Barangay Officials from San Ignacio, Sta Isabel, Lulutan, Calamagui 2nd, Baligatan, and Bangag in the City of Ilagan vouched for unwavering support to DENR programs, especially the Build Back Better (BBB) of President Rodrigo Duterte chaired by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

The six Barangays expressed involvement by signifying their intention by signing the pledge of commitment to uphold cooperation supporting Executive Order No 120, such as delineating legal easements, identifying and removing the sand bars and bamboo seedlings production, and plantation along riparian zones.

PENRO Isabela and CENRO Naguilian IEC Team tackled several approaches to achieve the principles of BBB to ensure continued partnership and commitment with the communities towards efficient and effective typhoon mitigation and management. CENRO Naguilian Rolando Siggayo discussed EO 120 signed by President Duterte that ensures post-disaster rehabilitation and recovery efforts beginning with those ravaged by typhoon Ulysses. He said that the BBB Task Force is a high-level institutional platform that will streamline and expedite the recovery and rehabilitation of the Cagayan Rivers, capable of withstanding calamities and protecting communities during times of disaster.

Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) Science Research Specialist Jessa Ammugauan also said that the rehabilitation of flood control structures and the planting of bamboo and other indigenous species along the Cagayan River and its tributaries is to help protect vulnerable communities as well as boost resilience to erosion and the legal easement delivers sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the urban population.

BBB PENRO Isabela focal person, SEMS Baltazar Ranin, urged the officials to extend support to the DENR Survey Team during the delineation and demarcation of legal easements at the identified areas. Ilagan City ENRO, represented by Foresters Elvis Bayad and Pablo Cabaccan, empowered the communities to focus on recovery and rehabilitation preparedness measures before the activities will be implemented.

Forester Lena Mariel D. Telan, BBB CENRO Naguilian focal person, outlined growing several bamboo species planted and the importance of mixed planting with suitable species to help stabilize streams and riverbanks. At the request of Barangay chairpersons on the bamboo seedlings provided to the Cash forward beneficiaries, the City ENRO representatives pledged to distribute additional seedlings.

The Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) also lauded the PENRO isabela, CENRO Naguilian, and the City of Ilagan ENRO for their insights into a consultation meeting.#PENRO Isabela