DENR-CAR finishes initial phase of RatPlan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) is done with the initial phase in the implementation of the Rationalization Plan (RatPlan) prescribed under Executive Order 366.
A total of 616 employees from the DENR-CAR’s regional and field offices have either been appointed and/or promoted thereof.
Of the number cited above are the 24 employees which consists of Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Division Chiefs with Salary Grades 24 and above; 77 are those with second level positions with SG 18 to 23; and the other 515 are those with first level positions with salaries ranging from SG 4 to 16.
These appointed and promoted employees have already assumed their positions following series of oath taking ceremonies that ensued from August to September.
The most recent of which is the mass oath taking ceremony of 77 employees with second level positions with Salary Grades 18 to 23 last September 23 which was administered by no other than DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio Jr. and Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Forester Marcial Amaro Jr.
In the said oath taking ceremony, USEC Ignacio lauded the DENR-CAR for the smooth implementation of the initial phase of the Rationalization Plan.
“For the past five years, the DENR budget has increased by 300% which means we have increased the tasks. However, due to the Rationalization Plan, we have decreased in manpower by 50%,” USEC Ignacio emphasized.
Although that is the case, USEC Ignacio did not take the reduction of manpower as a negative thing. In fact, he challenged the DENR-CAR employees to work twice harder than they had before so that the decrease in manpower would not be a problem at all.
He added the expectations are high for the DENR-CAR given that fact that it is one of the best performer among other regions in the country citing its accomplishments in the National Greening Program (NGP) and the issuance of agricultural patents under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
“As of September 15, 2015, CAR is number one in the Philippines in terms of performance. You belong in that number one agency,” he told the appointed and promoted employees encouraging them to sustain the good performance.
539 DENR-Cordillera employees take oath
Some 539 employees from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region and its field offices have taken their oath after their appointments and promotions were issued as prescribed under the Rationalization Plan.
On September 8, a mass oath taking ceremony was held at the new regional office of the DENR-CAR at the DENR Forestry Compound in Pacdal, Baguio City.
The oath taking was administered by Regional Director Ralph Pablo wherein 75 newly appointed and promoted employees with Salary Grades 4 to 16 coming from the DENR-CAR Regional Office.
The much awaited oath taking was held to coincide with the birthday celebration of Mama Mary for it to be solemn, likewise celebratory.
“Magpasalamat kayo sa mga sarili ninyo dahil kayo ang nagpromote sa sarili ninyo,” Pablo said during the event.
“Kasi kung hindi kayo nagtrabaho ng husto, wala kayo dun sa top five (endorsed for appointment and promotion). Kaya kung nasa top five kayo, ibig sabihin you gave your best that you deserved this promotion,” he further stressed.
Pablo being the father of the DENR-CAR reminded the appointed and promoted officials to always uphold the agency’s vision and mission and their mandates as government employees through a “DENR” acronym.
He summed up his advises with the following Ilocano words and phrases: D for “dalos ti puso ken panunot nga agsirbi” which means purity of heart and mind to serve; E for “emma” which means “humility”; N for “naimbag nga aramid” which means good deeds; and R for “rekta” which means enthusiasm and willingness to work.
The regional director also highlighted that government work should be done promptly, responsibly and resourcefully at all times.
Citing Pope Francis, he concluded with an encouragement for everyone to use their head for thinking, heart to feel well and hands to perform efficiently.
Aside from the abovementioned 75 employees, other 464 employees have already taken their oath and have assumed their designated positions earlier. This includes 24 office heads, division chiefs, provincial and city environment and natural resources officers with SG 24 and above.
Employees with SG 16 and below from the different field offices of DENR-CAR also had separate oath taking ceremonies in Abra on August 19; Benguet on August 20; Kalinga on August 25; Apayao on August 26; and Mountain Province last September 4.
Of these were the 65 newly appointed and promoted employees from PENRO-Abra; 78 from PENRO-Apayao; 81 from PENRO-Benguet; 69 from PENRO-Ifugao; 72 from PENRO-Kalinga; and 75 from PENRO-Mt. Province.
Another batch of appointment and promotion of employees within the DENR-CAR is expected this year.
PENRO ABRA bags CSC basketball cup
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Abra emerged as the overall champion of the Civil Service Commission-Abra’s inter-agency basketball tournament this year.
For the first time in its history, the basketball team of Abra, composed of officials from PENRO Abra, and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bangued and in Lagangilang, brought home the cup in the basketball tournament hosted by the CSC-Abra as part of its activities in the 115th anniversary of the CSC with the theme “Kayang kaya mo Lingkod Bayani”.
“Our victory shows that we (in the PENRO Abra and our CENROs) are growing stronger in terms of human resources – in talents and skills, not only in sports but also in our work,” Abra PENR Officer Ernesto Aton said.
The PENRO Abra team headed by Administrative Officer Eurie Bello and Auditor Jose Maria Madriaga made it through the finals without any single defeat during the elimination rounds.
In the championship round, the PENRO Abra faced the team of the municipality of La Paz which tried to topple the former but unfortunately was not able to.
Last October 5, during the conclusion of the celebration of the CSC-Abra anniversary which coincided with the Provincial Government of Abra’s Family Day held at the Provincial Capitol Atrium of Abra, PENRO Abra was recognized and awarded with a trophy and an amount of P15,000 by no less than Abra Governor Eustaquio Bersamin.
PENRO Aton attributed the success of the team to the assertive and enthusiastic employees from the PENRO Abra, CENRO Bangued and CENRO Lagangilang who were eager in participating in leisure activities such as the CSC’s basketball tournament not only for their personal growth and enjoyment but also to engage with their fellow government employees from the different local government units and government agencies and promote camaraderie.
Aside from its success in the basketball tournament, PENRO Aton hopes there will be more venues for their office to demonstrate excellence not only in sports, but most especially in public service.