Regional Director's Speeches

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND GEOHAZARD: A political challenge

Nothing is permanent except change. This time-proven declaration accurately sums up the fickle character of Mother Nature. Climate Change connotes transient episodes in the earth’s history yet geohazards have fixed locations. Two different sides to the same coin.

Climate change is a hot and polarizing issue, with people divided into two (2) camps: either believing it is already upon us or adamantly denying it is happening. If we look back long enough in time, we can see that the earth has already experienced many climate changes. It was warm when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and then turned cold for the wooly mammoths. Climate change is a certainty; it is not a matter of if but more of a matter of when. It may not be anthropomorphic or caused by man, but we can and do aggravate the situation.

As stated before, Climate change and geohazards are two (2) sides to one coin. Experts foresee increased flooding and storms with Climate Change. We hasten to add that prolonged heavy rainfall will trigger landslides. Areas prone to flooding and landslides can be predicted and mapped out, that’s what we in the DENR call geohazard assessment and mapping.

We already have this program in place for years, our Mines and Geosciences people has been toiling silently to create maps and provide them to Local Government Units. In the very near future, the DENR will put up a website specifically for these geohazard maps, where they can be accessed by everybody. 

We already have the tools, in the form of the maps, to avoid extensive loss of lives and properties in case of natural catastrophes but we still need to hurdle political obstacles. Unknown to many, we have already provided geohazard maps to several LGUs and have been advocating for its inclusion in their development planning. However, our is the voice in the wilderness, loud but unheard.

The DENR has already made headway in partnering with private entities, LGUs, NGOs, OGAs, and the academe in our effort to green and clean-up our countries, we also need help in mitigating possible loss from geohazards and nature’s wrath. Recently, in the aftermath of “Sendong,”  the Honorable Congressman Loreto S. Ocampos of the Second District of Misamis Occidental and the Municipality of Naawan, Misamis Oritnal has sent request for assistance strengthening their geohazard capabilities. We are always ready to serve the people, let us prioritize their welfare more than politics.

In our haste for “development,” we have often taken forcibly from Mother Nature areas that should be left for her. She will retake them.

 

News

DENR 10 CULMINATES ENVIRONMENT MONTH WITH AWARDING OF WINNERS OF ADVOCACY CONTESTS

Winners of photography and documentary contests sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 were honored during the culmination program of the Environment Month on June 30 in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot the contests were aimed to inculcate in the minds of the public the responsibility of caring for Mother Earth.  He said this year’s contests include Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Video Documentary Contest for local government units (LGUs) and DENR offices and ENR Photo Essay Contest for Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices.  The Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 (EMB 10) also conducted a Photography Competition.

He stressed that this year’s theme of the Environment Month “Connecting People to Nature” reminds us to take time to commune with nature and be responsible stewards of God’s creation.  He thanked the LGUs and other partners for their participation to the Environment Month activities.

Director Andot with OIC, Assistant Regional Director Belen O. Daba awarded the prizes to the winners. The LGU of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte represented by Mayor Marcos Mamay received a Certificate of Recognition and P5,000 as first prize winner of the ENR Video Documentary Contest for LGUs.  The second place went to LGU of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and third place went to LGU-Bacolod, Lanao del Norte.  The winners received a Certificate of Recognition and cash prize of P3,000 and P1,000 for the 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively.

For the ENR Video Documentary Contest for DENR offices, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Misamis Oriental emerged as first place, 2nd place – PENRO-Misamis Occidental and 3rd place – Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 (MGB 10).  All winners received Certificate of Recognition with the 1st place – P5,000, 2nd place – P3,000 and 3rd place – P1,000, respectively.

The photo essay contest winners are 1st place – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Initao, Misamis Oriental,  second place – CENRO-Valencia and third place – CENRO-Oroquieta City.  Each winner received a Certificate of Recognition and P5,000, P3,000 and P1,000, respectively.

The winners of the EMB 10 Photography Competition are first place – Jhun Rey Nale,  second place – Kim Rochie Lumban and third place – Raphael P. Uy.  Each winner received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize of P6,000, P3,000 and P2,000, respectively.

A Pista sa Nayon with contest on dancing ball, egg relay and maria went to town played by DENR teams from the Management Services, Technical Services, Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences Bureau was conducted followed by a “boodle fight.”

The DENR spearheads the celebration of Environment Month in June per Presidential Proclamation 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. The Environment Month celebration was opened with a Thanksgiving Mass, tree growing, Information, Education and Community – School Visits at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School and Cagayan de Oro National High School, sportsfest, among others.  The EMB 10 and MGB 10 participated in the celebration of Environment Month at the regional office of DENR 10.  This year the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau – Forest and Timber Resources Research Center led by its Center Head Conrado B. Marquez joined the sportsfest. (RSCIS # 07-236-2017)

 

 

Photo Releases

DENR 10-LGU TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (more...)

MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2017. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (standing) encourages the participants of the Regional Management Conference (more...)

MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2017. DENR 10 OIC, Assistant Regional Director Belen O. Daba (standing) shares insights during the Regional Management Conference (more...)

IEC SCHOOL VISIT. A total of 56 senior high school students of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School attended the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) - School Visit on June 20, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City (more...)

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno (center) and DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (left) sign the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement on the roles and responsibilities of both parties (more...)

DENR 10 RETIREES GET TOGETHER. DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot represented by OIC, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Belen O. Daba (9th from right) with lawyer Florenda Lamason – Yap (8th from right) (more...)

CLEAN-UP ACTIVITY. Equipped with rakes, sacks, dustpans and broomsticks, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 and Environmental Management Bureau Region 10 come together for the clean-up/ adopt an estero activity held at the drainage canal fronting DENR Regional Office on June 24, 2017. (more...)

ENVIRONMENT MONTH CULMINATION 2017. Winners of the Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 (EMB 10) Photography Competition pose with DENR 10 officials headed by OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (4th from right) (more...)

ENVIRONMENT MONTH CULMINATION 2017. DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (left) awards the first prize winner of the Environment and Natural Resources Video Documentary Contest for DENR offices to PENRO-Misamis Oriental represented by PENR Officer Aldrich Resma. (more...)

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION MIDYEAR ASSESSMENT FY 2017. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 Assistant Regional Director for Management Service Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. encourages employees (more...)

AKSYON PARA SA AMBISYON. Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 10 with the leadership of OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (3rd from right) attends the “Aksyon para sa Ambisyon” (more...)

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