenance of PACU
-  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
3.  Publish blacklisted offenders(clientele/outsiders) & maintainon-line central database for public access
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
5.  Advocate for the submission of W4 as attachment of assets,liabilities and net worth (SALN)
Encouraging disclosure of Real and True Assets & Liabilities
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
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 



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
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 


      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


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 





3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection


Convergence includes wildlife and mineral resources

The protection of the natural resources of three regions will soon be strengthened following the interregional convergence meeting held in Baguio City on Nov. 20, this year.

The meeting resulted in the preparation of a memorandum of agreement among the regional executive directors (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the mutual complementation and collaboration will unify, and streamline efforts and resources toward achieving overall protection of the environment and natural resources.

“The interregional convergence is one of our initiatives pursuant to the commitment of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop illegal environmental activities,” RED Aromin said.

During the meeting, the environment chiefs agreed that the monitoring checkpoints for forest products in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; and Luna, Apayao will also be utilized to regulate the transport of wildlife and mineral products.

Mobile checkpoints will also be established in strategic places to intensify monitoring of forest products, wildlife and mineral resources.

The team leaders of the monitoring stations will closely coordinate to monitor any movement of illegal products including apprehension.

It was also agreed that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer whose jurisdiction covers the monitoring station will supervise the activities of the checkpoint and will submit report to concerned RED.

Meanwhile, the administrative adjudication of the apprehended or seized forest products, wildlife and mineral products and transportation used, tools and equipment including filing of complaints against the perpetrators will be conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) office concerned. The disposition thereof will be in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will assist in the apprehension and evaluation of mineral resources to be transported.

It can be recalled that on August 15, 2018, Secretary Cimatu issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2018-18 establishing a centralized coordinative mechanism at the Regional Office of DENR, MGB and Environmental Management Bureau.

Under the said DAO, the DENR RED, assistant regional director for technical services, PENR and CENR officers are deputized to police mining activities and enforce environmental laws, rules and regulations. They are also authorized to issue orders and to arrest violators of environmental laws. # CCC

DENR to launch PIPLS flagship mascot


The flagship species icon of the Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS) will be launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The launch of the mascot for rabbitfish Siganidae locally known as Barangan will highlight this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15.

Mascot “Barry”, short term for Barangan, will serve as a social marketing tool under the flagship communication campaign of the DENR’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP). It will represent the protected area’s campaign slogan, “You and me for the sea.”

CMEMP is a national program that aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems. It seeks to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency.

The identification of the flagship species was made through a focus group discussion with key stakeholders of the PIPLS.

The mascot, a representation of the flagship species, will be the symbol to stimulate awareness of the people for them to consequently take action in the conservation and protection of coastal and marine resources.

“We solicit the support of the community to sustain the rich biodiversity of the Palaui Island Protected Landscapes and Seascapes and to promote responsible ecotourism,” DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin said.

The Cagayan Valley environment chief added that PIPLS is a pride of Region 2 as it was awarded 3rd Outstanding National Integrated Protected Areas System - Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPA) in the country in 2017. The award was given by the MPA Support Network Philippines during the Para El Mar (for the sea) MPA Awards and Recognition in Iloilo City.

Director Aromin also urged the public to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), a global effort which aims to protect coastal and marine areas against solid waste and litters and inspire behavior change toward reducing single-use plastic materials. He requested volunteers to coordinate to the nearest DENR office for the activity.

Region 2 has a total coastline of 1,247.49 kilometers where the annual ICC is held.

Proclamation No. 470 s. 2003 declared every third Saturday of September as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.# CCC




DENR to fast track permit issuance for gov’t projects

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will fast track the processing and issuance of tree cutting and earth-balling permits to give way for infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has issued DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16 prescribing guidelines in the processing and issuance of permits on the removal and relocation of trees for the construction of roads, bridges, flood control and other infrastructure duly certified as government projects of the DPWH.

Under the new law, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Offices are mandated to issue within three (3) working days the corresponding tree cutting permit and or earth-balling permit, after evaluation of the complete requirements of the application.

The CENR Office is authorized to conduct ocular inspection to verify the correctness of the submitted requirements in coordination with the DPWH before the issuance of the permit. It shall determine the number of trees, location and its species, classification if naturally grown or planted, and verify the corresponding volume upon the conduct of geotagging and tree scaling during the actual tree cutting activities.

