The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Benguet conducted a consultation meeting with partners and stakeholders in preparation of its Work and Financial Plan for the fiscal year 2024 and to present the frontline services and programs of the office.
The consultation meeting held at La Trinidad, Benguet was attended by Civil Service Organizations (CSOs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) particularly the representatives from the Office of the Congressman, Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units of Benguet, City Government Unit of Baguio, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Offices (MENROs), City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), Benguet State University, and Bubo-an Consumers Cooperative (BCC) Peoples Organization.
PENR Officer Edgardo S. Flor emphasized the importance of stakeholders’ inputs in the crafting of the proposed work and financial plan for next year.
"It is important for us that we get feedback from you, our partners from all sectors, particularly in the programs and projects as regards to environmental matters. Your inputs will be collated and submitted to our regional office for eventual proposal to the central office," he explained.
Management Services Division (MSD) Chief Joseph Mauting said that the consultation is aimed at harmonizing the desires and needs of CSOs and LGUs for the environment, with that of the DENR mandates. The same is an opportunity to gather information and recommendations from the participants on how to continually improve the implementation of DENR programs, projects and activities.
Common issues and concerns that emanated from the open forum were the threats of land conversion and implementation of solid waste management. Queries on mining and land titling were also addressed. The proposed programs for the identified issues and concerns were collated for possible consideration in the proposed Work and Financial Plan for 2024.