DENR 6 celebrates 28th Year Anniversary through a Family Day

THE DENR 6 Family Day is an annual event in observance of the agency’s founding anniversary. The DENR was created by virtue of Executive Order 192 which was signed in 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. Middle photo shows ARD Jesse L. Vego (4th from left) of the Technical Services and ARD Livino B. Duran (extreme right) of the Management Services tasting the goodies being sold at DENR Tyangge set up at the regional office courtyard.

 

             Some things are best savored by sharing meaningful bonding moments.

             Both employees and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 celebrated the agency’s 28th Year through a Family Day on June 10. To create a festive mood, the Tyangge sa DENR was set-up at the regional office courtyard which will continue until June 30, 2015.

       The Tyangge sa DENR sells various native goodies and manned by the different office representatives. Some employees had a happy time choosing what snacks to eat during break time.

           At lunchtime, groups huddled to share foods with some who opted to go for a boodle fight kind of lunch. The atmosphere was filled with fun as employees shared not only food but laughter and joy. Family Day is the time of the year at the DENR office when everyone took a “breather” and engaged themselves in group activities.

        It has been 28 years of dedicated service to the people. Despite the odds, DENR employees in Region 6 and in the other regions have continued to fulfill its mandate of ensuring proper conservation, management, development and use of the country’s environment and natural resources

           June is a special month in the DENR calendar as it is observed as the Environment Month. Family Day is a part of the month-long celebration. Come June 25, various DENR offices in the region will drumbeat the Arbor Day with series of tree planting activities. For the regional office, a tree planting will be done at the Iloilo Circumferential Road.

             DENR employees will have more Family Days to come. Once in a year it feels good to remember that we belong to a family – the DENR Family.

 

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'Tropical Design' in Boracay Pushed

The Municipal Planning and Urban Design Guidelines Review Committee (MPUDGRC) created by the local government of Malay, Aklan under Executive Order No. 10 signed by then Acting Mayor Abram Sualog, mandates the review of plans for the construction of new structures or renovations to be done on buildings in Boracay Island, as well as the inspection of the progress of developments to ensure that they follow the island’s “tropical design” rules.

            The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) believes that the “tropical design” will be the new branding of the islands’ infrastructures to the tourism industry. Aside from this, the design that will be done on the existing buildings shall be environment-friendly while at the same time promote a local culture. Thus, this may add as an additional attraction in the island aside from its famous turquoise water and powdery-white sand.

The ordinance emphasizes the use of wood, bamboo, "stone elements," non-combustible thatched roofing, and earth-tone colors as exterior and interior paint for structures.

It also calls for the integration of design elements such as large windows to allow for natural lighting and cooling, high ceilings for better air circulation, tropical elements in building entrances, and landscaped areas with local/native trees and plants.

The guidelines also require the use of ancient script “Baybayin” as the main language for signages, with translations in English and other languages as needed.

The guidelines were issued a few months after the reopening of the island paradise in October. It was shut down for six months last year for rehabilitation, after President Rodrigo Duterte sounded the alarm on environmental degradation and overdevelopment on the island.

The DENR 6 is glad to hear such news, as it would support Boracay’s carrying capacity by using light materials instead of heavy-concrete one in building establishments at the island.  

Furthermore, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu noted that the whole rehabilitation keeps getting better during its first year.

The highest coliform level recorded for the past months was only 40 most probable number (mpn) per 100 milliliters. It passed the safe level of 100  mpn/ml for Class SB water that is suitable for swimming, skin diving and other recreational activities.

Aside from that, Secretary Cimatu also said that there is “no algae year-round”, indicating that the rehabilitation effort had paid off. Fifty one (51) establishments along the white beach now have their own sewage treatment plants (STPs) while others are now connected to the sewer line.

Meanwhile, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) celebrated a week-long “Sustainability Week” dubbed as #LoveBOracay, which is a celebration of the one year Boracay Closure. The activities run from April 26-May 1, 2019 and focused on the need to keep Boracay Island sustainable.  

Food fest, exhibits, drone festival, ocean jams, sustainable talks and clean ups were the activities done for the whole week.

            DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Fransisco E. Milla, Jr. said that aside from the branding design this may help the environmental concerns of the island. “This (tropical design) will help the island to breathe freely from heavy constructions. Aside from that, this will help ease the burden on the island’s carrying capacity and pollution, from air conditioned-concrete buildings in the island,” RED Milla said.

 

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