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In order to address the confusion with regard to the duties and responsibilities of the newly hired legal assistants at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X field offices as well as to capacitate them on the existing DENR Administrative Orders that are indispensable to their line of work, a training/workshop on Environment and Natural Resources Laws and Procedures was conducted by DENR X Legal Division on July 3, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity was formally opened by DENR X Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. who expressed his appreciation to the DENR X Legal Division for organizing such activity which capacitates the agency’s field employees. Furthermore, he conveyed his high hope that the training/workshop will enable the newly hired legal assistants to better assist the DENR X Field Officials in analyzing the situations on the ground as well as in the decision-making aspect in relation to the standing policy, rules and regulations of the DENR.

Topics discussed were the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 705, as amended), Rules of Procedure on Environmental Cases (A.M. No. 09-6-8-SC), 1997 Rules for the Administrative Adjudication of Illegal Forest Products and the Machinery, Equipment, Tools and Conveyances Used in Connection Therewith (DENR Administrative Order No. 97-32) and the Procedure in the Investigation and Resolution of Land Claims and Conflict Cases (DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-31.)

Furthermore, the activity served as a venue to acquaint the participants on the exceptions annexed on DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-29 (DENR Freedom of Information Manual) that are essential in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. They were likewise oriented on DENR profile, office protocols in the handling of clients and documents, filtering and monitoring of legal documents before submission to higher offices as well as their duties, responsibilities and work limitations in their respective office assignments.

The one-day training/workshop successfully ended through a closing remarks from the OIC Chief of Legal Division Lawyer Ban Mikhael C. Pacuribot who promised to strengthen, through constant communication, the partnership established between the DENR X Legal Division Lawyers and the Legal Assistants who serve as their counterpart in the field office.

The lecturers during the training/workshop were the following: OIC Chief of Legal Division Lawyer Ban Mikhael C. Pacuribot and DENR X Lawyers Jomair G. Ampay and Pauline Mae P. Araneta. It was facilitated by DENR X Lawyer Carmila Claudette B. Bagay and Planning Officer II/Legal Staff Ivy Shela B. Abrogueña.

DENR X continuous to capacitate its employees amidst this time of global pandemic in order to ensure the effective delivery of its mandate towards the general public. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 07-187-2020

Panlibatuhan River in Valencia City emerged as the winner in the recently concluded Regional Search for Recognizing Institutions/Individuals Towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.Rs) for Life Award for FY 2019 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X).

R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award was institutionalized by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve rivers and encourage partnership with stakeholders to sustain the cleanliness of rivers in the country.

DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable disclosed that the local government of Valencia City under Mayor Azucena P. Huervas received a Plaque of Recognition from DENR X for having been instrumental in the improvement of the water quality of Panlibatuhan River and promoting solid waste management and sustaining partnership and community clean-ups.

He further revealed that the winner will be the official entry of DENX for the National Search for R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award for FY 2020.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Valencia City was also awarded a Plaque of Appreciation for their invaluable contribution in the rehabilitation of Panlibatuhan River and pursuing environmental awareness and activism in the locality.

The award was signed by RED Adorable, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Efren B. Carido.

The criteria for judging include Aesthetics and Water Quality Improvement, Solid Waste Management, Partnership/Community Mobilization and Information, Education Campaign.

The other winners of the contest are the following: 1st runner-up – Manuto River with local government unit (LGU) partner Quezon, Bukidnon under Mayor Pablo M. Lorenzo III and 2nd runner-up – Umalag River with LGU partner Cagayan de Oro City under Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. The implementers, CENRO Don Carlos, Bukidnon and CENRO-Initao, Misamis Oriental, respectively, each received a Plaque of Appreciation.

The other awardees are Aloran River in Aloran, Misamis Occidental under Mayor Junipher A. Roa, Maranding River in Lala and Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte under Lala Mayor Angel L. Yap and Kapatagan Mayor Barry Yu Baguio, Labo River in Ozamiz City under Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal and Agus River in Baloi, Lanao del Norte under Mayor Hanifa P. Ali. The local government unit partners also received a Plaque of Recognition.

The implementing Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of Oroquieta City, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, Ozamiz City and Iligan City each received a Plaque of Appreciation.

The chairman of the Technical Working Group is the Chief of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) of DENR X Forester Roel G. Dahonog with members from EMB X- Engr. Marivic F. Lluisma, Engr. Raedwulf C. Geollegue and Engr Dovee Cherry I. Geollegue; Forester Domingo B. Lebosada representing MGB X; Forester Raul A. Pallares and Forester Analie I. Uayan from DENR X.

The rivers are classified by EMB as Class C or those assessed to be safe for propagation of aquatic fish, boating, fishing and other recreational use, agriculture, irrigation and livestock watering. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO # 07-182-2020

To showcase the different Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Projects and community initiatives in the protection and conservation of the environment and in line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region X spearheaded an online Photo and ENR Video Documentary Contests in June 2020.

