“Commit to climate-proofing and new set climate lens in the formulation of policies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).”
Undersecretary for Field Operations for Luzon, Visayas and Environment Juan Miguel Cuna emphasized this during the recently concluded management conference of DENR Region 2 at the Go Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
USec Cuna underscored the benefits of climate-proofing to DENR’s strategic development plans and projects to ensure that actions to reduce climate-related risks are integrated and harmonized with sustainable development and initiatives of the Department in its pursuit to environmental protection and management.
He also emphasized to engage with multi-sectoral stakeholders and other related environmental sectors for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and less use of plastics and plastic bags.
“We have to work with local authorities, planners and developers to create better and safer places,” Atty. Cuna said as he encouraged the key officials to walk the talk towards climate-proof environment protection and conservation programs and to start making change in their respective offices.
In his message, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones discussed the five priority directions of the new administration such as accounting of the country's natural resources; building of resilient communities; working with cities; implementing practical climate change adaptation measures; and protecting indigenous species and harnessing them for the country's benefits.
“Let us continue to collaborate with our partners to strengthen our mitigation activities against climate change,” Atty. Leones stressed.
Meanwhile, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, who was commended for her commitment to pursue the region’s thrusts and directions, instructed the regional executives to fast track the accomplishment of targets before the year ends. “We should mean excellence in all we do,” she enthused as she acknowledged the virtual presence of the two undersecretaries for their motivating messages.
The three-day regional management conference with the theme “DENR Region 2 Promoting Science-Based and Climate Change Resiliency Approach in ENR Management" has paved the way to resolve issues and concerns on the implementation of management and technical programs which were presented by Assistant Regional Directors, Bureau Regional Directors, PENR and CENR Officers and Division Chiefs.
"We put in consideration not only on number of accomplishments alone but on how to also become an environmental stewards in democratic, excellent and scientific ways,” Director Bambalan added.
The regional environment chief also thanked the presence of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Rosario Ting-Que, who both demonstrated their support to DENR programs and projects.
Gov. Mamba was guest speaker during the fellowship night dubbed "DENR portraying super heroes and cartoon characters."
The DENR key officials have also planted 100 Narra seedlings in Namabbalan, Tuguegarao City in support of the National Greening Program of the Department.#