The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 has launched the ENR Ambassadors Project under the Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK)/Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), formerly known as Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO).

The ENR Ambassadors were endorsed by their respective school/organization heads and were verified by Information Officers (IOs) from the respective DENR 6’s field offices.  The ENR Ambassadors are to serve as an effective partner and force multiplier in changing behavior of the people towards environmental stewardship.

There are five (5) ENR Ambassadors for every province in Western Visayas, namely; Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental, who were recently introduced to regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. during the virtual ENR Ambassadors Project Briefing conducted last January 19, 2020.

In his inspirational message during the virtual briefing, RED Milla encouraged the students/youths to be the catalyst of change, especially in environmental protection.

“We all need to work together. We need to develop as a team, as a family, for the betterment of our natural resources. The DENR 6 will always be here to guide you all the way to reach your dreams to be the better version of yourselves, as the role model for other students/youths in pushing for a healthy and clean environment”, said RED Milla.

A total of thirty (30) Ambassadors attended the briefing from seventeen (17) academic institutions and three (3) partner organizations. The briefing was conducted prior to the signing of the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) in order to capacitate the students/youths in their future responsibilities. The briefing was led by the RSCIG Chief, Artemio Salvador C. Colacion, who oriented the ENR Ambassadors of their duties and responsibilities that will have a duration of one year.

In another avenue, DENR 6’s RED Francisco E. Milla, Jr. and RSCIG Chief Artemio Salvador Colacion, distributed communication support gadgets and basic health supplies (face masks, face shield, and alcogel) PENR Office of Antique. The items were received by Antique PENR Officer Andres T. Untal, Management Division Chief Lani Sardina and designated Information Officer Mavidel Mental, which are intended for PENRO Antique ENR Ambassadors and all designated Information Officers and their alternates. The distribution was done during the last visit of RED Milla at PENRO Antique and at Malandog River.

TAK is the brainchild of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who also pursues his ten (10) priority programs, namely: Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act, Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-illegal Logging, Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation, Scaling Up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Program, Improved Land Administration and Management, Geo-hazard and Groundwater Assessment and Responsible Mining, and Manila Bay and Boracay Rehabilitation Clean Up.