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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through DENR Region XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, donated through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) a total of fifty (50) Pocket WIFIs to the DepEd- South Cotabato Division on October 12, 2021, at Koronadal City.
Under the DENR XII Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Ambassador Project, Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK), deserving students were selected as advocates to promote activities relative to the protection and conservation of biodiversity, solid waste management, and Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.
The pocket WIFIs donated shall be used by these students in the conduct of their ENR advocacy campaigns.
OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ruth L. Estacio, CESO VI extended her gratitude to the DENR for choosing DepEd South Cotabato as a project beneficiary.
“This project will support DepEd’s massive campaign on digitization and online distance learning. With the help of these Pocket WIFIs, our students can have virtual interaction with their teachers and do their research”, Estacio said.
She also added that DepEd will continue to work in partnership with the DENR by tapping students, youth leaders, and even advisers in promoting the advocacy of the Department.
Meanwhile, RED Atty. Felix S. Alicer in his message highlighted the importance of having the youth work for the promotion of environmental protection.
“It is important that at a young age, our students, be made aware of the environmental conditions that we are facing. We will be closely coordinating with you (DepEd) in providing technical support and training to help our ENR ambassadors”, RED Alicer said.
The said project is part of DENR’s strategy of partnership among stakeholders (i.e government agencies, Non-Government Organizations, youth, academe and the private and public sectors) in the promotion of the Department’s mission to protect and conserve the environment.|(Photos by: RSCIG)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has installed the 12th director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and new supervising undersecretary in a simple ceremony held at the BMB Training Center on Sept. 23.
Sultan Datu Tungko Saikol officially took the helm at the DENR-BMB from the Bureau's outgoing Director Edilberto DC. Leonardo. BMB is a staff bureau of the DENR.
During the recent turnover ceremony, Saikol vowed to "uphold the mandate of the Bureau in conserving the country’s biological diversity and realizing a Philippine biodiversity that provides natural resiliency and sustained benefits for all."
Before his appointment at the DENR-BMB, Saikol served as DENR-Environmental Management Bureau-SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director, DENR-SOCCSKSARGEN OIC Executive Director, and DENR-SOCCSKSARGEN Assistant Regional Director for Management Services.
Saikol was also Deputy Minister-designate of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
For his part, Leonardo thanked all the BMB staff who helped him in his four-month stint as the director of the bureau.
"I have relished the joy and triumph in the realization of my advocacies through project and program launch, successful enforcement operations, approval of policies, and the promotion and regularization of some BMB employees," Leonardo said.
"I have also experienced the sorrow and grief of our employees as we mourn the loss of a colleague and some of their loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19," he added.
Leonardo will now assume the position of Undersecretary for Special Concerns and Protected Areas and will be the Supervising Undersecretary for BMB.
Leonardo served as chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit in Region 11 before being assigned to the DENR as an undersecretary and BMB director.
In his message during the turnover ceremony, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu emphasized that government service is a "matter of choice while deciding to stay in it is a matter of destiny."
"May our life’s mission be in sync with our Department’s mission of mobilizing the citizenry in protecting, conserving, and managing the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations," said Cimatu in his speech delivered by DENR Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., who is the outgoing Supervising Undersecretary for BMB. ###DENR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed hope that the environmental laws will be "more adequately and effectively enforced" throughout the country with the recent launch of a special course for DENR frontliners and uniformed personnel.
"Environmental crimes are evolving, thus, also presenting a clear threat to our state security. Our enemies can now cross borders with ease. They are more sophisticated, syndicated, and organized," Cimatu said.
The DENR launched the special course on enforcement frontliners through its Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Academy at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Amphitheater on Sept. 17.
During the program, a ceremonial signing of the enforcement manuals and curriculum modules was conducted together with the Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) and the Human Resources Development Service (HRDS).
These enforcement manuals and curriculum modules were officially turned over to Cimatu by Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Ernesto Adobo, Jr., Undersecretary for Enforcement Benito Antonio De Leon, ELEPS OIC Director Ret. BGen. Reuel Sorilla, and HRDS Director Ric Enriquez, Ph.D.
The entire course, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22, 2021, consists of five modules with two weeks of webinar, two weeks of practicum, and 12-hour community service on the field.
The participants consist of 44 personnel from the DENR Central Office and field offices, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, Armed Forces of the Philippines at Philippine Air Force.
Cimatu said the training course will provide the environmental frontliners the proper concepts, skills, and techniques in enforcement.
"With this course, our environmental defenders will be more competent, especially in utilizing appropriate modern technologies to their advantage," he added.
Cimatu also said that the DENR's interim office, the ELEPS together with the HRDS "will make us realize our vision to create a more systematic and professionalized environmental law enforcement within the DENR."
According to the DENR chief, "strengthening the existing mechanisms in environmental law enforcement, regulations, and policies is needed to address dangers posed not only to the environment but also to those who protect it."
