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.
DENR holds punong barangays also liable for Mt Pulag upkeep
Village officials are also accountable for activities that pose threats to Mt. Pulag.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources stressed this in letters sent to four village chiefs whose jurisdiction are covered by the Mt. Pulag National Park and are faced by environmental issues.
The letters were addressed to Francis Delfin of Ekip, Bokod; Rudy Guinoran of Bashoy, Kabayan; John Balwang of Ballay, Kabayan; and Daniel Bugnay of Balete, Kayapa with copies furnished to the Department of the Interior and Local Government-CAR.
In the letters, DENR-CAR Director Ralph Pablo noted the alarming land conversion and agricultural expansion in Ekip, Bashoy, Ballay, and Balete.
“Your attention is hereby invited on the provision of laws presented under Executive Order 23, which states that barangay captains and local government units are equally accountable and required to share in the enforcement of environmental conservation and protection,” he said, adding the same is stated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the Local Government Code.
Pablo also highlighted that even under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, ancestral domains or portions of them that are proclaimed protected areas or are found to be of rich forest cover, critical watersheds and wildlife sanctuaries, among others, should be protected, conserved, maintained, and/or developed through traditional sustainable practices with assistance from government agencies.
Pablo sought explanation for the issues on land conversion, agricultural expansion, earth-moving, and timber poaching from the village chiefs who happen to be members of the Protected Area Management Board of Mt. Pulag.
While the DENR is the primary agency responsible for the protected area, Pablo hopes the village chiefs can help the agency in the enforcement of environmental laws, especially that they are located near the area and can therefore stop or prevent illegal activities within Mt. Pulag. |GJNFontanilla