The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR collaborates with the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Kalinga at Inisyatiba para sa Malinis na Bayan (KALINISAN) Program.

The KALINISAN Program is an initiative of the interior department which aims to promote and harmonize programs on solid waste management, community cleanup, and community cleaning and greening.

Under this program, the DENR-CAR regional office and its field offices participated and enjoined other stakeholders to join the nationwide community cleanup drive in their respective communities.

As a result, the DENR-CAR-led cleanup led to the collection of 1,380 sacks of mixed wastes with a volume of 6,616.02 kilograms from different barangay, waterbodies, and water systems in the Cordilleras.

The cleanup drive was participated by 3,252 individuals from the regional and field offices of the DENR-CAR; representatives from the DILG-CAR; City, Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit officials; Sangguniang Kabataan officials and members; Department of Education; Philippine National Police; Bureau of Fire Protection; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Mountain Province Electric Cooperative, Inc.; 1st Manuever Platoon of the Mountain Province Provincial Public Safety Company; teachers and students from the academe; Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries; and Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program beneficiaries.

Overall, 1,039 cleanup drives were conducted simultaneously, resulting to the collection of 63,938.10 kilograms of mixed waste. These were participated by 36,585 individuals.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – Kalinga welcomes a new PENR Officer as its previous PENR Officer, Forester Noel Barrientos retires.
In a back-to-back Salamat-Mabuhay Program and Turnover Ceremony, Engr. Francis Balutoc was named the Officer-in-Charge, PENR Kalinga. For. Joseph Buccahan was named the OIC Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Pinukpuk, while Engr. Raymundo Mabazza was designated as the OIC-Chief for Technical Services Division at PENRO Kalinga. For. Imelda Casiwan remains as the CENR Officer of Tabuk.
Apart from Barrientos who served as OIC PENR Officer of Kalinga from 2017 to 2024, other retirees include Forest Rangers Pablo Kotoken and Jerry Tubban, and Forest Technician II Proceso Mamawag.
The event was also attended by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Atty. Cleo Sabado-Andrada, Conservation and Development Division Chief, Atty. Marcos Bias, Enforcement Division Chief, Atty. Charinne Hanako Abalos, Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group Chief, Elizabeth Antolin, and other field officials.

Mental health in the workplace is top of mind for everyone these days. While our understanding of mental health at work is changing, and how widespread poor mental health is, it's worth taking a look at the basics.

Ricky B. Ducas Jr. Ph.D, MAN, RN, founder of anxiety and depression support in Baguio City talked about how mental health can affect the workplace. Supporting mental health in the workplace is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity. Creating wellness solutions to help their employees thrive is the first step. Similarly, employees can also encourage their employers to offer mental health programs at work.

The key points that one has to remember is that we need to heal ourselves so we can heal our family, our workmates, our clients and etc. In order to help others to heal we must first need to heal ourselves. To heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with our emotions, pains, deprivations, unresolved conflicts, and any negative energy in our system that we have.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR's Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Atty. Cleo D. Sabado- Andrada, Director III, is the Class Valedictorian of the Master of National Security Administration Program Regular Class 58 at the National Defense College of the Philippines. She has earned the gold medal for the Academic Excellence Award and an Outstanding Thesis Distinction.
Sabado-Andrada's Master thesis, entitled "The National Greening Program on the Identified End Local Communists Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Barangays in Abra: Status and Directions," showed the impact of the implementation of DENR's flagship reforestation program in areas formerly controlled or affected by communist insurgents.
"I was driven by both a contemporary and cultural sense of service. In completing my master's thesis, I felt a sense of accomplishment, personal and professional. I was relieved and proud to learn that the DENR-CAR has made a meaningful environmental and socio-economic impact on ELCAC areas. At the same time, I was relieved to have finished a substantial thesis that I can use to make informed plans and decisions in my organization," she said.
In finishing the MNSA program, Andrada did not only earn a graduate degree. She will also become a reservist of the Philippine Army, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). She will also obtain a Career Executive Service Eligibility (CESE), leading to a Career Executive Service Officer rank, after complying with the requirements set under Executive Order No. 145 and its implementing guidelines, CESB Resolution No. 1639.
"Now, I graduated as an officer with greater knowledge and a new skill set to serve me well as a leader. The Defense College has sharpened my mind and strengthened my physique, which is vital for the responsibilities of leading, be it in an organization, in the Armed Forces, in the DENR, and my community," Andrada expressed while highlighting that she was lucky to have experienced the prestige of being admitted in the college.
Other MNSA Regular Class 58 graduates from DENR's attached agencies are Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Executive Director, Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta; and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Aaron Andrew Ching from the National Mapping and Resource Information Agency (NAMRIA).
Matta earned the Leadership Award and an Outstanding Thesis Distinction for his "A Policy Framework Approach in Foreign Espionage and Covert Action " thesis. He was this batch's Class President. On the other hand, Ching earned the Gold Medal for Best Thesis for his study entitled "The Philippines at the Maritime Crossroads: An Analysis of the Options for Archipelagic Sea Lanes."
Regular Class 58 is composed of 67 graduates. Of these, 46 are from the AFP (26 from the Philippine Army, nine from the Philippine Air Force, eight from the Philippine Navy, and three from the Technical Staff); 10 are civilians from the government sector; three other civilians are from the private sector; and eight are international students from Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Thailand.
The MNSA program is a graduate-level program that covers a spectrum of formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs in the specialized field of national security administration.
The NDCP is a prime defense college in the Philippines to prepare and hone potential national defense leaders, public officials from the different branches of the government, and select executives from the private sector in national security policy formulation and implementation; high command and staff duty; and the conduct of strategic and international studies as basis for national policies.
Its motto, "Where Admission is an Honor," speaks of the rigid selection of candidates for admission, which requires them to undergo a series of written, oral, and medical examinations, interviews, and screenings, making sure that the graduates become efficient and effective leaders capable of making an impact in the society.

