The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Quezon conducted an orientation/capacity building on the Environmental Management System (EMS) on March 22, 2023, with the objective of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the participants in environmental management practice in line with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015.

The activity was participated in by personnel of PENRO Quezon, CENRO Catanauan, CENRO Real, CENRO Calauag, and CENRO Tayabas who are involved in the implementation of the organizational environmental policies.

Mr. Galo C. Martinez, Chief of Management Services Division, delivered a welcoming speech, followed by special messages from For. Ronilo L. Salac, PENR Officer of Quezon, and ASEC Nonita S. Caguioa, Deputy Quality Management Representative of DENR. Ms. Encarmila B. Panganiban, DENR Core Team Member and Certified Auditor for EMS and QMS, led the discussion on the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and administered a pretest to assess the participants’ knowledge. Ms. Susan B. Villar, EMS Resource Person, continued the discussion and administered a post test.

The orientation/capacity building was successful in increasing participants’ awareness on the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and the importance of implementing an EMS program that complies with the international standard. Participants gained knowledge and skills in implementing ISO 14001:2015, including developing environmental policies, identifying environmental aspects and impacts, establishing objectives and targets, and monitoring and measuring environmental performance.

For. Julieta P. Narte, Chief of Technical Services Division, delivered her closing remarks, thanking the participants for their active participation and emphasizing the importance of applying the knowledge and skills gained from the orientation/capacity building to promote environmental sustainability.

Overall, the orientation/capacity building was successful in enhancing the participants’ knowledge and skills in implementing an EMS program. The participants gained a deeper understanding of the importance of environmental sustainability and the positive impact that ISO 14001:2015 can have on the environment and the department.