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The DENR IVA CALABARZON joined the First Imus City Business Cliniquing on August 17, 2019, at CityMall-Anabu, Imus, Cavite. The said event was launched by the Imus City Local Government, through the Imus Economic Investment Promotion Unit. The one-day event provided a platform for one on one consultations between potential and existing entrepreneurs and the various National Government Agencies (NGA).

Mr. Marx Nicholai Delmo, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer, disclosed that one of the main concerns of business owners is the lack of knowledge about the regulatory requirements of various agencies. They conducted the event to help small business owners start their businesses.

Ms. Teresita Llabres, Area Vice President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that Imus is a finalist for the most business-friendly Local Government Unit (LGU). She added that business owners should not fear the government agencies, but instead work with them.  and that it is easy to comply with the requirements of business owners follow the right protocols of owning a business. She urges other LGUs to replicate this kind of project because 99.6% out of 100% is comprised of small businesses.

Representatives from the DENR CALABARZON includes personnel from License, Patent and Deeds Division, Planning Management Division, and Regional Public Affairs Office, as well as personnel from Mines and Geosciences Bureau. LPDD Chief, Engr. Olivia Bejo shared that the DENR participated to offer assistance to the entrepreneurs. City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Imus reminded that it is a requirement for all potential and existing business owners to attend a Solid Waste Management (SWM) seminar when applying for a business permit. It is important that the business owners know about proper waste disposal and that they comply with environmental laws, rules, and regulation. CENRO also offers livelihood programs, such as making charcoal briquettes, composting, and recycling.

There are a total of 22 participating NGAs, which are Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, Department of Health, DENR, Department of Science and Technology, Agricultural Training Institute, Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Import Services, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Small Business Corporation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Labor and Employment, Pag-IBIG, Social Security Systems, PhilHealth, Intellectual Property Office, Business Permit and Licensing Office, CENRO, Zoning/Building, Bureau of Fire Protection, and City Health Office.

City Vice Mayor, Hon. Arnel Cantimbuhan expresses his gratitude to the 250 entrepreneurs and NGAs who attended the First Imus City Business Cliniquing. ###

Through the initiative of DENR CALABARZON Enforcement Division and the Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) Laguna Chapter, a DENRO Summit was conducted last June 28, 2019, at the DENR CALABARZON Building, Brgy. Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna. Participants include DENROs from all over CALABARZON.

DENROs are appointed to assist in the following:

  1. Enforcement of laws, rules and regulations;
  2. Conduct of Information, Education, Communication (IEC) Campaigns related to the environment; and
  3. Documentation of the conduct of Administrative Confiscation Proceedings, such as issuance of apprehension receipts, seizure orders, and notices of hearings.

They are also authorized to arrest, even without a warrant, any person who has committed an offense under environmental laws, rules and regulations, as well as appearing as a witness in court against complaints regarding environmental violators.

The appointment of DENROs is part of vigilant efforts to protect and conserve our natural resources. Support from other government agencies and stakeholders are important in upholding these efforts.

The summit was also organized to encourage camaraderie and collaboration among the DENROs of the DENR CALABARZON. It also aims to increase the effectivity of enforcement and implementation of ENR laws, rules and regulations, as well as management of action, information, dissemination, and planning. The summit ended with the DENROs signing the Pledge of Commitment of Support. The content of the Pledge as follows:


      We, the Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENROs) of DENR-CALABARZON voluntarily commit ourselves to assist the DENR in the effective implementation and enforcement of ENR laws, rules and regulations. That, we also commit to undertake vigorous Information, Education and Communication Campaigns to increase the level of awareness of the citizenry on the importance of the environment and natural resources in order to sustain benefits derived therefrom.

Signed this 28th day of June, 2019 at DENR-CALABARZON

Members of the LGU, military and police officers and/or members of NGOs may apply for deputization. Application details including the list of qualifications and procedure for DENRO may be accessed from  DAO 2008-22.

Hailing from the province of Pangasinan, Jose Elmer Collado Bascos devoted more than 36 years of his life serving the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His unparalleled passion to provide exemplary service for the people and the environment served as his driving force to continue his journey in DENR.
Bascos started as a casual forester in 1982, became a full-fledged CENR Officer in 2006 in DENR Region VII and has been the PENR Officer of Batangas since 2010. Rising from the ranks, Bascos maintained a low-profile working closely with communities, Local Government Units, and various institutions. This helped in promoting a sense of belongingness and responsibility for the environment.
Apart from this, his leadership skills influenced his employees and partners in the efficient and effective delivery of the agency’s mandates. Anchoring his management style in accountability, transparency, and participatory governance, Bascos achieved numerous recognitions for his work.
Among his remarkable contributions in the field include the successful implementation of the National Greening Program in Batangas with 3.6M seedlings planted from CY 2011-2015 covering 5,351 hectares of parks, mangrove, and forestland; implementation of ScuBasurero, also known as the beach and underwater clean-up, under the Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (SCREMP); strengthened enforcement of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act through a series of conferences and fora with LGUs and livestock owners in the province; and the conservation and management of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) recognized in 2013 for its exemplary enforcement of laws to achieve the objectives of PA management and as a finalist to the Institutional Organization/Functional PAMB Category.
Despite challenges with the recent issue on the IUCN listing of Tawilis as an endangered species, and fish kill incidences in TVPL, Bascos was able to enforce strategies to cope with the problems through transparency and accountability.
He made all these possible by mobilizing various sectors through partnerships and providing recognition and due credit for groups, organizations, and other institutions’ efforts to ensure a habitable environment in the years to come.
PENRO Bascos acknowledges the support of the two CENROs under PENRO Batangas who both contributed to the success of his programs and projects, CENRO Calaca Januel Peras and CENRO Lipa Noel Recillo. He is also grateful to his hardworking colleagues and staff in the PENRO Office.
The EAGLE award is DENR’s highest and most prestigious Environmental Award for Governance and Leadership Excellence.
In line with the celebration of World Mangrove Day on July 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[1] 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.

CALABARZON Protected Area Superintendents (PASU) and Assistant PASUs from 14 Protected Areas (PA) attended the 3-day “Learning Event on Technical Report Writing and Completed Staff Work” last July 25, 2019. The activity was conducted by the DENR CALABARZON Human Resource Development Section, in coordination with the Conservation and Development Division. This activity was organized to enhance the skills of the Protected Area Superintendents, for better communication with government and stakeholders.

The first day focused on Technical Writing Tips and Techniques which include an English refresher course and basic principles of writing, discussed by Ms. Adreana Santos-Remo, Editor-in-Chief of the publications for the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). She focused on the basics of grammar and how to write effectively and clearly. She shared that basic principles include: think first, then write, be straightforward, be careful in choosing your words, be mindful of sentence structures and do not overwrite. DENR CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, For. Nelson V. Gorospe, facilitated the discussion on the Formulation of Completed Staff Work (CSW). ARD Gorospe highlighted that CSWs should be well researched, coordinated and validated, analyzed extensively, simple, short and well written, and it should include options and recommendations.

Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna presented a lecture on Biodiversity Conservation. She added that our country is rich in biodiversity, which means we have a bigger responsibility. “We have an obligation because we co-evolve with all of the other life forms, our existence depends on the web of life'' she added. She also facilitated a workshop on writing for memoranda, reports, and minutes of the meeting among others. She mentioned that, “in writing, motivational problems can often occur when we are not one with the objective of what we are doing”.