Building climate resilient and adaptive communities should be on top of our agenda. This, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo reiterated during the Regional Management Conference of the Department as he echoed President Ferdinand Marcos’ call for preservation of life through environmental protection.

Pablo recently iterated the need to accelerate climate action and strengthen disaster resiliency in the Cordilleras, especially this monsoon season.
“Climate change is everyone’s concern, so climate action should be everyone’s business”, he said emphasizing that this could be made possible by starting with behavioral change among people.
The goal to build climate-resilient and adaptive communities, he said, should be translated into policies, processing and technical capacities of the people.
He, therefore, called for multi-stakeholder engagement for science-based and evidence-informed environment and natural resources governance.
The DENR, in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Governance and the Local Government Units in the Cordilleras, shall carry out Project TRANSFORM which stands for Transdisciplinary Approach for Resilient and Sustainable Communities which seeks to provide technical and financial assistance for ecosystem conservation and protection and development of resource-based enterprises enhancing community resilience. The project, although initially launched among LGUs, is eyed to be replicated for a whole-of-government and whole-of-society partnership for environment and natural resources management, climate and disaster resilience, and socio-economic development.
According to the Regional Executive Director, climate action should be holistic.
He, therefore, emphasized the need to advance integrated water resources management by collaborating with all agencies with water-related functions. At the national level, a Water resources Management Office was already created through Executive Order No. 22 in the DENR to be primarily responsible in the management of water resources in the country.
The DENR regional offices are then tasked to look closely in the increasing demand for water, impacts of climate change to the water sector, the lack of infrastructure or engineering interventions, and even related and/or inconsistent government regulations concerning water.
The Director also advocated for better protected area management to protect and conserve the region’s rich biodiversity. In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR is lobbying for the establishment of additional protected areas namely the Upper Amburayan Watershed Protected Landscape, the Tineg Forest Protected Landscape, and the Pasil Protected Landscape.
In employing innovative science and technology in environmental and natural resource management, Pablo again called for better knowledge management through a regional natural resources geospatial database. With these, he said the DENR can better and confidently contribute to the National Economic Development Authority’s Natural Capital Accounting Program which seeks to identify, account for, and put value to the region’s environment, natural resource, services and all benefits derived therefrom.
In enhancing waste management and promoting circular economy, Pablo hoped that the Republic Ac No. 11898 otherwise known as the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 could be properly implemented in the region, as the DENR-CAR and its Environmental Management Bureau-CAR continue to ensure the implementation of Republic Act No. 9003.
The Director also reminded the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR to continue promoting for responsible mining, be it among the large scale mining companies or small-scale mining communities.

He noted that mining activities should be allowed within the context of goals for inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development. The destructive aspect of it should, therefore, be minimized.