DENR Calabarzon and PIA 4A join hands for another Kapihan

DENR Calabarzon and PIA 4A join hands for another Kapihan

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          The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A in cooperation with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 4A held Kapihan sa PIA in Calamba City on November 22, 2016. The event invited the presence of local press and media partners from the different parts of the region.

          Ferdinand T. Hermano, Chief of DENR Region 4A’s Enforcement Division and one of the designated speakers for the Kapihan, discussed the focus of the programs that the Division is undertaking.

       “Ngayon po ay nakatutok kami sa Forest Protection and Law Enforcement Program. May stratehiya po kaming in-eemploy. Denying the source of illegal products; so dapat walang mapuputol, ‘pag nakalusot, we cut off the route; ‘pag nakalusot sa checkpoint, nasa market, then we deny the market” Hermano said.

       He also added that aside from their strategy, their division also conducts investigations. “Malalaman pag nasa destination, kailan yan dumaan? Paano nakarating yan sa lumber dealer? ‘Pag napatunayan na because of negligence eh gagawan ng paraan ng ating (regional) director yan.”

         On other avenues aiding in forest protection, Lupo T. Telan, Assistant Chief of the Enforcement Division talked about how they strengthened their campaign against illegal activities. “Nag-develop kami ng text brigade. Dito sa wildlife, text lang nagpapadala na kami ng investigators. Ayun ang naging successful so far kaya andami pong confiscations ngayon ng aming mga field offices” he said.

        Moreover, Telan recognized that the media plays a major role in forest protection. “This is a great opportunity for us, to be with you, because we believe that you are our partners in disseminating our programs, our projects in CALABARZON, most especially in our task to protect our remaining natural resources.”

         Division Chief Hermano also took the chance to update the press on the Department’s current flagship program – the National Greening Program (NGP) – which according to him was implemented because of the depletion of our forest reserves, especially in the CALABARZON Area. “Nakita ni former Secretary Paje na ganyan yung trend (forest depletion) kaya niya pinasok yung NGP. Billion trees yan, kung hindi man (magsurvive lahat) million din yan, kaya magandang initiative yan” he said.

         He elaborated on the inclusion of economic productivity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the NGP. He revealed that it was hard to encourage CSOs before because it does not help them “economically”. Now, many CSOs are willing to be deputized. “Marami po. Lately nagpa-training kami sa paralegal (para dun sa) from LGUs and MENROs. Yun nga po ang maganda... yung nakaisip ang Departamento ng programa na may impact”. Hermano said.

          For more updates on the NGP, another Kapihan will be held on November 29, 2016 which will be focused on the Expansion of the National Greening Program with Regional NGP Coordinator Annaliza Junsay and Planning and Programming Section Chief Mailene Laviña as resource speakers. (with Veranelle Merano)

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DENR CALABARZON Lays down Campaign for Women in Rural Communities

 

          In line with the celebration of women’s month, the DENR CALABARZON Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section as Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point for IEC conducted a Lecture on GAD Advocacy and Principles and Magna Carta of Women last March 26, 2018 at Barangay Alitas, Infanta, Quezon.
          Participants of the activity are members of Alitas Farmers’ Association, Inc. who were awarded as best implementors in 2012 of DENR’s National Greening Program.
            Ms. Melinda G. Gordo, In-charge of RSCIS, said the activity aimed to gauge the level of awareness of the members of PO on their role as women and men in society, as well as to empower women in rural communities in CALABARZON.
           Gordo also emphasized the Gender and Development Vision: Partnership of Women and Men for Sustainable Development. She told the participants that the activity is not only for women but also for men. “Ginagawa po natin ito hindi lamang para sa mga kababaihan, kung hindi para sa mga kalalakihan din…dahil kung ano ang mga nararanasan ng mga kababaihan ay maaari ring maranasan ng mga kalalakihan”, she said.
          Further, topics discussed during the whole day lecture include GAD Advocacy and Principles, Salient Features of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-violence Against Women and Children Act of 2003), and Republic Act 9710 (Magna Carta of Women).
          Mr. Ronald Rozaldo, Chief of the Enforcement Unit of CENRO Real, Quezon, reiterated the role of women in molding the youth. He said “Ang mga kababaihan ay may malaking role na dapat nating i-recognize sa paghubog ng mga kabataan…dapat talaga ay magkaroon tayo ng awareness na ang mga kababaihan ay una nating i-empower para makuha natin ang gusto nating makamtan na lipunan na makatao, makaDiyos at makabayan”.
           DENR CALABARZON intends to conduct more IEC campaigns for rural communities. Gordo said, “gusto sana natin mas maabot pa ang mga communities na hindi masyadong napapansin at ibaba ang programa ng DENR para sa kanila”.

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