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RED Ralph C. Pablo administers oath to 30 newly appointed and promoted employees via zoom to continually strengthen the manpower in the different offices in the region.  RED Pablo said that with the recognition by the DENR – CAR Management of the effort of the appointees and promotees, they were then given the opportunity to spread their wings and to show off that they deserve where they are now.   For being among the chosen few of the many applicants, he encouraged them to better their best and to continually execute or practice the Core values of the DENR – Discipline, Excellence, Nobility and Responsibility.   

Likewise, ARED for Technical Services Maximo Soriano Jr. encouraged the promotees and appointees not only to excel their work but also work providing clean and efficient government service. 

Also ARED for Management Services reiterated that performance makes an employee stay in the public service.  If one performs poorly, then one can be pushed out from the government.  She reminded them to be mindful of what they say and do because their actions could either give them medal or trial. 

With 4 employees promoted and/or appointed to PENRO Abra, 1 in the Regional Office, 2 in PENRO Apayao, 11 in PENRO Benguet, 4 for PENRO Ifugao, 3 to PENRO Kalinga and 5 to PENRO Mountain Province, it is expected that performance in every province will rise with the contribution of the appointees and promotes.

It is also during this same day that DMO V Florencio Pacio took his oath as the OIC CENR Officer of CENRO Lagangilang through Special Order No. 452, series of 2021 while DMO IV Shirley Leano took her oath as the OIC Technical services Division Chief of PENRO Abra by virtue of Special Order No. 541, series of 2021.  Both Special orders were signed by RED Pablo.

In a blended ceremony, the DENR-CAR formally welcomed its new Assistant Regional Executive Director for Technical Services (ARED-TS), For. Maximo F. Soriano last July 2, 2021. DENR Officials from Region 1, his former comrades, together with the personnel and staff from all DENR-CAR field offices joined the ceremony virtually as Regional key officials headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Ralph C. Pablo convened for the turnover proceedings at the DENR-CAR Rooftop Conference Hall.
ARED Maximo F. Soriano last served as PENR Officer for Pangasinan from January 4, 2021 until June 30, 2021 before ascending to serve in the landlocked and elevated Cordillera Administrative Region. He is a native of Bantay, Ilocos Sur and a graduate of BS Forestry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He earned his Master’s in Public Management from the prestigious Development Academy of the Philippines.
Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services, Atty. Cleo D. Sabado-Andrada assured the incoming ARED-TS of the professionalism and dedication of DENR-CAR employees and that his transition to DENR-CAR would not be difficult. Nonetheless, Andrada didn’t mince words in warning Soriano of his challenging task especially in the land sector.
Meanwhile, RED Ralph C. Pablo thanked the silent worker outgoing ARED-TS Engr. Benjamin A. Ventura for his excellent service and described the incoming ARED as in the same mold of the outgoing one. For his part, For. Soriano expressed “humility and gratitude” in accepting the challenge of serving the DENR in another capacity.

A new set of leaders recently took their oaths of office as officials of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Apayao as former PENR Officer Atty. Romeo Bravo exits government service.