“Tree removal and relocation operations, including turnover and transport of logs, shall only be done under the presence and close supervision of the DENR,” Secretary Cimatu ordered.

The DPWH shall shoulder all operational costs.

The policy provides that in case of tree removal and relocation in public forestlands, the corresponding permit shall only be processed upon issuance of appropriate land tenure instruments secured by the DPWH from the concerned regional directors, subject to existing regulations.

The DENR is also required to attend consultation meetings during pre-project activities of the DPWH to further facilitate issuance of permit.

“The design of the road projects should always consider the least number of trees to be affected,” the DAO reads.

According to Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, DENR Region 2 issued six (6) tree cutting permits for DPWH projects in Cagayan Valley since January 2018.# CCC




New law declares 5 CV national parks


Five protected areas in Cagayan Valley are recently classified as national parks.

These areas with a total of 225,424.44 hectares are included in Republic Act (RA) 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 which amended RA 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

The new law signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on June 22, 2018, also declares protected areas under national parks and provides for their management.

The five protected areas included in the 94 now classified as national parks in the Philippines are: Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (PIPLS); Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS); Tumauini Watershed Natural Park (TWNR); Salinas Natural Monument (SNM); and Casecnan Protected Landscape (CPL).

The PPLS located in the province of Cagayan has the largest area with 118,653.67 ha. The CPL in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, and Aurora in Region 3 follows with a total area of 86,246.77 ha; the PIPLS in Cagayan, 8,048.57 ha; TWNP in Isabela, 6,509.38 ha; and the SNM in Nueva Vizcaya, 5,966.05 ha.

Under the ENIPAS Act, the composition of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) is amended to include the DENR regional director, governor, senator, district representative, mayor, barangay chairperson, regional directors of the Department of Agriculture, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine National Police and Department of National Defense as ex-officio members who shall serve for the duration of their respective term of office. The PAMB is the governing body of a protected area.

The new law provides for the imposition of higher rates of fines from P200,000 to P5 Million; and the stiffer penalty for committing illegal acts enumerated by the law such as imprisonment from one (1) year up to not more than 12 years, and perpetual disqualification from public office for public or government officials.

The Act also creates a protected area management office to be headed by a permanent protected area superintendent with a sufficient number of support staff.

In a special meeting with key personnel of DENR Region 2 on July 30, this year, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin has ordered the technical staff to orient the PAMB members on the salient provisions of RA 11038.
“The State shall ensure the full implementation of this Act, the mobilization of resources for the institutional mechanisms…and the full scientific and technical support needed for the conservation of biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystems, culture and indigenous practices,” the expanded protected area law reads.# CCC



Region 2 fire brigades on high alert

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cagayan Valley has alerted its forest fire teams with high temperature besetting numerous plantations established under the National Greening Program (NGP).

Since January this year, the DENR has reported 25 incidents of forest fire in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces which affected 900 hectares of plantations. Reported causes of forest fire include throwing of cigarette butts, burning of agricultural wastes, and burning of garbage along roadsides adjacent to the plantations.

“The fire occurrence is very alarming. Let’s be serious. Everybody should cooperate,” said Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba in his recent meeting with information officers, NGP focal persons, forest fire team leaders and forest protection officers of the different provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) and community environment and natural resources (CENR) offices in the region.

ARD Taguba has ordered the field officials to conduct regular forest patrolling and monitoring including Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in communities adjacent to fire prone areas.

The regional technical services chief emphasized the urgent need to protect the NGP plantations because these are funded by taxpayers’ money.

As a strategy for forest fire prevention, the DENR will intensify its IEC through broadcast and regular meetings with upland communities to ensure their cooperation on forest fire prevention.

As proactive measures, the Department has conducted trainings and has mobilized its forest protection officers including those in the barangays, local government units, people’s organizations and NGP beneficiaries who are residing adjacent to fire prone areas. Firefighting tools and binoculars were also provided to the PENR and CENR offices aside from the lookout towers constructed in strategic places.

