The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III through the Human Resources and Development Section conducted an Orientation on Mental Wellness and Stress Management in the Workplace Post-Pandemic dubbed, "Have a Brain Break" on July 27, 2022 via Zoom.
The Orientation participated in by employees in the Regional and Field Offices, aims to help employees develop good coping mechanisms in minimizing and reducing stress. Ms. Windalyn G. Baluis of the Department of Health (DOH) discussed the topic titled, “Nurturing the Mind and Body in the Face of Adversity: A Self-care and Supporting Others Approach in Promoting and Protecting Mental Health”.
The DENR Bicol continuously conducts activities to develop and strengthen the mental wellness of its employees.
Forty-two (42) employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V took their Oath of Office at the DENR V Covered Court, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City on July 8, 2022. This was after their appointments and promotions were issued as prescribed under the Merit Selection and Promotion Plan (MSPP) and provisions of the Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA).
"We work not just for today but more so for the benefit of the future generations. Your appointment or promotion is just the beginning of your journey as stewards and vanguards of our environment. Clench this opportunity and grip it with dedication, passion and professionalism and perseverance," said DENR V Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III in his congratulatory speech.
The oath taking was administered by DENR V Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services (TS) Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop, and ARD for Management Services (MS) Grace L. Cariño, Ph.D.
Another batch of appointment and promotion of employees in the regional and field offices is set in the third quarter of 2022.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V through its Management Services held a “Salamat, Mabuhay” program to honor and pay tribute to six (6) retiring employees last July 8, 2022 at the DENR V Covered Court, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City.
The six retirees were Ms. Elena Aban, Ms. Nena Dote, Mr. Rafael Rañeses, Jr., Ms. Marietta Betito, Mr. Panfilo Basas and Mr. Leonardo Samaniego.
“This Salamat Mabuhay Program is in honor of you. Your DENR family would like to extend our gratitude and give you a big thanks for the great and amazing service you have rendered to the government,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III in his message.
The “Salamat, Mabuhay” program aims to acknowledge the service of the retirees as mandated by CSC MC No. 7, series of 1998. The DENR through then Secretary Horacio Ramos adopted said CSC Memo Circular in 2010.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr. through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) in collaboration with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay under the leadership of PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena culminated the celebration of the Month of the Ocean by planting some 250 mangrove propagules on May 27, 2022 at Cawit, Manito, Albay.
Inspired by the “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want (2021 to 2030)” message of the United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, this year’s theme, “Protect and Restore the Ecosystems and Biodiversity” highlights the importance of protection and restoration of our ecosystems and biodiversity for the present and future generations.
The mangrove planting cum coastal clean-up was participated in by the residents of the Barangay, local government unit (LGU) of Manito and employees of the DENR.
The clean-up generated 170 kilograms of waste composing mainly of solid waste like plastic bags.
In her message, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARDMS) Grace L. Cariño, Ph.D. said that our marine ecosystem plays a very vital role in our environment, especially, in climate change mitigation. “This mangrove planting symbolizes our support and commitment to restore our ecosystem”.
The celebration of the MOO every month of May in the Philippines was mandated through Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued on 1998.###
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III culminated the 2022 Month of the Ocean (MOO) celebration together with various Local Government Units (LGUs) with an awarding ceremony of the winners of the 2nd MOO Quiz Bee and the Search for Best Mangrove Award in the Bicol Region dubbed, “Gawad Iba Ka Juan” on May 26, 2022 at the A and A Bed and Breakfast Inn, Imperial Court Subdivision, Legazpi City and a mangrove tree planting and coastal clean-up at Cawit, Manito, Albay on May 27, 2022.
The month-long celebration was spearheaded by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and kickstarted with a Zumba fitness activity and Trivia Contest on May 2, 2022.
This year’s theme, “Protect and Restore the Ecosystems and Biodiversity”, is inspired by the message of United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development which is “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want (2021 to 2030).”
Moreover, present in the Culmination Program were LGU Mercedes represented by Municipal Councilor Maria Velia Flor Ibasco, LGU Masbate City represented by City Councilor Alberto R. Abayon, LGU Gubat represented by Municipal Administrator Patrick Omar B. Erestain, LGU Siruma represented by Municipal Agriculture Officer Lorna Avellana, and LGU Cabusao represented by Mayor Weny Sabalbero.
RED Milla awarded the 2nd MOO Quiz Bee Champion Camille Alexandra Elizondo of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay, 1st Placer Bianca Camille Abarrientos of the Planning and Management Division (PMD), and 2nd Placer Paul Edward Acosta of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V.
RED Milla also commended the DENR Bicol “Team Oragon” which won the recently held photo marathon contest organized by the DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau in partnership with Canon Philippines.
For the Gawad Iba Ka Juan awarding, the Pawa Mangrove Park in Masbate City bagged the Best Mangrove Award. The Pawa Mangrove Park will be the entry of the Bicol Region for the upcoming Para El Mar Awards, a biennial event which gives recognition to the best performing local Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in terms of practices and management. Also, the Mercedes Critical Habitat in Mercedes, Camarines Norte was awarded as 1st Runner-up and Panganiban Mangrove Area in Gubat, Sorsogon as 2nd Runner-up, respectively.
RED Milla in his message said, “Celebrating the Month of the Ocean has always been a good opportunity to provide the people especially our communities to have broader understanding of the importance of coastal and marine ecosystems.” He also said that over the years, the office and the public celebrated the MOO by doing coastal clean-ups, Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaigns such as webinars, film showing, and Citizen Science.
“The conservation and sustainable use of oceans can only be achieved if there is collaboration at all levels and across many sectors,” RED Milla said.
The DENR Bicol enjoins the public to take part on the environmental celebrations and promote the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources.
The celebration of the MOO every month of May in the Philippines was mandated through Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1998.###