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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region X spearheads an online Environmental Art Contest on November in celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month with the theme “New Normal Challenge: Sustainable Actions for Sustainable Future.”

The Environmental Art Contest was participated in by grades 10-12 students in Region X. The activity aimed to increase the level of knowledge of the youth on the various environmental issues and concerns and to showcase the environmental actions of the youth in protecting and conserving the environment and mitigating Climate Change through artwork.

Ms. Chloe Alexandra T. Orteza of Xavier University Senior Highschool emerged as the winner of the Environmental Art Contest. She explained her artwork that through actions, whether simply wearing a mask or riding a bike – is more than enough to help alleviate the predicament the society is now experiencing.

Ms. Andrea Novea Gail I. Guzman of Central Mindanao University Laboratory High School claimed the 2nd place. She said that her artwork’s message shared that despite COVID-19 pandemic, a vision of a sustainable future can be carried even if isolated in our homes through starting small and embracing nature and technology to save and conserve energy by going green and going clean.

The 3rd spot was claimed by Ms. Angelica Kate V. Columnas of Cagayan de Oro National High School. Her artwork inspires the community on the new normal actions as plug to light up our sustainable future.

On the other hand, Mr. Nikolai Bagsac from Agusan National High School garnered the People’s Choice Award by having the greatest number of positive reactions of his artwork posted in the DENR Northern Mindanao page. His artwork paid tribute to the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board of judges is composed of DENR X Head Executive Assistant and OIC, Chief, Human Resource Development Section Georgina Padilla, Chief, Information and Communications Technology Unit of the Planning and Management Division Ma. Lapertina Madridano, and Mr. Emmanuel Mulawan-II from the Oro Art Guilds, Cagayan de Oro City.

The top ten artworks were posted at the DENR Northern Mindanao Page for viewing and sharing.(#TayoAngKalikasan #RPAO No. 12-302-2020)

To equip personnel with the fundamental knowledge on laws, programs and priority projects implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao, 54 learners consisting of two batches successfully hurdled the Digital ENR Basic Course recently.

Commencement speaker of the 2nd Batch DENR OIC, Assistant Secretary for Administration and Human Resources Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the participants should be grateful to Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for giving them the chance to avail of the learning event. It prepares the graduates to become somebody big in the future and enhance their capability to manage technically and administratively, she added.

She is hopeful that after graduation, the participants will put all the learnings in their heart so that when the time for them to apply it, service to the public will be excellent. She also shared the local government unit of Davao City’s kind of service under the leadership of Mayor Sara Duterte – Carpio which include Efficient, Pro-active, Responsive and Quick.

For his part, DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said that capability building activities will continue in order to capacitate all personnel in the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices and regional office.

The 1st Batch was conducted on October 7 – 9, 12 – 16 and 19 – 20 while the 2nd Batch was conducted on October 26 – 20, November 3 – 6 and 9.

The Valedictorian of Class R10 – 2020 – Resilience is Janine Kyle T. Jaji of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau X, Salutatorian is Reio S. Bagundo of PENRO-Misamis Occidental, 1st Honorable Mention – Daryl Lyn de Veyra of PENRO-Misamis Occidental, 2nd Honorable Mention – Yvonne May Retes of PENRO-Camiguin and 3rd Honorable Mention – Gema Alduhisa of CENRO-Oroquieta City.

For Batch 2, the Valedictorian of Class R10 – 2020- Loyalty is Sheena Mae Lantaca of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau X, Salutatorian – Jezamae Alejay of PENRO-Misamis Occidental, 1st Honorable Mention – Forester Gemma Celino of the Regional Office and Jan Karina Lapeña of the Environmental Management Bureau and 3rd Honorable Mention – Nikki Ann Dela Victoria of CENRO Ozamis City.


Topics discussed by competent in-house resource speakers include Ten Priority Programs, Forestry Law, Mandates and Projects, Land Administration Policies and Programs, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Environmental Management, Mineral Resources Management, Water Resources Management, Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, Disaster Risk Preparedness and Awareness, Ethics in DENR, Office Protocol and Etiquette, Coaching and Mentoring, Effective Written Communication and Financial Literacy.

The digital learning event was spearheaded by the Human Resource Development Section of the Administrative Division. (RPAO # 12-300-2020) #TayoAngKalikasan

To rehabilitate 302 hectares of upland plantation in Barangay Digkilaan, Manticao, Misamis Oriental, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region X, San Miguel Corporation Global Power (SMCGP) Philippines Power Foundation, Inc. and Barangay Digkilaan Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BDUFA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on November 25, 2020 at the DENR Region X, Cagayan de Oro City.


The MOA was signed by DENR Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable and People’s Organization of Barangay Digkilaan Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (PO BDUFA) President Lenie R. Ybañez. Witnessing the signing of MOA are DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma, Executive Director of SMCGP Foundation, Inc. Cynthia V. Pantonal, and OIC-CENR Officer of CENRO Initao Conrado M. Mahinay, Jr.


