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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) awarded plaques of recognition to exemplar employees and offices for CY 2020 during the culmination program of Environment Month on June 30 in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable the award is a way for the Office to give tribute to employees who have shown excellent delivery of public service in CY 2020.

The Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Committee of DENR X chaired by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. instituted the Best Employee, Exemplary Performance and Best Office awards to recognize the outstanding and exemplary performance in the discharge of official functions resulting to the effective and efficient delivery of service for CY 2020 which contributed to the attainment of the Department’s mandate.

The PRAISE Committee established a reward system to encourage and recognize the employees and offices for their innovative ideas or exemplary behavior that contributes to the efficiency and improvement of the public service.

The categories for Search for Best Office Award are Division (Regional Office), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

Regional Executive Director Adorable with ARD for Management Services Mirasol, and ARD for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma awarded the plaques and certificates to the employees, PENROs and CENROs. The program was done through face-to-face and virtual platform.

The Best Employee Award 2020 is accorded to permanent and casual employees while the Exemplary Performance Award is presented to contractual/job order employees. The Model Employee awardees are Maria Lapertina S. Madridano (Salary Grade 18 – 23), Redelyn P. Flores (Salary Grade 11 - 16) and Luciana M. De Asis (SG 01 - 10). The Exemplary Performance awardees are Arlene Bacabac, Melody G. Salcedo and Haskell Anne R. Distajo.

The recipient of the Best Office (Division) is the Planning and Management Division with the Finance Division (1st place), Legal Division (2nd place), and Administrative Division (3rd place).

The Best Office for the CENRO category is awarded to CENRO, Don Carlos, Bukidnon with CENRO Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon (1st place), CENRO Gingoog (2nd place) and CENRO Ozamiz (3rd place).

PENRO Bukidnon emerged as the Best Office, PENRO Category. The other winners are PENRO Camiguin (1st place), PENRO Misamis Occidental (2nd place) and PENRO Lanao del Norte (3rd place).

The nominees for the Best Employee and Exemplary Performance awards received Certificates of Nomination and non-winners of the Best Office award received certificates of recognition from RED Adorable.

The nominees for Best Employee Award (Salary Grade 18 - 23) are Hurel Dave A. Ensencio (Finance Division), Eva C. Lovete (Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division), Lawyer Jomair Paul G. Ampay (Legal Division), Mercedita G. Barbarona (Conservation and Development Division), Henry L. Halina, Jr. (Enforcement Division) and Jocelyn S. Beray (Surveys and Mapping Division).

The nominees for Best Employee Award (SG 11 – 16) are Janeth M. Jaranilla (Finance Division), Reynaldo D. Labis (LPDD), Gemma G. Celino (CDD), Maricel S. Cabungcal (Enforcement Division), Shannon Lyn A. Aboc (Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group), Ma. Carmen G. Cabañeros (SMD) and Geoffrey A. Thiam (Administrative Division).

The nominees for Best Employee Award (SG 01 – 10) are Lory Jane Dejos (LPDD), Lloyd Jayson W. Ferrer (CDD) and Jelibe A. Quimba (SMD).

The nominees for Exemplary Performance Award are Devrah Lou O. Agbu (Legal Division), Kryzl Joy N. Casumpang (PMD), Junrey L. Labalan (CDD), Kizzy Kaye Navarro (CDD) and Jocyl Ann B. Ejoc (Office of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project). #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG #07-186-2021

Cagayan de Oro City- To further educate stakeholders in the local government units in the Province of Camiguin, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) conducted a one-day Orientation/Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on the Water Use Regulation through Google meet application on May 20, 2021.

The Water Resources Utilization Section (WRUS) of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) spearheaded the IEC activity particularly for the Municipal Planning and Development Officers to be familiar on the Water Code of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and the processes of water permit application and its regulation which is commonly referred in their respective offices.

Forester Raul A. Pallares, Chief of WRUS discussed the roles and functions of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) as an attached agency of the Department that is responsible for ensuring the exploitation, utilization, development, conservation and protection of the country’s water resource, consistent with the principles of “Integrated Water Resource Management” as well as NWRB’s Vision/Mission, legal mandates and major functions in the water sector.

He also enumerated the processes of Water Permit Application, to include the Qualification of Water Permit Applicant; Classification of Water Use; Requirement for Water used Application and the filing fees and other charges.

On the other hand, Forester Dario P. Barbarona, the OIC chief of the LPDD conversed the Water Code of the Philippines and its amended IRR to participants and facilitated queries during the open forum which was participated in by the PENR Office Merlyn Dumalahay and Rey Balbutin of PENRO Camiguin and other participants and representatives from the different lgu’s in the province. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG PR No. 05-151-2021)

In the observance of the annual celebration of the International Day of Forest with the theme: “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well Being,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a clean-up activity, bagging of soil and potting of various seedlings at the DENR X Regional Nursery in Cagayan de Oro City.

CDD OIC-Chief, Lida Bagonoc said the activity was aimed to increase the awareness among the participants and the community on the importance of forest restoration in terms of human health and recovery.

On the other hand, National Greening Program (NGP), Regional Coordinator, Forester Gemma Celino led the bagging of soil and potting of seedlings of indigenous species like Tanguile (Shorea polysperma), Nato (Palaquium luzoniense) and White Lauan (Shorea contorta).

