PENRO Negros Occidental hosts 2nd Quarter RMC 2019

2nd RMC

 

        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) in Negros Occidental hosted the two-day Regional Management Conference held at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City, recently.

             Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Visayas Marcial C. Amaro graced the RMC and was grateful to DENR for the invitation.

             “I’m very glad that you are holding the second Regional Management Conference in Negros Occidental. This is my second time since we operationalized DENR Negros Island Region (NIR) in December 2015. It’s been a long time and I’m glad we have new people comprising the regional office and the provincial office,” he said.

             Asec. Amaro in his message stressed what the DENR Secretary always emphasized in his instruction to the field offices, PENROs, and CENROs to be more proactive in the implementation of environmental laws in their respective areas of assignment.

          The highlight of the first day event is the Latest Development on Environment and Natural Resources Policies and Program Thrusts, Presentation of Significant Accomplishments for the Priority Programs of the Secretary including operational issues and concerns as of May 2019 of PENROs, EMB and MGB in Region 6.

           The second day saw DENR 6 officials and key personnel tackling concerns and targets on Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), financial accomplishments as of May 2019, budget deliberation of FY 2020 Budget and Updates on Manual of Approvals, and other management-related concerns.

          “The purpose of our RMC is to assess past performances, review the work and financial plan and timeliness of submitting reports to keep abreast of the details of activities and must be always time-bound,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

             Further, RED Milla instructed all field officials to be always on top of the situation and treat all instructions with urgency in order to evade lapses in management action.

            “We must work as one here in Region 6 in strict compliance to the instruction on integration between and among DENR line bureaus-EMB, MGB and the DENR Central Office,” he added.

             Moreover, in pursuit of environmental awareness and enforcement, RED Milla said the Department will create and conduct training for the enforcement team to help strengthen the implementation of environmental laws especially on the 10 priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in addressing environmental issues. /DENR 6

 

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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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