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YOUNG PARTNERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Students and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials and members in Diffun, Quirino participated yesterday in an environmental lecture conducted by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.
 
The participants from Brgy. Diego Silang in said town learned the Agency’s 10 priority programs; and basic environmental laws such as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and National Greening Program (NGP).
 
They were also encouraged to lead other youth in preserving the flora and fauna being enriched in their locality.
 
Diego Silang and its nearby barangays are home of hectares of forestlands and NGP plantations.
 
“While they are young, we introduce the basic laws and programs of our Department for them to be more participative in environmental protection and conservation efforts in their respective areas,” said PENR Officer Mariam Frances Malana.
 
Conservation and Development Unit Chief Loraine Anne Malvar, and Information Officers Ramon Sanchez Jr. and Jennilyn Gatin served as resource persons in the event.#
 
ENGAGING SK OFFICERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY. The municipal Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation presidents in the region have committed to share their part in intensifying environmental advocacy.
 
In the Environmental Education dubbed “Sangguniang Kabataan para sa Kalikasan” recently conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2, the participants formulated a doable community-based action plan from July to December, this year to be implemented in their respective areas.
 
With the aim to train the SK with environmental laws and protection programs, the event highlighted their important role in intensifying proper solid waste management, and nursery establishment in the barangay level.
 
The DENR has also committed to extend technical assistance to the local government through the SK to strengthen and sustain implemented environmental activities in their communities.
 
Regional focal person for Ecological Solid Waste Management Eliza Macarubbo of the Environmental Management Bureau and Development Management Officer Jennifer Arugay of DENR acted as resource speakers in the activity.
 
Facilitated by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group, in collaboration with the EMB, the event was also attended by the office' on-the-job trainees from Cagayan State University, University of St. Louis- Tuguegarao, and University of La Salette-Santiago.#
 
PHILIPPINE ARBOR DAY 2022. More than 5,000 bamboo propagules and indigenous species were planted yesterday in the entire region in celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day.
 
Led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the leadership of Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, the massive tree planting activity was joined by representatives from the national government agencies, local government units, religious sectors, people's organizations, civil society organizations and academe.
 
Director Bambalan has emphasized the importance of tree growing. She appealed to the partners to ensure the survival of the planted seedlings.
 
Among the planted indigenous species were Narra, Kalumpit, Bitaog, Ipil, Riwas, Aluyi, Yakal, Kamagong, Bignai, Talisay, Bitaog, Botong and Tuai.
 
The bamboo propagules were planted along the Cagayan River and its tributaries in support of the Cagayan River Restoration Project under the Build Back Better initiatives of the government.
 
Seedlings and information, education and communication materials were also distributed after the tree planting.
The Philippine Arbor Day has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants.
 
All government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry are enjoined to plant trees under Presidential Proclamation No. 396, s. 2003.#
 
HR @ UR SERVICE. As part of the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 in compliance with the directive of Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna has launched on June 20 this year the Human Resource (HR) @ UR Service at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.
 
The weeklong activity provides the employees frontline government services and transactions through the invited officials from the Government Service Insurance System, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Health, Pag-ibig Fund, Social Security System, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Bureau of Investigation, and Globe Telecom.
 
The HR @ UR Service, first in the region, is a DENR’s simultaneous nationwide event to bring these agencies related transactions closer to the employees who are constrained to personally visit government offices.
 
In her message, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan encouraged the employees to include even their family members, if any, to avail the said services such as membership application, updating of records, issuance of certificates and clearances, among others.
 
“Let us take advantage of the presence of these agencies to avail their services. Through this opportunity open for everyone, we do not anymore go out to visit them to ask for their assistance,” RED Bambalan said.
 
The regional environment chief appreciated the participating agencies for their time and effort to extend their frontline services.
The DENR Legal Division also provided free legal advice to the employees.#
 
 
MARINE ECOSYSTEMS PRESERVATION. Students of Sanchez Mira School of Arts and Trades in Cagayan have learned in a recently conducted symposium the importance of coastal and marine ecosystems, management and protection.
 
Led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Cagayan, the activity is in celebration of the World Oceans Day and Coral Triangle Day held every June 8 and 9, respectively.
 
After learning the priority programs and activities of DENR, the participants committed to promote and support environmental protection and preservation. They also vowed to be active advocates for the environment.
 
In Batanes, a coastal cleanup was held in Sitio Salukan, Malakdang in Sabtang town. Barangay officials and residents, and DENR personnel participated in the cleanup.
 
Afterwhich, an environmental lecture about coastal and marine resources conservation was held. This was participated in by members of the United Sumnanga Civic Organization, a partner people’s organization in Batanes.
 
An environmental film showing was also participated in by DENR employees’ dependents in the province of Isabela.#