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


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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