The covered period of the MOA starts from CY 2021 to 2027, and shall be undertaken for the benefit of the local communities within the Municipality of Manticao, Misamis Oriental.
The SMCGP Foundation signified its intention and willingness to contribute to the greening efforts of the DENR through SMCGP Foundation’s Ridge to Reef Conservation Program. The SMCGP Foundation shall turnover the project to DENR X after the term of this MOA and will provide funds to support in the mobilization of community for the implementation of the Project in the upland plantation.


Under the MOA, the DENR shall provide the necessary technical assistance to support the activities in nursery operation, seedling production, plantation establishment, and maintenance and protection and assist SMCGP Foundation in monitoring, supervision and conduct of ground validation on the progress of the development of the project areas to ensure that it is done in accordance with the plans and specifications of the Work and Financial Plan. The BDUFA, Inc. shall rehabilitate the Upland Plantation covering 302 hectares in Brgy. Digkilaan, Manticao, Misamis Oriental, submit monthly progress reports to SMCGP Foundation and DENR, and ensure and comply with the target of at least eighty five percent (85%) survival rate of the established plantation. (RPAO # 11-298-2020) #TayoAngKalikasan

With the theme “New Normal Challenge: Sustainable Actions for a Sustainable Future,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X leads the celebration of November as National Environmental Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month in the region.

DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable encourages all stakeholders to contribute in the sustainable development effort for our natural resources. He stressed that caring for the environment is not the sole responsibility of DENR and each individual must do his/her share to care for our environment.

The DENR X will also be celebrating the National Climate Change Consciousness Week on November 19 – 25. He said the triple celebrations aim to further create awareness and participation on sustainable development through the conduct of an Environmental Art Contest, Environmental Symposium, turn-over of school supplies and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to Agay-ayan Elementary School in Gingoog City and other public information and advocacy activities.

The DENR X is inviting grades 10 to 12 students to join the Environmental Art Contest. It aims to increase the level of knowledge of the youth on the various environmental issues and concerns and to showcase the environmental actions of the youth in protecting and conserving the environment and mitigating climate change. The artwork must revolve around the 2020 theme of the celebrations. The criteria for judging include interpretation and relevance to the theme – 40%, creativity and originality – 30%, popularity – 20% and craftmanship – 10%.

The Environmental Symposium to be attended by selected contractual personnel is slated to be held on November 20 at the DENR X Conference Room. Topics to be discussed are Climate Change and Solid Waste Management with resource speakers from the Environmental Management Bureau, Region X. Protocols on COVID-19 will be strictly observed by the participants during the Environmental Symposium like social distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields, among others.

The DENR X Youth Desk is set to hold a turn-over of school supplies and IEC materials during the celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week on November 19 – 25. (RPAO # 11-285-2020 #TayoAngKalikasan)

In order to promote the DENR’s initiative to develop sustainable bamboo plantations as well as to raise awareness on the potentials of bamboo for poverty alleviation, economic development, and environmental greening, DENR X participated in the nationwide simultaneous bamboo planting activity organized by the DENR Forest Management Bureau and in partnership with the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council on September 18, 2020. This is in line with the celebration of World Bamboo Day with the theme “Pamanang Kawayan: Luntiang Ginto ng Kabataan.”

The said bamboo planting activity was held at Mapawa, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City and participated in by selected personnel from DENR X regional office and PENRO Misamis Oriental together with the beneficiaries and staff of E. Pelaez Ranch.

In his inspirational message during the opening program, DENR X PENR Officer of Misamis Oriental, Ferdinand E. Dagulo, emphasized the potentials of bamboo for greening the environment, sequestering carbon, providing source of income and also for food consumption.

Lawyer Xandra Yzabelle T. Ebdalin-Bacus, OIC Chief of the Technical Services Division of DENR X PENRO of Misamis Oriental, delivered the welcome address and highlighted the history of the celebration with some bamboo facts and trivia.

The activity was made possible through the assistance of staffs and beneficiaries of E. Pelaez Ranch who did the hole digging, staking and hauling of planting stocks prior to the day of planting. The participants actively planted a total of 200 bamboos in 1-hectare plantation with 10mx10m spacing.

Bamboo is a major producer and absorber of oxygen and carbon dioxide. It produces more than 35% of oxygen than hardwood trees, and absorbs up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare in a single year. With its increasing popularity and endless uses such as in building houses, roads and bridges, furniture, medicine, clothes, accessories and food, among others, bamboo is also considered as a key solution for poverty alleviation. Thus, it is tagged as the “green gold in the forest” and this planting activity paved the way for further protection and conservation of our nature for a sustainable future.

DENR X National Greening Program (NGP) Regional Coordinator, Forester Robinson W. Abrahan, shared to the participants the DENR’s initiative in developing bamboo plantations across the country through the NGP. The activity was concluded with an oath titled, “Pamanang Kawayan.” (With report from the Conservation and Development Division of DENR X.) #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 09-271-2020