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BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE RISKS. The Gender and Development Focal Point System of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has recently conducted a community outreach program in San Jose, Baggao, Cagayan to build resilient communities prone to disasters and risks.
As part of promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, the event included lectures and presentations on mining and environment-related programs.
The municipality of Baggao is vulnerable to typhoons, landslides, and other natural disasters. As a climate-vulnerable area directly hit during previous typhoon, the environment and local government officials collaborated to empower individuals, families and organizations living in the community.
CENR Officer Aida Adap of Alcala, Cagayan emphasized in her message the importance of knowing the areas prone to landslides and determining appropriate measures in order to reduce vulnerability to disasters.
Geosciences Division Chief Felicitas Piligan, Geologist Aina Claravall, and Science Research Specialist Rea Maye Leslie Mejares, all women officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 2 explained Geohazard Mapping and Role of Women in Disaster Management, Landslide or Mass Movement, and Flooding and Karst Subsidence, respectively.
Meanwhile, Regional Youth Desk Officer Ralffe Concepcion of DENR discussed with the youth participants the Pinas Basura Buster (PBB) Campaign of the Department. He introduced PBB mascot as the image of DENR in its solid waste management advocacy campaign to raise awareness and behavioural change on proper waste management and disposal.
In attendance were 120 participants from the 48 barangays composed of local officials, Sangguniang Kabataan members, and residents; while other DENR and LGU personnel assisted in the event.#
π—˜π— π—£π—’π—ͺπ—˜π—₯π—œπ—‘π—š π—•π—¨π—šπ—žπ—”π—Ÿπ—’π—§ π—ͺπ—’π— π—˜π—‘. In celebration of Women’s Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quirino province conducted series of small group discussions with the province’s Bugkalot women informing them of their basic rights and the things they can do for environmental protection and conservation.
Women members of the Bugkalot Indigenous Cultural Communities in San Pugo in Nagtipunan town learned about Republic Act No. 9262 or the law that addresses violence against women and children, and basic environmental laws.
The participants also conducted a tree growing activity in their old community affected by soil liquefaction due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Ulysses in November 2020.
They pledged to maintain the planted Narra seedlings until these grow and eventually serve as barriers during calamities and will strengthen the soils in the affected area.
Forester Olivia Lazarte, gender and development focal person of PENRO Quirino, expressed her appreciation for the Bugkalot women’s passion to restore their community through reforestation that will mitigate the effects of climate change.
"We thank you for your desire to reforest this area. The DENR will continue to provide you with technical assistance in any way we can to protect your forests for your own good and for the benefit of future generations," For. Lazarte said.
A tree growing activity in partnership with uniformed personnel, youth organizations, and other government agencies was also conducted in Dipantan, Nagtipunan for the same celebration.
Topics on public land disposition, and wildlife and other ENR laws were also discussed among the Bugkalot women in Landingan in Nagtipunan town, and DENR personnel in separate focus group discussions.#
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PENRO Quirino

𝗣π—₯π—’π— π—’π—§π—œπ—‘π—š π—šπ—˜π—‘π——π—˜π—₯ π—˜π—€π—¨π—”π—Ÿπ—œπ—§π—¬, π—œπ—‘π—–π—Ÿπ—¨π—¦π—œπ—©π—œπ—§π—¬, 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—₯π—˜π—¦π—œπ—Ÿπ—œπ—˜π—‘π—§ π—¦π—’π—–π—œπ—˜π—§π—¬. In celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 held gender and development orientation for the newly-reconstituted regional gender and development focal point system, and gender sensitivity training (GST) at the Regional Office in Tuguegarao City.

β€œIn the discharge of our functions as civil servants, we should be reminded of mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) in our programs. When we talk on gender equality, we mean giving equal opportunity to stakeholders regardless of sex, religion, economic situations, among others,” Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR Region 2 underscored during her lecture on GST last March 8.

Her topic focused on basic gender concepts that aimed at empowering employees to become gender sensitive and resilient.

Director Bambalan also encouraged the environment employees to become β€˜agents’ of change and development. β€œYour role being empowered workers is important in effecting social change towards sustainable development in line with our goal to adopt climate-risk lens to planning and decision-making, and to prepare ourselves to environmental risks and hazards,” she added.

The IWD is celebrated annually every March 8 to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments of women across the world. It aims to set a call to action to promote gender equality.

Meanwhile, a series of GAD brown bag discussions every Tuesday and Thursday in March from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. also highlights the month-long celebration of Women’s Month.

In the first Tuesday and Thursday sessions, Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Remedios Pauig discussed the Role of Women in the Family and Community, while Atty. Richard Jayson Garan, legal division chief, explained Republic Act No. 11313 known as the "Safe Spaces Act" or the Bawal Bastos Law.

Participants in the lecture series are division chiefs, assistant division chiefs, section chiefs, and GAD focal persons in the regional office.#


π—›π—˜π—₯ π—Ÿπ—œπ—™π—˜ π—œπ—¦ 𝗒𝗨π—₯ π—Ÿπ—œπ—™π—˜. On International Women’s Day, a collaboration between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 and the Cagayan State University’s Biology Majors Organization has brought honor to the β€˜mother mountain’ of Luzon also known as the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
In an environmental lecture dubbed β€œTALAKAYAN IV: Addressing the Challenges of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range,” over 300 students and professors of the school’s organization learned about their role in conserving and protecting the mountain range.
DENR CV Regional Youth Focal Person Ralffe Concepcion enjoined the participants to become advocates of Sierra Madre and the environment by conducting environmental education in different platforms to generate public awareness, reporting illegal environmental activities, conducting tree-growing activities, and participating in policy-making discussions.
β€œEven when we are not living directly inside or nearby the Sierra Madre, we have a role to protect it as it serves as our shield against typhoon and other calamities,” he said.
Luzviminda Rosario of the PENR Office in Isabela also presented the rich fauna and flora, ecosystems, and different ecotourism sites found in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. She emphasized the important role this protected area plays in the communities.
The basic laws concerning environmental management were also discussed by Senior Environmental Management Specialist Arthur Tanguilan of the Environmental Management Bureau.#
πŸ“Έ CSU Biology Majors Organization


2023 WOMEN'S MONTH KICK-OFF. Regional and field offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley held its simultaneous kick-off yesterday in observance of Women's Month with a theme "We for Gender Equality, Inclusive and Resilient Economy."
In the regional office, the Search for Biggest Loser was launched, a wellness program which aims to increase productivity in the workplace where physical fitness is one factor to consider.
A ceremonial weigh-in of participating employees was conducted following a lecture on how to lose weight properly from Veronica Angel Subido, dietician and nutritionist of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center.
The first 25 women clients in the regional office who requested technical description availed for free the issuance of said land document.
Meanwhile, the field offices launched their women's month celebration through internal information drive on women empowerment and gender equality, zumba dance, moral recovery lecture, soil potting, seedling distribution, and issuance of lot status certification free of charge for the first five women survey claimants.
During the program, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan led the employees in describing women attributes, character and attitude, through a symbolic paper butterfly posting to a woman image.
"A prayerful woman can change the world. Praying is the most powerful and life-changing things women can do," said Director Bambalan when asked how would she best described a strong wowan.#