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12 Dalaw turo at Cleanergy Park Matina 2

What could be a better opportunity to broaden the students’ awareness about environmental protection? Perhaps breaking their indoor habits as a rite of passage for more effective learning. An activity coupled with fun and hands-on experience. “PawiCAMP”, for example.

On October 11, 2019, around thirty (30) Grades 5 and 6 pupils from Matina Central Elementary School and Diego Silang Elementary School were gathered in Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, Punta Dumalag, Davao City for a day-long environmental immersion initiated by the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-XI, Department of Education (DepEd) and Junior Chamber International (JCI).

The students showed strong enthusiasm as they were given the chance to explore some parts of the 8-hectare outdoor biodiversity park and see for themselves the various Pawikan species which are being nested within the site.

One of the highlights of PawiCAMP is an interactive activity coined as “Dalaw-Turo”, a unique learning approach facilitated by DENR XI’s Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBC) and the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO).

In aims of enshrining the students’ understanding about nature and its biodiversity, learnings were induced through lectures, games, role-play exercise and a fun-filled skit.

Further, kids and teachers were amused when “Grovey” and “Coralina”, the DENR-XI mascots as the main characters of the skit arrived in the scene. These mascots are one of the learning tools that the DENR-XI uses for its Communication, Education and Public Awareness activities (CEPA).

“We are truly honored and happy that we were invited for this activity. It really helps that the pupils are being taught about environmental protection at an early age. This is for the sake of their future.”, Shella E. Cabad, Diego Silang Elementary School teacher expresses.

As the event is also in line with the “World Migratory Bird Day” celebration, pupils were taught about the kinds of bird species, its conservation status and the threats that these birds are facing.

“Learning by doing is always best when educating the children. Making learning relevant by bringing them outdoors and showing them the importance of our environment.” Marigelaine Arguillas, DENR-XI Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief shares.

Ms. Jayvee Jude Agas, Chief of the Regional Public Affairs Office, also emphasizes the significance of engaging the children in environmental education. Further stressing that “Through this Dalaw-Turo activity, we wanted these kids to be aware how important it is to protect our turtles as well as to conserve our environment and natural resources. Whatever environmental problems we are facing today, we want them to be part of the solution.”

3 EMB MGB inspection Naboc River website L

The Mining and Environment Committee of the Naboc River Rehabilitation Technical Working Group (TWG) has conducted site identification for the installation of the 2,000 square meter-mercury recovery facilities within Brgy. Naboc and Brgy. Babag, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The said facilities will be used to recover mercury from the dredged materials prior to disposal of Sand and Gravel. The dredging of the Naboc River will commence in October this year.

Following the consultation from the Barangay Units, the said committee was able to identify seven (7) sites considering the significant factors such as the areas’ distance from the dredging site and its accessibility and distance from the community. There will be 1 recovery facility (RF) for each RIver Quarry Block (RQB).

The Mining and Environment Committee is being chaired by the Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI). Along with other committees, they are tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

The rehabilitation of Naboc River is one of the priority programs of Secretary Cimatu after President Rodrigo Duterte stated in his SONA last July 2017 the ill condition of the river caused by Mercury, Cyanide and fecal coliform contamination. A Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying, and rehabilitation of Naboc River was signed last July 16, 2019, attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco V. Densing III, Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, and DPWH-XI Regional Director Allan S. Borromeo.

A month after the MOA signing, a Joint Special Order creating the said TWG was also signed by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and Comval Governor Jayvee Tyrone L. Uy. #LihokAlangSaNaboc #TayoAngKalikasan

4 40 DENR XI Provincial Employees attend ENR Basic Course

A total of 40 selected employees from the provincial offices of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI are currently attending the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Basic Course being held at Sunnypoint Hotel. This course will run from September 10-16, 2019.

To equip the employees with basic knowledge and deeper understanding about the Department, different environmental laws that are being implemented and programs that it upholds, the training course is in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s goal to strengthen DENR’s Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs and CENROs) as they are the Department’s frontliners in terms of implementing its programs and execution of different environmental laws.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan encouraged all the participants to listen to all the discussions as this is an opportunity to further enhance their knowledge and become efficient employees of the Department and valuable citizens in the society.

“You have the responsibility to know by heart all our policies, the laws that we are implementing and most especially the priority programs of our Secretary,” Tawantawan said.

On the other hand, Focal Person for Region XI ENR Courses Kristiansen J. Ortanez said during his message that Secretary Cimatu has created a mobile training team to go to all the CENRO’s in the country and conduct a comprehensive ENR frontline and basic courses as part of DENR’s mandate.

With its aim to also re-orient the employees on DENR’s mandate, vision, mission, priority programs and projects, Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan discussed to the participants about DENR’s organizational structure, core values and the 10 priority programs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, PDP and SDGs.

 

5 DENR XI Conducts 1st ENR Frontline Course

In line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s goal to strengthen DENR frontliners, DENR-XI conducts its first Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Course for DENR personnel at Sunny Point Hotel, Davao City from September 2-6, 2019.

DENR-XI’s Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan welcomes the participants with a message reminding everyone to give their hundred percent attention because this will help them become better employees.

“It is the goal of the management to provide responsive learning opportunities for each DENR employee,” she said.

On the other hand, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that this is the first time that the region is holding this kind of seminar.

“Our Secretary would want all DENR employees be equipped with knowledge and deeper understanding about the mandates of the agency. Learners should be a role model so set yourself as a good example to your colleagues, subordinates, and even in the community where you are living because good governance and efficient and effective public service is also President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s mandate,” Tawantawan stressed.

The 5-day course is participated in by employees from the Community and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs and CENROs) mostly administrative and field rank-and-file personnel. The course aims to train, capacitate, orient and re-orient the employees on DENR’s mandate, vision, mission, priority Programs and Projects, and basic ENR services.

#TayoAngKalikasan

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI (DENR-XI) participates on the compassed Mindanao-wide Turnover & Distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries last August 2, 2019 in Davao City.

The DENR is one of the partner implementors of the said program by jointly identifying, together with the Department of Agrarian Reform, specific properties that may be covered under the Land Acquisition and Distribution component of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP).

DENR also issues a certification that the tract of land is within an area classified as alienable and disposable. In view of R.A. 6940, the DAR shall only cover, and, therefore, require the foregoing certification on lands which have been classified as alienable and disposable before 16 April 1960.

Further, DENR continuously supports the government on its pursuit of helping farmers and lifting the country’s farming industry.