PENRO Isidro Mercado as he points out the areas of assignment of Team 2-DENR CALABARZON Region and CAR.

        The battle cry of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its commander Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is to save and restore Boracay Island in six months. Thus, Secretary Cimatu ordered the deployment of DENR personnel from six regions to help with the mission, including the DENR 4A CALABARZON Region.
        DENR 4A CALABARZON Region is teamed up with DENR CAR, headed by its Regional Director, Sofio B. Quintana and Ralph Pablo, respectively. The team from CALABARZON Region is composed of the following personnel, to wit: PENRO Isidro Mercado, LMO III Allan Willard Estillore and For. Joseph Dacasin; while for the CAR, personnel deployed were ARD Augusto Lagon, Joseph Dilem, Davis Siao, Onofre Daguio, Dancio Martines, Dominador Martin and Bryan Samuel.

        The team was tasked to conduct coordination with the LGUs, serve show cause orders, inspect violations of establishments if there is any, ensure that forest/timberland and wetlands were not destructed due to construction of establishments/structures, and prepare observation and recommendation.
Meanwhile, PENRO Isidro Mercado presented the initial report of the team to Sec. Roy A. Cimatu during the meeting on February 26, 2018. The team recommended the demolition of structures established within the areas of wetlands and 25+5 meter easements from the shoreline such as commercial establishments, stalls, and signages. This also includes informal settlers who inhabited within the wetlands.
         Further, PENRO Mercado briefed the second batch of personnel. He discussed the status of their activity and the areas of assignment of the team.
For the second week of the mission, DENR CALABARZON deployed Atty. Dominic Bermudez, Acting Chief of the Legal Division, Dr. Joseph Palomar from the Conservation and Development Division and Ms. Melinda Gapas-Gordo, In-Charge of the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, to continue the tasks of the first batch of personnel deployed for the mission.
        The future of the Island and the country is on the hands of each and everyone. Every Filipino has the responsibility to act, to care and to ensure the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources not just for the present but especially for the future generations.



DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong


          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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