More than 66 million of forest and fruit-bearing trees planted in almost 82,000 hectares under the NGP from 2011 to 2018 are being guarded from forest fire.# CCC


Cimatu: No letup in strict enforcement of environmental laws

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said there will no letup in the government effort to strictly enforce environmental laws and regulations designed to restore, preserve and protect the country’s rich environment and vast natural resources.

“We will prioritize the environment. We will strengthen our Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in the provincial level which job is to take care of the environment,” Cimatu told national and regional officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during their management conference held in Batanes recently.

He said the Boracay problem should serve as a lesson not just for local government officials but also for those in the DENR who must be proactive in handling environmental concerns.

Cimatu said he plans to put up a DENR office in every tourist destination in the country, just like what he did in Boracay.

Even before Boracay was closed to tourists to pave the way for its rehabilitation, Cimatu already ordered the re-establishment of a Community Environment and Natural Resources Office there to ensure the sustainability of environmental programs intended solely for the world-famous island paradise.

Cimatu said he won’t recommend the reopening of Boracay until the fecal coliform contamination is addressed.

“The ball is in our hands. We have to bring down the coliform. This is non-negotiable,” Cimatu said, as he announced the deployment of some DENR and EMB regional directors to the island to solve the problem in a month.

The DENR chief also directed all his field officials to prioritize the cleanup of water bodies within their jurisdiction. “I am very particular on the cleanliness of our rivers,” he said, as he warned them of his one-strike policy for non-compliance.

Apart from strict enforcement of environmental laws, Cimatu reminded his field officials of their duty to ensure the protection and conservation of natural resources, particularly the forests.

He ordered them to ensure the cooperation and support of the local government in their respective areas of jurisdiction in the DENR’s forest protection and anti-illegal logging campaign.

Cimatu said that regional offices will not get commendation for “hot logs” they have confiscated, but for their effort to prevent trees from being cut.

He urged all other field officials to follow the example of Batanes, which has become a good model for protecting the environment. Batanes is the only province in the country, which has been declared as a protected area in its entirety. #



DENR, CEZA, LGU inspect Nangaramoan Beach

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"We do not like to happen in Nangaramoan what happened in Boracay."

This was the statement of Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin during the joint site inspection by the DENR, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sta. Ana in Nangaramoan Beach, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, on March 22, 2018. 

Regional Director Aromin emphasized that even before the situation in Boracay became a national issue, DENR Region 2 has already taken positive steps to contain and preserve the beach.
"What is best for the environment will be best for the people. All we have to do is to manage the resources properly and comply with environmental laws," Atty. Aromin added.

In January this year, business operation along Nangaramoan Beach, one of the world's finest beaches, was stopped for failure to comply with environmental laws and for violating Section 69 of Presidential Decree No. 705 as amended by Section 78 of Republic Act 7161, the Clean Water Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

According to Engr. Avelino Natividad, chief safety officer of CEZA, self-demolition and clearing of establishments within the 20-meter salvage zone has already started.

After acquiring all the necessary documents such as the previous surveys of the site and the foreshore development and management plan, the DENR-CEZA-LGU team will convene to plan for necessary actions.

It can be recalled that in October 2017, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office of Aparri, CEZA and LGU Sta. Ana issued final notice to the president and members of the Nangaramoan Environmental Protectors Association to stop their business operation including further construction and improvement of establishments which were illegally erected.


There are 138 cottages, nine variety stores and five souvenir shops in Nangaramoan Beach.#



Parties ink Phil croc conservation hub

The population of Philippine Crocodile in Region 2 will soon increase following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of a conservation center and groundbreaking ceremony held on Feb. 15, 2018 at the Isabela State University (ISU) - San Mariano campus.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Mariano, ISU Echague campus, Mabuwaya Foundation Inc. and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be jointly managing the Conservation Center.

In his message of support, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his gratitude to the partners for helping the Department in wildlife protection. “The DENR is the primary government agency mandated to protect and conserve our wildlife, however, we lack the technical and financial capabilities and facilities for the conservation of Philippine Crocodile,” Director Aromin said.

The LGU shall provide sand, gravel and boulders, and heavy equipment in the construction of the facility; designate information and tourist officer, and caretaker; promote the Philippine Crocodile breeding facility as a tourist attraction; and provide additional funding for the management of the facility.

