Some frontliners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 and uniformed personnel are now attending a three-week Specialized Course on Environmental Law Enforcement through the Environment and Natural Resources Academy.
The special course spearheaded by the Human Resource Development Service in DENR central office is designed to capacitate frontliners of the DENR, Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the local government units with ENR related competencies.
It also aims to strengthen the coordination of various stakeholders in the enforcement of ENR laws in forestry, wildlife, protected area, coastal and water resources.
In her message during her visit in the academy, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan underscored stricter enforcement of environmental laws while enriching the region’s natural resources.
“Our natural resource development initiatives should go hand in hand with our heightened alertness against the destruction and denudation of our remaining forest cover in Cagayan Valley,” she said.
She added that the achievement of the department’s vision of a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and a clean and healthy environment will depend not only on the protection and conservation efforts but also on how adamant the DENR workforce and law enforcement agencies in pursuing the regulatory and enforcement of the different environmental laws and regulations.
Earlier, the DENR Region 2 initiated capacity building for PNP and the municipal environment and natural resources officers.
In October 2020, the Regional Environmental Law Enforcement Council was created to beef up cross-sectoral approach in the enforcement of forestry, wildlife, mineral, coastal and marine resources and other environmental laws. The council is composed of the DENR, Department of the Interior and Local Government, PNP, AFP, PCG, Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Information Agency, and the religious sector.#