DENR MIMAROPA holds 1st Regional ManCon for CY 2016
by:  Deniel Salvador B. Morillo


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)MIMAROPA Region held its first Regional Management Conference (ManCon) for Calendar Year 2016 last March 16-17 at the Aroma Family Hotel and Resort Complex, Airport Road, San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

1st mancon 2016 copyHeaded by DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Oscar C. Dominguez, the two-day conference convened to assess the targets and provide updates on the different projects of the Region. The quarterly event also had the goal to prepare the different field offices for future projects and events.

The Regional Management Conference was formally opened by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Occidental Mindoro, Conrado A. Espejo Jr., who welcomed the delegates from the regional and field offices. In his speech, he highlighted the prominent scenic spots of Occidental Mindoro, such as the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP), and Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park (MIBNP) - which is the home of the endemic and endangered Tamaraw. He also took pride that Occidental Mindoro is considered as the largest rice and leading corn producer in MIMAROPA.

In front of forty-eight (48) officials in the conference, RD Dominguez called the session to order and presented the provisional agenda. The agenda was approved with addendum to include the presentation of the MIMAROPA flight plan and the presentation of the MIMAROPA newsletter draft and Website Updating for the first quarter. Upon approval of the agenda, RD Dominguez began the reading and approval of the Minutes of the 2015 4th Management Conference held last December 2015 and ensured that all concerns were fully addressed by the concerned officials. The following were also presented, updates on the second Regional Directors’ meeting, the RD’s Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) for CY 2016 by Planning and Management Division Chief Marilyn Limpiada, updates on the Rationalization Plan Implementation by OIC- Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Nelson V. Gorospe, CESE, Regional Memorandum Circular No. 01 Series of 2016 on the Regional Accomplishment Monitoring System (RAMS) by Michaela Rongavilla, presentation of video-documentation on the impact of the National Greening Program (NGP) by Kerby Pajarillo, and the preparation for DENR MIMAROPA’s hosting of the Regional Directors’ meeting.

Further significant discussions were done on the second day of the conference such as the presentation of the Provincial Environmental Governance (PEG) Re-Entry Plan of CENRO Emer Garraez of Puerto Princesa City and CENRO Eriberto Saños of Coron, status and prospects of Busuanga Pasture Reserve (BPR) by Alfred Lopez, updates on Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center by Project Director Ronnie Sumiller, updates on the Palawan Quick Silver Mines Inc. Rehabilitation Project by MGB 4B Regional Director Roland De Jesus, EMB Thrusts/Programs for CY 2016 and CY 2015 Accomplishment Reports by PENRO Samuel Danganan, and the two added agenda- the presentation of the MIMAROPA Flight Plan by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Support Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr. Ph.D., CESO IV, and the presentation of the MIMAROPA newsletter draft and Website Updating for the first quarter by the Chief of the Regional Public Affairs Office, Chona C. Zamora, and Michaela Rongavilla.

RD Dominguez adjourned the Regional Management Conference and proceeded to the awarding of the Most Timely Submission of Accomplishment Reports to CENRO Mamburao, PENRO Palawan/Occidental Mindoro, and Legal Division in the Regional Office. Each awardee received a Plaque of Recognition.


Wounded DENR employee gets honors, promotion

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu today personally handed Joselito Eyala a Certificate of Commendation at Room 640 in Philippine General Hospital where the latter is confined and awaiting surgery to remove bullets lodged in his palate and back.

Secretary Cimatu lauds Eyala, a forester at DENR Palawan, for his “remarkable dedication to public service, bravery, and leadership” when he and his team apprehended timber poachers and confiscated an unregistered chainsaw in Sitio Casicaan, Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa on August 23, 2017 at around 5:00 pm.

The owner of the chainsaw, Florante Saycon, retaliated by firing a homemade gun that hit Eyala at the back. Eyala sustained two gunshot wounds that rendered him unconscious.

When he regained consciousness, Eyala crawled into the Casicaan River and allowed the current to carry him for five hours. He then walked and crawled in the middle of the night until he was able to get help at around 1:00 am the following day.



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