A successful 2-day write shop on the formulation of comprehensive Strategic Communication Action Plans for four Protected Areas in Rizal were conducted at Ciudad Christhia Resort 9 Waves, San Mateo, Rizal, headed by the Regional Strategic Communication Initiatives Group (RSCIG). The concluded workshop was participated by the representatives from Regional Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Protected Areas Superintendents (PASu), Assistant Superintendents (APASu), Protected Areas Management Office (PAMO) personnel, and partner academe.

The program started with the invocation and welcome remarks of For. Mailene M. Gecolea-LaviƱa, Chief of Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and followed by the discussion of each Protected Area (PA) representative of the results of the following;

  • Knowledge, Attitude, Practices (KAP) survey questionnaires.
  • Focus Group Discussion (FGD)
  • Key Informant Interviews (KII)

Mr. Mike Garcia, a statistician specialist, rectified common mistakes, such as the number of respondents that will show a convincing result. He elaborated on how to get a standard number, whereas 10% of the population should be included, and the applicable formulas to meet the prescribed number. Mr. Garcia also shared the techniques for easy computing numbers in excel, such as the shortcut keys and the usual error of the researchers. The allotted remaining time was for the participants to insert their drafted 8-year Strategic Communication Action Plans.

On the other hand, the Regional Executive Director (RED) of DENR 4-A Nilo Tamoria, delivered his short message that this activity will help to produce a comprehensive, responsive, and science-based facts action plan. The Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Southern Luzon Gilbert C. Gonzales also visited the ongoing workshop after his meeting, he stated that "DENR couldn't do it alone in the protection and conservation of our environment, the stakeholder should be involved in whatever activities or plans we have and with this event could equip our personnel to be able to come up with effective measures and to do it so, we should be terrific in communication."

On the second day of the workshop, a recap of the activity yesterday was discussed before the proper presentation of their outputs. The first presenter was For. Peter John Legson for Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape, then followed by Ms. Danielle Drew Garay for Pamitinan Protected Landscape. The presentation continued with Mr. Joseph Calinog for Kaliwa River Forest Reserve, and the last presenter was Mr. Alexis Sepnio for Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. The questions were given after each of them was presented. After that, Ms. Javier gave her significant comments and suggestions for improving their outputs. She also emphasized that they should include the compelling issues and concerns within the Protected Areas and distinct characteristics of the PA they were managing because what she could see in the drafted outputs was just a generic term used in all Protected Areas.

Furthermore, they scheduled a target date for the full-blown action plan submission. The program ended with the awarding and distributing of the certificates for the speakers and participants. Health care protocols were observed during the program.