The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- CAR’s Regional Strategic and Initiative Group conducted a mid-year assessment of its performance for the first semester of 2023, followed by a training on Production of Audio- visual presentation on July 24-27, 2023 at the DENR-CAR Training Center, Gibraltar Road, Baguio City.

The activity was attended by the Designated Information Officers at the CENRO / PENR Offices and some Regional Office Personnel. It was a collaboration with Benguet State University – Department of Communication.

Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph C. Pablo, inspired the participants by recognizing the importance of their roles from merely acting as liaison for the Department, to growing into a communication arm for the different programs, projects and activities that promote social marketing and social mobilization.

The activity, he said, is just timely to improve performance for the second semester, as well as to respond to the changing demands in the DENR where reports are creatively presented through audio-visual materials that could increase better appreciation, collaboration and improve clientele experience.

“AVPs help enhance communication and collaboration between us and our audience. It can help improve our productivity, attract audience, increase collaboration, improve clientele experience, and promote our identity and services. These are exactly what we want to achieve with our AVPs,” he said.

The Surveys and Mapping Division of the Technical Services, DENR-CAR, Regional Office conducted a workshop for the employees of the DENR-CAR with regard to the Digital Cadastral Database (DCDB) Cleansing and Public Land Application (PLA) Linking Tool. In order to ensure that services are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve access to integrated land information for better analysis, planning, and decision making, training and workshop must be conducted for all concerned employees in accordance with the effective management of land records and efficient delivery of land transaction and information services to the public in the department.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR has recognized the cream of the crop in its office. 

During the culminating of the celebration of the Environment Month, the best performing employees, offices, and loyalty awardees were honored.

Awarded as Best Employees were Roldan Caroy and Beberly Calugan from the DENR-CAR Regional Office; Liza Mero from the Environmental Management Bureau-CAR (EMB-CAR); Mary Knoll Marcos from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR (MGB-CAR); Janice Otana from the Watershed and Water Resources Research and Development Extension Center (WWRRDEC); Leonie Mae Bobita from Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Abra; Ginalyn Viernes from PENRO Apayao; Rovabel Guanso from PENRO Benguet; Eric Jason Aliguyon from PENRO Ifugao; Manilyn Casilao from PENRO Kalinga; and Herbert Domoking from PENRO Mountain Province.

The Best Offices in different categories are PENRO Apayao for Best PENRO Office; CENRO Pinukpuk for Best CENR Office; Clearance and Permitting Division for Best EMB-CAR Division; Finance and Administrative Division for Best MGB-CAR Division; Laboratory Experimental Service Unit for Best WWRRDEC Section; Finance Division for Best DENR-CAR Division - Management Services; and the Conservation and Development Division for Best DENR-CAR Division - Technical Services.

Hailed as Hall of Famers were the Planning and Management Division and the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division for being the best performing divisions in the Management and Technical Services, respectively, for three consecutive years.

Apart from the best performers, also recognized during the activity were the Loyalty Awardees who have rendered 25 to 40 years in public service. Loyaltee awardees were Alvaro Micklay; Marilou Ortaliza; Belen Albalos; Jocelyn Araña-Turaray; and Moises Sobrepeña.

"Those who were recognized were specially mentioned and called on stage for a reason. The reason is that those who strive for excellence are both the yardstick and the benchmark. By highlighting their achievements, not only do we celebrate them. We also send the message that you should follow suit and use them as motivation to improve and grow," Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo said.

"My congratulations to the best performing offices, officers and employees for the well-deserved recognition. May you continue what you started, create a multiplier effect and influence others," he encouraged as he also committed on leading the DENR-CAR towards continuous human capacity development, instrastructure development, and better governance and administration.

Some 9,729 tree seedlings of various species were planted in celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day and the 160th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service.

Of these, 1,840 were planted in Abra; 320 in Apayao; 2,500 in Benguet; 2,285 in Ifugao; 864 in Kalinga; 1,920 in Mountain Province.
Among the species planted were Benguet pine, bayog, yellow bamboo, narra, tamarind, achuete, langka, mangium, ipil-ipil, mahogany, kamagong, bitaog, banaba, kalumpit, molave, tuai, coffee, betel nut, atis, arangen, acacia, yemane, kalumpit, dao, dita, Nangka, narra, mahogany, and kakawate cuttings.

A total of 1,047 participants regionwide joined the bike-tree-plant activity in different identified sites in the six provinces in the region. The participants were mostly partners from government agencies, law enforcement agencies, local government units, institutions from the private sector, the academe, civil society groups and people’s organizations.

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.