La Paz Integrated High School bags the "Green ka na ba? Interschool Quiz Bee" Championship

La Paz Integrated High School bags the "Green ka na ba? Interschool Quiz Bee" Championship


La Paz Integrated High School proved an outstanding performance and they were declared as the Quiz Bee Champion during the “Green Ka Na Ba? Interschool Quiz Bee” sponsored by the DENR PENRO Abra on 16 July 2019.

Likewise, Abra High School Main Campus garnered the 1st Runner Up while Little Flower High School got the 2nd Runner Up place.

A total of eleven (11) schools in the province of Abra competed for the Green ka na Ba? Inter School Quiz Bee championship. The Quiz Bee was one of the highlights of the Environment Month Culminating Activity and the 32nd Anniversary of Cordillera Day held in the new building of the Agency. The contest was open to Grade 10 students from participating schools namely:La Paz Integrated School, Western Abra National High School, Dalit National High School, Tagodtod National High School, Little Flower High School, Abra High School – Sinalang, Holy Cross School, Manabo National High School, Luzong National High School, and Abra Valley Colleges. Each group was represented by two students. The group who gets the most number of points will be the Champion. Students braced up for the three categories: easy, average and difficult rounds. Questions were about the environment in general and the DENR, its programs and policies. The students were tested with how much they know about the environment as well as the level of participation and awareness they possess on matters like climate change, action towards protection and preservation, and among others.

Winners were awarded with trophies and cash prizes of P5, 000.00, P3, 000.00 and P2, 000.00, for the first, second and third placers, respectively while non-winners were also give consolation prizes of 500.00 per school.

Participating schools received a plaque of appreciation, which were received by their respective coaches.

The Quiz Bee proved a heightened awareness of Abrenian Youth on environment. As such, DENR PENRO Abra commits to strengthen the implementation of its programs in the province towards promoting environmental awareness and education to the youth through its CEPA Activities.|P. Abra, IAPBello


Municipal LGU of Balbalan, Kalinga engaged  in Forest Land Use Planning (FLUP) activities


The Forest Land Use Planning is a governance-oriented and participatory process of allocating forests and forest lands as a natural resources asset by the government under appropriate management, tenure arrangement.  Eventually, these assets are placed according to their best uses in order to harmonize uses of forest lands to attain balanced-production activities by not disregarding the concept of forest protection and biodiversity conservation. The Forest Land Use Plans (FLUP) shall be integrated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) of the Local Government Units (LGUs).

At the Office of CENRO Pinukpuk a Letter of intent was sent by the office of the Local Chief Executive of MLGU Balbalan expressing their interest in the preparation of FLUP of their Municipality. Upon the receipt of the said letter, personnel of DENR CENRO Pinukpuk joined the session of the Sangguniang Bayan where a resolution was drafted authorizing the Local Chief Executive to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the preparation of the FLUP on behalf of the Municipality.

As a result, an FLUP orientation and workshop was conducted recently at Balbalan by representatives from DENR Regional office, PENRO and CENRO Staff.  Participants to the orientation include the Barangay Local Government Unit officials, other MLGU officials and employees, and other concerned stakeholders within the municipality.

The orientation/workshop employed an interactive type of discussion.  During the open forum, the participants sought to be clarified on some points, concerns, issues and constraints of the target LGU which were answered by the facilitators.

After the fruitful discussion the Local Chief Executive of the Municipality of Balbalan, Mayor Eric L. Gunayon represented the Municipality by signing the Memorandum of Agreement that finally engaged the MLGU and BLGU Officials in the activities to be undertaken under the FLUP.  Also CENRO Imelda B. Casiwan and MPDO Sonia S. Duggoy signed as witnesses to the MOA.

CENRO Casiwan said that she looks forward to a  strengthened partnership as they join efforts to prepare the FLUP of Balbalan, Kalinga.

She added that it is crucial that before forest land use planning can take place in a certain province or municipality, the executive and legislative branches of the LGU, where planning will be conducted, have already executed their dedication to come up with the FLUP for a guided improvement and or development in the forestland cover.  As manifested in their letter of intent that while they recognized the link between the improved management of forest resources and the overall development direction of the province or municipality, this would facilitate their involvement in the planning process and ensure that the plan gets legitimized and implemented.|C. Pinukpuk, RTBanawa

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