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 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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