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.
Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF