PENRO Palawan hosts 2nd RMC for CY 2016 
by: Deniel Salvador B. Morillo

2nd rmc 2016 with asec amaro copyThe Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office- Palawan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) -MIMAROPA Region hosted the second Regional Management Conference (RMC) for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 held at the Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last June 21-23.

PENR Officer of Palawan, Juan C. Dela Cruz, welcomed the delegates from the provincial and field offices and shared to them that the said RMC is the fifth to be hosted by PENRO Palawan in his more than ten years of service in the Office. He also wished the 44 participants an enjoyable stay in Palawan as he invited them to an opening dinner, held later that night at the PENR Office.

Headed by DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) Oscar C. Dominguez, the three-day conference was called to order and the provisional agenda was presented. The delegates agreed to include the Work and Financial Plan of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), and to move the discussion of the updates of the first semester targets vis-à-vis accomplishments to the third day, and the updates for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), the Busuanga Pasture Reserve (BPR), and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) on the second day. Karen P. Dagumampan, Project Evaluation Officer I of the Planning and Management Division (PMD), read the agreements arising from the previous Management Conference, held last March 16-17, 2016 at the Aroma Family Hotel and Resort Complex, Airport Road, San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, after the provisional agenda was approved. The first set of agenda that were discussed was regarding the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) rating and ranking, and the summary list of Individual Performance Ratings, both for CY 2016 by Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARDMS) Nelson V. Gorospe. The last agendum to be discussed on the first day was regarding the validation results on the status of accomplishment of the National Greening Program (NGP) and other programs of the Region by the Chief of the Planning and Programming Section, Maria Melissa L. Endangan.

The presentation of the Information System Analyst II of the Information and Communication Technology Unit, Jermar D. Belen, of the Region and PENRO websites opened the second day of the quarterly event. The Guidelines on CY 2016 for the Service Excellence through Continuous Systems Innovation Monitoring and Evaluation (SECSIME) by the Internal Audit Services Focal Person, Dennis B. Valdez, the Re-echo/Re-orientation of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) by Chief Endangan, the Memorandum Circular (MC) Number 1, Series of 2016, entitled “Guidelines on the Grant of Performance- Based Bonus for Fiscal Year 2016 under Executive Order (EO) Numbers 80 and 201 by the Planning Officer II of the PMD, Analyn O. Domingo, the Updates on BPR by the In-Charge of the BPR, Alfred Lopez, the Updates on PPUR by Project Director Elizabeth Maclang, the Updates on PWRCC by Project Director Ronnie Sumiller, and the MC No. 5, Series of 2016, entitled “Revised Qualification Standard for Division Chief and Executive/Managerial Positions in the Second Level by ARDMS Gorospe were also tackled on that day.

The Assistant Secretary for Field Operations (ASFO) of DENR, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., joined the delegates on the third day of the Management Conference and abetted RD Dominguez in responding to the queries which were raised during the discussion of the agenda, such as the Updating of the first semester targets vis-à-vis accomplishment by the Chief of the Monitoring and Evaluation Section, Jarvis L. Valencia, the Ecosystem Research and Development Service (ERDS) Southern Luzon Chapter on the National Greening Program- Production of Quality Planning Materials (NGP-PQPM) Plantation and the Seed Production Area by the Center Head of the Land Management Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center (LAUFTeRC) of the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Lucena U. Mercado, and the updates on TRNP by Project Director Angelique Songco. Before discussing the last two remaining agenda, which were regarding the issues and concerns of the PENR and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Offices and the result of the Mid-year assessment by ARD Gorospe, the meeting was called to a halt by RD Dominguez to give way to the participant’s scheduled travel and lunch at the Bacungan River Cruise (BRC).

The discussion of the last two remaining agenda continued after the delegate’s lunch and tour at BRC. After which, Regional Director Dominguez adjourned the Regional Management Conference as he invited everyone to watch the Mutya ng Kalikasan MIMAROPA 2016 held on the eve of that day.




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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