DENR delivers 2nd batch of 205 chairs to the San Juan Senior High School for first day of classes
DENR Region 4A CALABARZON delivers the second batch of 205 chairs to the San Juan National Senior High School in Lipahan, San Juan, Batangas. Mayor Rodolfo Manalo led local government officials in 'accepting' in behalf of the 260 Grade 11 students of the SJNSHS-Lipahan. (258 were already enrolled, two others were present for the first day of classes short of enrolled status pending completion of registration documents.) Laguna Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Eleazar Alaira and Pagsanjan Community ENR Officer Emiliano Leviste represented DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Reynulfo Juan in the turn-over ceremonies.
Ms. Zenaida M. De Los Santos, Principal i, concurrently Principal of Don Leon Mercado Sr. Memorial National High School will take on the task as first Principal of the Senior High School.
She said they have a good turn out in terms of enrollment. She was expecting a total of 300 as that was the number of graduates in some four schools in the district who are expected to enrol.
Mayor Manalo expressed appreciation for the support of the DENR in the provision of the necessary chairs. He said Lipahan needs 300 school chairs. The DENR has so far delivered 408--first batch of 203 on June 2, 2016, 205 on June 13. The remainder of 92 will be picked up anytime from now for other senior highschools also in the municipality.
The mayor said his team with support of the council particularly, education committee head Councilor Adelaida Perez, and without waiting for the DepEd funds built two two-storey buildings and made eight groundfloor rooms ready for classes this June. He said the rooms will just need a good painting job.
School Principal de los Santos and San Juan Municipal LGU ENR Officer Noel Pasco toured Laguna Penro Alaira and Pagsanjan Cenro Leviste around the new SHS campus.
Alaira and Leviste watched as the senior high school students unload the chairs from the truck and brought these into their class rooms..
Alaira related that 500 desks were manufactured by the DENR Office in Laguna by using a special equipment to process some 15,000 board feet of 'confiscated lumber.' He said the donation is in line with DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje's directive to utilize 'available confiscated timber cleared by or without court cases to be manufactured into school desks for priority distribution to recipient schools as identified by the Department of Education.
He added that the wood were quality-processed, milled with the use of a Wood Mizer Mobile Sawmill which was installed at the DENR regional impounding area in Los Banos, Laguna.
DENR "Agos ng Buhay" Program to Set Stage in CALABARZON, Nationwide
"Healthy oceans, healthy people," the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) stresses the importance of healthy coastal and marine ecosystems in the lives of the people.
The Philippines, as an archipelago, is surrounded by bodies of water such as seas, bays, lakes, and rivers.
In the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region can be found a number of water bodies like the South China Sea, Taal Lake and Pansipit River in Batangas; the Philippine Sea, Tayabas Bay, Lamon Bay and Ragay Gulf in Quezon; Laguna de Bay in Laguna and Rizal; and Manila Bay, which drains the watershed areas of the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.
Fishing has always been an important source of livelihood for Filipinos, especially for communities in coastal areas. Fish is still the primary source of animal protein in the Philippines with annual per capita consumption at kilograms.
Unfortunately, some small and large-scale fishermen engage in unsustainable fishing practices that result in habitat degradation and fish stock depletion.
BMB records show that nearly 73% of coastal and marine ecosystems are degraded, with cost of inaction estimated at Three Billion Pesos (PhP 3B) annually.
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