CY 2016 Press and Photo Release
December 21, 2015
First Regional Director of DENR-NIR Installed
The DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio and Assistant Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcial Amaro led the installation for the OIC Regional Director of the DENR Negros Island Region. After the ceremony, an Organizational Meeting was also held at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office last December 21, 2015.
The Regional Directors of DENR-6 and 7, For. Jim Sampulna and For. Isabelo Montejo,Ph. D., were also present and turned over the symbolic key and the work and financial plan to RD Orolfo. The newly installed RD stated that he accepts the challenge as the 1st Regional Director for DENR-NIR, considering that two of the top PENROs in the country are from Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, respectively.
RD Orolfo said that it was a good decision to make the Negros Island Region in order for the system to be unified, coherent and consistent with the “One Dream, One Island” vision. The actions to be undertaken by DENR-NIR will be the realization of these aspirations. RD Orolfo emphasized the immediate concerns of the department in establishing an efficient and effective workforce to address the expectations. In order to energize and inspire the NIR officials and personnel including its stakeholders and clients, Dr. Orolfo highlighted the word “PERFORM” which represents the goal of the department under his leadership. RD Orolfo added that he is set to bring new managerial leadership to NIR since it is a pioneering region. He rallied the NIR with words, “We Will, We Can”.
Usec Ignacio said the staff who will be utilized in the DENR regional office in NIR will come from PENRO-Negros Occidental while still going through the transition process and once the Department of Budget and Management will approve staffing pattern for the region. Likewise, those personnel interested to join the NIR were encouraged to do so to hasten the pooling of competent personnel who will man the various posts of the regional office.
1st NIR Protected Area Management Summit
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Negros Island Region held its 1st Negros Island Region Protected Area Management Summit (NIRPAMS) last July 28-30, 2016 at the Bacolod Pavillion Hotel. About 200 participants joined the summit which included the Local Chief Executives where there are protected areas in their jurisdiction, all the Park Superintendents of all protected areas of the NIR, provincial, city and municipal environment officers as well as representatives of Non-Government Organizations. The summit aims to find out the status of the Protected Areas in NIR, levelling off of the Municipal ENROs, and draft policies for NIR's protected areas. According to DENR-NIR In-Charge of the Strategic Communication and Initiative Services/Information Officer of PENRO Negros Occidental Ma. Theresa Robles, the Production Team of the summit initiated to go live via DENR-NIR’s Facebook page for the public to become part of the summit, by sending in their questions and concerns via the FB page. Thematic sessions during the summit also dealt with Governance in Protected Areas, Protected Area Law Enforcement Mechanisms and, Eco-tourism and other Financing Mechanisms in Protected Areas. Present were representatives of both Governors Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. and Roel Degamo of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental respectively while Mr. Ansel Cabrera, Field Manager of B+WISER,represented the United States Agency for International Development and delivered their messages during the opening day of the summit. During the Plenary Session moderated by the Managing Director of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. Errol Gatumbato, topics and concerns discussed included the state of the protected areas and biodiversity. Other topics discussed during the plenary included Climate Change and the Philippines Commitment to the COP21, and the Comprehensive DENR Programs, Projects and Activities. One of the highlights of the summit was the sharing of field experiences from successful programs like the power of the local government unit in legislating protected areas like the story of Sagay Marine Reserve Law and the organization of the Kanlaon Green Brigade, a community based effort in Protected Areas protection, among other field experiences. (EAD/PIA)