Construction of DENR 4A Permanent Office Building Commences
All eyes on the pouring. The Project Monitoring Team members are all eyes on the very first concrete foundation pouring for the planned DENR 4A office building.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 15, 2016 for the construction of the proposed four-storey office building of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A in Barangay Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna.
Gathered for the blessing of the site were the DENR 4A Project Monitoring Team (PMT) composed of Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela; Planning and Management Division Chief, Ronita A. Unlayao; Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division Chief, Atty. Marilou P. Alutaya; Finance Division Chief, Mabel C. Grasparil; and DENR Rizal Office Management Division Chief, Marilyn C. Paunil; together with the construction team from Abratique and Associates Philippines, Inc. headed by the Project-In-Charge, Engr. Jeffrey Anton Garchitorena; DENR Construction Engineer, Gerardo D. Unlayao; and the Arce Architects.
As a popular Filipino house-building ritual, members of the PMT threw coins into the construction footing base hoping to attain a resilient finished product. Then, concrete foundation was finally poured using a pump truck.
The 8,003-square meter project site was granted to the DENR 4A through Proclamation No. 1166 issued on November 12, 2015 by former President Benigno S. Aquino III. The said issuance also covers the reservation of a 13,820-square meter land just adjacent to the said project site for the planned regional office building of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 4A.
At present, DENR 4A rents office space at DENCRIS Business Center, Barangay Halang, National Highway, Calamba City. Its relocation has drawn varied reactions from DENR 4A employees:
An employee who lives in Bay, Laguna stated, "mas mahirap na pagpasok sa office since mas malayo na sa bahay. Ibig sabihin kailangan ko na'ng gumising ng mas maaga."
Another employee said, "kung mapapalipat na ang office, mas mapapalayo na (ito) sa (Land) Records Section ng regional office na nasa Los Banos (Laguna) pa, kaya mas magiging mahirap na ang pagkuha land records."
On the other hand, Administrative Officer II Florence A. Capitle remarked, "excited ako kasi, finally, magkakaroon na tayo ng sariling office. Kung sa accessibility naman, okay lang, accessible naman."
Also, Information System Analyst III Dennis Guy Segovia commented, "mas maganda kasi magkakaroon na tayo ng sariling space na conducive for work."
Since the DENR's reorganization in 1987, the CALABARZON Regional Office, which used to be combined with MIMAROPA as Region 4, has never had a permanent address until first quarter next year. The PhP 78.9-Million DENR 4A building project is expected to be completed by March 2017.
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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