Regional Director's Speeches

RD's Speeches

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.

 

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RD ANDOT URGES EMPLOYEES TO LIVE UP TO THE DENR MISSION

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot urged the personnel to live up to the mission of the Department. He challenged everyone to make it a personal commitment to care for Mother Earth.

He further sighted examples of simple things that could be done at home like rainwater harvesting and practicing solid waste management that will greatly impact in ecological advancement. He made this call during the Opening Program of the 2017 Environment Month celebration on June 02, 2017 at the DENR 10 covered court.

Quoting Evo Morales, he shared that “What human beings must know is that mankind cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” Thus, the theme of this year’s Environment Month celebration “Connecting People to Nature” encourages to reconnect and reconcile human activities and daily life decisions in the context of environmental protection.

The DENR Region 10 has lined up various activities for the month-long celebration which include a Sports Fest, several environmental symposia, and Pista sa Nayon. A tree planting activity will also be conducted for the Arbor Day celebration on June 26, 2017 at the Arboretum Area in Mapawa Nature Park, Malasag, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

This year’s Environment Month celebration aims to increase the level of knowledge of the stakeholders on the various programs of the DENR, seek participation and encourage a closer working relationship within the DENR community.

The Regional Office will also host an ENR Documentary Contest that will be participated by the Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations and Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices. There will also be a Retirees’ Get Together event that hopes to gather loyal and dedicated employees that became a part of the Department’s many years of challenges and successes.

June was declared as the Philippine Environment Month, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237, signed in 1988, by then President Corazon Aquino. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the primary agency, implementing various activities to raise awareness on the value of the environment, through its bureaus, agencies, partners and stakeholders. Ana Mae Sumalinog (RSCIS No. 06-177-2017)

 

Photo Releases

MOA ON FLUP. Malitbog, Bukidnon Mayor Osmundo N. dela Rosa (3rd from right) and DENR 10 OIC Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (3rd from left) sign the Memorandum of Agreement (more...)

ENVIRONMENT MONTH KICK-OFF ACTIVITY. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 opens the celebration of Environment Month 2017 with a Holy Mass on June 2, 2017 at the DENR 10 covered court. (more..)  

HATAW ACTIVITY. Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 move to the rhythm for a healthier life in a Hataw on June 02, 2017 (more...)

MACAJALAR BAY PISTA SA DAGAT.  DENR 10, OIC Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (9th from right) joins Balingasag Mayor and Chairperson of the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance Marrietta Roa-Abogado (8th from right) and Chairperson of the Macalar Bay Development Alliance (more...)

DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director for Mangement Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. (inset) inculcates into the minds of participating Special Land Investigators from different PENROs and CENROs of the DENR 10 (more...)

PARA-LEGAL TRAINING. DENR 10, OIC Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (standing) challenges volunteers to listen attentively to resource speakers during discussions to enhance their knowledge on laws, rules and regulations (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-LGU TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (more...)

DENR Region 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (right) gives an encouraging message during the Retooling on Environment and Natural Resources (more...)

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