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.
In closing, USEC Ignacio hoped the DENR-CAR officials and employees, regardless of whether they are appointed or not, uphold the values of simplicity, humility and integrity in public service.
Some 539 newly appointed and promoted employees have already assumed their positions after they took oath earlier.
Of these are the 24 office heads, division chiefs, PENRO and CENROs; 75 newly appointed and promoted employees from the Regional Office; 65 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.
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