Graduation ceremony is more than just an event; it’s symbolizes the acknowledgement of one’s academic accomplishment and displays their unwavering commitment and efforts.

In celebration of the Environment Month 2023, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6, conducted a Graduation Ceremony of the ENR Frontline and Basic Courses, and First Semester Pasidungog at Citadines Amigo Hotel o June 22, 2023. This activity was organized by the Administrative Division led by their Chief, Dr. Ernest C. Federiso.

The graduation ceremony of the ENR Frontline and Basic Courses was done to formally recognize the one hundred eighteen (118) graduates of the different batches, namely: Basic Course – Class Prudence, and Frontline Courses – Class Hugpong, Class Matatag, and Class Matalas, who have successfully completed the required hours, training and requirements of the said courses.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran challenges the graduate to be the better version of themselves and help the Department carry out its mandate.

“You are celebrating the beginning of a journey that is a larger than yourselves. You are the future of our country,” said RED Duran.

“Your journey in ENRA has prepared you very well to be the frontline of the DENR, carrying out our agency’s mandate to protect and preserve our environment and natural resources”, he added.

The office had been conducting a series of ENR Frontline and Basic Courses since CY 2019. This is in pursuit of capacitating all frontline employees in the department to fill up knowledge gaps, calibrate the understanding on all ENR laws, programs, projects and activities and sharpen their proficiencies as DEN employees.

In the latter, DENR 6 recognized the representatives and staff who have worked for the department for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40 years; recognize DENR retirees' excellent contributions; proffer proper respect to those who passed away while working for the department; reward permanent employees who have earned or finished their post-graduate degree at their own expenses; and recognize employees who have performed notably in their respective positions, during the First Semester.

“It is always a mix emotion during the Pasidungog, you are happy to see familiar faces and at the same time almost in tears seeing and knowing that our days in the service are yet to come,” said RED Livino B. Duran.

“But nonetheless, it is always heart-warming to give honour and credit to our personnel who excel and helped us achieve our environmental goal as a department and as a public servant,” he added.

The awardees were eighteen (18) Achievement Awardees, three (3) Posthumous Awardees, thirty-eight (38) Service Awardees, two (2) Career and Self Development Awardees, and three (3) Performance Awardees.

Present during the activity were assistant Regional Director for Management Services Andres T. Untal, EMB Chief Legal Division Atty. Arjunn Calvo, PENRO’s, CENRO’s and DENR 6 Regional Offices-Based Division Chiefs./DENR 6