For its part, the ISU shall allow the use of the designated area of 4,000 sq.m.; provide security during the construction period; and involve students and staff in the development if tge facility as a crocodile headstart and breeding center.

The provision of funding for the main construction of the facility including technical supervision of the building and management of the facility shall be shouldered by the Mabuwaya Foundation. It shall also provide technical supervision of crocodile husbandry and handling, and continue to source funding for the facility after year 2022.

As a requirement in the establishment of wildlife centers, the DENR issued the wildlife farm permit on Nov. 13, 2017.

The DENR shall also provide logistics, technical assistance and other related services in the establishment and maintenance of the facility.

The monitoring of the facility will be jointly undertaken by LGU San Mariano, ISU Echague, Mabuwaya Foundation and the DENR.

The Philippine Crocodile is considered as one of the rarest crocodile species in the world and classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

RD Aromin urged the partners to collaborate for the success of the initiative. “Let the Philippine Crocodile Conservation Center in this Region be known and be the exemplary conservation center throughout the country,” he said.#


Isabela LGU to pilot anew land titling program in Region 2

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Inspired by the full support of the local government unit in the LGU-led Titling Program, the regional environment chief announced the pilot implementation of Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA), a systematic land titling approach, in Quirino, Isabela.

Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin made this pronouncement during the awarding of land patents to 120 land owners held on Feb. 13, 2018 at the Quirino Coliseum.

The Cagayan Valley chief recalled that the partnership in land titling between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and LGU Quirino started in 2012 when he convinced Mayor Jossie Maria Bella L. Juan to enrol in the LGU-led titling initiative of the Department. Regional Director Aromin was then the regional technical director for Land Management Sector.

The partnership resulted in the launch of the LGU-led Titling program on Sept. 25, 2013 and the signing of the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) on June 23, 2014 making Quirino town the pilot in Region 2.

As required in the MOPA, the LGU headed by Mayor Juan created the LGU-led Titling Office and designated personnel to operate it. The local chief executive also created the LGU-led Titling Council.

“Hindi po natatapos ang tulong ng DENR,” vowed RD Aromin as he expressed his commitment to the mayor that all untitled lots will be titled before her term ends.

“Through the partnership of the DENR and the LGU, the processing of titles has been facilitated, thus, our constituents need not undergo the long, complicated and expensive process of land titling,” Mayor Juan said.

The local chief executive added that the awarding of patents is a dream come true to her constituents who have been longing to have their lands titled.

Emphasizing the benefits of titling to the LGU, Mayor Juan said through the land titles, revenue collection in the form of real property taxes increases thereby improving economic development in the municipality.#

Photo Releases

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT UPDATES – DENR Region 2 Administrative Division Chief Lilia dL. Abel discusses recent guidelines on the issuance of appointments and other human resource actions during the Workshop on Competency-based System for DENR Technical and Support Positions held on November 23, this year at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City. The new rules are provided under Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 1701009 promulgated on June 16, 2017. The Chief, Administrative Officer also presented the revised DENR Merit Selection and Promotion Plan emphasizing on the composition and responsibilities of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (then Selection and Promotion Board).#


BACK TO THE WILDERNESS – Newly designated Batanes OIC, PENR Officer Ilarde C. Viernes releases on Nov. 21, 2017 a Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula at Chadpidan Lake in Basco town after it was turned over by Police Officers Jensen Cobaria, Denvy Lurlaine Zureta and Darna Paco of the Mahatao Police Station. The migratory bird species, having the conservation status of “Least Concern” by the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) was surrendered to the Police Officers by school children in Mahatao. Witnessing the release are Basco Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Carlito Cari, and key officials and personnel of the PENR Office. #
1ST CAGAYAN RIVER BASIN SUMMIT – DENR Cagayan Valley Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin delivers his message during the opening program of the 1st Cagayan River Basin Summit on November 28, 2017 in Santiago City, Isabela. "We are here to see the best practices of other river basin managements. This will also stir up consciousness among ourselves on how to protect our rivers," the regional environment chief said. The activity aimed to address Cagayan River concerns such as the deterioration of its water quality and the lowering of its water supply, by gaining techniques from other successfully managed river basins in the country. In the two-day event, resource speakers from the local government of Iloilo and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission shared their best practices in river basin management before the members of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council and other stakeholders from Regions 2 and 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.#


