To culminate this year’s Environment Month celebration, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) awarded its top Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENRO) for accomplishing their 2019 goals and targets that contributed to the achievement of the Department’s mandate and programs in Region XI.

Through the efforts of the Praise and Awards Committee of DENR-XI, the awarding is part of the office’s continuing commitment to respond to one of the Human Resource mechanisms which is granting of rewards and recognition to deserving employees and offices.

During the virtual culmination program, DENR-XI headed by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan awarded the Best PENRO to PENRO Davao del Sur and the Best CENRO to CENRO Davao City.

RED Tawantawan urged the awardees to continue to give their best not only in accomplishing their targets but most of all, to practice efficiency in implementing the programs and projects of the DENR.

“There is nothing that DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu would want us to do but to continue to give our utmost best in giving service to the Filipino people by being innovative in preventing any man-made and natural environmental disasters, in maintaining a balanced ecology and in preventing all kinds of pollution,” she said.

RED Tawanatawan also reminded all the provincial offices to be enthusiastic in rendering government services by being efficient, pro-responsive, pro-active, and fast in rendering public service.

Before the awarding, Assistant Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip cited the criteria involved in the Best PENRO and CENRO awards.

In a message, best PENRO awardee Pablito M. Ofrecia of PENRO Davao del Sur gave his appreciation to all the employees under his jurisdiction for their commitment and dedication in pursuing public service.

"Just like any other awards and just like this pandemic, this too shall pass. But the dedication, commitment, and the memories of Davao del Sur will always remain," PENRO Ofrecia said.

On the other hand, CENRO Marvin D. Parilla dedicated the Best CENRO award to all the hardworking employees of CENRO Davao City, stating that receiving such recognition is his long-time dream.

"In my 42 years, there were so many attempts to be able to receive such recognition and finally, it is here. I did not stop dreaming and I just continue to give my best in rendering service to the people," he stressed.

The office also gave recognition to all the winners and participants of this year’s Online Environment Month Quiz Bee Contest. Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan stressed that despite the pandemic, DENR-XI continued its information and awareness campaign.

“The pandemic did not hinder our office to continue with our IEC campaigns for the benefit and encouragement of our employees to keep themselves updated with the status of our environment,” she said.

The winners and participants for the Environment Month Quiz Bee Contest are: Cyrian Anthony Durban of PENRO Davao de Oro (Champion); Cherrybeth Padilla of PENRO Davao del Sur (1st Runner-up); Melody Joy Dagta of the Regional Office (2nd Runner-up); Donnazel Bitoy of PENRO Davao Oriental; Geneveve Magpatoc of PENRO Davao del Norte; Marylove Dalumatan of PENRO Davao Occidental; Ryan Anthony Paran of Mines and Geosciences Bureau and; Mariz Stella Sillada of Environmental Management Bureau.

Certificates of Appreciation were also given to the frontliners of DENR-XI who have served the office and rendered essential services during the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Davao City. Among the awardees are: Ms. April B. Lepardo; Efren P. Flores; Ervin Ramirez, Rodrigo Sismar; Glenn Ford Quibod; Natanael Canillas; Jopet Bancure; Adrian Labrador; and Romar Monungohl.

Moreover, a Loyalty Award was given to Ms. Evelyn A. Origenes of CENRO Davao City for her 30 years of dedicated service to DENR-XI which contributed to the achievements of the Department’s goals and targets. Also, a “Thinking Mind Award” was given to Ms. Beverlyn M. Maguate for her initiative in conducting mind-stimulating online activities, especially to DENR employees, during the ECQ.