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PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE OCEAN PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION. In celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) 2023, officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 kicked off the celebration through a simultaneous regionwide cleanup and tree growing activities.
A total of 219 sacks of garbage were collected along the Magat River in Ramon, Isabela; Sangbay River in Nagtipunan, Quirino; and Ganano River in Cajel and Baguio Village in Diffun, Quirino and in other areas in Alicaocao and Carabatan Chica in Cauayan City, Calao East, Santiago City, municipalities of Quezon and San Isidro, all in Isabela; Baringin, Magsaysay, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; and Centro 2, Claveria, Cagayan.
Most of the collected wastes were plastic materials like soda bottles, bags and sacks.
182 bamboo propagules and indigenous seedlings like talisay, bani, barukbok, and bitaog were also planted at the same areas to include along the seashore and mangrove part of the Palaui Island and Protected Landscape and Seasape in San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The MOO with the theme "Sustainably Feed the Global Population" aims to highlight the importance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of the Philippine coastal and marine resources.
It is celebrated annually every month of May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 signed by then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.#
CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCE. As part of continuing development of the organization's human capital, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has conducted yesterday another Mass Oath Taking Ceremony in Tuguegarao City.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Region 2 administered the oath of office of the 62 newly-appointed personnel who vowed allegiance to the Department and committed to work harder for the environment.
"I hope that you are more motivated to perform your work to the best of your ability," Director Bambalan said as she congratulated the appointees for their success.
Assistant Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Marcos Dacanay in his message acknowledged the effort of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB) for doing a deliberate process in the recruitment, selection and placement of qualified applicants to vacant positions.
Director Bambalan reminded the appointees from the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Batanes that in the discharge of their functions, they have to exercise due diligence, uphold transparency, integrity, and accountability. "Being appointed is not just having the position, you have to be ready to assume the higher responsibility that is attached to your new position," the regional environment chief added.
The oathtaking of the employees was facilitated by the HRMPSB under the chairmanship of Atty. Ismael Manaligod, DENR assistant regional executive director for management services.#
TRANSFORMING ORGANIZATION WITH EXCELLENCE AND INTEGRITY. To sustain quality management services offered to the public, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 regularly conducts ENR Courses as part of improving the competencies of all personnel in the region.
In the ENR Frontline Course recently held in Tuguegarao City, 31 personnel successfully graduated. It also recognized three awardees who will take the lead in planning support to operation activities to attain the Department's vision towards environmental sustainability.
Class 107 Matapang valedictorian, salutatorian and 1st honorable mention were Mathematician Aide I Jaynaliza Ribunal and Administrative Aide VI Jovelle Marie Catiwa of PENRO Quirino and Maria Luisa Quintero of CENRO Alcala, respectively.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Region 2 in her message enjoined the graduates to do their job well as the management continues to provide trainings for all employees.
"The outcome of this program would depend on how you absorb the learning presented by our competent resource persons once you return to your respective offices,” Director Bambalan emphasized while encouraging them to apply the lessons gained from the training.
She also expressed gratitude to the Regional Mobile Training Team and its Secretariat led by Assistant Regional Executive Director Ismael Manaligod and Enforcement Division Chief Joel Daquioag, for organizing the first seven-day ENRA Course this year and continuously developing different approaches to improve the course.
For the part of the RMTT, Atty. Manaligod underscored the importance of the course not only to help employees become more competent workers but also to improve the performance of the Department.
The ENR Frontline Course is one of the five tracks developed by the ENR Academy (ENRA) to enhance the competencies of the employees. Basic, Supervisory, Managerial, and Executive Courses are among the four additional programs.
Since 2019, the graduates of 107 Class Matapang is now the seventh batch completers under ENR Frontline Course managed by DENR Regional Office through the Administrative Division.#
INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE. To promote inclusivity in environmental governance, the community environment and natural resources office (CENRO) of Nagtipunan, Quirino has recently conducted community outreach program at the Agta Community in So. Masug, Disimungal in Nagtipunan town.
Recognizing the important role of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in natural resource conservation, the CENR office distributed 63 food packs of rice, noodles, canned goods, and clothes to the said community members.
The Agtas, one of the primary indigenous cultural communities in the province of Quirino were updated on forest and biodiversity programs implemented within their ancestral domain.
Under the present dispensation, the DENR implements its projects across silos through collaboration with all sectors of society including vulnerable groups and IPs.
CENR Officer Nelson Paguigan acknowledged their efforts in conserving the environment and natural resources.
"These gifts are sign of our appreciation to you for being the guardians of the forests within your CADT areas. Let us join hands in protecting these lands," CENRO Paguigan appealed.
The youth in the community were also engaged in greening initiatives of the Department. "Let us capitalize in empowering the youth for they will become forest guardians in the next generation," CENRO Paguigan added.
A tree growing activity was also conducted on Earth Day in partnership with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, teachers, school staff, and learners of Tilitilan Elementary School for the Agtas.#
By PENRO Quirino
SECURING LAND OWNERSHIP THROUGH GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 and local government unit of Allacapan, Cagayan have formalized parthership for Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) program to secure land ownership of beneficiaries in the community.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Cagayan Valley and Allacapan Mayor Harry Florida signed yesterday a memorandum of partnership agreement (MOPA) in order to fast track the processing and issuance of titles in the said municipality.
Director Bambalan in her message stressed the importance of land management partnership to achieve orderly and efficient land titling process.
She also highlighted the role of the local government in ensuring the submission of complete requirements for the processing of public land application of its constituents.
"With this government partnership, we could facilitate land conflict resolution thereby avoiding double titling and inaccurate survey because submission of a complete staff work duly verified by the PENR Office will be ensured," Director Bambalan added.
In his message, Mayor Florida thanked the DENR and promised to support the projects and programs of the Department as he hoped for the success of the land management collaboration.
Meanwhile, PENR Officer Enrique Pasion explained land management as one priority program of the Department pursuant to DENR Administrative Order 2011-06 which provides "Guidelines in Public Land Titling with LGUs; and Republic Act No. 10023 or the "Residential Free Patent Act."
RLTA as defined by Land Management Bureau Technical Bulletin No. 1 s. 2018 provides the process to obtain a clear picture of the land tenure situation on the ground before land titling operations.
Allacapan Vice Mayor Yvonne Kathrina Florida together with the LGU's environment and assessing officers; and other DENR officials also witnessed the event.
DENR Region 2 started its massive land titling operation in 2012 through the RLTA where to date, 76 MOPAs were already forged with the local chief executives in the region.#