LATEST DISCOVERY IN BATANES – This Oriental Pratincole Glareola malvidarum was discovered by the team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office during the conduct of Biodiversity Monitoring System   in the island municipality of Sabtang. Sighted   at Diblolon of Barangay Savidug on March 7, 2018, the bird is considered the latest record of avian species in the biodiversity-rich province.   Oriental Pratincoles are common in drier open areas, dry rice fields, pasture areas and plowed fields. They are seen in large groups. #
EMPOWERING WEOS – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Ilarde C. Viernes reorients the deputized Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) on their duties and responsibilities on March 13, this year at the municipal hall of Itbayat. After the short reorientation session, the WEOs were given their protective gears in order to become more effective and efficient in their work. With OIC, PENR Officer Viernes are (L-R) Sangguniang Bayan Member Alejandria C. Asa; Sangguniang Bayan Member Onesimo G. Manzo; OIC, Mayor Zenas Labrador; Technical Services Division Chief Dionicio C. Deundo; Environmental Management Specialist Antonio Mina of the Environmental Management Bureau; and Enforcement Chief Samuel P. Telan. #
ENSURING GOOD WATER QUALITY – “All local government units are mandated to put up a septage management system in order to prevent sanitation problems,” says DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin during the 1st Quarter Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao Water Quality Management Area (PdT-WQMA) Governing Board Meeting held at the Carmelita Hotel, Tuguegarao City on April 3, this year. Director Aromin said if local government units (LGUs) cannot establish a waste water treatment facility, they should at least require every household to have their own septic tank. “But these septic tanks must be devised by either the LGU or the Department of Health to make sure that there will be no seepage of effluent underground,” Atty. Aromin added. He also emphasized that the harmonized efforts of the DENR, Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and LGUs in formulating approaches will have a great impact in addressing environmental problems, especially on the water quality of the region. “Let us all come together to ensure that Cagayan Valley will sustain good water quality for the community,” the regional environment chief enthused. Pinacanauan River, which traverses along Tuguegarao City and Peñablanca, was designated as WQMA by virtue of Department Administrative Order No. 2013-06. The meeting was attended by representatives from concerned LGUs, barangays within the WQM area, different line agencies, academe, business sectors and other partners who are members of the governing board. #
RESTORING FREEDOM – This hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata is being freed by a joint team from the Ivana Police Station, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes on Aug. 6, this year after it was trapped in a fishnet along the shallow seawater of Sitio Vatang, San Vicente, Ivana. The trapped turtle was reported to police authorities by a certain Joseph Meriel, a truck driver who ferried construction workers to their job site, upon sighting a moving creature trying to free itself from the net.#
GREENING THE MOUNTAIN, GREENING THE OCEAN – Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (2nd from left, front row) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta (3rd from left, front row), lead the officials and employees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes and the Local Government Unit of Ivana in planting about 1,500 Arius seedlings in Barangay Radiwan. The tree planting was held on April 19, this year in observance of the International Earth Day celebrated every 22nd of April. MGB Mine Management Division Chief Geoffrey Prado (4th from left, front row) and 56 beneficiaries of Special Program for Employment of Students under LGU Ivana also joined the tree planting. After the tree planting, the DENR and MGB team conducted a coastal cleanup along Kadpidan Beach adjacent to Ivana Marine Protected Area. #
INSTITUTIONALIZING GOOD HOUSEKEEPING – Management Services Division Chief Victoria D. Baliuag spearheads the official launch of 5S and Ecological Solid Waste Management in PENRO Batanes on June 6, 2018 as a highlight of the Environment Month celebration. Memorandum Circular No. 2018-03 issued by Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin directs the implementation of the program regionwide.#
SOCIAL MARKETING – Dibang, the mascot of the flagship species for Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (BPLS) has her first exposure during the cultural parade opening the 235th Batanes Foundation Anniversary held on June 26, 2018. The mascot is a social marketing tool under the Flagship Communication Campaign of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP). The flagship species was selected by the different environmental stakeholders in October last year through a Focus Group Discussion. The mascot was officially launched by OIC, Regional Director Atty Gil A. Aromin and OIC, PENR Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang on June 25, 2018. Dibang is the Ivatan term for flying fish.#


