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EFFICIENT EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY. As part of the Zero Waste Month celebration, Forester George Canapi of the Environmental Management Bureau Region 2 discussed Republic Act (RA) 11898 or the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 in an interview yesterday over Radyo Pilipinas Tuguegarao.
 
For. Canapi said RA 11898 is an act institutionalizing the extended producer responsibility on plastic packaging waste, amending RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000.
 
The law requires large companies to adopt and implement policies for proper management of their plastic packaging wastes.
The regional chief of ESWM section also emphasized that said law focuses on efficient waste management targeting waste reduction, recovery and recycling, and development of environment-friendly products by company producers.
 
Meanwhile, other activities conducted regionwide to drumbeat the Zero Waste Month include environmental roadshow and forum featuring Pinas: The Basura Buster, cleanup drives, distribution of ESWM print materials and onsite evaluation of the municipal-wide search for most environment-friendly barangay.
 
For. Canapi was joined by EMB Region 2 Information Officer Victoria Pattaguan during the radio interview. #
 
π—”π——π—©π—”π—‘π—–π—œπ—‘π—š 𝗧𝗒 π—Ÿπ—œπ—™π—˜'𝗦 π—‘π—˜π—ͺ π—£π—›π—”π—¦π—˜. From being a full time government employee for 37 years, Mylene Madduma, chief of the management services division (MSD) of the provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) office in Isabela, is now moving towards being a full time wife and mother as she retires from public service today.
 
β€œWe recognized her dedication and hardwork, including her capability to handle the pressures of work in a professional way,” said Atty. Ismael Manaligod, assistant regional director for management services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2.
 
Administrative Division Chief Patricia Liban paid tribute to the retiree for being an empowered woman not only at the government service but also to her family and community.
 
In his message, PENR Officer Orly Cariazo also expressed his gratitude to the honoree for being reliable and competent in her work specifically in planning and decision-making.
 
β€œI would like to thank our officials, supervisors, and co-workers in the government who helped me deliver excellent service to the public,” expressed Chief Madduma during her retirement program.
 
She advised the new entrants in public service to love and enjoy their work and the people they are working with, and to not be afraid of taking risks and addressing challenges.
 
A plaque of public service was awarded to MSD Chief Madduma for fostering cost efficient and effective performance that resulted to an increased productivity in the government service.
 
The honoree started her career as Cartographer I in 1986. She later served in the records office and became Management Services Division Chief for 8 years.
 
The retirement program was also graced by her family members, officials, co-workers, and former colleagues in the Department.#
 
TRASH-FREE ENVIRONMENT. Around 20 sacks of solid wastes were collected during the cleanup drive recently conducted along the Magat River in Vista Alegre, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
 
The activity, in celebration of the Zero Waste Month was spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.
 
Majority of the wastes collected were plastic bottles, plastic wrappers, cans, tin foils, diapers and cigarette butts. These were segregated prior to transporting to the material recovery facilities.
 
Punong Barangay Pepito Sebbey thanked DENR for spearheading the activity to encourage his constituents to diligently practice solid waste management especially that their barangay is near the river.
 
Aside from DENR employees, the cleanup drive was also participated in by barangay officials and residents.
 
Meanwhile, to educate the youth on proper waste segregation and disposal, printed materials were distributed to elementary schools in Dupax del Norte as part of information, education and communication activities.#
 
ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITIES TO UNLOCK NEW OPPORTUNITIES. Regional Executive Director (RED) Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 administered the turnover of responsibilities for the new head of Cagayan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Regional Office Conservation and Development Division (CDD) on Jan. 20, this year in Tuguegarao City.
 
Pursuant to DENR Regional Special Order Nos. 17 and 19 s. 2023, For. Enrique Pasion is designated as In-Charge, Office of the PENR Officer Cagayan vice outgoing OIC, PENR Officer Eliseo Mabasa who is retiring effective 1st of February while For. Corazon Mabborang takes the post of OIC, CDD Chief vacated by For. Pasion.
 
In her message, Director Bambalan expressed appreciation to the two newly-installed officials for accepting the challenge to take the helm in their respective offices.
 
β€œWith your good performance and earned technical competencies, I am confident that you will be able to discharge your functions while ensuring better environment program implementation,” the regional environment chief told the officials.
 
Director Bambalan also commends Engr. Mabasa for his achievements even in barely a year and three months of stay at the PENR Office.
 
The turnover ceremony was also witnessed by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Ismael Manaligod, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Marcos Dacanay, Regional Director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Engr. Mario Ancheta, PENR and CENR Officers, and other environment officials.
 
Meanwhile, DENR employees attended on the same day the retirement program of Development Management Officer V Mabasa at the Regional Office where he was previously assigned. He was the former chief of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division before his designation as OIC, PENR Officer of Cagayan.
 
During the program, RED Bambalan and her Assistant Directors Manaligod and Dacanay recognized the Honoree for his exemplary performance as a public servant for 43 years.#
 
 
IMPROVING ASSESSMENT OF COASTAL AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS. Implementers of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has attended a three-day training on the assessment of CMEs to come up with uniform and more accurate evaluation of marine habitats in the region.
 
The participating regional and field program implementers and trained scuba divers were tasked to assess the four National Integrated Protected Areas System – Marine Protected Areas (NIPAS-MPAs). These MPAs are found within the Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape (BPLS), Palaui Island PLS, PeΓ±ablanca PLS, and Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.
 
β€œOne of our priority programs includes the scaling up of coastal and marine habitats that is why we are also leveling up the competencies of our program implementers through a learning event,” DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan said in a recent media interview.
 
She added the training aims to capacitate the participants to better assess the status of the region’s marine resources.
 
β€œThe assessment of coastal habitats is beyond data gathering alone. It requires several procedures and we want you to master the right tools and actions to obtain right results,” said Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Enrique Pasion before the participants during the opening program on Jan. 18, this year.
 
He said the training aims to orient the CMEMP implementers on uniform data gathering, analysis, and reporting processes to attain even outcomes.
 
Engr. Salome Bonnit, CDD assistant chief, said the proper assessment of marine resources is linked to the improvement of socio-economic condition of the coastal and nearby communities.
 
β€œUpon orderly assessment, we are able to implement proper management measures within MPAs, thus, achieving sustainability of ecosystem resources and food security among localities,” supplemented Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Chief Arnold Battung.
 
Cherish June Holongbayan, senior ecosystems management specialist in CENRO Palanan, said the yearly assessment of CMEs is also relative to promoting climate change mitigation concerning marine and human life.
 
β€œThe scientific data we gather serve as our bases for assessing the vulnerability and resilience of marine ecosystems and adaptive capacities in response to environmental changes due to climate change,” explained Holongbayan who also served as one of the resource speakers in the learning event.
 
Learning service providers both from the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources equipped the participants on basic concept implementation of coral, mangrove, seagrass, and fish ecology assesment. They were also trained on proper and accurate data gathering and analysis, and report writing.
 
Aside from assessing MPAs, CMEMP implementers are also set to conduct ground trothing of coastal and marine areas this year following the data provided by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.#