"We are at war against environmental criminals to protect our environment and our people. However, the saddest part of our battle is losing people in the line of duty. These are our environmental heroes who were mercilessly murdered while on duty or on their job, some were gunned down, some hacked to death," Cimatu said.
Last June, five DENR workers were inducted into the roster of environmental heroes by the Environmental Heroes Foundation Inc. (EHFI) for the World Environment Day celebration. They were killed while performing their duties as environmental defenders.
Families of the honorees received the posthumous awards consisting of plaques of recognition and livelihood assistance amounting to P1.8 million through the EHFI.
"No amount of money, awards, or recognition, or even promotion can ever replace the lives of the people who died defending our environment and natural resources. A single life lost is one too many to move anyone to pursue steps and stop this trend," Cimatu said. ### | (News and Photo by: DENR-Central Office)
To celebrate the World Bamboo Day 2021 with the theme: "Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan,” the DENR-12 conducted a tree planting event enjoining the Simultaneous Bamboo Planting Activity, today September 17 at Brgy. Dumaguil, Norala, South Cotabato.
A total of six-hundred (600) Bamboo (Bambusa merrilliana) propagules were planted in a two-hectare area located at Purok Garido, Brgy. Dumaguil, Norala.
According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Banga, CENRO Abunawas B. Abduladsis, “World Bamboo Day is actually celebrated every 18th of September however since it will be on a weekend, the office decided to conduct the activity today.”
“The Barangay Local Government Unit of Dumaguil has always been supportive of the plans and programs of DENR CENRO Banga, which is why this World Bamboo Day, we selected their area again as our plantation site”, he added.
On the other hand, Regional Executive Director, Atty. Felix S. Alicer highlighted the importance of Bamboo in DENR’s reforestation efforts.
“In the past, the focus of the Department is more on timber and other agro-forestry commodities. It was only during the time of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu that the department opted to establish bamboo plantations which is actually a great step given that bamboos have great economic value. We now realize the potential that bamboo can offer especially as a timber substitute”, RED Alicer said.
Meanwhile, Honorable Clemente B. Fedoc, Mayor of Norala was also present during the event. He extended his gratitude to the different offices, clubs and groups who continuously supports the LGU and the DENR in its activities.
“We are grateful for the opportunity being provided by the DENR XII to the Municipality of Norala to plant more trees. I constantly remind our locals to continue participating and caring for our environment not only for this generation but also for the next”, he said.
The event was spearheaded by the National Greening Program Coordinators of DENR XII and CENRO Banga which was participated by various sectors; KARANCHO, Rotary Club of Koronadal Central, Barangay Local Government Unit of Dumaguil, Local Government Unit of Norala, and the Philippine National Police. Minimum health protocols such as wearing of mask, physical distancing and hand washing were observed during the conducted event. | Photos by: RSCIG
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII will spearhead a cleanup drive in Sarangani Bay in observance to the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day however ensuring safety protocols due to COVID 19.
The ICC Day is the largest volunteer effort in the world that is dedicated to the cleanup of oceans and waterways. This year’s celebration will be done following certain guidelines.
A maximum of 10 participants along a 50-meter stretch is expected to be observed to avoid crowding during the simultaneous cleanup on September 18, 2021. More or less 10 kilometres are committed for the coastal cleanup sites by the local government units (LGUs) in the six (6) municipalities and one (1) encompassing the bay.
Other national government agencies, non-government organizations, private companies are distributed as partners of the CENROs and the different LGUs.
DENR XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer wanted to ascertain a safe observance of the ICC which is compliant to the set guidelines.
“On top of our aspiration to have a clean and healthy Sarangani Bay is the safety and that human health should not be sacrificed. Volunteers should observe social distancing and should wear face mask all throughout the duration of the activity,” Atty Alicer said.
Atty. Alicer further emphasized that this pandemic should not hinder us in keeping our shorelines, rivers and waterways clean.
“There are several efforts and simple ways to address marine pollution. Begin at home and our surroundings. Engage in regular home cleanup activities, proper segregation and disposal of wastes including PPEs, masks, face shields and cleaning agents to make sure this will not reach the bay,” he added.
Further, a scubasurero shall also be conducted simultaneously at Sumbang area, Brgy. Taluya of Glan, Queen Tuna Park in General Santos City and at the Cargill Corporation area.
Meanwhile, as a prelude to the ICC day is a cleanup drive at Purok 10, Barangay Poblacion, Malapatan, Sarangani Province and mangrove planting at Purok Jolohano, Brgy. Sapu Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province on September 16, 2021 and the collection of crown-of-thorns Starfish on September 17, 2021.
This year’s theme is “Understand and Beat Marine Pollution”, adopting the Ocean Decade Challenge that will provide the people, particularly the new generation, a broader understanding of land and sea-based pollution and its potential impacts on human health and ocean ecosystems, and develop solutions to reduce or mitigate. (Courtesy: CDD-CRFMS)