STRENGTHENING CRBMC -- “Each agency has an important role to play. What we will agree upon today will spell out what will happen to the Cagayan River Basin,” says DENR Region 2 Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin as he welcome participants to the Regional Technical Working Group Meeting of the Cagayan River Basin Management Council (inset) on July 12, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. Among the agenda of the meeting are the presentation of the proposed additional thematic areas of concern to be included in the organizational structure and the creation of Addalam Sub-River Basin Management Committee. These are in preparation to the Executive Committee Meeting to be held on July 18-19, 2018 in the province of Quirino. OIC, Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority Region 2, Engr. Ferdinand T. Tumaliuan, presided over the meeting. #
NUTRI-ADVOCACY – Information and Communication Technology Chief Roderick Y. Abad feeds the minds of 100 Kindergarten and Grades I-III pupils of Diptan Elementary School in Basco, Batanes on July 6, 2018 as part of the Nutrition Month Celebration. The pupils were treated with free food while listening to the lecture cum film showing on wild animals found in the province. Debbie, the mascot of Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (BPLS) delighted the pupils with her second public exposure.  On the same day, the PENR Office personnel planted 500 seedlings of Arius and Malugay at Sitio Maluyloy in Barangay San Antonio as part of the month-long celebration. #
TAYO ANG KALIKASAN – DENR Region 2 top officials headed by OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (center) leads the employees of the Regional Office in reciting the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” pledge during the convocation today, July 30, 2018. “Tayo ang Kalikasan”, a citizen’s movement for environmental stewardship and sustainable development, was officially launched on April 24, 2018 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The movement aims to encourage the citizenry in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and to contribute in the achievement of the 2017-2022 Philippine Developmen Plan. Also with RD Aromin are Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba (left) and ARD for Management Services Engr. Marcos G. Dacanay (right).#
FMP MIDTERM REVIEW – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative Kessy Reyes (standing) interviews the officers of Magsaysay United Upland Farmers Developers Association (MUUFDA) People’s Organization (PO) on July 18, this year in Magsaysay, Diffun, Quirino. The interview aims to evaluate the extent of Forestland Management Project (FMP) implementation in the community such as seedling production, plantation establishment, enterprise development and establishment of agro-forestry support facilities. The MUUFDA, with 60 beneficiaries, has already completed its 30 hectares reforestation project. It is also maintaining a 110-hectare agro-forestry plantation and currently in the process of procuring bee colony for honey bee production as part of their livelihood enterprises. The association has been one of the active among the 10 POs involved in the FMP within the Ganano Sub-watershed funded by the JICA. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa pagkakaroon ng proyektong ito dahil nadagdagan ang kita naming mga miyembro. Kung may namatay man sa aming itinanim, pinapalitan agad namin ito. Sinasama din namin ang mga anak namin sa pagtatanim at tulong-tulong kami sa pag-akyat ng mga punla sa bundok,” said Mr. Wilbert Natura (3rd from left), chairman of the MUUFDA, during the interview. The Midterm Review was conducted to assess the project performance of the POs within the nine sub-watershed areas in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. It also aimed to analyze the factors affecting their performance and formulate recommendations to improve the project implementation which is now on its 6th year.#



SPEEDING UP LAND SURVEY – With the purpose of settling issues on the submission of Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) and in order to harmonize conflicting policies between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in processing survey returns, a joint consultation meeting was conducted on September 6, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. The consultation meeting was participated in by the different municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers in the region, and heads of the various sections of the Surveys and Mapping Division of the DENR. In his message, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his appreciation to the agrarian reform office in initiating the conduct of the consultation meeting. He said: “The DENR is here to help the DAR. This meeting is important for us to see what we can do to tackle issues that can be resolved on our level and arrive at a consensus for a better public service.”#



DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, THE IVATAN WAY – Personnel of the PENR Office tie the roof of the Land Records Office and water tank of PENRO Batanes, and   install window shutters in   preparation for Typhoon Ompong as part of preemptive actions. These along with the creation of Skeletal Force that operated 24/7 saved the PENR Office building from even a small damage brought about by the typhoon that visited the province on September 14-15, 2018. #



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