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In her visit in the farthest northern part of the Cordilleras, the Secretary met with the the Provincial Local Government Unit of Apayao led by Provincial Governor, and Regional Development Council-Cordillera Administrative Region Chairperson, Gov. Elias C. Bulut Jr.; DENR-CAR officials led by Regional Executive Director, Engr. Paquito T. Moreno Jr.; the DENR employees in the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Apayao; and other government officials in the province.
The Secretary expressed her support to the proposed Biosphere Reserve in Apayao to be endorsed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and vowed to work further with the DENR-CAR Regional Office in enhancing the Apayao-Abulug River Basin Master Plan, integrating science-based information and the use of advanced technologies.
She also called for multisectoral collaboration from all sectors stressing that "Our work needs the whole of society". The DENR officials, provincial government officials, the academe, and all other representatives from public and private sectors, signed a pledge of commitment for the implementation of Project Transform in Apayao - a transdisciplinary approach for resilience and environmental sustainability through multistakeholder engagement.
During the program, two special patents were awarded to the Local Government Unit of Flora covering an area of 9,257 square meters; and another to the same LGU for the EKB Ecotourism Park with an area of 68,049 square meters.
The Secretary also met the DENR-CAR regional, bureau, and field officials during the Regional Management Conference held in Apayao, and visited the PENRO Apayao office for a meet and greet with the employees.
DENR-CAR bags RIVERS for LIFE Award anew. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR won first place in the 2022 Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers or the RIVERS for Life Award. Its entry, Ibulao River in Ifugao, was proclaimed the Most Improved Class C River.
This is the second time the DENR-CAR has won first place in the search. The first was in 2019 with Lamut River in Ifugao as its entry. The DENR-CAR also ranked second places with the entries Bued River in Benguet in 2020 and Apayao-Abulug River in Apayao in 2021.
All the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region regional bureau and field offices should unify their actions to gain more excellent traction in pursuing environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources.
During the recent visioning and planning of the DENR-CAR with its new Regional Executive Director, Engr. Paquito T. Moreno Jr. emphasized the need for the office to work together to implement programs and projects, address issues, explore possible opportunities, and invite more partnerships with stakeholders in the Cordilleran communities.
The DENR-CAR Visioning and Planning aimed to gather all officials from the DENR-CAR regional office, its bureaus, and field offices and to brief Moreno on the evolving issues in their areas of jurisdiction and all other important matters that need management action.
Moreno noted that all regional allocations for DENR regional offices have been reduced. As such, it is a challenge for the regional offices to work within their budgets and maximize partnerships and collaborations with partner stakeholders to carry out more programs, projects, and activities that bring more impact to people and communities.
The management looked into the potential areas of collaboration for each province for the implementation of Project TRANSFORM or Transdisciplinary Approach for Resilient and Sustainable Communities through Multi-stakeholder Engagement.
Project TRANSFORM seeks to bring together best practices from the public and private sectors to create an inclusive, science-based, and data-driven blueprint that various stakeholders may use to address climate change. It was launched by the DENR in 2023 with two pilot areas in Bataan and is expected to be implemented in the Cordilleras soon.

Regional, bureau and field officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR gathered for its Regional Management Conference to discuss its accomplishments for the past semester and plan for the implementation of its programs, projects and activities for the remaining semester.

Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo stressed the need to manage both internal and external affairs efficiently and effectively to ensure smooth and impactful implementation of its programs, projects activities in the Cordilleran communities.
He told field officials to be vigilant in protecting the remaining forests of the Cordilleras as they remain among the most valuable resources in the region, which is known as the Watershed Cradle of the North.
The Director noted that forests should remain intact while they are augmented and nurtured through the continuing implementation of the National Greening Program. He told field implementors to make sure small-water impounding systems are functional to serve as a water reserve for dry seasons.
To ensure sustainability, the arboretums established within field offices’ vicinities shall be properly maintained and enhanced, if need be, for continuous seedling production. Such shall serve as a source of seedlings and saplings for tree planting activities led by the DENR and other partner stakeholders.
The existing Forest Product Monitoring Stations and Checkpoints, he said, should always be manned by the forest protection officers and forest guards, in coordination with the Philippine National Police’s enforcement officers. Said enforcement officers are expected to be stiff and fair in enforcing forestry laws so as to ensure safeguard of the environment and natural resources in communities by preventing or repelling illegal forest activities.
For improved monitoring and enforcement of forestry laws, he suggested that the use of drones be maximized by LAWIN patrollers as they can be used for remote surveillance while providing a safe, efficient and cost-effective ways to monitor areas. He noted the advantages of using such in real-time visual data collection, and long range of operation and the ability to reach remote locations. It may be used to collect evidence, track perpetrators of or conduct of illegal activities, and to perform search and rescue operations.
On land disposition, while the DENR-CAR continues to innovate on ways to bring its land titling services to the people, Pablo instructed the officials to lead the assessment, cleansing and reconciliation of land-related data and records to provide better and easier access to the public.
He instructed the field officials to conduct an inventory of all government lands in their areas of jurisdiction to map out which ones are not yet titled, or are in conflict. Such, he said, should be titled in favor of the government for public use and purpose.
Speaking of knowledge management, Pablo highlighted the need to embrace the use of geospatial data in planning, project implementation, and monitoring. These data shall serve as reference for all levels of policy and decision-making.

In other matters, the Director demanded for a hands on implementation of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Project of the Department of Labor and Employment. Under which, the DENR-CAR committed to providing short-term employment opportunities under its NGP and river protection initiatives.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR is looking at contributing its expertise in government administration for better knowledge management in local governance.

This, as the DENR-CAR, through its Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph Pablo, inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Interior and Local Government-CAR, and other partner institutions from the executive department, academic institutions, and non-government organizations for the creation of the Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Council (MSAC) and the operationalization of the Local Government Regional Resources Center (LGRRC).

The LGRRC is a dynamic and interactive convergence platform that contributes to building a Knowledge-Centric Organization (KCO) and builds learning communities that pursue excellence in local governance through knowledge sharing, management and innovation. The key principles of the LGRRC are knowledge management; multi-stakeholder participation in the sense that there is no monopoly of knowledge, hence should be shared to promote efficiency, effectiveness and learning; and convergence in local governance through harmonization of initiatives in local governance.

The DENR-CAR, as a member of the MSAC shall focus on human resource management, organizational development and local administrative development. The Department, along with the DILG-CAR, the Department of Budget and Management, the Civil Service Commission-CAR, the Department of Labor and Employment-CAR, and the Anti-Red Tape Act Northern Luzon shall address the issues pertaining to the creation of Local Government Unit positions.

In 2022, the DENR-CAR was awarded bronze medal by the Civil Service Commission-CAR for its excellence in human resource management under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM). It goes to show that the DENR-CAR’s standards in human resource management are aligned with global standards of good people management practices.

Other members to the MSAC are the Bureau of Fire Protection-CAR; Bureau of Local Government Finance-CAR; Commission on Higher Education-CAR; Department of Education-CAR; Department of Information and Communications Technology-CAR; Department of Health-CAR; Department of Science and Technology-CAR; Department of Tourism-CAR; Department of Transportation-CAR; Department of Public Works and Highways-CAR; Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR; Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development-CAR; Department of Trade and Industry-CAR; National Police Commission-CAR; Philippine National Police-CAR; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-CAR; National Economic Development Authority-CAR; National Youth Commission-CAR and Region 1; Office of the Civil Defense-CAR; Philippine Information Agency-CAR; Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.; Professional Regulations Commission-CAR; Philippine Statistics Authority-CAR; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-CAR; Commission on Population Development-CAR; Cordillera Career Development College; Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values-CAR; and the People’s Organization for Social Transformation Development Network, Inc.