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 celebrated the World Mangrove Day

Mangrove calatagan 

          In line with the celebration of World Mangrove Day on June 26, 2019, the DENR CALABARZON Conservation and Development Division organized a mangrove tree planting activity, conducted at Barangay Talisay, Calatagan, Batangas.

         The mangrove tree planting activity was participated in by 60 volunteers from the DENR CALABARZON, CENRO Calaca, Batangas, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Local Government Unit of Brgy. Talisay, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mangingisda sa Barangay Talisay (SNMBT) People’s Organization. A total of 1,200 propagules of Bakawang Lalaki and Bakawang Bato species were planted.

           According to Ms. Violy Gulapo, Senior Science Research Specialist from the ERDB, a total number of 500,000 hectares of mangrove forest in 1918, has drastically gone down to only 117,000 hectares in 1995. In 2011, it has gradually increased to 257,362 hectares which may be attributed to coastal rehabilitation programs implemented by government, NGO and communities. She added that three main functions of the Mangrove Ecosystems are for fishery production, for environmental protection, and as a carbon sink. She commended the Agency for conducting Mangrove rehabilitation programs but she reminded that people conducting planting activities should have enough knowledge in proper zonation of the mangrove. She emphasized that we have to monitor the success rate of every planting activity.

           Mr. Rodrigo de Jesus, president of the SNMBT, disclosed that their organization does regular mangrove planting activities since 2007.

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