The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Nueva Vizcaya headed by Engr. Giovannie Magat has emerged as the Pistang Palaro sa DENR R2 overall champion during the awarding ceremony on June 17, this year in Tuguegarao City.
 
PENROs Isabela and Cagayan were awarded as the 1st and 2nd runners up, respectively.
The event was part of the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley.
 
With the theme, ‘Pistang Pamilyang DENR para sa Tuluy-tuloy na Pagkakaisa at Tagumpay’, the three-day event conducted in line with the 35th Founding Anniversary of the Department highlighted unity, sportsmanship and camaraderie among DENR officials and employees.
 
In her message, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the DENR underlined the significance of unity and cooperation to succesfully attain the organization's goals. “Kapag nagtutulungan, siguradong may progresong mangyayari,” she said.
 
Director Bambalan also thanked her DENR R2 family for supporting her leadership in the region. “Marami na po tayong nagawa and I hope we can do more. I could not do it without your support and cooperation,” expressed RED Bambalan.
 
Seven teams competed in various events namely, Regional Office and Batanes; Environmental Management Bureau (EMB); Mines and Geosciences Bureau; Cagayan; Isabela; Quirino; and Nueva Vizcaya.
 
An executive game was also held to promote physical fitness as it plays important role in employees' health, well-being and quality life thereby would increase productivity in the workplace.
 
Among the contested events were basketball, volleyball, badminton, amazing race, darts, scrabble, chess, vocal solo, vocal duet, cultural dance, evolution dance and extemporaneous speech.
 
During the closing program, some personnel were awarded with certificate of completion after finishing the Basic Training Course for DENR Environmental Monitoring Officers and Pollution Control Officers conducted by the EMB on May 23-27, this year.
 
The committee of the regional sportsfest was headed by Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Ismael Manaligod.#