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-CAR recognized in Gawad KALASAG
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR has been recognized for its contribution in terms of disaster response during the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin last year.
In this regard, a Plaque of Recognition was awarded to the DENR-CAR during the Cordillera Gawad KALASAG 2016 held on January 18 at the CAP John Hay Convention Center in Baguio City.
The plaque was in recognition of the DENR-CAR’s contribution in attaining safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Cordilleran communities by providing assistance in the joint cutting and pruning of trees for disaster risk reduction.
The plaque was received by Engr. Gilbert Mangliwan and Ecosystems Management Specialist Ronaldo Barongan who are members of the DENR-CAR’s region-based Disaster Quick Response Team (DQRT).
During the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin on October last year, the DENR-CAR lent two licensed chainsaws to the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to be used in cutting and pruning of fallen trees.
The DENR-CAR in coordination with the Benguet Electric Cooperative also took rounds in the major thoroughfares of Baguio City to cut and prune trees which then pose threat to lives and properties.
A team from the Enforcement Division of the DENR-CAR also went to Calanasan, Apayao to document the extent of damage of the typhoon and respond to the needs of the local communities.
Since 2015, the DENR-CAR has activated its DQRT to man DENR-CAR’s Disaster Operation Center during typhoons and in times of disaster. In addition to their regular functions, they are tasked to report and promptly respond to any environment and natural resources-triggered disasters.
The Cordillera Gawad KALASAG awards led by the Office of the Civil Defense recognizes its partner agencies both from the public and private sector who has valuable contribution in disaster risk reduction and management; and humanitarian assistance.|GJNFontanilla