The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 10 (DENR 10) holds its 1st Regional Expanded Executive Committee Meeting for CY 2020 on January 8, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City. This was attended by the agency’s key officials, planning officers and National Greening Program focal persons in the region as well as field offices.

DENR 10 significantly started the activity by way of replicating the DENR New Year’s Call wherein the Secretary presents the previous year accomplishments of the department and gives his marching orders to bureaus, senior officials and regional executives. Dubbed as the “DENR 10 New Year’s Call,” Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable presented the accomplishments of the regional office for CY 2019 and conveyed to the key officials of DENR 10 the marching orders of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the DENR New Year’s Call held at the DENR Social Hall on January 3, 2020.

Highlighted during the talk of RED Adorable was the order of the DENR Chief to continue implement the department’s ten priority programs: Clean Air, Clean Water, Solid Waste Management, Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-illegal Logging, Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation, Scaling up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Program, Improve Land Administration and Management, Geo-hazard, Groundwater Assessment and Responsible Mining, and Manila Bay Clean-up. Necessarily, systems and strategies in the implementation of these priority programs of the Secretary must be improved in order for its respective objectives to be fully realized.

Environmental protection is a must hence should never be compromised. RED Adorable reiterated the statement of the DENR Chief that lives of the DENR personnel must not be sacrificed or put at stake in the implementation of the said programs. This appeal comes after a handful of Forest Protection Officers in other regions were killed in line of their duty.

Included in the marching orders of the DENR Chief to the regional offices are to identify an area where the Local Government Units (LGUs) can establish a clustered sanitary landfill, require the LGUs to submit a sewage plan, focus the implementation of ENGP within the critical watersheds, increase the target for bamboo plantation from 20% to 40% and continue the implementation of programs on responsible mining and come up with other possible ways in extracting minerals.

Also discussed during the executive meeting were the priority programs of Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences Bureau, revised 2020 Work Plan on NGP, additional target on Land Administration and Management and activities on Protected Area Development and Management under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIS MR No. 01-021-2020