In celebration of the World Oceans Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR’s field offices conducted activities to promote ocean protection, the highlands way, that is, through the ridge to reef approach.

In Apayao, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Apayao conducted a cleanup drive at Salvacion, Luna, Apayao.
In Kalinga, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tabuk conducted an information, education, and communication campaign to pupils of Calaocan Elementary School and barangay local government officials of Brgy. Calaocan, Rizal Kalinga. A cleanup drive along the national highway was conducted afterwards.
CENRO Pinukpuk conducted a cleanup of Saltan River at Liplipoken, Malagnat, Pinukpuk. The activity was participated by 50 participants from the Barangay Local Government Unit, Kalipi, Brotherhood of St. Andrews, and pupils of Liplipoken Elementary School. In another activity led by the Banao Protected Landscape staff, students and faculty members of St. Paul Memorial School were given lectures, while Grade 10 and Grade 11 students of Malagnat National High School participated in a tree planting activity.

In Mt. Province, CENRO Paracelis cleaned up the Amulong River along Poblacion, Paracelis.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR was recognized by the Police Regional Office - Cordillera for its valuable contribution infrastructure and facilities development through the issuance of special patents and processing of applications for presidential proclamation over the latter's properties where there quarters and stations stand. Apart from DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo who served as the guest of honor and speaker during its World Environment Day celebration, also recognized were Mr. Henry Mayanggao of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division; and Ms. Gina Lopez of the Surveys and Mapping Division for their hands on work in PROCOR's applications for patents.

Some 63 employees from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR's regional office, bureaus and field offices graduated the ENR basic and frontline courses.
These training courses are outlined after the ENR Academy's basic and frontline courses offered for continuous professional improvement of DENR employees.
For these batches, there were 20 graduates from Class 207-Masigasig who completed the ENR Basic Course, while there were 43 graduates from Class 107-Courageous. For the class of 108 Courageous, the class valedictorian is Cedric Francis E. Accos, from the Regional Office with a rating of 89.10%, the class salutatorian is Jayson P. Cham-on, from the province of Ifugao with a rating of 88.68 percent, and for third place is Cristy Lane V. Baggay, from the province of Benguet with a rating of 87.32%. For the class of 207 Masigasig, the class valedictorian is Mclister A. Abellera, from the Environmental Management Bureau with a rating of 87.44%, the class salutatorian is Faye Kashmere D. Fajardo, from the Regional Office with a rating of 85.38%, and for third place is Fidel S. Apolonio, from the province of Benguet with a rating of 83.64%.
Regional Executive Director Engr. Ralph Pablo told the graduates to utilize their learning to improve the performance of their duties and that of others by echoing whatever they learned. With their holistic training, he hopes the graduates could be more functional and productive.
He noted that the training course is the Department's investment to strengthen its manpower. He then hoped that the employees remain loyal and committed to their work, the organization, and their oath of service.
OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Benjamin Ventura encouraged the graduates to be more confident with their knowledge on both technical and management aspects of their work.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR is celebrating the women in government service as it observes the 2023 National Women’s Month.

For the month of March, the Department, through the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGFPS), has lined up activities all aimed at honoring its women officials and employees, and promoting gender equality and inclusiveness among all its employees.

The National Women’s Month will be kicked off on March 6 where an information drive about the celebration and GAD will be conducted.

For the whole month, the employees shall observe ‘Purple Wednesdays’ where they shall wear purple-color clothing.

A Zumba activity will be conducted every Friday to promote wellness among all employees.

On March 8, an orientation will be conducted on Gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) in climate change by the National GFPS.

On the same day, the Department will launch a Women’s Bazaar where legal service will be offered by the Legal Division.

On March 9, the Department will join the first quarter national simultaneous earthquake drill led by the Office of the Civil Defense. For this activity, the DENR-CAR will focus on the readiness of women in such circumstances.

On March 13, the Enforcement Division will lead a talk on fire prevention in preparation for the summer season.

On March 16 to 17, the RGFPS will conduct the 1st Quarter General Assembly to discuss GAD activities for the year, as well as address GAD-related issues or matters in the DENR-CAR.

Previously, select employees participated in the 2023 GEDSI Summit held in coordination with the Civil Service Commission-CAR.

The month-long celebration will be capped off with a culminating program. During such, the Department will launch the Search of Outstanding Women Leaders, conduct a GAD talk, and offer services such as body massage, manicure, pedicure and haircut to women employees.

In line with the United Nation’s international Women’s Day theme, this year’s focus is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. It calls for the empowerment of women and girls toward maximizing their opportunities and benefits from innovation and technology as well as bridge the gender gap in ICT and connectivity. The same is aligned with the priority theme of the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women “innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Tree hugging is good for one’s health and wellness.
In time for the Valentine’s Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR enjoins everyone to hug trees to show love for nature, at the same time derive benefits from it.
Apart from being associated with the fight for climate change, tree hugging is good for mental health. Studies have shown that frequent contact and hugs with people leads to higher oxytocin levels, a hormone also known as “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone”. The same feel-good hormone is produced when hugging a tree.
According to studies, another psychological benefit of tree hugging, and simply, communing with trees include decrease in negative moods of depression-dejection, tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, fatigue, and confusion. This is as, communing with trees has been shown to lower blood pressure, cortisol levels, pulse rates and sympathetic nervous system activity, while increasing parasympathetic nervous system activity.
The tree hugging movement, also known as Chipko movement, is a forest conservation advocacy which originated in India. The Hindi word, “Chipko” means “to hug” or “cling to”. It demonstrates the embracing of trees in the Garhwal forests by rural villagers, mostly women, to protest and protect trees slated for government-back logging for commercial purpose. The non-violent agitation is said to be inspired by the story of Amrita Devi Bishnoi.
Amrita Devi is a lady of Khejarli village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, known for sacrificing her life by hugging a Khejri tree to prevent it from being cut down by the king’s men. Her death caused some 363 villagers to follow suit and offer their lives to save trees.
Although inspired by ecological activist movements, tree hugging has since gained popularity as an environmental activity aimed at promoting connection and appreciation of nature, and improving human health and wellness.