The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Cordillera (DENR), headed by the Regional Executive Director, Engr. Ralph C. Pablo, participated in the  ceremonial tree planting activity at St. Mary School Compound, Sagada, Mt. Province to mark the celebration of the Cordillera Month on July 1, 2022.

A total of 35 coffee seedlings were planted by the different stakeholders and line agencies. 

This year’s theme “One Autonomous Cordillera: Ensuring Social Development and Inclusive Growth in the New Normal” highlights the need for sustainable and resilient return to growth and development after COVID-19 pandemic. It also focuses on working in unity with the ultimate goal of attaining regional autonomy and moving forward to recovery from the pandemic.

The DENR helps in the region's recovery through environmentally-sustainable development strategies and approaches. Also, it emphasizes strengthening resilience to the impacts of climate and integrating more ambitious policies to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and restore ecosystem services, including through nature-based solutions.

The Cordillera month celebration is to commemorate the founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) through Executive Order No. 220 signed on July 15, 1987 as transition towards an Autonomous Region as mandated by the Constitution. The celebration aims to showcase the rich culture and history of the Cordillera and the unwavering spirit of the Cordillerans in pursuing regional autonomy.

CAR is composed of Apayo, Abra, Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga and Baguio City.|C. Sabangan