Pursuant to Special Order No. 2021-455, Rainier Balbuena has been designated as the Officer-in-Charge, PENR Officer Apayao. His post as the Technical Services Division Chief of PENRO Benguet was taken over by For. Teber Dionisio.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office Conner, formerly led by For. Dionisio is once again led by For. Rodel Cacpal who had a stint in PENRO Apayao. The vacated post by Cacpal was filled in by For. Noralyn Piano who now serves as the Technical Services Division Chief of PENRO Apayao. The Management Services Division, on the other hand, is now led by Crizzane Joy Yturzaeta. In addition, the Office is designated with a new accountant, Christma dela Peña.
Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Cleo Sabado-Andrada guaranteed the set of leaders newly installed in Apayao underwent meticulous selection, taking into consideration the needs of the Apayaos in terms of environment and natural resources management.
“We wanted to let you know that we did not randomly pick people to take over (these positions) only for the sake of having someone to call PENR Officer and key officials. We picked someone whom we know can lead, and lead as good, or ideally, better than the former PENR Officer did,” she said.
Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo also assured the people of Apayao that the province’s environment is in good hands under the leadership of Balbuena. He humbly highlighted that the new PENR Officer’s credentials, work experience and values make him fit as a leader who can “empower people, lead change, and inspire people”.
Governor Eleonor Bulut-Begtang, who graced the Turnover Ceremony cum Salamat-Mabuhay Program on June 21, welcomed the change of leadership in Apayao saying the identity of officials is the least of her concerns so long as they can lead PENRO Apayao effectively.
“We need sincere leaders who will lead. Someone with the political will to address the environmental concerns in the province,” Bulut-Begtang started.
She continued emphasizing the need for the newly installed officials to have a strong tie with the local government unit. While she acknowledged that government agencies have different mandates, she underscored her responsibility and authority as the provincial governor to supervise provincial government officers and to make sure their mandates and institutional objectives are aligned with that of the local government unit of Apayao.
In his response, Balbuena committed to the continued partnership between PENRO Apayao and the PLGU of Apayao. He vowed to look into and address concerns in different sectors of the environment, particularly, illegal logging, kaingin, and ecosystems management.
Former PENR Officer Bravo told Balbuena that while it may be challenging to lead PENRO Apayao especially so that the LGU’s eye is on the office, he assured that the local government officials’ support and involvement is the best consolation.
Representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources led by DENR Special Concerns Undersecretary Edilberto Leonardo visited Mt. Pulag National Park (MPNP) to inspect and monitor the status of the park’s ecosystem.
The DENR Team were joined by representatives from Department of Interior and Local Government, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of National Defense and the Local Government Unit of Kabayan.
The visit was accompanied by the identification of guard mounting and the participants of the ocular inspection shared the responsibility of planting trees to protect the MPNP. Twenty seedlings of Benguet Pine were planted along Babadak lakeside.
During the monitoring, Usec Leonardo noticed that though agricultural areas are visible at the foot of the park, wildlife still thrived and flourished in the park. It was noted that the once scorched dwarf bamboo has already grown and has spread throughout the park. Different kinds of flora are found to “stand out” in the mossy forest of the park. Some personnel said they spotted a cloud rat in the MPNP.
During his visit, Undersecretary Leonardo also expressed his support in the faster processing of MPNP’s full legislation under the RA 11038, also known as the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018,” declaring Protected Areas and providing for their management – ensuring protection for the park.
DENR Cordillera Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo acclaimed that the park naturally healed and flourished since it was closed from the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Protected Area and Management Board has still to decide if the park can be opened to the public. To date, the park remains closed.
DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Ralph C. Pablo facilitated the official turn-over of the completed 1.8 kilometers Agro-support Facility (ASF) access road worth Php 24,020,557.85 to the officials of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Asipulo, Ifugao.
The said completed project funded under the Forest Management Project (FMP) implemented in the province is expected to aid the far-flung barangay of Namang, Asipulo and its communities engaged in agro-forestry activities such as the Namal Nampaling Muyong Owners Association (NAMNAMA) in the easier transport of their produce.
RED Pablo expressed his optimism that the ASF will be vital in creating progress not only in gardening but also in the observance and implementation of sustainable forest management in Ifugao through the “Muyong” System.
Meanwhile, PENR Officer of PENRO Ifugao Ernesto M. Aton rallied the beneficiaries of the project to observe conservation farming in the area through the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT). In this way, the benefits of the project will be sustained and the facility to be safeguarded, he further noted.
Asipulo Municipal Mayor Armando P. Domilod expressed gratitude to the DENR for the project and conveyed its valuable impact to the environment and to the community considering some issues of insurgencies in the area.
Mayor Domilod recognized that the completion of the ASF in the area will go a long way in the government’s effort under the newly created National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).