Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao recently donated relief goods and other essential items as their support to frontliners of the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), beneficiaries of programs/projects and other stakeholders.

The regional office through the leadership of Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable distributed the relief goods to the personnel manning the checkpoints in Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City and Opol, Misamis Oriental. Regional Executive Director Adorable was represented by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma in the turn-over of thirty boxes of pizza, coffee, disposable cups and bottled water to the frontliners in Opol, Misamis Oriental on April 17. Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. was represented by Administrative Division Chief Grace Dolores R. Chan during the distribution of relief goods in Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City checkpoint on the same day. The regional office is set to donate face shields, personal protective equipment and fabric face masks to hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Employees Association (DENREA) X and its provincial chapters are supporting the relief operation of the office.

The employees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Bukidnon with its four Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) – Valencia, Don Carlos, Manolo Fortich and Talakag conducted a fund raising through a “Voluntary One Day Salary for a Cause.” The PENRO and CENROs employees were able to raise P343,000 to procure goods for the members of the People’s Organizations under the Enhanced National Greening Program, Community-Based Forest Management Program and Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project. The food bag containing rice, canned goods, pancit canton, sugar and coffee were turned-over to the four CENROs for distribution to stakeholders in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Face masks and disinfectant were distributed by CENRO-Don Carlos to frontliners of Barangay Kitingting, Damulog, Bukidnon composed of Barangay officials, Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholar and Barangay Service Point Officers on April 15.

The CENRO of Valencia, Bukidnon donated to the Inter-Agency Task Force of Bukidnon 330 pieces of lumber with a total volume of 1,870.67 board feet for the construction of two units of COVID-19 checkpoints in Barangay Bonacao, San Fernando and Barangay Pamotolan, Kalilangan, Bukidnon while CENRO of Don Carlos, Bukidnon donated 700 board feet of assorted lumber with an estimated value of P35,000 for the COVID-19 checkpoint on April 13 -14.

The PENRO-Camiguin has provided two units of drone as technical assistance to the Provincial Government of Camiguin in the monitoring of the Preemptive Community Quarantine and assisted the Provincial Government in the packing of food packs to be distributed in the province. Personnel of PENRO-Camiguin were also assigned to assist in manning the checkpoints in the province.

The employees of PENRO Lanao del Norte with CENROs Iligan City and Kolambugan donated food packs and bottled drinking water to frontliners manning the checkpoints in Iligan City and municipalities of Lanao del Norte.

Food packs, bottled water and fruits to frontliners in checkpoints of Barangays Pines, Burgos and Paypayan in Oroquieta City and Lopez Jaena Checkpoint were donated by PENRO-Misamis Occidental. Distribution of bottled water was also undertaken to personnel manning the Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental checkpoint.

In coordination with the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, the employees of PENRO-Misamis Oriental donated P35,000 as cash assistance to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center on April 16, 2020. The assistance was raised through the one-day salary deduction of PENRO-Misamis Oriental employees both regular and contractual for the purchase of personal protective equipment and other essential items needed by the hospital.

Thirty-five habal-habal drivers and forest fire fighter volunteers at Mapawa Nature Park, Malasag, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City were recipients of food packs from the employees of PENRO-Misamis Oriental.

The DENR X continues to support the efforts of the government in response to COVID-19. (From the reports of the regional office/PENROs/CENROs) RPAO # 04-094-2020 #TayoAngKalikasan