The International Day of the Forest activity at the regional office was attended by staffs from the different sections of the CDD. A total of 540 various nato, tanguile and white lauan seedlings were potted during the activity. Potted seedlings will be distributed for free to requesting public upon availability of seedlings.

In another development, in support to the annual celebration of the World Water Day, the DENR X and DENR-EMB X in collaboration with the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) and some residents of Barangay Bulua, this City conducted a clean-up activity at the Sapang Creek in the said barangay on March 19, 2021.

DENR personnel and barangay volunteers collected a total of 15 sacks of various waste materials such as plastic wrappers, scrap metals, twigs/woods, glass bottles, rubbers and other residual waste during the activity.

To ensure health and safety protocols, participants wore face masks and face shields as well as practicing social distancing during the conduct of the said clean-up activity.

“Valuing Water” is this year’s World Water Day celebration theme. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIG PR No. 03-093-2021)

In celebration of the World Water Day and to strengthen the collaboration with the industries towards a healthy, clean and safe environment, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) X partners with 13 industries in Northern Mindanao for the Adopt-An-Estero Program.

A signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was conducted on March 22, 2021 at DENR X, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City between EMB X OIC, Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo and the representatives of the 13 industries in Northern Mindanao to forge a five-year partnership for the Adopt-An-Estero Program. The event was witnessed by DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable.

In his message, OIC, RD Digamo said that there is currently a total of 77 partners of the Adopt-An-Estero Program in Region X. He added that the program aimed to maintain and enhance the water bodies and it is more effective if the DENR will partner directly to the industries as part also of their social corporate responsibility. He encouraged them to take a lead in improving the water quality in esteros, creeks and rivers.

DENR X Director Adorable said that the MOA signing will formalize and strengthen the collaboration with the industries towards cleaner esteros and water bodies in Region X.

The Adopt-An-Estero/Water Body Program is a collaborative undertaking between and among communities along esteros or creeks and rivers, concerned local government units, private sector and the DENR to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier environment. The major objectives of the program include removal of wastes, debris, and silt from esteros and mobilization of estero communities in clean-up drives and enlisting their active participation in implementing and preparing plans to sustain their efforts.

The 13 industries who forged a partnership with the DENR on the Adopt-An-Estero Program include St. Jude Dressing Plant, Tagoloan Agri-Milling Corp., Nutrimax Fresh Baked Inc., and ARC Refreshments Corp. who adopted Pugaan Creek in Tagolan, Misamis Oriental; Triple C Dressing Plant and Anakciano, Inc. for Tagolan River, Misamis Oriental; Tanduay Distillers Incorporated, Asia Brewery Inc., and Donau Carbon Philippines Corp. for Bolobolo Creek in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental; PhilFresh Meats Corp., Zest-O Corp., North Star Asia Holding Corp., for Ulaliman Creek, Duyugan Creek, and Sapong Creek in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, respectively; and JBC Food Corp for Alae Creek in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The MOA signing is part of the observance of World Water Day on March 22 with the theme “Valuing Water: What does water mean to you? which celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis. It also in support to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. (#TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 03-098-2021)

To mobilize the youth in the protection, conservation and management of the environment and natural resources (ENR), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X has partnered with Central Mindanao University (CMU), Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon in the implementation of the ENR Ambassador Project in Northern Mindanao.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed on March 16, 2021 by DENR X Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable and CMU President Jesus Antonio G. Derije, DVM, Ph.D. to formally implement the project and train the chosen six ENR Ambassadors. It was witnessed by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Vergilino P. Alima of Bukidnon, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felicisimo C. Escuadro Jr. of Valencia City, CMU Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Alan P. Dargantes, Ph.D., CMU Dean College of Forestry and Environmental Science Alex Olpenda, Ph.D., and CMU Dean College of Agriculture Ma. Estella Detalla, Ph.D.

Director Adorable hoped that the ENR Ambassadors will be the department’s effective partners and force multipliers in changing behavior of the people towards environmental stewardship. He assured the University and the ENR ambassadors that DENR, Region X will fully support the implementation of the project.

On the other hand, CMU President Derije expressed his utmost gratitude in choosing CMU as the pilot ENR Ambassador Project in Northern Mindanao and he hoped that this endeavor will be sustained not only in the University but also among stakeholders.

The ENR Ambassadors shall be partners of the DENR in the conduct of IEC, advocacy, social mobilization and partnership-building activities such as, but not limited to, conduct of online meetings, online environmental lectures, and posting of environmental articles in social media sites.

To effectively mobilize the roles of ENR Ambassadors, tablet and pocket Wi-Fi devices were turned-over during the MOA signing. These devices will be utilized in their ENR activities, online reporting and DENR coordination and also help them adapting to “new normal” situation with their studies at the same time.

The ENR Ambassadors were from the College of Forestry and Environmental Science and College of Agriculture. They are Regein Calunsag and Jose Allen Salapayne taking BS Forestry; Marie Joy Leyses and Bryan Rey Villaruel BS Environmental Science; and Stephanie Dayaganon and Lembert Neil Ayta BS Development Communication. (#TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG No. 03-087-2021)