DENR-CAR Joins PSA in Celebrating National Statistics Month
In observance of the 27th National Statistics Month and by virtue of DENR Special Order 425 series of 2016, DENR-CAR participated in a Tree-Tending Activity within the Busol Watershed Area on October 14, 2016.
Together with some representatives from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and other participating agencies that include the BFP, DOST, DepEd, DSWD, NEDA, PROCOR, CDA, CSC BGH-Baguio, DILG-LGMED, DBM, NCIP, BLGF, DILG, NTC, DBM, HLURB, BSP, TESDA, PDEA and PNP, some DENR-CAR employees led in the proper tending of trees in the area as part of the protection and sustainable development of the watershed that benefits the greater area of Baguio and La Trinidad.
Prior to the actual tree tending activity, For. Victor Gorinto of CENRO Baguio delivered a small talk on the relevance of such activity in ensuring the survival of saplings in the area that would assure the watershed value of the Busol Watershed for generations to come.
For. Gorinto thereupon gave a demonstration of the removal of other competing vegetation around the sapling and the formation of a mulch to restore moisture for the sapling’s survival.
Engr. Francis G. Basali, Chief of the Planning and Management Division of DENR-CAR welcomed the event as the DENR’s expression of partnership with the PSA in realizing the importance of statistics in tracking the nation’s progress.
Furthermore, Engr. Basali explained that while it was fitting to do a tree-planting activity to commemorate the importance of the occasion, it was unwise to do so during this time of the year as the saplings would be overwhelmed by typhoons.
Prior to this activity, the DENR-CAR has also participated in some of the month-long activities of the PSA like the KAPIHAN, an encounter with the local media; a Zumba workout session and an Eco-walk.|AJTuraray
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