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To instill further the importance of preserving and protecting the environment and to continue the legacy of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) awardees and key officials from the various government agencies, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region 10, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10, and Kulago Farmers Association partner for the establishment of the Lingkod Bayani Eco Park in Sitio, Kulago, Barangay Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City.

A signing of Memorandum of Understanding for the said project was conducted on September 22, 2023 by DENR 10 Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry A. Adornado, CSC 10 Acting Regional Director Noemi Rabe-Torres, and Kulago Farmers Association President Jessie S. Gayla. It was witnessed by CSC Acting Assistant Commissioner-Central Office Atty. Karin Litz P. Zerna, DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Ma. Theresa J. Allen, Acting Director of CSC Field Office-Misamis Oriental Atty. Cosette Maglasang-Mundo and City Administrator Roy P. Raagas of Cagayan de Oro City. It was assisted by DENR 10 Conservation and Development Division Deputy Chief Mercedita P. Barbarona.

“We look forward to this partnership in developing this area into Lingkod Bayani Eco Park which will be sustainable in the future through the involvement of the People’s Organization and other stakeholders”, says DENR 10 RED Henry A. Adornado.

CSC Acting Assistant Commissioner-Central Office Atty. Karin Litz P. Zerna lauded the DENR 10, CSC 10 and Kulago Farmers Association for the partnership for Lingkod Bayani Eco Park which cultivates dynamism among government workers with the involvement of the community.

“Every year, CSC or any government agency awardees can plant a tree in the Lingkod Bayani Eco Park. This will be our legacy to our next generation”, according to CSC 10 Acting Regional Director Noemi Rabe-Torres.

To officially launch the project, the DENR 10, CSC 10, Kulago Farmers Association and other stakeholders in the region, joined in the tree planting activity on the same date in Sitio Kulago, Barangay Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City.

More than a hundred of indigenous trees of different species, mostly Narra were planted by participants from DENR 10, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Initao, CSC 10, Kulago Farmers Association, Bureau of Fire Protection, Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City and Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology 10, Department of Education 10, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, and Gold Star Daily.

The Lingkod Bayani Eco Park covers a total land area of 6.1 hectares under the Peoples Organization-Kulago Farmers Association, a Community-Based Forest Management Agreement holder, to be planted by indigenous tree species which will be provided by DENR 10. The CSC 10 will identify the regional and national awardees, including the Key Officials from various government agencies, who will participate in the project activity and the PO-Kulago Farmers Association will help protect and maintain the site.

The Lingkod Bayani Eco Park is also in support to the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) – Community Passion (ComPassion) Project which was relaunched last August 30, 2023 during the CES Leadership Conclave. ComPassion Project activities cover the pillars on Sustainable Development Goals: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 09-252-2023

In celebration of the Philippine Bamboo Month and in support of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.’s socio-economic agenda with a tagline: “LAB For All: Lingap at Alagang Bayanihan,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office spearheads the Nationwide Simultaneous Bamboo and Tree Planting activity on September 13.

A total of 3,789 bamboo planting stocks of Giant Bamboo and fruit-bearing trees like calamansi, nangka and rambutan were planted in a total area of 20.29 hectares.

The activity was participated in by various national government agencies, non-government organizations, private organizations, academe, youth organizations, personnel from DENR regional and field offices, and others with a summation of 909 volunteers, wherein 622 are males and 287 are females.

Environmental Management Bureau 10 Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo representing DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado with OIC, Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer Jerome G. Pioquinto of CENRO Initao lead the planting of giant bamboo in the regional office, as well as Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers in the field offices, respectively.

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1401, s. 2022, September of every year is “Philippine Bamboo Month” to instill in the consciousness of the Filipinos the importance of bamboos, its products and its great contribution for the environment. RSCIG No. 09-236-2023

To mobilize the youth in environmental protection and conservation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Misamis Oriental conducted series of environmental activities in celebration of the International Youth Day 2023 in Initao Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS), Initao, Misamis Oriental on August 11, 2023.

With the theme, “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World”, the International Youth Day 2023 aimed to involve the youth in the shift towards an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly world that is not only critical for responding to the global climate crisis but also for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Green skills are “knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society”.

A total of 54 youth participants composed of Environment and Natural Resources Ambassadors from Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City (CDO), On-The-Job Trainees (OJTs) from PENRO Misamis Oriental, Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) Gingoog and Initao. The OJTs were from Mindanao State University-Naawan Campus, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines CDO and Claveria Campus, and Liceo de Cagayan University. The designated Regional, PENRO/CENROs Youth Desk Officers, and youth personnel assisted and facilitated the said activity.

OIC, CENR Officer Jerome G. Pioquinto of CENRO Initao encouraged the youth participants to take part in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. He also shared the importance of youth in the call for a green transition and shift towards an environmentally sustainable community through providing technical knowledge and skills.

PENRO Misamis Oriental OIC, Chief Technical Services Division Atty. Xandra Yzabelle T. Ebdalin-Bacus imparted some environmental activities that the youth can participate or implement in addressing environmental issues and concerns. She also encouraged the youth to take part in environmental solutions such as proper segregation of waste and clean-up activities.

One of the highlights of the activities was the observance and identification some of the flora and fauna species found in the ILPLS. The youth also enjoyed the Environmental Amazing Race which aimed to provide physical and recreational activity and at the same time to test their knowledge on environment-related topics and information.

As part of the youth desk activities and Tayo Ang Kalikasan Campaign, the youth participants also received tote bags and notebooks from the Office. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG- 08-211-2023

To address and strategize improvements for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Quality Management System (QMS), a strategic planning workshop on QMS Implementation and Continual Improvement in all DENR offices was conducted on July 26-28, 2023 in Cagayan de Oro City. 
The Strategic Planning Workshop on QMS was intended to strengthen the implementation of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System for all DENR Offices and intensify implementation of Risks, Opportunities Analysis and Actions Planning (ROAAP).  The activity was participated in by Central Office QMS Team, representatives from the Central Offices Services, Client Satisfaction Survey Team and Stakeholders Feedback Team, and Quality Management representatives and Audit Team representatives from Regions and Staff Bureaus.
Assistant Secretary (ASec) for Finance, Information Systems and Mining Concerns and Deputy Quality Management Representative Nonita S. Caguioa said that the ISO 9001-2015 provides a comprehensive framework for customer satisfaction and improvement of service delivery in DENR by embracing innovations.
ASec Caguioa encouraged participants to explore the requirements of the ISO built in best practices for successful implementation and continual improvement. She added that the event was a valuable opportunity to continuously align the goals and share the insights of the organization.
Chair, QMS Secretariat Director Joe-mar S. Perez presented the QMS Program for CY 2023 and CY 2024. Director Perez said that the DENR has been certified to ISO 9001:2015 QMS from 2019 to present, and expanded its scope to cover all field offices. 
DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado expressed his gratitude to the QMS Core Team, QMS National and Regional Secretariats who have worked diligently to conduct the strategic workshop successfully in the region. 
The Strategic Workshop include updates on status of QMS implementation/improvement (Clauses 4-10) and preparation/review of ROAAPs. It was also discussed during the activity the harmonization of Anti-Red Tape Authority, Citizen’s Charter and QMS processes and the DENR Client stakeholders, feedback, issues and complaints from various sources. 
Regional Offices V, VI, XI, and X received ISO certification for operating a management system that has been assessed as conforming to ISO 9001:2015 for the scope of activities on Public Administration covering the Conservation, Management, Development, and Proper Use of the Country’s Environment and Natural Resources. The certificates were issued on October 18, 2022 and valid until March 27, 2025 subject to adherence to the agreed on-going program, successful endorsement of certification following each audit and compliance with the terms and conditions of certifications. 
The ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. RSCIG No. 08-206-2023 #TayoAngKalikasan

In line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) commitment in the management, protection, rehabilitation and development of the environment, DENR 10 through the leadership of Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry A. Adornado collaborates with the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA), Beta Sigma Fraternity and Department of Agriculture (DA) on the Tree Growing Project activity dubbed as “Raising One Million Fruit-Bearing Trees’ Project” recently on July 9, 2023 in Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

RED Adornado lauded 4ID, PA Commander Major General Jose Maria R Cuerpo II for leading and initiating the momentous Tree Growing Project with the Beta Sigma Fraternity, the Department of Agriculture and other officers and enlisted personnel of the 4ID. He also acknowledged the presence of DENR- Misamis Oriental Provincial Environment Natural Resources Officer Ferdinand E. Dagulo and CENR Officer of Initao Jerome G. Pioquinto for supporting the activity.

The event was in line with the Philippine Army's Green Camp Program in support to President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.'s environmental protection and food security program to address climate change and the Beta Sigma Fraternity’s effort in preventing climate change by invigorating Private-Public Partnerships through the Whole-of-Nation Approach.

The said event was also part of the upcoming 77th Founding Anniversary of the Beta Sigma Fraternity, wherein RED Adornado and Maj. Gen. Cuerpo are both members of the honorable fraternity.

On the other hand, MGen Cuerpo II emphasized that the partnership between 4ID, DENR, Beta Sigma and DA will further strengthen partnership and collaboration to create more awareness on the importance of tree planting and environmental protection as a whole. He also calls on other partner volunteers and stakeholders to do their share to plant seeds of change today, to ensure a greener and more sustainable future for generations to come.

The group successfully planted assorted fruit trees and endemic seedlings in strategic places inside the camp. The fruit-bearing seedlings were provided by DA while Molave seedlings were provided by DENR-PENRO of Misamis Oriental and CENRO Initao with the leadership of PENR Officer Dagulo and CENR Officer Pioquinto. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG PR No.07-194-2023)