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.

 

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DENR LEADS ENVIRONMENT MONTH, OTHER ENVIRONMENT CELEBRATIONS IN JUNE

Anchored on the theme : “Beat Plastic Pollution,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) leads the celebration of Environment Month this June.

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable disclosed that the month-long celebration aims to promote environmental awareness and participation among the various sectors of society. This is also in consonance to Presidential Proclamation 237 which mandates the yearly celebration of Environment Month in June to protect, enhance and develop our environment, he said.

Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on the celebration will be undertaken through multi-media and interpersonal approach. The activities include Environmental Symposium on June 20 and Environmental Quiz Show on June 29 for students and Environmental Quiz Bee for DENR employees on June 25.

To showcase high school students concern for the environment through artwork, an On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest will be conducted on June 26. A photo contest among DENR 10 offices aimed to increase the level of knowledge of stakeholders of the various programs of DENR will reel off on June 25 to 29.

Green Film Festival on June 29 at SM Cinemas will also be supported by the regional office. Youth organizations and students shall be invited to watch environment-related films during the Green Festival.

The regional office is sponsoring a Donate a Book Project to gather books from employees and stakeholders to be given to public schools in the region. Plastic Innovation, a contest on recycling of plastics will test the creativity of DENR 10 personnel will be spearheaded by the Administrative Division.

To promote health and wellness, Larong Pinoy will be conducted regionwide on June 5 and DENR 10 will celebrate the DENR Anniversary on June 8 through a Family Day and a talent search, DENR Got Talent. The DENR Anniversary is celebrated every June 10 through Executive Order No. 192.

An Open House which will serve as a venue for People’s organizations and other stakeholders to display and sell their products will be undertaken on June 26 to 29 at the regional office.

Culminating activities of the Environment Month include a Thanksgiving Mass, program with the grand finals of the DENR Got Talent and awarding of prizes to winners of different contests. The raffle draw of the Environment and Natural Resources Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ENREMCO) will also be conducted on June 29.

Aside from the Environment Month celebration, the DENR 10 will spearhead the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week from June 4 to 10 with a photo exhibit at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and other IEC activities to encourage communities and individuals to help protect our national bird, the Philippine Eagle.

The DENR 10 joins the celebration of Coral Triangle Day on June 9 to foster protection and conservation of this natural treasure. The event is celebrated in countries in the Coral Triangle region - Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. This year the DENR 10 will undertake a coastal clean-up at Barangay Bayabas, Cagayan de Oro City and distribution of Marine Protected Area (MPA) marker buoys to support the maintenance and protection of established MPAs in Eastern Iligan Bay.

In celebration of Arbor Day youth groups with other stakeholders are scheduled to participate in a tree growing at Malasag, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City on June 23 and a mangrove clean-up and replanting will also be conducted at Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City on June 27. By virtue of Proclamation No. 369, Arbor Day is celebrated every 25th of June in the Philippines. #TayoAngKalikasan (RPAO # 05-154-2018)

Photo Releases

REGIONAL ANTI-ILLEGAL LOGGING TASK FORCE. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (left) reports to the members of the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) the recent Anti-Illegal Mining and Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force operation headed by BGen. Mario F. Chan (Ret) and Col. Jett L. Duque in the localities of Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental on April 26 and 27. (more...)

ANTI-ILLEGAL LOGGING OPERATION OF REGION 10. Hired laborers load apprehended wood trimmer/cutter machines and dismantles electric fuse and motors used in the illegal operation of wood processing plants on April 26 in the vicinities of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. (more...)

CDORBMC TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON PES MEETING. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable represented by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. (center) welcomes the members of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Payment for Ecological Services. (more...)

CDORBMC TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON PES MEETING. Forester Marilou Clarete (left, standing), Chief Conservation and Development Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 gives the Overview of the Payment for Ecological Services in Cagayan de Oro River Basin. (more...)

Rey Fernandez (2nd from left), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Misamis Occidental receives the flagship mascot for Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape (BPLS). (more...)

DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito Melicor, Jr. (right) turns-over the flagship mascot to Forester Eddie Macasusi (2nd from left), Protected Area Superintendent of the Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS) in Misamis Oriental. (more...)

IEC TRAINING/WORKSHOP ON IEC MATERIALS DESIGN AND PRODUCTION.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. (standing) encourages the participants to work harder in raising awareness to protect and conserve the natural resources for the present and future generations (more...)

IEC TRAINING/WORKSHOP ON IEC MATERIALS DESIGN AND PRODUCTION. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Mamacaya M. Lucman (standing) of Lanao del Norte welcomes participants to the Training/Workshop on IEC Materials Design and Production on May 17-19, 2018 in Iligan City. (more...)

IEC TRAINING/WORKSHOP ON IEC MATERIALS DESIGN AND PRODUCTION. Participants discuss the content and layout of the IEC materials for DENR 10 Integrated Natural Resources Management Project (INREMP) in Lake Lanao River Basin during the Training/Workshop on IEC Materials Design and Production on May 17-19, 2018 in Iligan City. (more...)

MONTH OF THE OCEAN. Bonbon residents headed by its barangay officials join the DENR in celebrating the Month of the Ocean 2018 with the theme, “Stand up, Save our Reefs.” The said clean-up activity was conducted on May 11 in the coastal areas of Barangay Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

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