Construction of DENR 4A Permanent Office Building Commences

Construction of DENR 4A Permanent Office Building Commences

All eyes on the pouring

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.



Cimatu bares DENR's investor-friendly initiatives

           Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has assured foreign investors that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will continue to push for clean and green energy, promote proper management of water resources and solid waste, and ensure responsible mining.

          Speaking at the gathering of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) on Thursday in Makati City, Cimatu also said that the DENR remains committed to its role in facilitating the ease of obtaining environmental clearances for investors.

        Cimatu gladly told ECCP members that the DENR has recently introduced some improvements in the implementation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIA) system, as well as in the processing and issuance of tree cutting permits for development projects.

          "One, we have provided facilities for on-line application for environmental compliance certificate to shorten the process," Cimatu said.

           He added: "Two, authority to issue cutting permits of planted trees has been delegated to the regional office. Further delegation to the PENRO (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office) and CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources Office) is being considered."

           The environment chief disclosed that the streamlining of issuance of water permit is also being undertaken.


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