To equip and capacitate the information officers on the different programs and projects, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 conducted Assessment and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Planning Workshop on December 6-7, 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City.
“I want you to be very effective information officers of Northern Mindanao because you will not only represent your leaders but the DENR as a whole”, according to DENR 10 Director Ruth M. Tawantawan.
Director Tawantawan added that information officers should be effective in disseminating information to the clientele especially on the different programs, projects and activities conducted by DENR.
Senior Communications and Development Officer (SCDO) Lina D. Calvez of the Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section discussed the DENR Strategic Communication Map (2016-2020) to the participants. She added that the roadmap will guide DENR in achieving desired outcome among audiences and stakeholders through organizational and people support.
The information officers from the Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs/CENROs) presented their IEC accomplishments. They conducted series of activities to inform the public on the different programs and projects implemented by DENR.
A workshop was also conducted in the crafting of IEC Work and Financial Plan for 2017 to identify the different activities to be conducted next year. This will also identify the trainings, workshops, and seminars to be attended by the information officers to capacitate them in the IEC campaign and activities.
Topics discussed during the activity include Programs and Projects CY 2016 presented by Assistant Chief, Planning and Management Division Dario P. Barbarona and preparation of the minutes of the meeting by SCDO Lina D. Calvez.
DENR 10 reforests 97,220 hectares under the National Greening Program
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 has rehabilitated 97,220 hectares of forestlands with 79,020,285 seedlings of various tree species under the National Greening Program (NGP) from 2011 to 2016.
The DENR 10 is still off the list of areas with hotspot on illegal logging with the intensified campaign on forest protection. It has mobilized communities and volunteers to help in the forest protection campaign.
With the recent massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas of Northern Mindanao, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan belied reports that unabated tree cutting and deforestation is the cause of the flooding.
“We can proudly say that we are doing our well to safeguard our environment and we remain steadfast with our commitment to make the communities happy with our work”, Regional Director Tawantawan said.
The headwater of Cagayan de Oro City emanates from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park in Bukidnon. Regional Director Tawantawan disclosed that Bukidnon has very high elevation against Cagayan de Oro City and the slope is very steep. High volume of water will flow rapidly to the cities (Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) during rainfall. It is important to have clean and unobstructed waterways, she added.
The DENR 10 continues to manage and protect ten priority protected areas namely; Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Parks in Bukidnon; Mt. Timpoong – Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument in Camiguin; Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape, Mt. Balatukan Range Natural Park and Mimbilisan Protected Landscape in Misamis Oriental; Mt. Inayawan Natural Park and Bacolod – Kauswagan Protected Landscape and Seascape in Lanao del Norte; and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park and Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape in Misamis Occidental.
The conservation and protection of Cagayan de Oro River Basin is a major concern of the DENR. It has organized the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) on November 10, 2010. It is one of the active management councils in the country today.
The Council is a multi-sectoral group of concerned individuals, agencies and institutions who dedicate themselves in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating and managing of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin which has a total land area of 137, 934 hectares. It has eight tributaries from municipalities/cities namely Cagayan de Oro City, Libona (Bukidnon), Baungon (Bukidnon), Talakag (Bukidnon) and Iligan City . (RSCIS # 01-08-2017)
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