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


Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

Dr. Francis Magbanua, President of the Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) stated their support regarding the declaration of the Tawilis as an endangered species and supports the ordinance issued by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to implement the closed season of Taal Lake during March to April, including the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries.
Dr. Magbanua also emphasized the need for enforcement in the area. He reminded that not only it is a job for the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), but also for the Local Government Units and other stakeholders. He also called for the need for continuous monitoring of the Tawilis and the lake to see if the implementation is successful.
During the Tawilis Summit held on February 19, with the theme: “4TS: Talakayan Tungkol sa Tawilis at Taal”, the stakeholders of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape gathered at the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. The whole day event targeted to inform the public about the rationale and other related researches about the Sardinella Tawilis and Taal Lake. The summit provided the venue for stakeholders to discuss the current status and future management prescriptions to conserve the Tawilis population. Tawilis is the only freshwater sardine and can only be found in Taal Lake. According to a study of Reproductive Biology of the Tawilis done by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, “Sardinella Tawilis breeds the whole year round with peak spawning activities from December to March and a less pronounced spawning during the months of July to October”.

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