Outgoing Chief of Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Oliver B. Viado (most right) as he turns over the duties and responsibilities to the newly assigned In-Charge, PENRO Isidro L. Mercado (most left).

            “Success without succession is failure…the changes are for the better or improved delivery of services in our region.”
           Thus, said by the DENR CALBARZON Regional Director Sofio B. Quintana during the Turn-Over Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Officials at the Office of the Regional Director’s Conference Room, DENR IV-A, Halang, Calamba City, Laguna on April 16, 2018.
          Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Arturo E. Fadriquela, in his opening message, requested the outgoing officials for a smooth turn-over of responsibilities and accountabilities to the newly assigned officers for continuous delivery of services in the Region.
          Moreover, Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, told the DENR personnel that the reassignment of positions is for the betterment of the organization. He encouraged them to look at the changes on a bigger scope and said, “Don’t take your assignment lightly because any contribution kung saan ka man na-assign, that will be a significant contribution on a larger scale.”

         Meanwhile, Quintana emphasized that in the reassignment of positions, there are no demotions. “The more you should be happy with your present assignment because we placed you on an assignment wherein we feel you can deliver more with respect to your experiences”, he said.
           Quintana also addressed the PENR and CENR Officers of the region to work hard in attaining the DENR’s goal under the leadership of the current Secretary. “You already know the 10-point agenda of Secretary Cimatu…Let us work very hard so that we can prepare a comprehensive and very good report during the ManCon which will be done in Batanes on the 7th-11th of May this year”, he uttered.
           The following is the list of DENR CALABARZON Officers who assumed key positions in the Region.

           NAME                                                                          POSITION
      For. Oliver B. Viado                                              Project Manager for Modernized and Mechanized Forest Nursery, Clonal Nursery, Seed Production Areas and Seed Sources
      PENRO Isidro L. Mercado                                      In-Charge, Conservation and Development Division, Regional Office
      For. Lupo T. Telan                                              OIC, CENR Officer, Real, Quezon
      For. Miliarete B. Panaligan                                     OIC, Technical Services Division Chief, Real, Quezon
      For. Oliver O. Olivo                                              Supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist, PENRO, Quezon
      For. Joselito A. Barros                                          OIC, CENR Officer, Catanauan, Quezon
      Atty. Marlou P. Alutaya                                        Chief, Legal Division, Regional Office
      For. Mario Lantican                                              OIC, Technical Services Division, PENRO, Rizal
      Mr. Renato E. Ho                                                OIC, Accountant, PENRO, Rizal
      For. Ronita A. Unlayao                                         Chief, Planning and Management Division, Regional Office
      Dr. Dolores R. Borja                                             Chief, Management Services Division, PENRO, Quezon
      Mr. John Reburiano                                             Chief, Management Services Division, PENRO, Rizal


Stop flying party balloons, DENR-Calabarzon appeals to public

By Saul Pa-a  January 5, 2019, 11:29 am

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna -- A top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 4A (Calabarzon) on Friday appealed to local government units (LGUs) and the public to refrain from flying balloons on special occasions.

“Sa rehiyon ng Calabarzon, nais naming hikayatin ang mga Pamahalaang Lokal na ituring na littering ang pagpapakawala ng lobo dahil doon na rin naman ito patutungo (In the Calabarzon region, we are appealing to the local governments to consider the release of balloons into the air as littering as it would end up this way, anyway),” DENR-4A Executive Director, lawyer Maria Paz G. Luna, said.
Luna told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they already ordered funeral homes and other party or event organizers to stop releasing balloons into the air.

“Maaari po kaming mag-file ng kaso ng paglabag sa RA 9003 (We could file a case for violation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000),” she warned.

Flying balloons has become a practice for many Filipino families during funeral rites, believing that these contain their messages of love to the departed.

Luna, however, said this does not mean that the balloons would reach the skies.

“Hindi kaya't ang ibig sabihin noon ay sa purgatoryo ninyo ipinadala ang mensahe? Siguraduhin pong aabot ang mensahe sa mahal sa buhay at hindi sa purgatoryo. (But could this mean that the messages had been sent instead to purgatory? So, make sure the message would really reach your loved ones and not end up in purgatory),” she said.

The move came after the Cove Manila Balloon Drop at the Okada Hotel Manila, an event that would release some 130,000 balloons to usher in the New Year, drew flak from netizens.

The DENR earlier ordered Okada to cancel the event.

In observance of the National Zero Waste Month this January, the department has been promoting environment awareness and action among the citizenry and institutionalizing public participation in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.

Luna also advised the public to send their complaints on littering - from releasing balloons to illegal garbage disposal - to DENR-4A through text +639456215007 or +639083340224; or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post the photo/message of such violations through or hashtags #DENRCalabarzon and #TayoAngKalikasan. (PNA)


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