With the Environment Month theme “Protect Nature, Sustain Our Future”, the Photo Contest aimed to show, tell, and inspire people to take care of the environment and be responsible for the consequences of the actions they have for the future generations. It was participated in by photo enthusiasts in Region X.

Albert Labalan from Cabalantin, Manticao, Misamis Oriental emerged as first place in the Photo Contest, Kirkamon Cabello from barangay Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City was declared as second place followed by Alandino Lingat, Jr. from barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City as third place. Lingat, Jr. also bagged the People’s Choice Award.

DENR X also spearheaded ENR Video Documentary Contest participated in by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENROs), Mines and Geosciences Bureau X (MGB X) and Environmental Management Bureau X (EMB X).

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Misamis Oriental bagged the first place. The video entry showcased the ENR projects on the conservation of protected areas, the sustainable implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) and other environment-related activities and initiatives of the province.

PENRO Bukidnon bagged the second place of the ENR Video Documentary Contest. They showcased the successful implementation of ENGP at Migcawayan, Damulog, Bukidnon. The People’s Organization Migcawayan Land Owners Tribal Association, Inc. benefited from the ENGP which provided them additional income through livelihood projects and reforested their area.

PENRO Lanao del Norte emerged as third place with video entry showcasing the protection and conservation initiatives of the province for the Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park at Nunungan, Lanao del Norte.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau X bagged the People’s Choice Award with video entry on Mangrove Reforestation and Rehabilitation Project at Bayug Island, Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City.

The board of judges is composed of Philippine Information Agency X Media Associate Shaun Alejandrae Uy as Chairman, DENR X Head Executive Assistant and OIC, Chief, Human Resource Development Section Georgina Padilla, and Chief, Information and Communications Technology Unit of the Planning and Management Division Ma. Lapertina Madridano.

The Photo and ENR Video Documentary entries were posted at the DENR Northern Mindanao Facebook Page and YouTube official accounts for viewing and sharing. (TayoAngKalikasan #RPAO NO. 06-171-2020)

In compliance to the requirement of the Civil Service Commission following the appointment of new employees, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X, through its Human Resource Development Section under the Administrative Division, conducts an Orientation for its Newly Appointed Employees on June 10-11, 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity was formally opened by DENR X Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. who emphasized that the newly appointed employees must be well-equipped of the knowledge, skills and even attitude in the performance of their respective duties.

The two-day activity briefed the participants with the profile of the DENR and engaged them to be personally committed to the agency’s purpose, values and goals. It likewise deepened their understanding on the relevance of the DENR through its frontline programs and services.

Moreover, the orientation paved the way in order for the participants to be equipped with the necessary information as newly appointed public servants and acquainted them on established certain standards and protocols which are essential for the organizational success of the agency.

Salient features of various laws involving public service were likewise discussed to the new employees such as that of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,) RA 9485 (Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007) and RA 11032 (Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.)

The two-day orientation successfully ended through a message from the Regional Executive Director of DENR X, Arleigh J. Adorable, who explained that the sense of belonging and ownership to something that is being accomplished is far greater when an employee has the passion and love what he/she is doing. He is hopeful that the newly appointed employees will contribute to the betterment of the office.

The lecturers during the said orientation were the following: Chief of Planning and Management Division Forester Mabel Gemma A. Ravanera, Chief of Administrative Division Grace Dolores R. Chan, Chief of Personnel Section Francis D. Palle, Chief of Human Resource Development Section and concurrent Head Executive Assistant Georgina C. Padilla, Administrative Officer IV Ma. Selen D. Tuling and Administrative Officer III Esperanza M. Domingo. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 06-152-2020

In line with the annual celebration of World Environment Day every 5th of June, DENR X conducted a regionwide simultaneous office clean-up on June 5, 2020.

The activity is meant to maintain the cleanliness of the office premises as well as to reduce the risk of illnesses especially in this time of global disease pandemic brought by COVID-19. On top of these reasons, World Environment Day is celebrated to encourage global awareness on the current state of the environment and to promote its protection against destructive human activities.

This year’s celebratory theme of World Environment Day ‘Time for Nature’ demonstrates the corresponding responsibility of humans toward nature. Alongside the benefits derived from it, humans have the moral and social obligation to protect and upkeep the same. It is worth stressing that it is high time for us to take extra care for nature in order to preserve the present and future generation. This present health crisis brought by COVID-19 as global disease pandemic paved the way for us to realize that part of taking care of ourselves is the innate responsibility to take good care for our nature.

The clean-up served as the preliminary activity for the launching of The Search for Environment Friendly Place to be participated in by DENR X Divisions in the Regional Office.

The contest aims to engage the employees in the maintenance and cleanliness of the office especially in this time of health crisis. It likewise promotes a greener and beautiful workplace and surroundings, encourage advocacy on zero waste environment through proper waste segregation or recycling of materials into new products, and stimulate the habit to spend less and save more money by initiating pro-environment and zero waste management activities. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 06-140-2020