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CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ON ENR FOR LGUs. In order to develop training modules and training of trainers on Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) devolved programs for local government units (LGUs), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has recently conducted Training Needs Assessment (TNA) in Tuguegarao City.
 
The activity is in support of Executive Order No. 138 s. 2021 known as the “Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Governments, Creation of Committee on Devolution, and For Other Purposes”.
 
“The TNA is important in the capacitation of our LGUs,” said DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan as she underscored the need to implement the devolution law which as early as 1991 has been mandated already per Republic Act No. 7160.
 
Participants were City and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers of Gonzaga, Baggao, Lal-lo, Alcala, Gattaran, Lasam, Rizal, Sta. Praxedes, Allacapan, Claveria, Tuao, Tuguegarao, Enrile, Peñablanca and Solana, all in Cagayan province.
 
Director Bambalan enjoined the participants to provide their training needs to solve the competency gaps and develop necessary programs in the future.
 
“This is our opportune time to raise our concerns particularly in terms of our capabilities to effectively implement devolved functions,” added the regional environment chief.
 
The devolution of functions to LGUs has provided an opportunity to promote participation, inclusivity, transparency and efficiency in the delivery of public service.
 
Facilitated by DENR Human Resource Development Service -Training and Development Division Chief Wilson Henson and Assisting Professional for Capacity Development Janet Martires, the TNA was highlighted with an open forum, focus group discussion, and TNA workshop.
 
The DENR Human Resource Development Section also assisted the TNA.#

COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANTS. Seventy-two personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office, with over 30 years of public service were recognized today during the culminating program of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service anniversary held in Tuguegarao City.

Through the Department’s Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence, certificates of appreciation were handed over to said employees for their steadfast commitment to public service that contributed to the successful implementation of DENR’s policies, programs and projects.

“One of our core management systems is to recognize the efforts of our human resource that serves as the most important asset of our Department,” said DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan.

Director Bambalan acknowledged the hardwork and dedication of employees and encouraged them to continue pursuing growth and excellence.

“We want to give you the due honor you deserve for staying and contributing sustainable development to the Department. Regardless of your position, each of you plays a vital role in the bureaucracy,” said DENR Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Ismael Manaligod.

Atty. Manaligod wished the awardees more healthy years as they continue to fulfill their duties and responsibilities at the Department. Other personnel from field offices were also recognized in separate awarding ceremonies.#

INTENSIFYING ANTI-ILLEGAL LOGGING CAMPAIGN. The Cagayan Valley Product Monitoring Station (CAVAPROMS) in Calitlitan, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya has intercepted another conveyance with over a million peso-worth of illegal forest products on Sunday, Sept. 26, the third apprehension incident happened in just two-week time.

The forest protection team flagged down at around 11 a.m. the Fuso Canter closed van with plate number CAJ 6107 loaded with 104 pieces of Narra flitches or lumbers with approximate volume of 2,520.75 board feet and estimated value of 1.260 million pesos.

Driver Rommel Mercado, 37 years old from San Miguel, Bulacan said the lumber was originated from Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga. With helper Warwin Cruz, both are now under the custody of PNP Aritao for further investigation.

Meanwhile, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 earlier ordered in recent regional management conference for a stringent forest protection and law enforcement convergence initiatives among Regions I, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

After the consecutive apprehension incidence at the CAVAPROMS on Sept. 12 and 14, this year, the Enforcement Division of the DENR Regional Office has been more vigilant and alerting the forest protection officers assigned at the 26 mobile and stationary checkpoints within the north and south exits of the Cagayan Valley Region.

This is in support of the implementation of Section 68 of Presidential Decree No. 705 known as “Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines” as amended by Executive Order No. 277.#

PLEDGE FOR BETTER PUBLIC SERVICE. "We aim to deliver quality management performance for better public service."
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 underscored this during the oath taking ceremony held yesterday in Tuguegarao City.
 
"Do your job well," added Dir. Bambalan who administered the oath of office of the twenty-six newly appointed and promoted employees.
 
As chairperson of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB), Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Ismael Manaligod encouraged the appointees to be competent in their duties and responsibilities. "Be a contributing employee for the success of the Department," Atty. Manaligod said.
 
For his part, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Marcos Dacanay emphasized the strict selection process conducted. "You all deserved your appointments," he said as he reminded the appointees of their commitment to public service.
The regional environment chief also appreciated the effort of the HRMPSB for devising an online job application system.
 
“The paperless job portal system is useful as it facilitates the assessment and deliberation process in filling up vacant positions. It also promotes public participation because of its wider reach,” she added.
 
The blended oathtaking of appointed employees was also witnessed by key officials in the regional office and PENR and CENR Offices of Cagayan and Isabela, HRMPSB members, and family members of the appointees.#
 
IMPROVING HR SYSTEM THROUGH RSP. Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has administered the oath of office of the 23 newly-appointed and promoted employees regionwide on Sept. 16, this year during the 3rd quarter regional management conference held at the Go Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
 
“The value of integrity must be built as you exercise the duties and responsibilities attached to your new position now. Always uphold the highest standard of excellence as public office is a public trust,” RED Bambalan said.
 
In his presentation of oath takers, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services and chairperson of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB) Ismael Manaligod emphasized humility to be on top of employees’ character as they journey to a more challenging jobs. “Keep on striving harder and always be humble,” said Atty. Manaligod.
 
Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Marcos Dacanay encouraged the appointees to be grateful and take care of their job because appointment in the government service is a rare opportunity wherein not all are given the chance to become public servant.
 
In their responses, the oath takers were emotional as they narrated the challenges they have been through during the deliberation process.
 
The Recruitment Selection and Placement (RSP) of the Department which is supervised by the HRMPSB is one of the human resource core systems aims to recruit, select and place individuals with requisite qualifications and competence to fill jobs in the organization.
 
All processes under the RSP are based on DENR Merit Selection and Promotion Plan and Civil Service Commission Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions.#