Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga led the inauguration of the new DENR 6 Monitoring Building on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
“This new Monitoring Building used to be an old, abandoned and dilapidated building left by the Iloilo Harbor Pilots Association,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran during a short program for the building inauguration. The strategic location of the building prompted the management of DENR 6 to utilize it for its own use instead, thereby contributing to the modernization of the office and beautifying the area where it now stands.
The new Monitoring Building will house the Storage and Procurement Bay (for disposal and for acquired supplies and materials), the General Services Section, and PENRO Iloilo’s Forest Products and Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Section (to monitor charcoal and wildlife from Guimaras Island) at the ground floor. Meanwhile, the second floor of the building will house permanent records of the Planning and Management Division, the Finance Division, and the Administrative Division. Lastly, the roof deck will be used for monitoring purposes.
“My main concern is for you to optimize the records, and possibly look into the digitization of the records you’re going to file here. We all know that records are important. At the end of the day, if they degrade or are damaged, we will lose them forever. We need to digitize and have the records already prepared in a form that can be handed down by this particular office,” said Secretary Loyzaga.
“This is a unique spot and a historic boulevard. You have a gem here. I’d like everyone to represent the Department in a dignified and in a professional way as possible. This is the face of the DENR now. Congratulations for this hard work. This is an excellent manifestation of the dedication of DENR,” she added.
The new Monitoring Building of DENR 6 is located in Muelle Loney Street, and is overlooking the Iloilo River and Guimaras Strait. A unique spot, indeed.