Provincial Releases

The ribbon-cutting marks the inauguration of the Fuyot Spring National Park Elevated Boardwalk held on June 29, 2022, with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Orly T. Cariazo, CENRO Naguilian Rolando Siggayo, PENRO Isabela Technical Services Division Chief Giovanie Taguinod, Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Junee Amor Mijares and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) members.
During the PAMB meeting, Mijares recognized the hard work both from the DENR and PA Governing Board to mark the inauguration a success. "We are inaugurating the boardwalk for this structure is significant to help the protected areas attract more tourists."
She stressed that in 2016, 1.35 kilometers, 1,314 step stairs leading to the Pinzall falls were constructed but were washed out by typhoons Ompong on September 18, 2018, and Rosita on October 18, 2018; the reason came with a proposal for elevated boardwalk.
"Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan approved a 1.2 million budget with support from the Biodiversity Management Bureau, and two (2) elevated facilities were made possible," Mijares further said.
FSNP is a protected area located in Barangay Santa Victoria in Ilagan City, Isabela, 405 kilometers northeast of Manila which also contains the Ilagan Sanctuary, which is 819 hectares in area. It covers four barangays namely Pasa, Fuyo, Sta. Catalina and Sta. Victoria.
The park is a popular draw for hikers, mountaineers, spelunkers, and birdwatchers who come to explore its mountain trails, caves, odd rock formations, and aviary. Adjacent to the park lies the larger Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, which contains even more diverse wildlife.
The Pinzal Falls is a significant draw inside the park and provides relaxation to visitors aside from the park's many natural mountains.
Increasing Environmental input and better implementation of the DENR programs and projects, a symposium was conducted on June 3, 2022, at the DENR-PENRO Pinaroc Hall in observance of the Environment Month Celebration.
The discussion was designed for the DENR Employees' Dependents to equip them with the necessary knowledge of the Department's programs, engage in tree growing activity and exposure to nature, mainly in the Fuyot Spring Natural Park, and appreciate their parents' work and contribute to the environmental sustainability.
Resources speakers from the PENRO Technical Services Division, Provincial Environment Management Office Isabela, Office of the Park Operation Superintendent and Protected Area Superintendent, and Provincial Strategic Communication Initiatives Group Balrazar Ranin, Vicky Pataguan, Nestor Lorenzo, Junee Amor Mijares and Racquel Caldez tackled the topic of Basic Provision Presidential Degree 705 on the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines, Ecological Solid Waste Management, Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park and Biological and Ecology of Philippine Eagle, Fuyot Spring Natural Park, DENR priority programs and calendar of events.
PENRO Orly T. Cariazo emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts of taking action to care for the environment for present and future generations.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn C. Bambalan, who authored to have an activity for the employee's dependents, expressed elation for the conduct of the symposium.
The Director called for a collective, transformative action to protect and develop the environment for the dependents and future generations.
She encouraged the participants to listen intently and raise questions to the speakers on the importance of taking care of natural resources for environmental sustainability.
Participating Dependents joined in the prepared question and answer portion to instill environmental awareness. Winners were given cell phone loads, DENR collaterals, medals and certificates.
Selected representatives from CENROs Cauayan, Palanan, San Isidro, Naguilian, Cabagan, PENRO Sub-office Roxas, and PENRO Isabela Dependents gave impressive messages emphasizing a well-organized symposium, learned knowledge at a very high level despite the difficult time of the pandemic.
The event also provided a chance to share knowledge on the importance of oceans and sea turtles through film showing.
Forester Menerlly Rafael demonstrated the techniques on how to plant a tree during the planting activity.
A mascot, resembling a bird, was introduced to the dependents to promote the bird's relevance. The bird 'Isabela Oriole' was named after Isabela, where it was discovered in 1894, and is locally known as "kiyaw" because of the sound it creates that is reminiscent of a flute.
The mascot's presence, who was seen dancing and performing in the symposium, boosted communication, education, and public awareness of the protection and conservation of the flagship species.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Isabela donated cleaning tools and materials to Isabela School of Arts and Trade in the City of Ilagan to support the Brigada Eskwela program of the Department of Education (DepEd) in promoting good health and proper hygiene.
The DepEd is gearing towards establishing new normal for schools to keep educational institutions virus-free, clean, and safe if face-to-face classes be allowed.
Secondary School Principal Mary Ann L. Catindig thanked the DENR for its generosity and vowed to put the donations into good use.
Among the items donated were recycle bins, doormats, mops, dustpans, and hard and soft brooms. #rmc (PENRO Isabela)
DENR, stakeholders take action to tackle water-related issues
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources of this province, the Barangay officials and residents of Allinguigan, and staff of the Provincial Environment Management Office Isabela observed World Day for Water through a clean-up drive at the Pinacanuan de Ilaguen in the City of Ilagan.
A 30-second broadcast material highlights the importance of celebrating World Water Day to inspire action towards the sustainable development goal "water and sanitation for all by 2030" was aired on a radio station.
The campaign material intention is to let the public learn more about water-related issues that include water scarcity, water pollution, inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation, and to take action to make a difference.
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water.
This year's celebration, according to the United Nation focuses on the theme: "Groundwater—making the invisible visible."-PENRO Isabela


ARBORETUM: WHERE WE GROW TREES. With the directive of Regional Executive Director, Gwendolyn C. Bambalan, personnel of CENRO Aritao under the leadership of then CENRO, now the OIC, PENR Officer of Nueva Vizcaya, Engr. Giovannie M. Magat, started the site preparation activities within Arboretum on September of 2020.

Series of planting activities were conducted wherein Director Bambalan and other executives from the regional and provincial offices have participated in some of the activities in the arboretum.

Four Hundred and Sixty-four different indigenous tree species like Narra, Molave, Yakal, Philippine Teak, Kamagong and other endemic species were initially planted along the perimeter of the arboretum.

During the celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day on June 25, 2021, Two Hundred and Thirty-six Dao saplings were planted within a specific plot in the arboretum. Next to it was planted with Narra, Molave, Kalumpit, Tuai, Ipil, and other native and endemic trees.

On July 30, 2021, the DENR signed a Memorandum of Agreement with FCF Minerals Corporation through its Country Manager, James Carmichael. The FCF Minerals provided fund amounting to Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php. 300,000.00) for the continuity and maintenance of the arboretum project.

As of December 2021, a total of Three Thousand indigenous tree species were already planted within the 3 hectares arboretum with 3 meters by 3 meters spacing. Maintenance and Protection activities like watering, weeding, mulching and replanting are being conducted regularly to ensure the high survival rate of the planted seedlings. The arboretum was installed with 4 units of Intermediate Bulk Containers stocked with water purposely used for watering.#