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Turnover of leadership and responsibilities at the office of DENR MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director for Management Services. (From left) Outgoing ARD MS Natividad Bernardino, ARD TS Vicente Tuddao, Jr., incoming ARD MS Bighani Manipula and MGB Roland de Jesus.

AVP MARINDUQUE

In celebration of the Nutrition Month 2019, which is themed “Kumain ng Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘To!,” the Regional Public Affairs Office highlighted the native yet nutritious delicacies of Marinduque. To recognize the efforts of the Municipal Nutrition Office headed by the Municipal Health Officer Dr. Edzel L. Mui, RPAO featured the recognition the province have received as “Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition,” in producing the Malunggay crackers, malunggay powders and other locally-made products to decrease the prevalence of malnutrition in Marinduque and in other parts of the country.

As per Dr. Mui, the factors they have considered in choosing Malunggay crackers as their main product are its availability, nutritional content, and palatability of crackers to children. They also intend to promote the existing programs and projects of the Municipal Health Office using their innovative products. Due to the increasing demand on these products, the barangay scholars and the residents of Mogpog have been planting Malunggay within the vicinity. With the increasing popularity of their products, they have envisioned nationwide and global plans for the distribution of Malunggay crackers and powder. Made from a mixture of cassava and rice flour, lime, sugar and egg, the Malunggay crackers were steamed and cut into bite-size pieces before dried in the sun to produce 500 packs of Malunggay crackers a day.

One of their products is the Malunggay powder that is made from drained and powderized Malunggay in a factory in Hanagdong, Mogpog, Marinduque. Ms. Rosario Borja, the caretaker of the Malunggay production, showed the undersigned the step-by-step processin producing this delicacy, where they made 30 canisters of Malunggay powder for distribution to the market. RPAO also visited the Kasapian ng Bigkis-Lakas ng Mangingisda ng Balanacan (BILMA) at Barangay Balanacan, Mogpog, Marinduque to feature the milkfish (bangus) as source of their livelihood and as part of DENR stakeholders.

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 CONDUCT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE AND TAYO ANG KALIKASAN ORIENTATION AT CALAPAN, ORIENTAL MINDORO

The Regional Public Affairs Office conducted an Environmental lecture and Tayo ang Kalikasan orientation to the students of Oriental Mindoro National High School in Calapan City as part of their preparation for their responsibilities in their homes, to the nation and the community.

The girl scouts were educated on proper handling of unmanageable waste, application of waste segregation, and waste reduction to combat the harmful effects of single-use plastics to the wildlife and the environment. The students were also told to study the Beginner’s guide to Zero-waste living topics to further broaden their knowledge as environmentalists. The students were taught to follow the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot to be applied in their homes, schools and their parent’s offices.  

The head student of the GSP - Calapan, Oriental Mindoro also presented their activities for the environment protection. These include monthly school clean-up brigades, placement of uprooted plants, waste segregation, ornamental plantation, ecological projects, mangrove planting, cleaning and maintenance of drainage systems, herbal garden reconstruction, deep well restoration, and vegetable garden plantation.

In celebration of Zero Waste Month, pre-loved clothes donated by DENR officials and personnel were turned over to the Philippine Red Cross - Calapan Chapter to be distributed to those in need.

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The Regional Public Affairs Office launched the Loving the Wild Environmental Exhibit in celebration of World Wildlife Day and International Women’s Month at the Robinsons Place, Palawan on March 13, 2019.

A total of 58 viewers and guests from the City Hall, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development faculty, students of Fullbright College, Western Philippines University, and Palawan State University and employees of City Government of Puerto Princesa City witnessed the unveiling of the thirteen (13) endemic and endangered species in MIMAROPA Region.

CENRO Felizardo Cayatoc gave the welcome remarks in which he said “In celebration of International Women’s month, we give utmost importance to all of our remarkable women as we thank them for their invaluable efforts in the protection and conservation of the environment. The DENR believes that despite the various human activities such as kaingin, poaching and illegal logging destroys their natural habitat, with all our combined efforts we can protect the wildlife.”

Janice D. Belen, Information Officer, Regional Public Affairs Office said that, “The “Loving the Wild” exhibit intends to make us spend some time on “Realizing” or reflecting on the numerous human activities that affects the way of living of some of our wildlife species. We are also reminded to “Respect” the habitat of these 13 endemic and endangered species similar to the respect and protection we give to our loved ones as portrayed beautifully in the images on display.”

PENRO Eriberto Saῆos highlighted the importance of the role of women in the biological process and development of the wildlife species which is similar to the attention our mothers have shown us.

Women of MIMAROPA, Ms. Jeanne Tabangay of Protect Wildlife, Ms. Rhodora Ubani of PENRO Palawan, and Ms. Excommisioner Dionisia Banua of Natripal gave inspiring messages.

Ms. Rhea Juab, Tayo ang Kalikasan Focal person in Palawan, introduced TAK’s programs and projects and gave importance on abiding to the “No-to-plastic” campaign.