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.
Paje to deliver PH statement at formal signing of UN climate pact in New York
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje will deliver the Philippine statement when he represents President Aquino in the high-level signing ceremony for the historic U.N. climate change agreement adopted in Paris last December.
Paje's attendance to the signing ceremony to be held at the UN headquarters in New York City on April 22, which coincides with the annual global celebration of Earth Day, was due to an invitation sent to the country by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
President Aquino issued a special authority designating and authorizing Paje to sign for and behalf of the Republic of the Philippines the Paris Agreement.
According to Paje, the formal signing of the U.N. climate deal is a victory for the Philippines having been an active player in the seven-year effort to get the world to act on climate change.
“The irony of being among the countries most extremely vulnerable to climate change despite having one of the smallest carbon footprints impelled us to be highly articulate and assertive on the global stage on the need for urgent action against climate change,” Paje said.
The Philippines was among the states that were most insistent on reaching a truly meaningful global compact to limit and reduce the global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Leaders from all over the world are expected to participate in the formal signing so there will be a “smooth finalization of the operational details” to accomplish provisions in the new climate change accord.
The agreement will come into force once signed by at least 55 countries. Climate ambassadors from around the world have until April 17, 2017 to sign the deal.
The Philippines had already submitted its first Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which serves as the roadmap to actualize the country’s commitments to address climate change.
“Priority mitigation measures will cover 40 of the 70 percent total emission reduction which will include greater use of cleaner and renewable energy, improved mass transport services, more efficient waste management, reforestation and forest protection, and co-firing biomass,” Paje explained.
The INDCs are the submissions prepared by each country to help mitigate climate change, which was formally submitted before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last October.
Paje further stated that during the ceremony, the Philippines will manifest its intent to shift from the INDCs to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which will be updated every five years.
The Philippines submitted a goal of 70 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2030 as its contribution to help combat climate change.
Paje, who also represented the Philippines during the high-level signing ceremony for the adoption of the U.N. climate deal in Paris, said the country is already taking steps to perform its commitments.
One of these measures is the National Greening Program (NGP), which has been bringing positive impacts in mitigating climate change.
NGP is the flagship reforestation program of the Aquino administration that seeks to cover 1.5 million hectares of denuded forest with trees from 2011 to 2016.
As of December 2015, a total of 1.35 million hectares have been planted with trees in various parts of the country.
In November last year, President Benigno Aquino signed an Executive Order extending the NGP until 2028 to cover 7 million hectares more of forestland.
According to Paje, President Aquino has given the assurance that the country will continue to work with the U.N. and other countries against global warming for the benefit of climate vulnerable communities around the world. |DENR-SCIS