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DENR CALABARZON, headed by Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, through PENRO Cavite, turned over several unserviceable government properties to its respective recipients, in support of the Career Executive Service Board’s (CESB) 50th Founding Anniversary celebration and the DENR-wide simultaneous conduct of ComPassion Project.

Unserviceable ICT and related equipment were handed over by Cavite PENR Officer Januel R. Peras to Cavite State University – Tanza Campus, represented by Mr. Joseph O. Sabaybay, IT Program Head. According to Mr. Sabaybay, the said equipment will be of great help to their IT Students in terms of hardware repair, parts identification, troubleshooting, and other practical applications. 

Two unserviceable motorcycle units for possible repair which may be utilized for patrolling were donated to Brgy. Matagbak II, Alfonso, Cavite, represented by Brgy. Chairperson Arnel H. Cabungcal. 

The activity was attended by Resident Auditor Mark Schundle L. Reymundo, Chief, Management Services Division Ma. Joy Grace S. Sazon, Assistant MSD Geronimo L. Lopez, Accountant III Aileen V. Garrovillas, Administrative Officer I Roxanne D. Roguel-Guila, and Information System Analyst II Paulo A. Abdul.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) – Laguna and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Sta. Cruz formalized its partnership with Mr. Cecilio L. Adorna by signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the establishment of the proposed two-hectare arboretum of native/endemic tree species in the latter’s privately owned lot located in Brgy. Dambo, Pangil, Laguna held at the DENR CALABARZON Regional Office on November 6, 2023.

Said arboretum to be established within the titled property of Mr. Adorna and siblings will support the conservation and protection of wildlife species and enhance the forest cover in the area. More importantly, it will help the DENR in the production of planting materials of native/endemic forest tree species which can be utilized in reforestation/tree growing activities. 

PENRO Laguna and CENRO Sta. Cruz will provide technical assistance and guidance to Mr. Adorna in the establishment of the said arboretum such as selection/profiling of species to be planted, species matching, propagation research, provision of seedlings, and establishing networks and linkages to other government agencies who may support the project. On the other hand, Mr. Adorna shall maintain the said arboretum and grant seedling requests from the community to encourage and educate them with the importance of green spaces. 

Present during the signing ceremony were DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria, PENRO Eriberto B. Saños, CENRO Venerando U. Garcia and Mr. Cecilio L. Adorna.

In celebration of 156th Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day, the Forest Management Bureau and CENRO Calaca organized the Bike, Hike, Plant 2019 also known as “Moving Forest”. More than 700 bikers, hikers and planters trooped to Mt. Batulao Mt. Batulao in Brgy. Patugo, Balayan, Batangas last June 29. Participants carried the seedlings in their drawstring backpacks to be planted in Mt. Batulao.

“Tayo ay may 30 million hectares, at sa ngayon ang forest cover ay umaabot na lamang sa 7 million, ibig sabihin mga 23% ng ating bansa ang may forest”,FMB Director Nonito Tamayo said in an interview with ABS-CBN TV Patrol Southern Tagalog. 

With similar activities, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is able to continue to bring back to life the remaining forests and through the continuous implementation of the National Greening Program. 

A total of 2,000 seedlings of native/indigenous and fruit trees such as Narra, Banaba, Kalumpit, Bignay, Guyabano and Rambutan were planted. Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Corazon C. Davis said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because somebody planted a tree a long time ago”. She emphasized that the trees planted would be the shade of the youth and future generations. The trees will help beat air pollution and the fruit trees will serve as food for wildlife.

On the other hand, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Jose Elmer C. Bascos said, “May tatlong bagay para ma achieve ang immortality: Una, ay magkaroon ka ng anak na lalaki; Pangalawa, magsulat ka ng libro; at Pangatlo, magtanim ka ng puno.”

The event was graced by Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Corazon C. Davis and    Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus Ricardo L. Calderon, Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Nonito M. Tamayo, PENRO Jose Elmer C. Bascos, CENRO Januel R. Peras, CENRO Noel M. Recillo, Calaca Municipal Administrator Rexner Jown Pastorall, Balayan Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Glenn De Vera and other stakeholders.

Other partners include the Local Government Units of Balayan and Calaca, the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection-Balayan, Batangas Bikers Team, Calaca Cycling Team, and the University of Sto. Tomas Mountaineering Club. Corporate sponsors include: Holcim Philippines, Universal Robina Corp.—Sugar and Renewables Balayan (URC-SURE Balayan), South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC), Calaca Industrial Seaport Corp., Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc., (CADPI), Kiwanis Club of CADPI,  Energy Development Corp., City Water—Mr. & Mrs. Noel T. Lopez, and Laguna Water.

San Francisco Integrated National High School bagged first place in the recently conducted  Mural Painting Contest with the theme “Tayo Ang Kalikasan” on August 30, 2019. The contest was organized by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) - Sta Cruz. Out of the Seven (7) public highschools in Laguna that participated, the first placer wowed the judges with its mural as they explained, “sama-sama pong nagtutulungan ang bawat isa para po sa ikagaganda ng ating environment. nakikita naman po sa (mural) na  responsable po sila sa mga basura na napro-produce ng mga tao at sinesegrate ang basura ”. The winning entry embodied the Tayo Ang Kalikasan tagline:  “Sama-samang Pagkilos. Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”.

The OIC CENR Officer Victor H. Mercado underscored that “TAK is a movement that involves all citizens, not only the DENR, academe, and LGU, but it encompasses all sectors”. 

Second Place winner is Pagsanjan Integrated National High School. Their mural showed that any individual regardless of social status, race, educational background and others, have their own respective responsibilities towards environmental protection. The Third Place winner, Don Manuel Rivera Memorial National High School, reflects the strong connection between humans and the environment. The environment provides the basic goods and services vital for human survival, so in return humans shall undertake even the smallest effort like waste segregation (3Rs) to ensure its protection. 

Other participating schools are Gov. Felicisimo T. San Luis Integrated Senior Highschool, Linga National High School, Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School, and San Roque National High School. 

On the same day, the Ecological Rooftop Center was opened to the public.  The Center is a showcase of best practices on solid waste management, composting and urban greening. It also includes vermicomposting, hydroponics, and a mini Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The CENRO Sta Cruz office is located in Barangay Duhat, Sta Cruz, Laguna. To schedule a visit, a letter of request may be sent to CENRO Sta Cruz by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.