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Declaration of Principles on Environmental Governance

As part of the celebration of the Cordillera Month 2015, the Regional Development Council (RDC) in close coordination with the Cordillera Studies Center of the University of the Philippines-Baguio (CSC-UP Baguio) launched a pamphlet book through an advocacy forum entitled the “Declaration of Principles on Environmental Governance or “DPEG” for brevity, for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).  The event was held at the College of Social Sciences Audio Visual Room on July 3, 2015 and attended by different government agencies, NGOs and media outfits.

The launching of DPEG coincided with this year’s theme “Conserving the Environment towards a Greener Cordillera”.

The DPEG is the positive response of RDC-CAR to the growing issues and concerns on environmental degradation. It is a result of a commissioned study to formulate principles and policy guidelines on environmental governance for sustainable development and poverty alleviation/reduction.  The document was produced out of a series of stakeholder-consultations on the provincial and regional level conducted by the CSC-UP Baguio from January to March 2013 in the different parts of the Cordillera. 

The 19 paged document presents, in summary form, the principles of environmental governance namely: 1) Strong institutions for environmental governance; 2) Planning processes that are sensitive to local conditions and guided by sound management principles; 3) Quality and meaningful citizen participation, and 4) Rights-based approach to environmental governance.

Queries raised and suggestions given during advocacy forum were ably answered and acknowledged by the panelists composed of key officials from the DENR,  DILG, DA and NCIP.

Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, RDC-CAR Chairman encourages all government entities including the local and government units as well as development partners at the national and international realm to uphold these principles in designing and implementing programs that affect our environment.  **GSAstudillo**

 

 

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DENR—CAR employees took their Oath of Office during a mass Oath taking ceremony held at the DENR—CAR Multi-Purpose Hall on 20 August 2015.|Left photo: Newly appointed CENR Officers Octavio Cuanso, Geoffrey Sidchogan, Noel Barrientos, Jose Cabrera and Julio Lopez. Right photo: Newly appointed CENR Officers Danilo Somera, Gilbert Tagura, and Severino Dalutag and newly promoted Alice Macli-ing and Dennis Daligdig as Chief Administrative Officers of Mt. Province and Kalinga, respectively. Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo administered the Oath Taking Ceremony in consonance with the nationwide implementation of the DENR Rationalization Plan.

Mass Oath taking ceremony held at the DENR—CAR Multi-Purpose Hall on 20 August 2015.|Upper photo: newly promoted as Chief Administrative Officers Mary Baguilat, Mia Alma Batcagan-Tayag and Trinidad Daligdig for Ifugao, Benguet and Apayao, respectively, and Florencio Balog-ang, Apolinario Baggay, Ferdinand Santiago as Development Management Officer (DMO) V for the provinces of Mt. Province, Kalinga and Ifugao, respectively. Lower photo: Bartolome Dulinen, Rodrigo Napigue and Florencio Pacio as DMO V for the provinces Benguet, Apayao and Abra, respectively, while Ma. Rowena Caccam is promoted as the DMO V of Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) and Atty. Renato John Bestre as the new Chief Legal Officer, both in the Regional Office. Administering Officer is Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo.

DENR—CAR employees took their Oath of Office during a Mass Oathtaking ceremony held at the DENR—CAR Multi-Purpose Hall on 20 August 2015.|Left photo: Atty. Cleo Sabado-Andrada and Juan Calimag, newly promoted as Chief Administrative Officers for Finance Division and Administrative  Division, respectively.Right photo: Newly assigned as PENR Officer, PENRO Valeriano Banggolay. Regional Director Ralph Pablo administered the Oath taking Ceremony in relation to the nationwide implementation of the Rationalization Plan.

Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo administered the Mass Oath taking ceremonies for the employees of PENRO Benguet. The employees are either promoted or are appointed to a specific position. The Oath taking ceremony is in relation to the implementation of the DENR Rationalization Plan or Executive Order 366.

The employees of PENRO Abra who took their Oath of Office on 19 August 2015 during the Mass Oath taking Ceremony administered by Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo.The Oath taking Ceremony is in consonance with the implementation of the nationwide Rationalization Plan in the DENR. There are a total of 30 personnel who were promoted while 38 personnel are newly hired.